TiTAN Suspension Airmatic Conversion
Air Suspension Failure
Damaged Airbags and Air Struts
The airbags and air struts in your air suspension kit are responsible for keeping your rides cushioned and adjusting the ride height. But like all air suspension parts, they break down and deteriorate as they get older, leading to air suspension failure.
Rust can also damage the air struts. Moisture in the air system reacts with the metal of the struts and forms rust and corrosion. This can result in severe suspension problems when left unaddressed.
Malfunctioning Air Compressor
The air compressor in your air suspension kit inflates each airbag to the proper pressure based on your performance preferences. If it starts to malfunction, it no longer can keep the airbags inflated, which causes the car to sag, bottom out, and produce a bumpier ride.
On top of that, an overworked air compressor results in a failing air suspension kit. If the airbags are punctured or damaged, they can’t stay inflated. Because of this, the air compressor continues to pump air into the bags, which can overwork the system and make it fail.
Problems with Air Line Connections
Air lines connect the airbags and air struts to the rest of the system. If they’re not properly connected or if the lines are damaged, air from the compressor can’t fill the airbags.
Generally, problems with air line connections in a suspension system occur when the lines rub against something sharp, like a moving air suspension part.
BMW 7 Series F01 / F02 Air Suspension Failure causes more damage to the car if left unresolved
Air Dryer Issues
The air dryer controls the amount of moisture in the air that flows through the suspension system. However, if it begins to fail, the excessive moisture will accumulate, forming rust and corrosion on various parts.
Plus, electrical parts in the suspension, like the compressor, are more susceptible to problems when the air dryer fails because excessive moisture can cause these systems to short out.
TiTan Suspension has performed over 40 Airmatic conversions to-date with satisfactory feedback from customers.
Let’s take the AIRmatic suspension as an example, according to Mercedes Benz; the front air springs are supposed to last anywhere between 10 and 15 years with typical street driving before needing replacement. The rears last longer, likely because they’re not supporting the weight of the engine nor having to deal with turns and such.
However, bear in mind that these estimations were based of testing on European roads which are smooth as silk and doesn’t account for the unpredictable road conditions in most Asian countries. When dealing with sudden change in road undulations, bumps and potholes; these sudden shocks can be detrimental to the air bags or air springs found in airmatic equipped cars.
The other option is to replace the original air springs and electronic struts or shocks with a conversion kit that includes conventional coil steel springs with ordinary struts or shocks.
Leaking is a usual vulnerability shared by all air suspensions. A system will go flat when it cannot hold air any longer. Leaky or clogged air lines and leaking air springs are the common air ride problems.
On a Mercedes, the original Airmatic air bag replacement is priced at almost RM8000 – RM12,000 per wheel! If the compressor also needs to be replaced, the parts cost alone is around RM4000 – RM6000 not including the workmanship cost! The maintenance costs are clearly a lot higher than standard coil and shocks.
Installation time to for an air suspension will also take a much longer time due to the complexity of wiring, lines and hose installations, and installation requires the use of special tools – at the end of the day, this just means added cost .
TiTAN Airmatic Conversion Kits
By comparison, our conversion kit for this vehicle is only quarter to half the cost of replacing the entire Airmatic suspension depending on the type of vehicle and includes struts, and springs for all four wheels.
The general concern from customers is that they will not experience the smooth air suspension ride that the Airmatic provides; however TiTAN Suspension coilovers are so versatile and configurable enough for us to provide an ideal setup that offers you a comfortable yet stable ride.
To date, we have successfully converted over 40 vehicles with air suspension systems to TiTAN Suspension’s Airmatic conversion with positive results and feedback from customers.
There are 2 suspension kit’s to choose from which is suitable for TiTAN’s Airmatic conversion; the TiTAN SP-3 & the TiTAN T-40 Cruiser.
Cars that support TiTAN Suspension Airmatic Conversion Kits:
- Audi Q7
- Bentley Continental GT
- Bentley Flying Spur
- BMW 7 Series F01 / F02
- BMW 5 Series GT F07
- BMW X5 E53
- BMW X5 E70
- BMW X5 E71
- Land Rover Range Rover L322
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport L320
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged
- Lexus LS400 UCF30 (XF30)
- Lexus LS430 (XF40)
- Lexus RX 330 4WD [XU30]
- Lexus RX 350 [AL10]
- Mercedes Benz C Class W205
- Mercedes Benz GLC X253/C253
- Mercedes Benz CLS W218 4/6CYL
- Mercedes Benz CLS W218 8 CYL
- Mercedes Benz CLS W219 6CYL
- Mercedes Benz CLS W219 8 CYL
- Mercedes Benz E Class W212 4CYL
- Mercedes Benz E Class W212 6CYL
- Mercedes Benz E Class W212 8CYL
- Mercedes Benz E Class W211 4/5/6 CYL
- Mercedes Benz E Class W211 8 CYL
- Mercedes Benz R230 / W230 / SL500
- Mercedes Benz W164 / ML 350
- Mercedes Benz W220
- Mercedes Benz W221
- Mercedes Benz W251 / R280 R Class
- Porsche Cayenne 955
- Porsche Cayenne 958
- Porsche Macan
- Porsche Panamera 970
- Volkswagen Touareg 2005+
- Volvo XC60 2019+
- Volvo XC90 2007+