Since 1995 to present, Airbag Man are the Australasian & New Zealand Distributors for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs.
Firestone designed and patented the first Pneumatic Suspension Device back in 1938 & they are renowned globally for their Tyres, however they are also well known for their high-quality vibration isolators & actuators called Air Springs used commonly in light vehicle, heavy truck & bus, rail, agricultural & industrial applications.
When Airbag Man design & manufacture their vehicle specific Air Suspension kits they select the best fit Heavy Duty Firestone Airbag for the job as the core component, then design the vehicle specific mounting brackets to suit the airbag & the suspension of the vehicle to create a complete bolt In DIY Kit with Heavy Duty Air Line, Quality Fittings & Step By Step Instructions.
These awesome Firestone Air Springs are made of a flexible material providing you with a smooth, stable & comfortable ride throughout the differing load and road conditions.
Airbags come in all shapes and sizes which are made of heavy duty rubber or polyurethane depending on the application it is used for, airbags can be used on pretty much anything.
Airbags suit a wide range of vehicles with all sorts of suspension whether it be in between the leaf/axle and chassis, inside a coil spring and even a full coil or coil over strut replacement.
In the light and heavy vehicle markets airbags are used in conjunction with the existing suspension to eliminate spring sag and provide stability to your vehicle when towing or carrying uneven loads.
Airbags are also used to replace the existing suspension and give you fully adjustable heights whether it be lowered heights for show or access purposes, standard heights for every day driving & performance or raised heights for clearance over speed bumps or on off road tracks and not to mention for maintaining your vehicles full weight carrying capacity and stability at all times.
Airbags also provide the highest degree of vibration isolation of any isolator on the market and have long been used in the industrial market as pneumatic actuators incorporated into new and innovative machinery designs as well as replacement actuators for traditional pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders. They have advantages over traditional cylinders in that they are durable, operate well in corrosive and abrasive environments, easily accept misalignment and have a high ratio of stroke to collapsed height.
LEAF HELPER AIRBAGS
FULL COIL REPLACEMENT AIRBAGS
COIL HELPER AIRBAGS
UNIQUE HIGH PRESSURE SLEEVES
With over 30 years of experience when it comes to Airbags & what styles to use in vehicle & trailer applications, we stay well clear from the triple bellow style in as they tend to reduce your suspensions compressed height/travel due to all the extra rubber added with the center convolute & the airbag stability is compromised through the suspension travel/articulation/flex/movement where the center convolute pushes out in other directions (as per below image) that can cause airbag failure. Triple Convoluted airbags do have their place in the Industrial & Agricultural Machinery applications where limited movement is required & there is a unique internal telescopic stablising column which provides stability to the triple bellow during elevation but still allows some lateral movement.
If you have a well-designed Air Suspension Kit with a correctly specified airbag to maximise your suspension dynamics/travel, there is no need for one end to be left loose and in a cradle.
All the kits Airbag Man design & manufacture work beautifully with the correct airbag fully flexed & compressed height of your vehicle’s suspension. A well-designed kit to suit the vehicle & is operated as per our instructions will not affect your vehicles articulation.
With our 30 years + of experience, if you have the correct airbag to suit, you don’t need to leave one end not connected.
The only reason for the cradle cup is for airbags that do not have the ability to extend as far as your vehicles suspension limiting the travel & have been incorrectly selected for your vehicle. Airbag Man has the largest range of airbag styles so we can guarantee you have the best fit for your rig.
Also, suspensions under dynamic conditions don’t always end up in the same position and therefore you run the risk of the bag not seating correctly and resulting in damage. (See below Image)
If Firestone do not have an airbag to fit the space required or do the job we need them to do we have our own range of high quality heavy duty Airbag Man Airbags that will. Don’t stress, you are dealing with the best Air Suspension Specialists in the industry here. A few applications that require our Airbag Man Airbags are Raised Land Cruiser 70, 75, 76, 78 & 79 Series Utility or Wagon, Land Rover Defender Front Full Air Suspension & Nissan Navara D23 Rear Full Air Suspension just to name a few.
Yes, we are a premium Air Suspension Brand & there is a very good reason for it, we love what we do & there’s proof in the pudding, now remember “Bag It With The Best !”