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January 26, 2022

Purchasing an automobile can be associated with excitement, happiness, comfortable rides, but besides, it includes a time-consuming process as well. If you plan to buy a Mercedes car model, you should know which models have the air suspension, or how to update it by using the air ride suspension kit.

You might wonder why you should be oriented only about airmatic suspension, not other systems. After reading all the details about the suspension system, you will understand why it is considered the most reliable one.

Reading technical details about vehicles can be boring, for that reason I’ll try to provide only the most important details in simple words. Below we will discuss specifications of the airlift suspension, how the system works, what distinguishes it from others, which Mercedes models work on the system, etc. Besides, we’ll review the air lift kit, reasons to use it, and find out how to adjust an automobile level by using the Mercedes lowering tool. So, let’s start exploring!

Reason to use the air ride suspension kit – All about the suspension system

Why do I need air ride suspension kit?

There are many reasons for using the air suspension kit, but in order to realize all of them, let’s review important details about the pneumatic suspension itself. Shortly, in simple words, the kit gives us the possibility to adjust the suspension system into airmatic. But before exploring the tool and its possibilities, let’s find out reasons why we should adjust vehicles into airlift systems.

What makes the suspension so important?

Did you know that the earliest form of suspension was used for carriages? Since then, it has passed a long development path and as a result, we have got three different systems: Hydro-gas; Hydrolastic; and airmatic suspension. Each of them has its own specification and differs from each other.

The suspension is a system that connects springs, tires, shock absorbers, tire air, and linkages. It combines an automobile with its wheels. An automobile might have differently designed suspensions for rear and front parts. Suspensions can be divided into three types (Dependent, Independent, and Semi-dependent) depending on the movement of a wheel while in a motion. It determines how successfully the car can pass the challenge, no matter the road surface.

Hence, the suspension is a part that is responsible for our comfortable rides. For that reason, while choosing a car, you should check on which suspension system works. Ideally, an automobile should work on the pneumatic suspension and below I’ll explain the reason.

How does the air ride suspension work?

Describing the airlift suspension specifications, helps you to understand why car-owners look for the pneumatic suspension kit.

The main specification that distinguishes the airmatic system from others is that it uses air and shock absorbers as a working fluid. It isolates the vehicle’s body from the vibration derived from the road inconsistency.

In airlift suspension, air springs are located on the front and rear axles, and it works with the following sequence. Firstly, incoming air passes through the filter, where the dust is filtered. After this, the air passes into the compressor. Here, the air pressure increases up to about 250 MPa from the atmospheric pressure and is sustained in the accumulator tank. The accumulator tank opens when the air pressure increases above 250 MPa.

In simple words, with the help of the airlift suspension, you get comfortable rides no matter the road condition. You can enjoy off-road and city rides. In both cases, your comfortable rides are guaranteed by the pneumatic system, which adapts upon the road conditions and maintains car level, so you won’t feel rocks and bumps while driving.

The air ride suspension kit review and Mercedes models with airmatic suspension

After reading all the above-mentioned information, I’m sure now you know why there is so high demand for the airlift suspension kit. There are many car-owners whose cars don’t work on the pneumatic system and want to adjust it accordingly for experiencing enjoyable rides, no matter the load and road conditions.

You will find many different types of air ride kits on the market: Air Lift Spring Kit, Vixen Suspension Air Spring, Firestone 2582 Air Helper Spring Kit, Firestone Ride-Rite Kit, Autosaver Air Ride Suspension, and many others with different names.

In a big variety, it’s hard to choose which fits you the best. For that reason, I want to share with you some tips that help you to make a good decision. So, while viewing air ride kits, take into consideration the load capacity and maximum pressure. Ensure that the suspension can support the weight of your car. You will find kits with load capacity up to 2000, 3000, or 5000 pounds.

Be aware that the higher load capacity means more flexibility. And another important detail, which you should take into account is a warranty. Usually, air ride kits have a 1, or 2-year warranty.

Mercedes models with the airmatic suspension

Nonetheless, there are many ways of adapting current suspension into airmatic, you can avoid purchasing the air matic suspension kit, and spending additional time and money.

Mercedes has started releasing cars with airmatic suspensions since 2000s. The first model was W220 from S-class, which worked with the pneumatic suspension and Adaptive Damping System (ADS). Since then, the variety has increased. Here is the list of models that have an airlift suspension system.

  • GLE Coupe
  • CLS Coupe
  • S-Class
  • S-Class Maybach

Hence, if you purchase any model from the above list, you can be sure that you won’t have to purchase additional kits for adapting it into the airmatic system.

Air ride suspension kit and the must-have tool for any car-owner

After reviewing all the needed information about the pneumatic suspension and airmatic kit let’s move to another step and explore an amazing tool that’s unchangeable for any car-owner. If you own the Mercedes automobile or plan to purchase it, you should definitely know about the tool.

The Mercedes lowering tool was created specifically for the airmatic suspension system. It works via OBD II diagnostic port. Using the tool is very simple. Even if you don’t have experience or knowledge of a vehicle, you don’t have to worry. For using the tool, you should simply plug in the module at diagnosis and choose desired mode by using the steering wheel or the combination of additional buttons. That’s it, you are ready to use it! It’s so easy, isn’t it?

The module has 3 different modes:

  • Factory – By choosing the mode, car level goes back to factory settings;
  • Low – The Low option gives you the possibility to lower your car with -32mm in the front and rear parts.
  • Custom – By selecting this feature you can select preferable height upon your wish for the front and rear parts separately (Min -70mm; Max +40mm;)

So, by using the tool you can set your “best buddy” at desired level and change the look. Of course, changing vehicle level doesn’t reflect only about the look, but it has many benefits as well. For instance, by lowering a vehicle, you get less rollover risk.

It’s a well-known fact that lowered suspension decreases the center of gravity and we get less rollover risk while cornering. Also, being closer to the ground increases responsiveness and you get a faster acceleration and quick stops. The list of benefits is endless, and I’m sure you will explore much more after testing it on your car.


To summarize, we’ve discussed many topics and hopefully, you found it interesting and useful. Now we know why is the air ride suspension kit in high demand, why is the suspension system so important and comfortable, what you should take into consideration while choosing the kit, Mercedes models working on the pneumatic suspension, and how to adjust a vehicle level in seconds.

I’m sure, after reading all the information you have a broader view about the most important part of an automobile and can enjoy reliable rides. And of course, don’t forget to share with us your feedback after using the Mercedes lowering module.

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