OCD - Guide to Air Management

 This is the part that covers the “brains” of Air Suspension.

These are the systems that are required in any set-up to control the flow of air around the suspension. The air is pushed and pulled in and out of the individual bags to create the up and down motion you see vehicles display.

You will see in this section the wide variety of specification and technology used in the air management systems. It is purely down to personal preference on how tech-driven you are as to how you make your choices in this section. Some budget kits require a little patience and then some high-end kits pretty much do it all for you!

Some systems come without the need for digital screens and ECUs, where as some come with height sensors and are the ultimate “all singing, all dancing” system. So make sure you read up on this section, as this is where the options, tech and spec can get a little overwhelming!

What you chose for your project is completely in your control, just as long as this suits your ideas and budget - that's all that matters.

If you want some honest advice on these options, just let us know and we’ll walk you through the options. However, we hope the information and price range guide on each option below helps with the initial research: 

 

BAGRIDERS 4-WAY MANUAL:    ££££

The Bag Riders Manual Air Management is one of the most reliable air management options for your car due to its simple design and lack of electrical or digital components. The heart and namesake of the system are the Manual Paddle Valves, which function as both the controller and valve block (manifold). Each paddle provides two-way control of a single air spring: press up on the paddle to inflate and press down to deflate, simple as that! The Manual Air Management is the perfect solution for any budget air ride build, or for the newcomer who doesn’t want to break the bank on their first setup. This kit is a stripped-back to basics management kit that is still popular on the market! 

Management Pack Includes as Standard:

  • VIAIR 444C Compressor
  • Air Lift 4 Gallon Aluminium Tank
  • 2x EXTA dual needle gauges with wiring
  • 60ft of 1/4" air line

 

BagRiders 4 Way Manual Management (Paddle Valve) Package

 

AIRLIFT AUTOPILOT V2 MANAGEMENT PACK:     ££££

The Airlift AutoPilot V2 offers an affordable digital management with 8 user-definable pressure-based presets and comes almost completely pre-wired out of the box.

The handheld controller has a crisp LCD screen, which displays each corner and tank pressure, so there is no need for analog gauges. Usable in both 'preset mode' or 'manual control mode'.

V2 Features:

  • 8 User Definable pressure-based presets
  • Manual Control Mode for each bag (individually or combined)
  • Rise-on-Start
  • Automatic System Calibration
  • Compressor Wear-Down Testing
  • Compressor Timer
  • User Definable Compressor ON/OFF
  • Pressure Setting
  • User Definable Controller Screen Backlight Color and Brightness
  • User Definable Unit of Measurement (PSI/BAR)

AutoPilot V2 Management Includes:

  • 4 Gallon Aluminium Air Tank
  • 444c Viair Compressor 
  • AirLift Self Drain Water Trap
  • 1/4" 60ft (18m) Roll Air Line

AirLift AutoPilot V2 Management Package

 

AIRLIFT PERFORMANCE 3P MANAGEMENT PACK:   ££££

The Air Lift Performance 3P System is a pressure based management that features 5 user-programmable pressure presets and individual, four corner, air spring control. The 3P’s wired digital controller displays all four bag pressures as well as the tank pressure. The controller uses a full colour, back-lit screen and features a rotatable keypad that allows for horizontal controller mounting. . This system does not come with the height based levelling sensors. 

Air Lift’s mobile app allows the vehicle to be put into a ‘show mode’ which enables you to remotely control the air suspension using your Bluetooth enabled smart phone (iPhone/Android) from a distance once the vehicle has been turned off. No additional hardware is required to use this feature, it is built into every 3P and 3H system! Future system updates can be applied through the app as well. 

If you're looking for a system that takes both pressure and height into consideration, you should look into purchasing the Air Lift Performance 3H System. If you'd rather get the 3P to start, you can always upgrade to the 3H at a later date by purchasing Air Lift's 3P to 3H Upgrade Kit.

 Key features:

  • (5) User-definable pressure presets (can be upgraded to height)
  • Digital controller with colour screen
  • Rotatable keypad that allows for horizontal mounting
  • Free Mobile App, Take full control of your 3H/3P system with a mobile app with no additional hardware needed, for all compatible devices.
  • System updates through mobile app
  • Combined ECU and manifold
  • Fully Integrated Manifold. 
  • Rise on start
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Air Lift 3P Management Includes:

  • 4 Gallon Aluminium Air Tank
  • 444c Viair Compressor 
  • AirLift Self Drain Water Trap
  • 1/4" 60ft (18m) Roll Air Line

AirLift Performance 3P Management Package

 

AIRLIFT PERFORMANCE 3H MANAGEMENT PACK:    ££££

The 3H from Air Lift Performance is both a height and pressure based management that features 5 preset heights and individual four corner air spring control. The height based sensors give the system the ability to automatically and accurately re-level when loads change (e.g., adding a passenger or travelling with luggage). 

Installing height sensors is often a daunting task for the weekend mechanic but worry not because Air Lift has designed the 3H so that it can operate in "pressure-only mode" in the event that you don't have time to get the sensors installed right away. Or you just can't wait to test out your new suspension! 
3H system retains all the features and functionality of the latter 3P system, but includes the upgrade of the height sensors.

Air Lift’s digital management system utilises a combined ECU and manifold which greatly simplifies the installation process. The included plug-n-play wiring harness will power a single compressor and if you’re planning on running dual compressors you'll need to pick up the Air Lift 3H / 3P Second Compressor Harness. 

Key Features:

  • (5) User-definable pressure presets
  • Automatic levelling (with height sensors installed)
  • Manual mode for individual air spring control
  • Digital controller with colour screen
  • Rotatable keypad that allows for horizontal mounting
  • Free Mobile App, Take full control of your 3H/3P system with a FREE mobile app.
  • System updates through mobile app
  • Combined ECU and manifold
  • Fully Integrated Manifold. 
  • Rise on start
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Air Lift 3H Management Includes:

  • 4 Gallon Aluminium Air Tank
  • 444c Viair Compressor 
  • AirLift Self Drain Water Trap
  • 1/4" 60ft (18m) Roll Air Line

 AirLift Performance 3H Management Package

 

 

KNTRL AIR MANAGEMENT PACK:     ££££

The newest air management system on the market, exclusive to Only Charged Dubs in the UK.

KNTRL uses a pressure preset control, with full 4 corner operation. Sensitive touchscreen controller brings a sleek design with customisable colours, for background & text.
With 5 programmable presets & a dedicated 'air out' your ride heights will auto level at the touch of a button. Monitored airbag pressure ensures you stay at your ride height.
KNTRL also offers easy Front & Rear axle up & down control and individual 4 Corner up & down.
Featuring Rise on Start, bringing you up to drive height in seconds once your engine is running.

 Unique to KNTRL is its precision & speed feature, allowing uses to control preset accuracy with a pressure controlled system for the first time ever. Removing the awkward 'tweaking' commonly associated with pressure based systems used on lighter vehicles or smaller air bags.

Also using a standalone valve manifold & pressure sensor allows for easy maintenance should a valve stick. Or part replacement should a pressure sensor fail.

KNTRL was created by Peter Kornelis for his Audi S4 Avant. Then wanted by his friends, he brought it into full retail production. KNTRL is a small business and aimed purely at quality and customer service. Warranty is an open 12 months, however should a part fail out of original warranty, we will still be open to replacing parts with customer help & understanding.

 Features:

  • 5 user programmable preset ride heights
  • Dedicated, one touch 'air out' button
  • Rise on Start
  • Sensitive touchscreen controller
  • On screen airbag pressure displays
  • Customisable screen & text colour & brightness
  • Pressure precision & speed control

 KNTRL Air Management Pack Includes:

  • TA Technix Seamless 5G/19L Aluminium air tank
  • Viair 444c air compressor
  • 1/4" 60ft (18m) Roll Air Line

KNTRL Touchscreen Management Package

ACCUAIR SWITCHSPEED ANALOG MANAGEMENT PACK:    ££££

AccuAir's SwitchSpeed Controller is the most advanced analog system on the market. It offers all the standard functions of a traditional switch box with full manual control over each air spring individually as well as front and rear air spring control in "pairs". The all down button fully deflates the vehicle for parking at your currently selected speed. The SwitchSpeed system uses AccuAir's advanced Burst-Control-Technology which flutters the valves open and closed and allows the user to choose between three different modes of adjustment speed: Precise, Moderate, and Full Speed. The burst speeds are user-tunable so you can customise them how you see fit. The SwitchSpeed controller features LED back-lit buttons with a crisp tactile feel for ease of use during daytime or night-time operation.

AccuAir have now moved the air suspension market on leaps & bounds with their incredible new ENDO range.
The entire ENDO range are DOT approved, tested to 1200psi burst pressure with true 200psi licence.
Modular tank body with CNC end caps included air ports & 200psi blow-off valve – See page 10 for further information on the new ENDO range.

AccuAir SwitchSpeed Key Features:

  • Manual control of each individual air spring along with front / rear paired adjustments
  • 3 user-programmable valve adjustment speeds (precise / moderate / full)
  • Advanced Burst-Control Technology™ gives precise control over any valve
  • The optional digital tank pressure sensor gives you three tank pressure options (150 /175 / 200 psi) for more reliable air compressor control. It also monitors vehicle voltage and automatically turns the compressor(s) off at 10.5 volts to prevent a dead battery.
  • “All-Down” function can be programmed as a momentary “pancake” or as a timer-based all-down function
  • 100% weather tolerant for under vehicle mounting
  • Plug-n-play wiring harnesses for ease of installation
  • Each system is 100% factory tested

Management Includes:

  • Touchpad™ Controller, with 20 ft USB cable
  • 3 or 5 Gallon ENDO Tank of your choice
  • Compressor pack of your choice
  • 60ft roll of 3/8” air line

 AccuAir SwitchSpeed Management Package

ACCUAIR ELEVEL ROCKERSWITCH MANAGEMENT PACK:    ££££

AccuAir’s e-Level Rocker Switch system is an advanced management that pairs height based levelling sensors with the simplest controller on the market. As the name implies, the controller is a rocker switch providing just two buttons: an up arrow, and a down arrow. That’s it! This simplified controller allows you to easily and intuitively cycle through your three user-programmed height presets, or you can hold the "down arrow" to fully dump the system. The LED back-lit arrows illuminate or flash in a certain sequence to clearly indicate your currently active preset. The controller can be installed in many OEM locations without much (or in some cases, any) modification. A small program button (usually hidden under the dash) allows you to toggle through menu options as well as giving you manual control over each air spring individually. 

Like all height-based levelling systems, AccuAir's e-Level requires the installation of height based sensors at each of the four corners of the vehicle's suspension. Due to the nature of height sensors, air gauges are not required with the e-Level systems. The e-Level system is accurate within 1/8” so concerns that are often associated with air ride (e.g., uneven/abnormal tire wear, cross-loading) are completely eliminated. 
Once installed, you will quickly discover that the e-Level system can take care of your air suspension without needing any input from the driver. For example, the e-Level system will always automatically adjust each air spring as-needed to keep the vehicle perfectly levelled at the current preset height . While driving, the vehicle must be out of tolerance for more than 45 seconds before a correction will be made, so no need to worry about they system adjusting while you’re cornering. AccuAir has programmed the e-Level system to avoid unnecessary corrections while driving by detecting scenarios like stopping, turning, and accelerating. AccuAir didn't stop there- the e-Level continues to learn the vehicle's characteristics even after the initial calibration. It becomes more accurate as time goes on while also accommodating for wear on suspension parts such as bushings and dampers. Other features such as optional "Rise on Start" and plug-n-play wireless control via your Smart Phone or key fob provide the user friendliness that you would expect from an OEM-quality system. 
AccuAir's e-Level systems include a digital pressure sensor that allows you to set your tank pressure cut off to 150 PSI, 175 PSI, or 200 PSI. The digital pressure sensor also unlocks the e-Level’s built-in compressor protection feature which prevents overheating by automatically killing power going to your compressors in the event that your tank does not reach the target pressure within the system's expected time frame. Likewise, the system monitors your vehicle’s battery voltage and will automatically disable your compressor(s) should voltage drop below 11.5V. 

Management Includes:

  • Rocker Switch control
  • 3 or 5 Gallon ENDO Tank of your choice
  • Compressor pack of your choice
  • 60ft roll of 3/8” air line

 Features of the eLevel System:

  • 3 programmable heights lowered / ride height / raised
  • RideMonitor™ mode adjusts as needed while driving or parked
  • TruPosition™ height sensors provide accurate levelling regardless of load
  • Ride-height-on-start gets you ready to drive when you turn the key
  • Anti “cross-loading” height management gives balanced spring weights
  • Rocker Switch - Up - Up - Down - Down - Air Out control
  • Key-chain remote (optional) accesses your 3 programmable heights from up to 200 ft away
  • Automatically calibrates to any air suspension system on any vehicle (no user programming required)
  • Straight to height adjustments avoid valve “pulsing” and gets you ready to drive immediately
  • Active learning maximizes levelling performance after every adjustment
  • Manages air compressors for faster height recovery
  • Monitors vehicle voltage and automatically turns compressor(s) off at 10.5 volts to prevent a dead battery
  • 100% weather-proof for under vehicle mounting
  • Plug-n-play wiring harnesses for ease of installation
  • Each system is 100% factory tested

AccuAir eLevel Rocker Management Package

 

ACCUAIR ELEVEL TOUCHPAD MANAGEMENT PACK:    ££££

AccuAir’s TouchPad is the most intuitive and user friendly way to control your vehicle's air suspension. Paired with AccuAir’s tried-and-true e-Level system, you get three preset heights as well as full manual control over each individual air spring with a handheld and mountable controller. The #1, #2, and #3 buttons on the left side of the controller allow you to quickly select each preset height and the arrow buttons on the right side of the controller provide individual corner control, as well as front/rear paired controls. The controller also features an ‘all down’ button that exhausts all four air springs at the same time for use when parking. 

Every button on the TouchPad controller offers a 'crisp' tactile feel and is backlit with crystal white LED’s for clear daytime and night-time operation. Saving and accessing your three preset heights is only a touch away and a yellow glowing ring around each button clearly indicates the current vehicle height. The controller communicates with the ECU through a 20-ft mini-USB cable which can be plugged into the controller on either its bottom-side or back-side to best suit your desired mounting solution. 

Like all height-based levelling systems, AccuAir's e-Level requires the installation of height based sensors at each of the four corners of the vehicle's suspension. Due to the nature of height sensors, air gauges are not required with the e-Level systems. The e-Level system is accurate within 1/8” so concerns that are often associated with air ride (e.g., uneven/abnormal tire wear, cross-loading) are completely eliminated. 

Once installed, you will quickly discover that the e-Level system can take care of your air suspension without needing any input from the driver. For example, the e-Level system will automatically adjust each air spring as-needed to keep the vehicle perfectly levelled at the current preset height at all times. While driving, the vehicle must be out of tolerance for more than 45 seconds before a correction will be made, so no need to worry about they system adjusting while you’re cornering. AccuAir has programmed the e-Level system to avoid unnecessary corrections while driving by detecting scenarios like stopping, turning, and accelerating. AccuAir didn't stop there- the e-Level continues to learn the vehicle's characteristics even after the initial calibration. It becomes more accurate as time goes on while also accommodating for wear on suspension parts such as bushings and dampers. Other features such as optional "Rise on Start" and plug-n-play wireless control via your Smart Phone or key-fob provide the user friendliness that you would expect from an OEM-quality system. 

AccuAir's e-Level systems include a digital pressure sensor that allows you to set your tank pressure cutoff to 150 PSI, 175 PSI, or 200 PSI. The digital pressure sensor also unlocks the e-Level’s built-in compressor protection feature which prevents overheating by automatically killing power going to your compressors in the event that your tank does not reach the target pressure within the system's expected time frame. Likewise, the system monitors your vehicle’s battery voltage and will automatically disable your compressor(s) should voltage drop below 11.5V. 

Management Includes:

  • Touchpad™ Controller
  • 3 or 5 Gallon ENDO Tank of your choice
  • Compressor pack of your choice
  • 60ft roll of air line

Features of the eLevel System:

Refer to Accuair eLevel Rocker Switch above for the same tech features. 

AccuAir eLevel Touchpad Management Package

 

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