Video: Air Lift S197 Suspension Install

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CJ Pony Parts shows how to install an air suspension on a 2013 GT500

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Air Lift Performance and CJ Pony Parts

If you have ever owned a lowered Mustang, you know that navigating the streets can be a challenge. Whether your are dodging potholes or avoiding speed bumps, it can take some of the fun out of rolling with that sick stance. Wouldn’t it be great if you could adjust your ride height on the fly?

In addition to the obvious struts, springs, and shocks, the full kit includes an air tank and all the necessary lines and wiring to complete the installation. Air Lift promises that if you are comfortable swapping parts and wiring an audio system that you can handle the installation of the kit. And, thanks to CJ Pony Parts, you have a video to help show you the way.
In addition to the obvious struts, springs, and shocks, the full kit includes an air tank and all the necessary lines and wiring to complete the installation. Air Lift promises that if you are comfortable swapping parts and wiring an audio system that you can handle the installation of the kit. And, thanks to CJ Pony Parts, you have a video to help show you the way.

Well, that’s just what you get when you install one of Air Lift Performance’s kits for 2005-2014 Mustangs. They offer front, rear, and complete kits. The front kits feature 30-way adjustable, monotube struts tuned specifically for the air springs. In the rear, progressive-rate rear springs and 30-way-adjustable shocks round out the system.

Our friends at CJ Pony Parts covered the installation of the top-of-the-line Digital Combo Kit (PN 95723), which should take about 8 hours to complete. They condensed it down into a video that is just under 30 minutes. If this kind of suspension intrigues you, watch the video right here:

“Installed this system is awesome,” Bill Tumas, of CJ Pony Parts, explained. “The car drops in seconds and raises just as fast. The controller is simple and easy to use and will help you set the exact height you want. A great feature is when your car is lowered for a show, when you turn the key it will automatically rise to drive height.”

Not only do the Air Lift struts offer on-the-fly adjustability, but the company says they are lighter than traditional coiled struts. The struts include adjustable camber plates as well, so you can properly dial in your car’s alignment.
Not only do the Air Lift struts offer on-the-fly adjustability, but the company says they are lighter than traditional coiled struts. The struts include adjustable camber plates as well, so you can properly dial in your car’s alignment.

Of course, don’t just think this setup is only for show. Air Lift Performance is quite clear that this system was designed to handle on the road course as well.

“Air Lift air suspension products are tuned on the racetrack. Countless laps and numerous competitions helped our engineers hone the handling to razor-sharp precision, not unlike premium coil-overs,” says the company. “Guys that race Mustangs have been in the car, and are amazed by the cornering capability and flat cornering nature of the suspension. While you may never intend to track your Mustang, it’s good to know that your car is capable of handling whatever the road throws down.”

Both the front and rear offer 30-way adjustability, but the rear features separate springs and adjustable shocks.
Both the front and rear offer 30-way adjustability, but the rear features separate springs and adjustable shocks.

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