Late Model Restoration drops a 2015 Mustang with Air Lift suspension
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Air Lift Performance and Latemodel Restoration
We got our first glimpse of a possible trend at this year’s Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That trend is bagged S550s. You know 2015+ Mustangs with air suspensions. With the ability to raise or lower a car at the push of a button, air suspensions can instantly give your ’Stang that sick stance at a show or cruise-in, but return it to a driveable ride height with another push of the button.
One of the companies at the forefront of this movement is Air Lift Performance, and it has a new offering designed specifically for the 2015+ Mustang. This kit (PN AIR-98021; $3,250) offers improved handling and a whopping 4 inches of drop if you so desire. Having seen several cars slammed to the pavement in Myrtle Beach, we can say that bagged S550s look pretty awesome.
Here’s a quick overview of the system from our friends at Latemodel Restoration…
Now, if you’ve been considering jumping on the bagged bandwagon, you might be curious about how such a kit installs. Fortunately the LMR crew recently completed an install of the Air Lift system on one of the company’s in-house 2015 Mustang project cars, and they covered the details of this installation on video…
As you can see, the installation of the suspension hardware is pretty much a remove-and-replace operation. The only extras involved with the Air Lift kit are plumbing the air lines, mounting the tank, mounting the controller, mounting the air pump, and wiring the system. However, once that is done your days of manually adjusting the suspension are over.
With the kit installed, the LMR team put the company’s bagged S550 to the test and came away quite pleased with the results.
“Overall the handling of the 2015 Mustang GT with Air Lift Performance suspension kit is great thanks to the 30-way adjustable struts. We have ours set half way on the front and rear, so obviously there is a ton of room for improvement,” Landon Durham, of LateModel Restoration, said. “Whether you do take your car to a road-course track or an autocross event, having that 30-way adjustability is key. You can adjust your hardness or softness and get it dialed in as those tracks change.”
You can watch the full review video here…
We have a feeling we might be seeing more 2015+ Mustangs equipped with this suspension in the future. It’s definitely hard to argue with the results of great looks, improved handling, and push-button adjustability.