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adjustable air shocks

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i would like to install adjustable air shocks on my 86 camaro. my friend had them on his 70 chevelle, and he would just hook up an air hose and his car could be raked out, or let out air and be level. my friend installed adjustable air shocks on his cutlass, and raked it out. but he is locked up and i cant ask him what to buy. so. which shocks do i buy? i dont want to do any fabrication, just bolt em in, hook up an air line and go.
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My father-in-law just had an adjustable air-ride suspension installed on his '66 AMC Marlin. It has an onboard compressor and independant gauges and controls for the front and the rear. It uses an air bag system, instead of shocks. Ride height and stance can be dramatically changes at any time. Even while driving.

Would this be the kind of system you're looking for?
Or would you like to with the adjustable shocks?

I do know that the air bag system offers a decent ride, but might be a little soft if you still want to canyon carve with your Camaro. In that regard, the best handling would be found in shocks, and most likely the regular performance shocks.

I guess what I'm blabbing on about is that there are sacrifices and compromises to different suspension set-ups. You'll gain in some areas and lose in others.
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i dont have the money, or the fabrication skills for a bag set up. i just want the rear to be adjustable, so i can rake it when i want to, or keep it level, like my friend did with his chevelle when he hooked an air hose to it. i am just looking for air shocks to replace my 21 year odl stock ones.
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I had a '79 Toronado with air adjustable air shocks. I know the Buick Rivieras and the Cadillac Barritzes from that era had them too.
I wonder if one of those set-ups could be made to work? If so, then a guy could score them cheap (hopefully still in working condition) from an autowrecker somewhere. Then just modify the air in/out device to accept an airline led to a convenient place for you to adjust.

Just a crazy idea.
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i could put the air line right behind the liscense plate, similar to where it is located on 94-96 caprices.
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That would be a nice stealthy location. Keeps the car clean, easy access, and far from the shocks (shorter lines and easier installation).
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maybe these? only ones i can find that are for camaros...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Air-shoc ... dZViewItem
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HiJackers, boy do those bring back memories. We ran those in the 70's to do just want you wanted, rake the rear end. They weren't much for handleing, and if you use them, make sure you run separtate air lines to each shock. We use to laugh at the shared line set ups, when you turned a corner really fast the air would re-distribute from the inside to the outside shock. Add in some understeer, and what fun. :lol:
 

 
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so run seperate lines for each shock?
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My dad used to have air shocks in his 77. he used it for that reason, and said they handled nice. had the plug behind the liscence plate.
We picked up some new ones for his 84, but they require some fab, as they are quick large in diameter. So make sure you look at that.
I personally have some overloader air bags im putting on my car. Just bolts to the axle housing. Fill them with air and it will help my ride, and the extra load of my sound system.
 

 
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should i get an individual fill line style, or a t valve?
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should i get an individual fill line style, or a t valve?


I'd set up individual lines and just carry a tire pressure guage and pen and paper. That way you can experiment with the best set up for the car
 

 
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sweet, looks like i'll get these then
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The redistribution of air between the shocks could easily be fixed with something like this : (the red dot is a valve, so that you can controll if air is able to get to that shock or not)
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gabriel hyjackers are pretty good. any autoparts store will sell you a set designed for your car.there must be a thousand different brands for nearly every car made.they will fit stock applications. now,dont be misled. air shocks are not really shocks. they are simply made to lift the car.it will feel like riding a skateboard with iron wheels. it will hurt your handling in the front end.and if you hit a pothole, you'll think your rearend fell out. but you will definitely get the rear up. we used them in the old days cuz we stuffed tires way too big under there and had to use airshocks to keep them from rubbing. we didnt care about handlingor comfort.but please do everyone a favor. if your gonna raise it up, stick some wide tires under there.no 30 rims with 1 inch tall tires. it just aint right.
 

 
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i got monroe gas o matics, i heard too many stories about air shocks failing the more people i asked.
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