Should You Run Coilovers OR Air Suspension?

Should You Run Coilovers OR Air Suspension?

– Hey guys, what’s going on. It’s Alex from Fitment Industries and today we’re gonna be talking to you about whether you
should go static or air. Now, in case you haven’t heard or maybe you’re living
under a rock, the difference between the two is getting
pretty substantial. Nowadays, everybody is running some sort of Air Lift or AccuAir Suspension system, or D2 if you’re out there and
you’ve got the like 12 cars that Air Lift doesn’t carry. And it’s becoming more and more common for a lot of people to be
running around on bags, and while not to really give a little bit of a shrug towards the coilover guys, but coilovers are still
a very mainstream thing and a lot of people are
still running coilovers. And of course, if you jump onto any forum that ever existed in
the history of the world that has to talk about suspension, you’re probably gonna see the argument that talks about how air is
better or how coils are better. Most of it’s usually the coil bit. But what is the difference,
what are the pros and cons of both, and since we’re here and we do wheels, tires, and suspension, and I’m Alex and I like to talk a lot, and usually pretty fast, we’re gonna go through the pros and cons of both to see if you can make a decision on which one’s better for you. So, jumping right into it, we’re
gonna talk about coilovers. Now coilovers are something
that has been spawned for probably a good 50, 60 years and have been involved
in the hot rod scene, drag racing scene, and
everything in-between to pretty much be developed for one point and one point only: to customize your suspension system
for aftermarket track use. Now, coilovers have grown from
just a coilover shock system to something much more advanced. If you go out there, you
can buy coilover systems that cost more than air
suspension day and night. It’s a very substantial difference. The biggest reason
people run coilovers is, well, because of the customization that coilovers offer you
while you’re on the track. A lot of times, people don’t understand that the coilover has
much more of a purpose than to just lower your car. Now, if you’re just
looking to lower your car, coilovers are a fine and dandy product, but lowering springs are gonna
do almost the same thing. Coilovers take it a step further with allowing you to customize a lot of different attributes
of your suspension system. You’re talking with
dampening a compression, you’re talking about rebound, you’re talking about spring rate, you’re talking about
all that sort of stuff which can play a very heavy effect in how your car feels on the track. Now, I don’t need to go into the fact that coilovers look good all the time because it’s a static setup, but, you know, you’ve seen people. They look super cool while
they’re all aired out on the ground, and then they lift up to go ride down the street, and it looks absolutely ridiculous. It looks like a Tonka truck. If you’re Jared and you’re
watching this video, I’m talkin’ about your
12 1/2 wides on your G35. That thing just looks ridiculous. Get it lower. Coilovers on the other hand, allow you to dial in your spec perfect
whether you’re driving or if you’re just at a show,
and to a lot of people, I think a coilover
setup looks really good. You can get $500 Tein coilovers, you can get $1,000 Silver’s coilovers, you can get $1,400 coilovers, you can get everything in-between. There are so many different
products out there that offer a whole bunch of
different suspension components that have to do with coilovers that you really can get it for any budget that you would possibly need to. Now, if you’re looking
to get into coilovers and you want a bag on
your guys that run bags… (laughs) Didn’t even plan that joke out. Here are a couple o’ things
that you might wanna consider for just air systems
not being what you want. The first thing is gonna be maintenance. Now maintenance is
probably the biggest one to take into consideration. A lot of times, airbag and
air suspension systems, just simply take quite a long
time to kinda get used to. A lot of time, people blow lines and sometimes your struts go bad. There’s all sorts of things
that you have to take into account with air suspension that ultimately result in
you having to deal with it more often, and because
there are more moving parts, air suspension systems have a tendency to break way more often. Coilovers, on the other hand,
really generally do not. You’re not gonna have any sort of issues with reliability or
maintenance unless you, obviously, blow a strut. And let’s not even get
into the reliability ’cause I already said that,
but the final thing is, obviously, the price point. We’ve talked about how there are super expensive coilovers out there, but there are also very affordable
coilovers out there too. There are three different
types of Tein coilovers you can get before you get
into even the close price range of two struts, the front
and rear set of struts for pretty much any car for Air Lifts. So just to put that into consideration if you’re looking to get
something over the other. Now, I know there’s a lot of people out there that are gonna
try and convince you to go air suspension because
that’s the cool way to do it, and while it is pretty
cool, it doesn’t have to be the end-all for your bill. There’s a lot of people
that still run coilovers and for the price point that you’re at, you can end up getting
coilovers, wheels, and tires for sometimes the same exact price as an air suspension system will cost you. And if we were the judge of it, it’s gonna look like
air suspension is going to get more affordable
and easier to obtain for mostly any make and model, which is gonna result in a lot of competition for coilover systems. Recently, Air Lift just
introduced a 3S system, which is a switch system,
that is extremely affordable. I think it’s around $699. That’s gonna be the cheapest
Air Lift management system you can possibly buy that will allow you to run air suspension in your car. Now, there are some static guys out there, static stance guys, Jasper,
Rani, I’m lookin’ at you, that pretty much only goes
static, for good reason, and believe that anything that you can do with air suspension, you
can do with coilovers. I hate to be that guy, but
that’s just not the case. Air Lift is just one of those, and air suspension in general, is a suspension component that allows you to do so many drastically
different things with your car. Coilovers just can’t do it. Whether you’re lookin’ to
be slammed on the ground and then air up for comfortability, or if you are looking
to use it at the track, it is possible. Though it’s not gonna be as
specific as coilovers are, air suspension systems
will give you the look that is just the most popular
look out there right now. And we get to talk about
all the cool things that you get to do with air suspension like roll up to a car show
and (makes a shh sound) all the way down, ’cause that’s
a super cool thing to do. You have Bluetooth apps that allow you to control your air
suspension from a ways away, which is also pretty cool, and the fact that it’s air suspension. You can do cool trunk setups. You can do all sorts of
different sophisticated things that just are super cool to rock out and show your friends and, to be honest, coilovers don’t have that look. They’re just a function tool, and unless you’re looking at ’em, you really don’t know
what the heck’s going on underneath there. The days of having minor
wheel gap are now a thing of the past, and now if you
have any wheel gap at all, you’re pretty much lame, and
you’ll only get 100 likes on your Instagram posts like I do. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. If you’re looking for Air Lift or air suspension or coilovers, check out We have Eibach, KW, ST, Tein,
a whole bunch of other ones, and, of course, we have Air Lift too. Pick yourself up a set. Otherwise, just shoot us an email at [email protected] I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. Don’t forget to subscribe
if you made it this far, and we’ll see you later. Peace.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Can anyone recommend me on what to do to my car as far as suspension? I have a 2007 civic coupe ex and I want to lower it and I just daily drive, no racing or nothing. Just want to lower and make it look nicer. Any recommendations for coils or drop springs ?

  2. I’m still unable to understand how air suspension helps with performance. I’m oooking for a reason to like them because they look cool but with cars everything needs to be as practical as it is fashionable IMO. And I love fashion don’t get me wrong but clothes are literally for the looks. Cars are wayy more than that.

  3. I just add six more leaf springs and add five shocks to the rear cause all the proven methods are too mainstream.

  4. Why no mention of bags being good when you encounter speed bumps and driveways? I Fucking hate bottoming out and scraping the shit out of my front spoiler

  5. You forgot one important consideration:………trunk space. I was personally thinking about air suspension but I like my trunk space and I'd have to arrange a difficult setup to fit the air tank, compressor and a sound system if I wanted one. I always liked coil-overs though.

  6. I am looking at a 2008 lincoln navigator and I want to tow with it. Air suspension is stock and they are know to fail, I would also like to take it on some mild off roading. Would a coil be better for me? Would switching them out also affect the towing capacity as well?

  7. I have bags in front, and coils in the rear on my 69 c10. Mostly procrastination. Guess I should bag the rear too. I'll worry about it tommorw

  8. I sell airlift and I can tell u if u have the money go for it but expect for the compressor or air bag to crap out on u, airlift seals always leak and it's a pain in the ass getti g on the phone with them to replace them under warranty

  9. What is the best setting for airbag suspension longevity  ?  I heard Hight high setting  is gonna make it last longer ? Is that true ?

  10. i have a 99 f-250 sd with a 2" lift init it rides a little to stiff im trying to find suspension that will make it not ride right on the leaf springs so much. full axle front and back 4 leafs all the way around right now it just has the normal shocks but i know theres somthing better out there just havnt found it yet

  11. Great video.. 1 question.. Coilovers are not adjustable on the fly.. but can be adjusted.. How ? and im in Cols Ohio , tip for finding a good shop to install..

  12. I being thinking of coil-over over the air suspension, but anytime I go to the roads…. I kind of think that Air Would be better lol, there are uneven ground all over the city

  13. I live in NYC and there’s a lot of speed bumps and potholes. Like I’m on the bus and in the time it took me to type this out we hit like 7 potholes already….. make that 8. So what do you recommend? Bags or Anything else

  14. I live in texas and drive a g37s.
    I want to slam my car but also be able to drive to most ski villages without a problem I feel like bags can do it all. Are there any northerners who can tell me if this is rational thinking or not? I have never even driven this car in the snow.

  15. My name is Jarred and, while I don't have an Infiniti G35, I feel attacked. lol love you guys and your content, can't wait to get some coilovers and wheels from you guys for my FRS^^

  16. I'm trying to learn and mod my car and i would like to put coilovers. Would you please make a comparison video of cheap vs expansive coilovers?

  17. Run em both incorporate the two or find a system that does….. get suM hydraulics on they're own spring system itll give you lift with the bounce ….. you kidZ these days ain't seen em bounce tho holmz yoo need to try your best to just get yourself s fuckn job first those sa

  18. If bags are so much worse than coilovers why are more and more road racing teams switching to bags? When head to head tests are done coilovers are left wanting.

  19. What about speed humps and areas that would scrape the under of the car? Bags make it useful to drive low and rise to go over those things. Coilovers for the tracks🔥

  20. What wheels are the the ones in 3:37 at the bottom left, right next to the gold color wheels, they look nice!

  21. Was static, after 3 oil pans countless intercooler pipes and power steering lines getting ripped off. Got bags this year 3S Airlift system with airtekk bags. I love it. Weighed all my harnesses, air tank, lines, bags and suspension. Weighed 9.5lbs more than coilovers. Only cost double what my coilover did to! I love them. I track my car also. 500whp with bags. If it aint sketchy it aint fun.

  22. I work at an air ride shop, and you would be amazed at the stuff air can do now. It's more reliable, and sophisticated than it used to be. That being said, it is expensive especially for imports, classic cars like impala's, Continental's are cheaper. But if your one of those guys that wants to drive it, and never work on it coilovers are definitely the way to go. Good video

  23. I'm confused, I'm new to all of this, but I'm looking and looking and I cant find coilovers that sit when turning off your ride and rising when starting the car. Is this only one specific type of coilover, do all of them do it or I'm not understanding this right and none of them do this?

  24. Not really informative to say the least. Or maybe I didn’t know that the purpose of suspension in the car is ‘looks’ and ‘likes’. I stupidly thought it’s about the ride qualities. Silly me.

  25. I want to get some air cups, an air/coilover hybrid for my 370Z. All I want to do is give my car a variable ride height suspension and damper kit. Tie this into an ECU and find a way to adjust steering wheel stiffness to create a "Driving Mode" selector. You know, Track, Sport, Comfort. It would be nice to cruise day to day without feeling like someone karate chopping my neck all the time, yet corner like a boss when I want to get serious.

  26. I've got a Caddy CTS Sport Wagon that looks awesome dropped 2.25" on coilovers and rides really nice. But I'm in AZ and we have big dips all over the place for drainage when the big monsoons hit. Thinking air would be have been nice… not sure if it is me, or the whoever is driving behind me that's more irritated when I have to crawl down to 15mph to go over those dips 😐

  27. Definintly a coil-over guy. Usually one of my first mods..since i usually go for 90's jdm the struts are blown anyway so in go the coil-overs. Do i care that i may only get 100 likes on the gram? nope dont even have an instagram account. i build my cars for me and if people like it thats great if not oh well its not for you anyway. And i do like hitting up autocross and do some twisty roads when i get the chance. And i like the ability to tune my suspension that i get with coilovers. Usually opt for mid-range coilovers like megan racing, or Yellow speed racing. Been using megan's on all of my builds and my 3kgt is getting yellow speed because well its a pearl yellow 3kgt lol.

  28. I want to buy a Brz and wanted to know if I should save up for the coil overs first or tires and wheels when starting from a stock set up.

  29. I need air ride for a my 2nd gen camaro. Not a track car. just a 500 horsepower car, Just want a comfortable ride and race mode option, What do you recommend

  30. I have suzuki dzire in India. The suspension is stiff, As i am suffering from back pain, how can i make the suspension softer? Plz guide and help

  31. Can someone reading this, please recommend me some AirSuspension, which has TÜV (for Germany) ?
    Because I live in Germany and want to bag my car, I know AccuAir or AirLift, one of them must have at least one set of bags with TÜV right?
    Kind regards and greetings, JK.

  32. What is the best way to install a car and how to buy? I'm sorry I'm not very good in English Sonata ef 2004 need car suspension

  33. this stuff is so interesting for someone just getting into the scene but the options are making my head spin

  34. The two 86's hurt my brain. No matter what you run for suspension please don't run camber like that. Ruin your wheels and takes away performance. I simply can't understand why people do that to their cars.

  35. You have clearly never owned a professionally installed air suspension system. You are also ignorant when it comes to using air suspension on the track. You should probably do more research and talk to actual experts before you try to make a review.

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