Since its first release in 1982, the world’s automotive press and aficionados alike have been celebrating the classic BMW. Ever since then, the E30 has seen all kinds of modifications: everything from V8 swaps to full-on custom builds…this platform has pretty much seen it all. After all, it’s hard to beat a small, lightweight rear wheel drive car for the ultimate fun factor!
You know your Bimmer was born to succeed everywhere, from idling in the executive parking lot to shredding curves on back roads—but instead of shredding curves, you’re shedding tears over the factory stock height. The E30’s love of wheel gap makes all the wrong first impressions. Since we believe wheel gap is one of those things that you can get too much of, our ALP engineers took on the task of putting the E30 chassis way closer to the pavement than any BMW engineer would have ever thought possible.
You know your BMW corners the market in luxury performance…but how would you like to corner the turns on the racetrack just as well? Air Lift Performance has the very solution you need, with an adjustable performance air spring suspension kit—available now for your BMW E30 3-Series.
Before you think this kit is just about going low, you should know we test all of our kits on the track, with the goal of delivering the best most versatile way to lower your BMW without compromise. We realize there are several different ways to slam your E30 to get the look and performance you crave, but do you really want to give up ride quality or scrape everywhere you drive?
For the front kit, we mated a smooth-riding, double-bellows air spring to our 30-level damping adjustable, monotube, threaded body strut, giving you 5.1 inches of drop. The look is topped off with adjustable camber plates made of T6061 red anodized aluminum that utilize a high-quality spherical bearing. Since Bimmer engineers never thought their executive car would see this kind of drop, they didn’t leave the suspension very mod-friendly…so some fabrication work is required. Similar to most aftermarket suspension systems, this is a weld-in kit that requires high-quality welding capabilities. This kit asks that you weld the outside perimeter of the lower mount to the hub. Unless you are highly confident in your welding skills, we recommend turning the installation over to a professional.
The rear is a much more install-friendly design. We simply replace the factory coil spring with a double-bellows air spring, giving you a 5.6-inch drop. To keep the rear from bouncing down the road, we use 30-level damping adjustable, monotube, threaded body shocks. With black chromed shock bodies and bright red accents, these shocks look just as sharp as they function. And there’s no welding necessary for this kit—just check out the Air Lift Performance instruction manuals and have basic hand tools nearby to complete installation.
Audi stunned the world with its launch of the A4…and we want to stun you with the great new stance and incredible performance your car can have with our Performance Air Suspension kit!
As the leader in air suspension for VAG vehicles, we know what you are looking for: show-stopping drop, comfortable ride, and maximum handling. The problem is, you can’t have all of those with a coilover suspension! That’s where air suspension shines, giving you the benefits of a lowered ride without the compromises.
All great products need a good foundation to build on. The B5 kit utilizes an industry first: a 30-way adjustable, monotube shock as the building block for the finest air suspension. These high-performance shocks dissipate heat faster than twin tube shocks, and provide more consistent damping during hard driving or bumpy road conditions. They also provide a significant range of damping within the adjustments so you can always find the sweet spot for your tastes. No bouncy rides here.
Another great feature is the adjustable lower perches that allow ride height to be changed—independently from pressure—further increasing the flexibility of these kits. You can dial in the preferred pressure, ride height, and damping combination for fantastic ride or maximum handling, and even adjust to different vehicle weight combinations. They look great too, with bright red anodized accents and shiny black chrome coating to protect them for years to come. No one else in the world of air suspension has all these features!
If you are reading this, you’re probably a fan of all-wheel-drive and high performance. Considering the reputation and heritage that accompany years of experience with the World Rally Championship, Subaru owners expect their cars to perform well on any surface, in any weather. This is a serious, high-performance machine that requires the best in suspension to keep it glued to terra firma.
Yes, there are plenty of choices out there for Subarus…but the problem is, you’ve seen all these other incredible cars—all slammed to the ground—and you are secretly longing for that look on your Subi. Plenty of people out there think it’s wrong to bag a Subaru because they think it will somehow degrade the sports-sedan-handling, or make it ride like a marshmallow. Maybe you are concerned by this prospect yourself, but still, that low-stance look has you daydreaming.
Well, believe it or not, you really can have the best of both worlds! Air Lift Performance has created the perfect suspension kit to tear up a racetrack, shred some back country roads, or stop people dead in their tracks at a show. As the leader in aftermarket, high-performance air suspension, we know what it takes to perfectly balance ride, handling, and stunning good looks. The members of the engineering team involved in kit design and development have over 35 years of road racing experience as drivers, engineers, and crew members. Performance is not only in our name—it’s in our blood.
So what does it take to have such a versatile suspension? It all starts with a strong foundation—in this case, that foundation is the struts. Air Lift uses 30-way adjustable, monotube struts—with a serious range of damping adjustment—that have been specially tuned to match the air springs. Monotube construction is the preferred choice, both in racing and for us, for its sensitivity to small inputs and its great ability to shed heat when pushed to the limit. The 30 clicks of adjustment aren’t just for fun, but serve to allow you, the user, to dial in your preferred handling, feel, or desired ride quality. The range goes from super-stiff to really soft, adjusting rebound and compression simultaneously. The struts weigh considerably less than the coil spring parts you remove, reducing unsprung weight—a benefit to both ride and handling.
We know you like your Volkswagen low…that’s why we made sure that our kit gets you as low as the ground will allow! With over 5 inches of drop available, your stance will be the envy of the coilover crowd. Not only do you get the look you want, but the performance you’ll get on your favorite roads will impress you.
At the heart of the front kit are our performance valved struts that use a compact, double- bellows air spring for a smooth ride. The rear kit has a sleeve-style, progressive-rate air spring atop our performance shock. These powder-coated and anodized parts come fully assembled and ready to bolt-on.
You just can’t go wrong with an e39 M5! The muscular lines on this car never look dated and the performance capability is incredible. With all that excellent German engineering, you want to make sure that any suspension choice you make is worthy of the Roundel. There are plenty of great options for your car, but there is only one that has the versatility to maximize your driving experience: Air Lift Performance!
Air Lift Performance has created the perfect suspension kit to tear up a racetrack, shred some back country roads, or to stop people dead in their tracks at a show. As the leader in aftermarket high-performance air suspension, we know what it takes to balance your ride perfectly, maximize handling capability, and maintain your ride’s stunning good looks. The members of the engineering team involved in the design and development of these kits has over 35 years of road racing experience as drivers, engineers, and crew members. Performance is not just in our name—it’s in our blood.
So, what does it take to have such a versatile suspension system? It all starts with a strong foundation; in this case, that’s the struts. Air Lift uses 30-way adjustable, monotube struts (with a serious range of damping adjustment) that have been specially tuned to match the air springs.
Monotube construction is the preferred choice in racing, and for us as well, considering its sensitivity to small inputs as well as its great ability to shed heat when pushed to the limit. The 30 clicks of adjustment aren’t just for fun, but allow users to dial in their preferred handling feel or desired ride quality. The range goes from super-stiff to exceptionally soft, adjusting rebound and compression together. The struts weigh considerably less than the coil spring parts you remove, reducing unsprung weight—a benefit to both ride control and handling.
Another notable feature is the presence of adjustable camber plates in front. This allows easy, precise adjustment of the camber angle, making quick work of the alignment process for road or track. These plates are packed with high-quality, Japanese-manufactured pillow ball bearings for long life and low noise.