When it comes to luxury and sophistication, the Lexus brand knows how to do it—and the LS430 is one of the big dogs in their lineup. They did a great job making this chassis rock-solid and fantastically comfortable,but that ride height is way too high! That means you’re searching for a suspension to eliminate that wheel gap, but you’d hate to ruin all the good work they did at the factory. That’s where we come in.
Air Lift Performance has created a dynamic solution for the LS 430 that gets your car to the ground for eye-popping stance without giving up ride quality or handling. As the leader in aftermarket high-performance air suspension, we know what it takes to perfectly balance ride, handling, and stunning good looks. Nothing beats the look of a car slammed on bags, but that is the simple part. A great suspension needs to ride well, handle well, and be guaranteed to provide both of those qualities for many miles. Air Lift has been doing that since 1949.
So what does it take to have such a versatile suspension? It all starts with having a strong foundation. In this case, the shocks: Air lift uses 30-way adjustable, monotube shocks 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 as well as luxury car builders, for their sensitivity to small inputs as well as the great ability to shed heat when pushed to the limit. The 30 clicks of adjustment aren’t just for fun, but rather allow the user to dial in his preferred handling feel or desired ride quality.
The range goes from super stiff to really soft, adjusting rebound (body motion in the up direction) and compression (motion in the down direction) together, but with proportionally more rebound. The struts weigh considerably less than the coil spring parts you remove, reducing unsprung weight: a benefit to both ride and handling.
Originally developed to dominate the mid-size luxury performance market, the Lexus IS has become an extremely popular car to modify for the street and for the track. Since this version of the Lexus emphasized performance more than luxury, we set out to develop a suspension kit that not only was capable of giving you a slammed look, but also a suspension that could plant your face against the side glass as it whips around a sharp corner.
After miles of road and miles of track, Air Lift Performance has come up with what we think is the best all-around suspension set up for the IS. This kit will allow you to go low at a moment’s notice with the simple push of a button—without giving up the ride quality you expect out of your Lexus. Try that with coilovers or lowering springs!
Our direct, bolt-in replacement for your factory coils is a threaded body, monotube shock, which features a smooth-riding, double-bellow air spring, allowing you to drop the front 4.25 inches from stock ride height. The red anodized upper mount houses a high quality monoball bearing to ensure smooth and quiet operation throughout the entire range of motion. 30 levels of damping adjustment allow you to fine-tune your ride and handling from super-soft to race-car-stiff—-and everything in between—with the simple twist of a knob.
We followed the same formula as the front for the rear set-up, encompassing the same smooth-riding, double-bellow air spring atop a monotube shock. The rear also boasts the same 30 levels of damping as the front to make sure you can evenly tune your suspension—especially when the urge for some performance driving hits. Not only do the rear shocks perform as pristinely as they look, but they will also allow you to drop 5.5 inches from the original stock height!
In 1998, Lexus introduced the GS as a high-performance sedan—but with its tiptoe stance, you might think twice before starting to modify one. We believe that the GS is a great platform to start with, but we definitely think the car needs an altitude adjustment. Whether you are looking to break necks on the show field, hit up the road course, or just want a sporty drive on your way to work every morning, Air Lift Performance air suspension can deliver more than you ever thought possible from your suspension.
There are many ways to lower your Lexus; everything from lowered coil springs to full-blown coilovers will get you low, but not without some drawbacks. After all, do you really want your Lexus riding like a lumber wagon, or do you want to constantly worry about scraping your body kit on every speed bump and steep driveway? We didn’t think so.
Our suspension kit was designd to give you a slammed stance and superior handling without hurting ride quality. Literally with just the push of a button and the twist of the damping knob, you can adjust your ride height and set your damper stiffness to your liking, giving you full control over your suspension. Speed bumps that used to make you cringe will become comical as you simply push a button and raise the car to clear anything in your path.
A threaded body monotube shock mated with a smooth-riding, double-bellow air spring allows you to drop the front end 4.84 inches from the original stock height. High-quality monoball bearings are housed in red anodized upper mounts to keep everything smooth and quiet through your full range of motion. 30 different levels of damping are available to help you fine-tune your car for both the street and the track.
In the rear, we use the same style of double-bellow air spring atop a monotube threaded body shock. The rears are also 30-way adjustable, and are accented with red anodized lock rings and air spring end caps. All of this adds up to a 5.8-inch drop from stock height, and make for better performance handling than Lexus could have ever imagined.