When you purchase a BMW, there are a few things you expect. From the infamous kidney grill to the refined interior–as well as the outstanding detail to luxury and performance–this German automaker has striven to give you the ultimate automotive experience. While we do agree that BMW builds amazing cars, we do have one question: why, oh why, is there so much wheel gap?!
Air Lift Performance set out to conquer the wheel gap problem on the BMW E8X chassis. Of course, there are many different ways to lower your E8X, but what the ALP engineers have put together is the best no-compromise suspension on the market. Gone are the days of a harsh ride, and scraping your car everywhere you go, just to get the low look you are after. Now, you can just push a button to raise and lower the car on demand. With a simple twist of the damping knob you can go from a soft luxurious ride to a stiff race car feel, allowing you to get the most of out your suspension.
To reduce the front wheel gap by 4.84”, we choose a smooth-riding, adjustable, double-bellow air spring mounted to a monotube threaded body strut. Not only can you adjust the height of the vehicle with the strut, but you also have 30 different levels of damping adjustment to really tune your ride quality and performance–depending on if you are on the road or headed to the track.
For the rear, we took a different approach than most air suspension companies. We engineered a complete control arm (along with toe links) to not only give you maximum drop and a lower PSI when you are at ride height, but also to help you keep the tires planted when a little more spirited driving is in order. Sounds fancy, but what exactly does that mean? It means you can run less air pressure in the bag to achieve your desired ride height, which equates to a much better ride quality and handling performance.
We have replaced the OEM coil spring with one of our double-bellow air springs, and added a monotube, 30-level-adjustable, threaded body shock to handle the damping duties. Total overall drop is 5.8″ from stock, giving you the drop that is sure to get you noticed on the street as well as the show field. All this is to ensure you have the best overall driving experience from your Bimmer.
So you may be thinking, that this is all well and good for the show crowd, but what if you want to push your BMW to its handling limits? Will air really provide the corner-carving ability you crave? The answer is a simple YES. We have spent countless hours on the track to give you a suspension that can handle any road course or curvy road you may encounter. You can expect quicker steering response and excellent roll control, thanks to our progressive rate air springs and monotube 30-way dampers. Best of all, our suspension components are compatible with other chassis upgrades to allow you to put together the ultimate corner-carving monster.
We offer detailed installation instructions to help you to have your E8X slammed within a few short hours. If you have the ability to wire a stereo and swap out suspension parts, then you should have no problem installing this air suspension system. If you do run into a snag, the Air Lift Performance tech support team is top-notch, and can walk you through any questions you may have.
In order to bring to market the most durable air suspension possible, Air Lift Performance tortured the components of this kit to 1 million cycles (equal to approximately 100,000 miles) on their hydraulic test rig at temperatures from -30 deg F to 150 deg F. Couple this test lab work with thousands of miles of on-road testing and the 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, and this is a kit you can count on to handle whatever the road throws down!
Isn’t it time you had the option of getting a killer lowered look without giving up ride quality and having to worry about scraping your ride? Ditch the springs and get to an entire new level of low.
- BMW 1-series (except 1M)
- 2007-2011 E81 2 door hatchback
- 2007-2013 E82 coupe
- 2004-2011 E87 5 door hatchback
- 2007-2014 E88 convertible
- Modifications Req. Front: NONE
- Modifications Req. Rear: NONE
INCLUDED WITH EACH KIT
- Pair of threaded body air over struts with 30-level damping adjustment
- Stainless steel leader air lines
- 1/4″ & 3/8″ PTC fittings
- All mounting hardware
- Detailed instruction manual
- Air Lift’s 1-year warranty and excellent customer support
This kit features:
- 123mm/4.8" Drop
- Double Bellows Progressive Rate Springs
- 30-Level Adjustable Damping
- Proprietary Bolt-in Camber Plates
- Threaded, Adjustable Strut Mounts
- High Performance Monotube Struts
- High Quality Spherical Ball Upper Mounts
- Sway Bar Endlinks
- Braided Stainless Steel Leader Air Hoses
- No Modifications Necessary for Installation
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Fiberglass Installation & Painting (FRP): There will always be minor sanding, shaving, cutting, tweaking, adjusting and/or filling will be required prior to installing these parts. All primer finish included with the parts but be sanded as well as other preparation work required before painting. All fitting and paint preparation is the responsibility of your body shop. Body kits must be test fitted on the vehicle prior to painting to check for any manufacturer's defect. The product's respective manufacturer nor Outcast Garage will be responsible for the quality of a body shop's work if it does not meet the customer's expectations.
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Hand-Land Carbon Fiber (CF, CFRP): The 'Carbon Fiber Care' disclaimer also applies to hand-land carbon fiber products. Depending on the complexity and design of the product, there may be a slight and minor shift in the carbon fiber weaves. It is almost impossible to achieve 'perfection' with hand-land carbon fiber. These 'slight and minor shifts' in the carbon fiber weaves does not equate to the product being defective. If the weaves are extreme, and do not fall within an acceptable tolerance, then it will be eligible for a warranty replacement if the product has not been altered in anyway. A warranty claim must be filed first before any further action can be taken. Body kits must be test fitted on the vehicle prior to painting to check for any manufacturer's defect. Outcast Garage will not be responsible for a refused shipment of a carbon fiber product if it does not meet expectations without first initiating a warranty claim and receiving approval. Inspections and refusing of shipments are only for damaged products during transit (cracks, chips, bends, holes, scratches, etc).
Polyurethane Care, Installation & Painting (Poly): All polyurethane parts will come raw and unpainted. These parts are flexible so they may slightly warp during shipment. Slightly warped polyurethane parts are not considered defective. They will require a few hours of sunlight to return to its original shape from when it came out of the mold. Polyurethane parts are much different than factory OEM parts and require specific preparation before painting. Improper paint preparation will result in the paint not adhering to the bumper, pin holes and bubbles. It is normal for polyurethane parts to come slightly scratched with imperfections. Proper sanding during paint preparation will remove all imperfections. Please seek a professional and reputable body shop with experience with polyurethane aftermarket parts. Body kits must be test fitted on the vehicle prior to painting to check for any manufacturer's defect. The product's respective manufacturer nor Outcast Garage will not be responsible for the body shop's preparation, fitting and paint job if it does not meet the customer's expectations.
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