Air Suspension Kits vs. Coilover Suspension

Air suspension kits and coilovers are two of the most popular suspension kits available. They’re both designed to help your car drive smoothly and efficiently, but which is right for you?

Both air suspension kits and coilovers have their own pros and cons. So to help you choose the right suspension kit, check out the guide below.

Air Suspension Kits

brochure-sideAir suspension systems are made up of air springs or air bags located at each wheel of the vehicle. An onboard electric air compressor inflates each bag until they lift your vehicle to your desired ride height.

Installing an air suspension kit for your vehicle will present a number of great benefits. For example, air suspension kits are known to deliver a smoother performance that other suspensions. This is because the air springs can absorb road energy more effectively.

Air suspension kits are also adjustable. This means you’ll be able to adjust the height and the stiffness of the system to your exact preferences. With the simple push of a button, the compressor can inflate or deflate each air spring as needed to help your car produce the exact performance you want.

Best of all, air suspension kits can improve carrying capabilities. When your vehicle is lifted, the air springs can support any extra weight in the cargo area and passenger area. So as you travel, your car stays level, which reduces the risk of bottoming out, rear end sag, and excessive tire wear and tear.

While air suspension kits help your car achieve a great performance, there are a few drawbacks you should consider. For example, air suspension parts deteriorate and break down faster than others.

Coilover Suspension Kits

Coilover suspension kits use traditional coil springs to adjust the height of your vehicle. Some kits will raise your car while others can lower its stance for improved performance. They’ll also work to support your vehicle to enhances its load and towing capacities.

However, unlike air suspension kits, coilover kits only use springs to help your car achieve a smooth performance. With that said, coilovers aren’t as versatile as air suspension kits. You can switch out the coils to experience a softer or firmer performance or a different ride height, but it won’t be as easy as pushing a button.

Fortunately, coilover suspension kits do have some exclusive benefits. For example, they’re known to be more durable than air suspension kits. This means they’ll be able to withstand wear and tear more and last longer than air suspension parts.

Choosing Your Suspension Kit

Both an air suspension kit and a coilover suspension kit deliver a great performance for most cars. With that said, choosing one for your vehicle will depend on your specific needs.

So if you’re looking for a convenient way to adjust the stiffness and ride height of your car, consider an air suspension kit. If you want something that’s durable and dependable, install a coilover suspension kit.

Contact Strutmasters online for more information about air suspension kits vs. coilover suspension kits.

The Top 5 Auto Blogs in the Industry

The automotive industry can be tough to understand, but there’s a lot you can learn from industry blogs. Whether you’re looking for the latest in vehicle releases or air suspension maintenance tips, these top five auto blogs are excellent resources for helping you to navigate and learn more about the industry.

Auto Blog

Auto Blog is the industry blog for all things automotive. They publish vehicle reviews, articles on the latest industry news, and car buying guides. On top of that, they have an entire section dedicated to vehicle owners. This includes maintenance and repair guides that discuss everything from how to keep your vehicle clean to car care tips.

They also publish news regarding recalls and safety issues affecting any vehicles on the road today.

If you’re looking for industry news, trends, and the latest in automotive culture, check out This blog is known for its pieces showcasing the latest automotive technology trends as well as new vehicle reviews. On top of that, they’re a go-to source for any and all car buying advice you need. also features three recurring series. “Memory Lane” discusses classic and vintage cars. “Letter from the UK” gives us a look of the auto industry across the pond. Finally, “Book Garage” highlights of some of today’s most inspiring automotive books.

Hemmings Blog

Known as the world’s leading classic car news source, Hemmings Blog publishes everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the vehicles of yesteryear. Their blog features details on a variety of vintage cars such as their classic car “Find of the Day.” These posts are a complete rundown of classic and vintage listed for sale on the Hemmings Daily News website.

On top of that, Hemmings Blog posts the latest news in sports cars, exotic cars, motorcycles, classic car events, and much more.


Motorlogy is a great auto blog for anyone looking to learn more about the latest models, vehicle upgrades, and automotive technologies on the market. Their posts mainly focus on reviews of new models and technology advancements.

However, Motorlogy is also great resource for beginner car buyers. They feature guides to finding the right car loan, how to buy the right auto insurance, and how to find the right used car for your needs. Best of all, this automotive blog specializes in safety tips to ensure peace of mind for the road ahead.

The Truth About Cars

For an honest information about vehicles, read The Truth About Cars. They’re known for their informative blogs, vehicle reviews, and editorials. They also provide in-depth vehicle details in their First Drive Reviews to help you make any necessary car buying decisions.

In addition, The Truth About Cars offers a full section of blogs related to tips and advice. Designed to help make the car shopping process and your life as a new car owner easier, they feature helpful blogs to know what to look for during a test drive, choose between OEM or aftermarket parts, and much more.

The top five auto industry blogs are some of the best resources that can help you learn more and stay updated on the latest automotive news and trends. So if you’re looking for industry information, check them out today.

For more industry news and tips from automotive experts, check out Strutmasters’ blog.

What Are The Warning Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Monroe Shocks?

Despite it being pretty easy to tell when most car parts need to be changed, some aren’t as obvious. Unlike a tire’s tread which you can see, a change oil light coming on, or windshield wipers just not working, a car’s set of shocks are much harder to keep an eye on. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s difficult to know when they should probably be checked or changed, and why Strutmasters recommends you replace them with Monroe Shocks when the time comes.

How often should I be replacing my shocks?

While the timing on replacing shocks obviously depends more upon how well-worn the shocks are, it’s highly recommended to get them at least looked at every 50,000 miles or so. Experts agree that most shocks will have degraded significantly by 50,000 miles, but it will ultimately depend on the driver’s driving style, the brand and make of the car in question, road conditions, and several other smaller factors.

However, it’s safer to get the shocks inspected more often than that. We recommend that you have your shocks inspected once a year or every 12,000 miles if you’re a heavy driver. While it’s unlikely that they will need to be replaced that often, rough road conditions or particularly rough driving can cause shocks to degrade that much faster, so getting the shocks inspected when you bring a car in for other maintenance like an oil change is recommended.

Why should I worry about my shocks?

While many drivers are aware of the primary function of shocks – to absorb shock – many are unaware of all of the other systems that shocks can affect, and just how much difference a new pair of shocks may actually make.

Shocks can serve a number of different functions in different types of cars. For example, in a heavier car, the shocks are used to help reduce the overall weight of the car or truck that is exerted on the tires and brakes. If the shocks are too worn down, the brakes and tire treads may degrade much faster than they should. Ultimately, they can even affect steering, braking, and overall vehicle stability. If shocks are worn down, they can make driving in the vehicle difficult and dangerous.

Why Strutmasters chooses Monroe Shocks.

Just like any other item out there, plenty of brands produce shocks for cars and trucks. And, just like any group of products, they are not created equal. In Monroe’s case, they make great shocks and struts, and should be at the top of any list of possibilities. They send out reliable shocks that are affordable, finding the perfect medium between the two extremes.

Monroe also covers a wide variety of car brands and makes between their different shock designs, and with their latest design – the OESpectrum line of shocks – really made something worthwhile.

The OESpectrum shocks are reliable and are designed to help make steering tighter and deliver better driving control in nearly all driving conditions. They are also made to help isolate and reduce noise and vibrations created by impact while driving.

Custom Motorcycle Suspension on

Motorcycle Custom Suspension on!

Strutmasters repairs and sells a wide array of suspension components. The variety of suspension parts we sell are growing every day. However, the fact remains, the suspension parts that Strutmasters has always designed and constructed has been the revolutionary active-to-non-active conversion kits. Ladies, and Gentlemen, not anymore! We are now branching out into the world of passive-to-active suspension.

While Strutmasters remains a firm believer that coil springs, MacPherson strut assemblies, and non-electronic hydraulic and gas shock absorbers are safer, easier to install, and more reliable suspension components than air suspension systems, we will admit there are just some things air suspension systems can do that passive systems can’t….like changing your ride height at the touch of a button. Well, we are taking a crack at this portion of the industry. Strutmasters now offers its very own custom air suspension lowering kits…..for Motorcycles! That’s right, we are now making custom air suspension systems AND making products for Motorcycles. Now announcing the Low Life Motorcycle Air Suspension product line from Strutmasters.
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2015 Strutmasters 199 Race NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Event

The Strutmasters 199 race

The Strutmasters 199 race is a 199-lap NASCAR race that is part of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. It was held on August 1, 2015 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. Other races at the track that night were the 40-lap Sportsman Race and Street Stock Division Racing. The Strutmasters 199 was presented by Q104.1 New Country Radio Station.
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Mercedes-Benz Air Suspension Conversion Kit Sale

We are having a limited time sale on all Mercedes-Benz S Class air suspension conversion kits

Strutmasters is having a limited time only sale on all Mercedes-Benz S Class kits! Not only do we save you thousands of dollars on OEM parts, but now our prices beat cheap, after-market air suspension knockoffs too. Browse our large inventory of Mercedes-Benz Air Suspension Conversion Kits to find the perfect fit for your vehicle.

All Conversion Kits on Sale

2003-2006 S430 4MATIC without module:

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2003-2006 S500 4MATIC with module:

2003-2006 S500 4MATIC without module:

2000-2006 S500 RWD without module:

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2007-2012 Mercedes Benz S550 with module:

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The Difference Between Twin-Tube and Monotube Shocks

Difference Between Monotube and Twin Tube Shocks

Monotube Shocks vs Twin Tube Shocks – Which Is Better?

Monotube Shocks or twin-tube shocks?” This is a question that many motorists and car owners find themselves asking when shopping for the right suspension parts for their vehicle. This is most noticeable nowadays as more people desire to feel more comfortable and safe whether driving in the streets, on the track, or off-road. Though looking like basic car accessories, shocks play a vital role in the car’s suspension system.

They dampen the road vibrations and shocks leading to a smoother and safer ride. In addition, they also improve road handling as well as braking. Bearing these issues in mind, which is better between twin-tube and Monotube shocks? To find the right answer, it is necessary to consider the following factors:
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Reduce Strain When Towing With Super Springs™

Towing can add stress to your vehicle

Using your vehicle to tow a trailer of any size can put a strain on your vehicle if not properly equipped to tow. Drivers can’t simply assume that a car or truck with a V8 engine can pull anything simply because the vehicle has a big motor.

Towing can add a huge amount of stress to your brakes, suspension and the overall stability of the tow vehicle. For example brakes designed to simply stop the vehicle may not stand the added stress of a trailer and simply burn through. Having no brakes, not a good thing! The forward motion of a thousand or more pounds can literally add over hundreds of feet of needed stopping distance. If brakes are not rated to stop the extra weight you will be in extreme danger.

Adding weight to the rear end of any vehicle and you sag the rear end, this to can cause extremely unstable driving conditions. As the rear of the trailer stands taller from sagging at the hitch the trailer itself becomes an airfoil wind will toss it about and the yaw can cause your vehicle to move out of control.

Towing can put a strain on tires, corning ability, stopping, brakes, and pretty much everything that keeps your vehicle safe while moving.

Solutions for tow vehicles are available to help stabilize the trailer and tow vehicle. For instance Roadmaster Active Suspensions™ can add a spring reinforcement that provides directional support. What you want to happen is for the load to be even, meaning the trailer and the tow vehicle is even with each other with no sag at the hitch. When this occurs the trailer is moving safely with the tow vehicle. Less stress and both vehicle and trailer are tracking safely and smoothly.

Super Springs™ may be the solution you’re looking for

Another fantastic solution is Super Springs™ that work only when the rear springs are over normal capacity for weight. The super spring simply moves into place when a load is placed on the rear end to assist your factory springs with some additional counter balance if you will, that assists in stabilizing an overstressed spring with additional support. This system works independently with no need for any manual change.

With the proper hitch and thought for heavy loads, you can tow within your vehicles capabilities with some simple add-on’s to the tow vehicle. Make sure before you venture out onto the roadways that you have safely prepared to pull a trailer. Vehicles act much differently when you have a trailer behind you. So be prepared, take a few practice runs down streets with little or no traffic. Know how far you need to actually stop with the trailer, how much distance to allow between you and the car in front of you. Get a feel for what your car or truck will do before you take on the freeway or busy streets and you will do fine.

Understanding Lincoln Continental Air Ride Suspension Issues

Most of us while driving have seen older model Lincoln’s driving down the road with the backend of the car sagging down. This is the tell-tale sign that the air ride suspension has failed. The air bags that lift and maintain the quality of ride have failed. Not only have they failed but it’s made the car unstable and unsafe to drive.

The Lincoln® Continental is notorious for this issue. The problem is not a poorly built car; the problem is the components for the air ride suspension have no real protection from the elements. Road debris, road salts, mud and other corrosive material can build up extensively over time; fatigue from these elements over time will cause leaks. Failure is immanent and costly. With these types of suspensions it’s simply not are they going to fail, but when!

Conversion Kits Save the Day

Available are air suspension conversion kits to save the day. What happens with the older model cars is the cost to fix the air suspension with OEM parts can cost more than the car is actually worth, struts and compressor can run over three thousand dollars not including labor. For die-hard fans of the car this is not a great option. The air struts alone for example can cost over one thousand dollars per wheel.

The conversion kits includes, coil springs with everyday struts or shocks. Yes, you give up the air ride suspension, but you gain a safer car that does not look like it should be staring in a Cheech and Chong movie “Low Rider”. Luxury cars with air ride suspensions were designed to give the passengers the smoothest ride possible. To keep these beautiful cars on the road affordably, owners do have options that are affordable vs. OEM solutions.

Strutmasters Offers an Affordable and Quality Solution

Typically conversion kits will run in the neighborhood of eight hundred dollars. This is a huge sigh of relief over the alternative.

Luxury cars are timeless in elegance and beauty. It’s wonderful to know that these ageless beauties can have extended lives with affordable alternatives such as non OEM suspension conversions.