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Audi Q7 Suspension Fault? Here’s The Right Way To Fix It

The Strutmaster replacement kit will help you never have an Audi Q7 suspension fault again.

The Audi Q7 has so much going for it. With its rare combination of off-road capability, sporty handling and the smooth ride you want in a daily driver, it’s not hard to see why this crossover SUV has been so popular around the world. With high-quality engineering, ample power, and style to match, the Audi Q7 does a lot right. But that doesn’t mean the folks at Audi got everything right! One of the most common issues — one you may be familiar with — is a faulty air suspension system in the Audi Q7. And if you’ve had the vehicle long enough, you may have noticed these problems just get worse over time.

Let’s take a deeper look at how you can tell if your Audi Q7 has a suspension fault, what might be causing those problems, and how you can fix them the right way.

How To Tell If Your Audi Q7 Is Having Suspension Problems

There are several ways to figure out if your Audi Q7 has a fault in the suspension. Your vehicle comes equipped with a suspension warning light. If the problem is serious enough, you will see this light illuminated in the instrument cluster. You may also experience a sudden loss of ride height from three to five inches.  But even if the suspension warning light isn’t on, there still may be a problem. There are other red flags or warning signs that you shouldn’t overlook.

One dead giveaway is a suspension system that’s overly noisy or making strange sounds. Some Q7 drivers have described a “pop” or “clunk” coming the suspension. You might also hear the compressor getting louder;  working harder than normal or running for longer than normal on a single cycle. Any of these symptoms would indicate a problem. If you hear them, you should address them.

Another telltale sign of an Audi Q7 suspension wearing out is if your vehicle does a “nose dive” when coming to a stop. This is when, as you apply the brakes, the back of the car lifts up while the front of the car dips down towards the ground. From outside the vehicle it can look like the car is crouching.

Intermittent loss of ride height is one of the most obvious signs.  The vehicle may lower for a bit, then raise back up again.

Even if you haven’t noticed any of these yet, it’s never a bad idea to be proactive. Fortunately, the “bounce test” is an easy, quick method to test the condition of your suspension. Just walk around your vehicle and press down firmly at each corner. The corners should pop right back into place and settle quickly. If the bumper takes a long time to return to its normal position or if it bounces up and down before settling, you likely have an issue with that corner of the vehicle.

Why Your Audi Q7 Keeps Having Suspension Issues

It’s not just your Audi Q7 that keeps having suspension error messages. This is a common issue with air suspensions in general. While they do provide a wonderful ride, they just don’t last forever. Here are just a few reasons for that.

  • Complex systems. Factory air systems are a high-tech, expensive suspension solution. They work by employing ride height sensors at each wheel to constantly assess the dips and bumps in the road surface. Then, the sensors send their readings to a specialized computer called a suspension control module. This module sends that information to the compressor where it makes pressurized air and sends it to inflate the air struts as needed to respond to changes in the road surface. What this means in a practical sense is that you’ve got a lot of complicated components in your Q7’s air suspension. As with anything else, more parts means more chances for things to go wrong.
  • Moving parts and flexible components.  Due to electronic parts like solenoids and height sensors;  and flexible materials like the rubber air springs, a suspension warning light in your Audi Q7 is all but inevitable. Moving parts, like the internal workings of an air compressor, simply wear out.  The rubber bladders of an air strut dry rot, crack and leak as they age.  Plus the electronics begin to fail.
  • Interdependent parts. A factory air suspension system relies on all of its components functioning well together. If one part fails, it puts stress on the whole system. Something as simple as tiny cracks seeping air from the rubber air springs can cause the compressor to work harder than it should and burn out quickly. A small problem can become a big, compound problem very quickly.

Why Replacing Your Audi Q7 Suspension Costs So Much Money

Did you try taking your Audi Q7 to the dealership so they could look at the suspension fault? And when you did, did the repair estimate send you into a state of shock? These air suspension systems are expensive. There are a few reasons for that.

 

 

  • Expensive components. As mentioned before, the parts for these systems are very high tech. As usual, that translates to high cost. Just a single Original Equipment air strut can range from $800 to $1200.  Much like a set of tires, these parts all wear out at the same rate.  Once the first one fails, three more are right behind it. That means that if you want to keep your air suspension “original,” four new air struts and a new air compressor could run upwards of $4000 or more.  And that’s before even taking a look at the electronics and other components.
  • High labor costs. As we mentioned, these systems are complicated. That means repairing them is complicated. Working on an air suspension system can run up a hefty labor bill in a hurry. So even if you go with the slightly cheaper option of third-party aftermarket air suspension components, you’ll still have to pay a small fortune in labor fees.
  • Perpetual failure. One part of your air suspension failing can cause a chain reaction that effects the entire system. That means that once you solve one problem, the seeming endless cycle of repairs is just beginning.  Each part or component failure leads to trips to the dealership and the repair costs to match. You bought your Audi Q7 to have fun, not to constantly deal with one suspension fault after another.

Is There A Better Way To Fix Your Audi Q7 Suspension?

Feeling like you’ll never see an end to your Q7 suspension issues? There is a way to end that air suspension nightmare forever. With more than 20 years of experience in dealing with these types of systems, Strutmasters has developed a replacement kit that allows you to get rid of the air suspension headaches forever!  Our exclusive suspension conversion kit allows you to bolt off those troublesome air struts and replace them with something much more dependable — fully assembled coil over struts made right here in the USA.

While air suspensions are destined to fail, this suspension conversion kit does the job without needing complicated electronics and moving parts. Rather than pressurized air and rubber, it uses our exclusive premium quality steel coil springs and high quality struts, fully assembled and ready to bolt right on your Audi Q7. There are no solenoids to replace, no air hoses that can get punctured by gravel and other road hazards, and no mechanical air compressor. And no more expensive and complicated electronics!  Just good old-fashioned steel coil springs and struts, tuned exactly for your Q7.

The result is a passive suspension that provides nice handling and a smooth ride that you’ll love.  It allows our customers to enjoy their Q7 vehicles for years to come with no more air suspension repairs.

 

 

Strutmasters designs these kits to be a simple, with as few moving parts as possible.  With our great installation instructions and available tech support, many of our customers prefer to skip the shop and swap out the suspension at home. All it takes is a reliable jack, a few common shop tools and about one hour per wheel. If you prefer to use a professional mechanic, the great instructions and direct fit will still save you money in actual labor costs.

We believe in putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to quality and customer satisfaction. Strutmasters has been around for more than 20 years and we back all of our suspension conversion kits with a great warranty and customer service not matched anywhere!  Most of our customers convert their suspension and never worry about it again.

How Do I Get Started?

Does ending your Audi Q7 air suspension problems forever sound like a good idea to you? Just order our kit online if you’re ready. If you still have some questions, we’ve got a team of Suspension Experts who will be delighted to help you. They can answer whatever questions you have about the kits or installation and help you make sure you have the right kit for your vehicle. Give us a call at 866-317-1579. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Volvo XC90 Suspension Service Required? The Best Way To Fix It

Here's how to fix your XC90 suspension service required message for good.

The folks at Volvo did a lot of things right with the XC90. Named one of Autotrader’s “Cars of the Decade,” the crossover SUV has almost the perfect balance of performance and comfort. However, over time many Volvo XC90 owners are noticing a ‘Suspension Service Required’ message. Even if you’ve gotten your air suspension serviced, you might get this message over and over again.

Before you take yet another trip to the dealership, let’s look at why these warning messages keep happening and what your options are for solving the problem.

How To Tell If Your Volvo XC 90 Is Having Suspension Problems

Even if you haven’t seen the ‘Suspension Service Required’ message in your Volvo XC90, you could still have suspension problems. Here are a few ways to check.

  • Look. Does your XC90 sit lower to the ground than it should? Compare your Volvo with pictures of new ones you see online. If you’re sitting low and there isn’t any additional weight or cargo in the vehicle, you may have a problem with your suspension.
  • Listen. Does your vehicle make strange sounds like creaking or popping? Many Volvo XC90 owners have reported strange noises going over uneven surfaces — even before seeing the Suspension Service Required message.
  • Feel. Use the bounce test. Walk to each wheel of the vehicle and push down on the bumper. Does it spring back into place? If so, the suspension at that wheel is probably fine. If it takes a while to come back up or bounces several times before settling, that could indicate a problem at that wheel.

Why You Keep Seeing ‘Suspension Service Required’

Truth be told, the problem isn’t just with the Volvo XC90. Recurring warning lights or error messages are common among all vehicles equipped with a factory air suspension system. These high-tech suspensions rely on a series of sensors and electronics to provide an excellent ride quality.  But as the vehicle ages and mileage increases, the system starts to fail. There are a few reasons why that’s the case.

  • Complicated systems. Here’s a brief rundown of how the active suspension in your Volvo XC90 works. It has ride height sensors at each wheel that constantly read the chassis height from the pavement.  These sensors send readings to a computer, called the suspension control module. The control module calculates how much air is needed to inflate or deflate the air springs. Then, it sends that information to the air compressor which generates pressurized air and pumps it to the air struts as needed. In short:  It’s an entire series of functions that must go perfectly for the system to do its job.
  • Flexible components and moving parts. With moving parts like electronic solenoids and rubber air bladders that develop cracks, tears or punctures over time, it’s no wonder that air suspensions fail. That Suspension Service Required light in your Volvo XC90 is more of a “when” than an “if.”
  • Interconnected components. All those high-tech components we just mentioned? In order to do their job properly, they all have to be working. One part failing can lead to extra stress on the other components. For example, if one of your ride height sensors is malfunctioning, it can send the wrong signals to your suspension control module and put a heavy load on your compressor, leading to early failure. One small problem in the system can compound very quickly.

Why Repairing Your Volvo XC 90 Suspension Is So Expensive

If you’ve taken your Volvo XC90 to the dealership to have the Suspension Service Required message looked at, you know it’s not cheap to fix. The high-dollar repair estimate might have even made you decide to just ignore the problem, leading to even more issues. Here’s why fixing the air suspension system on your Volvo XC90 costs so much:

  • Costly parts. The simple fact is components for the air suspension system cost a lot of money. A single air strut for your XC90 can range from $800 to $1200 each.  And just like a set of tires, once the rubber is shot in one of your air springs, the others are sure to follow. To truly fix your air suspension, you’ll need to address all four wheels of the vehicle. Since the entire system is failing, other components like compressors, sensors and the control module will drive up the already high cost of repairing the system.  We are talking thousands of dollars in just parts and components alone.
  • Big labor bills. Not only are these high-tech parts expensive, they’re also very precise and take lots of time to install. With the slightly higher labor cost for an import vehicle, that translates to a huge labor bill. The high-tech nature of the system precludes many Do-It-Yourself types from tackling the job.
  • Continuing failure. The interconnected suspension system means when one part wears down, others are wearing out too. That’s why you keep getting the Suspension Service Required message on your Volvo XC90 and why you have to keep heading back to the shop. Unless you replace all the components in the system all at once, your air suspension will continue to fail.

A Better Way To Fix Your Volvo XC 90 Suspension Problems

There is an alternative to the never-ending warning lights and suspension failures with your Volvo XC90. Here at Strutmasters, we’ve developed a conversion kit that allows you to end your factory air suspension woes once and for all. Rather than a complicated web of computers, sensors, and air suspension components, the Strutmasters conversion kit uses our exclusive American-made coil over struts for the front and new shocks and coil springs for the rear two wheels.  Our engineers have tailored and tuned this kit specifically for what XC90 drivers love about their vehicle–a nice smooth ride with sporty handling. 

The beauty in these 2016 – 2020 Volvo XC90 air suspension conversion kits is their simplicity. There are no computers to install, no sensors to calibrate, and no air compressor. Instead, you’ll get full assembled coil over struts for the front and new shocks and coil springs for the rear, plus detailed installation instructions you won’t find anywhere else. With our great instructions and available tech support, many of our customers choose to install the kit themselves. With a sturdy jack and some basic tools, you can safely convert your entire vehicle in about an hour per wheel.

But even if you don’t install this kit yourself, the bolt off, bolt on design and superior instructions mean you’ll be in and out of the shop in no time — saving on labor fees too.

 

 

With more than 20 years dealing with these types of factory suspensions, Strutmasters fully stands behind the quality of our suspension conversion kits. That’s why we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all of our conversion systems as long as your own your XC90.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re ready to end your Volvo XC90 air suspension problems forever, just purchase the kit and we’ll get it on the way to you! Still have some questions? Our Suspension Experts are ready and waiting to take your questions on our hotline. Just give us a call at 866-317-1579 and we’ll make sure you get exactly what you need. Then you can get back to enjoying your Volvo.

Porsche Cayenne Suspension Problems? Here’s How To Fix Them

The answer to your Porsche Cayenne suspension problems is probably cheaper than you think.

The Porsche Cayenne is one of the most popular crossover SUVs on the road for a reason. The German-engineered vehicle combines the rugged off-road capability of an SUV with the sporty performance of a Porsche. While these vehicles are another example of the company’s mechanical and design excellence, they are not without their problems. Unfortunately, air suspension problems are an all-too-common issue for Porsche Cayenne owners.

Let’s take a look at how to spot suspension issues and what you can do about them.

How To Check For Suspension Problems On Your Porsche Cayenne

Your Porsche Cayenne comes with an onboard alert system to let you know if your suspension has major issues. If you see “WARNING AIR SUSPENSION” in the cluster, your suspension is in need of repair. But even if you don’t see this light, you could still be having suspension issues. Here are a few other ways to check.

  • Look for warning signs. Is your Cayenne sitting lower than it should? Are you experiencing intermittent loss of ride height? Compare how the vehicle looks now with a photo of a new one. If it appears to be sitting significantly lower (with no weight in the cargo area or passengers), it is likely you have a suspension problem.
  • Listen for strange sounds. Your Cayenne’s suspension should be more or less silent. If you hear the compressor running loudly or excessively; or hear any popping or creaking noises from the suspension, it’s an indication you’ve got a problem.
  • Feel for soft suspension. The bounce test is a quick, easy way to test your car’s suspension. You can identify problems with your Porsche Cayenne suspension by walking around your car and pushing down on the bumper at each wheel. Pay attention to how the bumper responds when you let go. It should spring right back into place. If it bounces around before settling or takes a long time to pop back up, this indicates worn components and a probable issue at that wheel.

Why Your Cayenne’s Suspension Problems Won’t Go Away

Having suspension problems once is bad enough. But for most Cayenne owners those problems don’t go away;  they keep getting worse. Here are a few reasons why problems continue to arise:

 

 

  • It’s a very complex system. Your Porsche Cayenne has an active suspension that uses pressurized air to support the weight of your vehicle. Ride height sensors at each wheel are constantly measuring the height of your chassis from the road. They send these readings to a central computer called a suspension control module. This module then instructs the compressor on how much air to generate and where to send it. Then, the compressor pushes this air to inflate the air struts to smooth out the ride. If it sounds complicated — it is!
  • Moving parts and breakable materials. The active suspension system in your car depends on a series of moving parts and components made with materials that are prone to wearing out. For example, the rubber bladder portion of your air springs begins to rot, crack, or tear over time — especially in cold environments.
  • Parts that rely on each other. In an air suspension system like the one in your Cayenne, each part depends on the entire system working flawlessly. One part malfunctioning could cause the other components to deteriorate early. For example, if your control module has a small malfunction, it could cause the compressor to work overtime and fail early.

Why It Costs So Much To Fix Your Air Suspension

If you’ve tried repairing your Cayenne’s air suspension, you know how expensive it can be. Just a single OEM replacement air strut can be in the $1200 to $1500 range. And here’s the thing about air struts: once one of them goes out, the rest are right behind them.  Think of it as buying one tire at a time for your vehicle instead of replacing the entire set.  To truly repair your Porsche’s air suspension, you’ll have to replace all four struts and likely the air compressor, too.

There is always the option to go with aftermarket parts. These components might be of inferior quality to the OEM ones, but they are just as complicated. That means any mechanic is going to have to spend a good chunk of time under the hood replacing them. So while you might be saving some in parts, you’ll still end up with a big labor bill.

It’s also that it’s not just one repair. Once the repairs start on an air suspension, they don’t end. That means more trips to the shop, more parts to replace, and more time not driving your Porsche. Continuing to fix that faulty air suspension over and over will cost you time too.

A Better Alternative For Fixing Your Porsche Cayenne Suspension Problems

It might sound like you’ll never see the end of your Porsche Cayenne air suspension problems. At least not unless you’re willing to break the bank. But you do have another option. The engineers at Strutmasters have designed a suspension conversion kit just for your Porsche Cayenne. It allows you to replace the complicated factory suspension entirely and use dependable steel coil springs and passive struts — at a fraction of the cost of an air suspension system.

Imagine never having to worry about the air suspension system ever failing again. Your Cayenne’s factory suspension uses computers, flexible materials, and air to hold your car up. The Strutmasters replacement kit uses American-made steel and mechanical resistance.

These kits do away with the complexity of an air suspension system and replace it with something simple. Just struts, springs, and all the mounting hardware you need to install them. They’re so simple, in fact, many of our customers complete the installation at home. But even if you hire a mechanic, the relatively short and easy installation process means you’ll save money on labor too.

 

With Strutmasters, quality is part of our brand. That’s why we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on this product — meaning we stand behind our exclusive steel coil springs as long as your own your Cayenne. Switching to our coil over strut suspension system means no more air suspension headaches and expenses ever again!

How To Get Started

Does ending your Porsche Cayenne suspension problems sound like a good idea? If you’re ready, just purchase the kit from our site and ship it to your home or your mechanic. If you still have questions, we’re here to help. Just call our Suspension Experts at 866-317-1579 and we’ll be happy to make sure you get exactly what you need to get back to enjoying your Porsche Cayenne.

 

RAM 1500 Suspension Problems? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

You can fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems for cheaper than you think.

Has your RAM been having some suspension issues recently? Is your ride feeling a little bouncier than it once did? Hearing a noisy air compressor or one that’s running way too long? Your car’s suspension isn’t just about comfort. It’s a safety issue, too. A broken air suspension puts you and every other driver on the road at risk. You should fix your RAM suspension problems rather than ignore them.  Oh, and if you are like most and still searching for “Dodge RAM” it will interest you to know that Dodge RAM hasn’t been used since 2010!  Now the vehicle is simply referred to as a RAM.  Anyway, back to the article.

Before running off to the dealership, let’s take a look at how you can check your truck for a bad suspension. Then, we’ll take a look at what options you have for fixing it.

 

How To Check Your Truck For Suspension Problems

 

There are a few telltale signs of a bad air suspension. If your RAM is leaning to one side or sagging in the rear, you can skip this step. You are having Dodge RAM 1500 factory air suspension problems that you should fix. The same goes if you’ve noticed your truck doing the dreaded “nosedive.” That’s when you come to a stop and the rear of your RAM lifts up while the front end goes down. This is a surefire sign of suspension damage.

However, sometimes it’s not as obvious. You might just notice that something feels off. Maybe you’re feeling potholes and divots in the road more than you used to. Or you know your brakes are fine but your car’s taking longer to stop than before. That’s when you should perform the “bounce test” to check your suspension.

Walk to each corner of your vehicle and push down as hard as you can. Watch as it comes back up. If it springs back up into place quickly, that corner is fine. On the other hand, if it bounces up and down or takes a long time to come up, you’ve got a bad suspension. If that’s the case, it’s time to start thinking about repairs.

 

Why You’re Having Suspension Issues With Your RAM

 

Fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems forever by ditching your air suspension.
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There are two likely reasons why your RAM 1500 might be having suspension problems. Neither of them has anything to do with how you drive.

The first reason why is probably also probably one of the reasons why you bought the truck in the first place. The RAM is an absolute beast. Weighing in at well over 4500 pounds, your RAM puts a lot of stress on its suspension. As you put more miles on the car, many parts–including your suspension–will simply start to degrade.

The second reason, however, is where your RAM air suspension problems really get serious. Your truck came equipped with an air suspension. In its early days, this suspension did a wonderful job of holding up all that weight. You probably enjoyed the smooth ride that air suspension provided.

But here’s the problem with air suspensions: they just break down eventually. That smooth ride is made possible by a huge network of interconnected moving parts and electronics. Each individual component is a chance for something to go wrong. And because these parts all work together, one part going bad can have a chain reaction across the entire system.

What all this means is that when it comes to air suspensions, a breakdown is inevitable.

 

Your Choices To Fix Your Dodge RAM Suspension Problems

 

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you have a number of ways to fix your Dodge RAM suspension problems. If you take your car to the dealership, they will likely quote you a repair based on replacing worn-out components with new ones from the manufacturer. This is your most expensive option. These components are very expensive when they come from the manufacturer.

Another option is to replace your worn-out air suspension parts with third-party manufacturer parts. This will certainly save you some money over the dealership. However, it’s still pretty expensive. Something like the air compressor can set you back hundreds of dollars alone.

Plus, the biggest problem still remains: air suspension parts are going to wear out. Whether it’s flexible rubber airbags that can crack and rot, or ride height sensors that simply just wear down over time, these parts just don’t last.

If you replace your old air suspension parts with new air suspension parts, you can also bet that your repairs aren’t over. In fact, they’re probably just beginning. Once one part wears out you can be sure that others are on the way. It can be hard to fork out big money at the auto repair shop knowing you’ll probably be back soon.

 

A Better Way To Repair Your Suspension

 

Your air suspension headaches don’t have to go on forever. In fact, you can end your RAM 1500 suspension problems once and for all for much cheaper than you’d think.

Rather than pay big bucks to fight with your air suspension for the rest of your RAM’s life, why not just get rid of the air suspension entirely? You can ditch that troublesome old air suspension in favor of a robust, long-lasting mechanical suspension. Not only that, you can do it for a fraction of what it would cost you to replace your air suspension components. Here’s how.

Strutmasters has designed a suspension replacement kit just for your RAM 1500. Rather than flimsy rubber airbags, this kit sits your car on sturdy cold-wound steel springs. Each spring and strut has been perfectly tuned and rated for your truck, eliminating the need for computers and sensors. This kit also features a module that can turn off your suspension warning light.

You’ll still get a smooth, enjoyable ride that’s comparable to your old air suspension, but for a fraction of the cost. You can replace all four wheels of your RAM’s suspension for just $1,199. That’s cheaper than it would cost you to replace just one of the air springs at the dealer.

 

Even better? These kits are designed to be a breeze to install. You can do it at home with just a few simple tools and one hour per wheel. Not that handy? You’ll still save big on labor costs at the repair shop.

 

Ready To End Your RAM 1500 Suspension Issues Forever?

 

How does the idea of never having to worry about your suspension ever again sound? When you’re ready to say goodbye to that broken air suspension, we’ll be here. You can purchase your kit online if you know the make and model of your vehicle. Want to make extra sure you’re getting what you need? Just use our online chat feature or call to speak to one of our Suspension Experts. They’ll make sure you’re getting the right kit for you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Give your Kawasaki Vulcan the ultimate touring upgrade in 2020

Kawasaki Vulcan Upgrade

Your Kawasaki Vulcan is a true friend of the road. With plenty of power and a comfortable stance, Kawasaki’s V-Twin cruiser is a great bike for people who just love to get out and ride.

However, did you know that your Vulcan can get more comfortable and more rider-friendly? And did you know that you can do that with just one modification?

There are many reasons to add an air suspension kit to your Kawasaki Vulcan. Doing so can make it the ultimate touring bike.

Let’s take a look at the ways an air suspension can dramatically improve your Kawasaki Vulcan.

 

Make your Kawasaki Vulcan more comfortable

 

You may have experience with air suspensions in cars. Air suspensions are active suspensions that respond immediately to changes in the road.

What you get is a smooth, easy ride that’s more comfortable for the driver.

Air suspensions in motorcycles do the same thing. Rather than metal springs, an air suspension uses compressed air to achieve a precise pressure for dampening.

The EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension is an active suspension system that will make your Vulcan feel dream-like and keep you on the road for longer stretches.

 

Get better performance for your Vulcan

 

If you’re the type of rider that loves to put a lot of miles on your Vulcan, you know how much road conditions can vary. How useful would it be to be able to adjust your motorcycle to those changes?

Adding an EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension to your Vulcan allows you to do just that.

With this air suspension, you have full control over the stiffness of your air springs. That means you can adjust it to your personal preference or for different driving situations.

For example, if you’re hitting some twisty mountain roads, you can stiffen up the suspension to allow for sportier handling. If you’ve got a long stretch of straight highway in front of you, you can soften it up for better cruising.

Being able to adjust the stiffness of your suspension doesn’t just make your Vulcan more comfortable. By adapting to the road, you can save other components some wear and tear.

 

Get that lowrider look the EZ way

 

Even if you don’t need the extra functionality of an air suspension, it’s still the best way to drop your Vulcan down and achieve that lowrider look.

In the past, riders have been forced to make difficult and permanent modifications to their Vulcan in order to drop it down. This usually resulted in a bike that was less functional than before.

A quality air suspension such as this EZ Rider kit lets you drop your bike down on command. The Ultimate version of this kit lets you do that with just the touch of a button.

Rather than being tied to one height, the EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension allows you to adjust your bike to a specific height. Just how much you want to lower it is up to you.

In addition, you’ll have a choice when and where you want to lower it. When it’s the right time to slide by sitting low, you can do that in seconds. When it’s time to get back to serious riding, you can lift it back up quickly and easily.

 

EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension: the ultimate upgrade

 

While the Kawasaki Vulcan is already a great (some might say underrated) cruising bike, adding an air suspension will make it even better.

Increased comfort, better performance and adjustable lowering are just a few of the reasons to convert your Kawasaki Vulcan over to an air suspension.

You might think that adding all this functionality to your bike would be very expensive. However, Strutmasters is offering these high-quality air suspension kits for as little as $199 for the basic package and $599 for the ultimate package.

That’s small money for a big upgrade.

Order online now or call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 715-6013 to make sure you get the best possible upgrade for your Kawasaki Vulcan!

The best fix for GMC Yukon suspension issues (is cheaper than you think)

GMC Yukon Suspension Issues

The GMC Yukon is one of the most popular full-size SUVs of all time. It’s not hard to see why.

The Yukon is perhaps the ultimate American full-size SUV. It balances rugged functionality with just the right amount of luxury.

Part of that luxurious trim is an active load-leveling air suspension.

When the GMC Yukon air suspension works, it provides a smooth, cloud-like ride. However, as that air suspension ages, it starts to wear down.

As it turns out, GMC Yukon suspension issues are a common problem for owners. Even if you haven’t yet had problems with yours, it’s worth looking for the warning signs.

 

How to tell if your GMC Yukon Suspension is worn out

 

The Yukon is outfitted with a suspension warning system. This system displays a suspension warning light when it detects a problem.

However, there are several ways to tell if you are experiencing air suspension issues before the warning light comes on.

One surefire sign of suspension failure is if your Yukon does a “nose dive” when coming to a stop. This is when the front of the car dips down and the rear of the car lifts up.

Another telltale sign of a suspension issue is if your compressor is running loudly. It should be barely audible. Also, if you hear the compressor running for longer than a few seconds, it is likely your Yukon has a suspension problem.

You can also perform the “bounce test” to see if your Yukon has a suspension issue.

Walk around to each corner of the vehicle and push down. If the corner springs back up and settles immediately, that wheel is fine. If it bounces up and down or takes a long time to come back up, you probably have suspension failure at that wheel.

 

GMC Yukon air suspensions: expensive to repair or replace

 

So you’ve identified that your GMC Yukon has suspension issues. What’s next?

If you’ve taken it to the dealership, you already know that replacing or repairing your air suspension is very expensive.

Air suspensions are made up of many moving and electronic parts. These parts are highly specialized and need to be very precise to work. In addition, they all must be working properly for the system to work as a whole.

For example, rear air struts are the most likely to fail in the GMC Yukon. Just one rear air strut costs almost $400. And once one of them fails, the others are right behind it.

Other components, such as the ride height sensors, are also prone to wearing out and needing replacement as well.

Since you’d be replacing your worn out air suspension components with other components that are also guaranteed to wear out at some point, it seems like a lot of money.

But there is another way.

 

Convert your GMC Yukon to non-air suspension to save time and money

 

You don’t have to live with that air suspension headache. Instead, you can ditch that air suspension entirely and convert to sturdy, dependable coilover struts.

Rather than a complex web of interconnected electronic components, this conversion kit from Strutmasters uses good old mechanical resistance to hold your vehicle up. All 5,500 pounds of it.

Made with high-quality cold-wound steel, these new struts are specially tuned by our engineers to fit your GMC Yukon perfectly. Thanks to Strutmasters’ Glide-Ride Technology, your new ride will feel comparable to your old air suspension.

These GMC Yukon air to non-air conversion kits are designed to save you money. You can convert your entire vehicle for just $549.

They are also remarkably simple to install. That means fewer expensive labor hours at the shop.

A handy DIYer might even want to install the new suspension at home. The job can be completed with just a few common tools, a sturdy jack and about one hour per wheel.

Best of all, Strutmasters is so confident in the quality of this Made-in-the-USA suspension replacement kit, each kit comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. That means that in most circumstances, as long as you’re still driving your GMC Yukon, your struts are guaranteed to work or we’ll replace them.

 

Why wait?

 

This GMC Yukon air to non-air suspension conversion kit is one of our most popular items. Join the many who have already made the switch!

Order online or better yet, call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 669-9456. They’ll help you make sure you get exactly what you need for your GMC Yukon.

How to fix your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 suspension issues once and for all

Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Suspension Issues

Are you one of the many people experiencing suspension issues with your Mercedes-Benz SL 500? If you’re reading this article, you probably are.

First of all, know that you are not alone. Suspension problems with the Mercedes-Benz SL 500 are quite common and well-documented.

Second, you may have heard from your dealership or mechanic that repairing or replacing the hydraulic suspension on your SL 500 is a difficult and expensive fix.

While that is certainly true, it’s not the entire story. There is another, better solution for your Mercedes-Benz SL 500.

Before that, however, it’s important to understand where the SL 500 hydraulic suspension problems come from.

 

Why your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 hydraulic suspension fails

 

Mercedes-Benz’s brand name for the hydraulic suspension system in your SL 500 is the Active Body Control. As the name suggests, it is an active suspension.

As opposed to traditional coilover suspensions which use mechanical resistance to dampen the vehicle, active suspensions use computers to “read” the road and actively dampen the ride. This results in a smooth, steady ride.

In order to work properly, active suspensions feature a number of components that must function in unison. This complex web of moving parts, computer-controlled components, and flexible pieces is highly sensitive.

Compared to a passive suspension like a coilover suspension, they are also quite fragile. In fact, your SL 500 hydraulic suspension wearing out is pretty much a matter of when, rather than if.

So, it should come as no surprise to you that these suspensions giving out is a very common problem.

 

Why fixing your SL 500 hydraulic suspension problems is so expensive

 

Here’s the good news; your mechanic isn’t lying.

Fixing the suspension issues on your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is expensive. That quote your mechanic handed you might seem extreme, but that’s what fixing an active suspension costs.

The reason they are so expensive to fix or replace is the same reason they break: they are made up of highly-specialized components which must be delicate and/or sensitive to work properly.

The complexity of the system also means it’s more difficult to service. As a result, you’re going to have to spend a lot on labor fees in addition to the already expensive components.

What does this mean for you? It means that if you want to keep your SL 500 hydraulic suspension running properly, you’re going to have to part with some serious cash.

However, there is relief for SL 500 owners like you.

 

An alternative for your Mercedes

 

Here’s something they probably won’t tell you: you don’t need an active suspension for your Mercedes-Benz SL 500.

Sure, it was lovely when it was new. It’s hard to argue with the smooth ride and handling offered up by active suspensions. However, once that dies out, no matter how much you spend it will never be the same.

Thankfully, you do have a choice.

Strutmasters now carries a full conversion kit that allows you to ditch that troubled hydraulic suspension. Instead, you can install a brand-new coilover suspension.

As we mentioned earlier, the classic coilover suspension uses mechanical resistance to dampen the ride. Simple physics, rather than a complicated web of computers, pumps and sensors, do the important job of keeping your car at the proper ride height.

 

Advantages of converting to coils

 

Right away the biggest difference you’ll notice is the price. If you’ve already gotten a quote back from your mechanic, you know how expensive replacement hydraulic struts are.

So you may be surprised to learn that this entire conversion kit for all four wheels, including a module to fix your suspension warning light, costs less than just one hydraulic strut. If you replaced the entire suspension, this kit saves you over $7,000 just on the pump and struts alone!

Even better, these kits are simple enough that most people choose to do the installation at home. If you have a sturdy jack and basic hand tools, it should take you less than one hour per wheel to do the installation. Each package comes with detailed instructions and there are corresponding videos available for free online to help guide you.

If that wasn’t enough, these kits are backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Strutmasters guarantees the build quality of each kit for as long as your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is on the road.

If nothing else, this should seem like sweet relief compared to the constant worry and headache of your active suspension.

 

Ready to convert? Click or call

 

If you’re tired of the hydraulic suspension problems with your Mercedes-Benz SL 500, it’s time to make the switch.

Order your kit online or call our Suspension Experts at (866) 317-1579. They’ll be happy to walk you through your order and make sure you get exactly what you need.

Acura MDX suspension problems? The complete fix you need for even less

Acura MDX suspension problems

Has your Acura MDX you gotten the dreaded suspension warning light? If not, are you seeing warning signs of a busted suspension?

Suspension problems are one of the most common complaints with Acura MDX owners. The active suspension on your Acura MDX is especially susceptible to wearing out and having all sorts of suspension issues.

Even worse, fixing them can be a total nightmare. The parts are expensive and the repairs can seem endless once they begin.

 

Acura MDX Electronic suspension woes

 

Your Acura MDX features an electronic suspension that was very innovative for its time. This active suspension uses magnetically-controlled ferrofluids to create responsive resistance.

These non-Newtonian fluids respond to electronic signals to dampen the ride of your MDX. While this is certainly innovative and effective for some time, it comes with a whole host of problems.

The main issue is not with the effectiveness of this electronic suspension, but with its long-term durability.

All active suspensions are complex, requiring a control module to process and send signals to different components. These components form a complicated chain of interconnected parts that rely on each other to function properly.

Therefore, when there is an issue with one component, the entire system suffers.

What that means is that often replacing just one component isn’t enough to solve your Acura MDX suspension issues. Given the number of moving parts and electronics in the system, one part needing to be repaired or replaced means you’ve got many more on the way.

 

An expensive fix

 

The complex nature of your MDX electronic suspension means that the individual components can often be very expensive.

Just your front struts can set you back around $900 per strut! Your rear shocks run around $500 per OEM strut. That means you’re looking at around $2,800 just to replace the struts.

That says nothing of a busted compressor, control module or any of the other components in the system.

In addition, the complexity and sensitivity of these parts means a lot of time under the hood to install them. Those expensive labor fees will start to stack up very quickly.

All in all, you’re looking at a mighty repair bill just to get your Acura MDX suspension back in working order. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

A better solution for your Acura MDX

 

There is another option for repairing your broken Acura MDX suspension. Rather than continuing to invest thousands into your aging vehicle with no guarantee that the repairs will end, consider just ditching that electronic suspension altogether.

That’s right, you don’t have to put up with the endless repairs any longer. Ever since Strutmasters released its Acura MDX 4 Wheel Active Electronic Suspension Conversion Kit, it has been one of our most popular items.

A big reason for that is price. Simply put, you’ll save thousands of dollars by converting to this reliable coilover suspension kit.

For starters, the entire kit has been reduced by nearly 20%. In response to the massive popularity of this conversion kit, we’ve decided to make it even more affordable.

Now Acura MDX owners can replace all four wheels of their vehicle and eliminate the suspension warning light for less than $1,000. That’s just a little more than what it would cost to replace just one front electronic strut.

Replace all four wheels of your Acura MDX suspension and fix the suspension warning light for just $949. Click here!

 

Best of all, these kits are designed to be incredibly easy to install. Most DIYers find they can replace their Acura MDX suspension with a sturdy jack and tools they already have at home. Estimated time to replace is just one hour per wheel.

Even if you don’t want to do the installation yourself, the simplicity of these kits means your mechanic can install it quickly and easily at their shop. That means less money spent on labor, too.

 

Ready to convert?

 

Unless you want to spend thousands and keep going back to the dealer or mechanic, the Strutmasters Acura MDX 4 Wheel Active Electronic Suspension Conversion Kit is the perfect solution.

Buy your kit online or give us a call at (866) 669-9456. One of our Suspension Experts will be more than happy to make sure you get just what you need for your Acura MDX.

Range Rover owners: This is the best solution to your suspension issues

range rover suspension problems

While there are many competent luxury SUVs on the market, only a Range Rover is fit for an actual queen.

The legendary vehicle has been a symbol of class and luxury for four decades. The English vehicle is known for its unique combination of off-road capability and executive level trim. Therefore, performance and comfort are two of the main reasons behind any Range Rover purchase.

Part of that luxury appeal is due to Range Rover’s use of an active air suspension. This suspension employees a host of moving parts, electronics and an on-board computer to adapt to changes in the road. The result is a smooth, comfortable ride.

However, not all is roses with the Range Rover air suspension. Like all air suspensions, the one used in your Range Rover is very susceptible to breaking down or even failing completely.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might be having Range Rover suspension issues, and how you can fix them without breaking the bank.

 

How to tell if your Range Rover has suspension problems

 

If you are experiencing Range Rover suspension issues, you are not alone. All air suspensions have a limited lifespan.

Some of the most common suspension problems that range rover owners experience can be easily identified.

Even before a suspension warning light comes on, many owners may come outside to see their vehicle sagging in the rear. others might notice that it is only one corner of their vehicle that is sagging down.

Another telltale sign of Range Rover suspension failure is a noisy compressor, or one that runs for too long.

Even if the signs aren’t readily apparent, it is a good idea to check your high mileage range rover for suspension issues occasionally. The easiest way to do this is to use the “bounce test.”

To do this, simply walk to each corner of your car and push down hard. If the car springs back up and settles immediately, that corner of the car is fine. If instead that corner of the car takes a wild to pop back up or bounces once it does, you likely have a problem at that corner.

These are just a couple ways to tell whether your Range Rover is having suspension problems. Check out our extensive guide on how to check for suspension problems here.

 

Common Range Rover suspension issues

The most common problem experienced by range rover owners is a leaky or completely busted airbag. In an air suspension system, compressed air housed in rubber airbags support the weight of the car.

This rubber needs to be soft and flexible in order to expand and contract properly. That means it is very susceptible to dry rot or punctures.

Another common suspension issue for Range Rovers is a worn out ride height sensor. These sensors are located at each wheel and are constantly moving up and down to determine how much air is needed to inflate or deflate the system. Like all moving parts these will wear out eventually.

Other common suspension problems include a worn out compressor, punctured or torn airlines, or a dysfunctional control module.

The big problem is that once one of these components wears out, the other components will overwork to compensate. This leads to an increased rate of deterioration and eventual failure of the whole system.

 

How to fix your Range Rover suspension problems

 

If you take your vehicle to the dealership, they will likely recommend that you replace the faulty components with more air suspension components. This will preserve your air ride.

However, as we pointed out earlier air suspension failure is not a matter of if but when. That means that unless you replace all of the components in your air suspension system, you will be looking at an endless stream of repairs for the rest of the vehicle’s life.

You can save a little bit of money by using third-party aftermarket components. However, you were still left with the problem of more and more air suspension failures in the future. That is unless you replace the entire system.

Unless you happen to have a few thousand dollars lying around that you don’t have another use for, this option is probably not very appealing.

But there is a better way.

 

Convert to save your Range Rover and save money

 

There is another way to fix the seemingly endless string of Range Rover suspension issues. You can get rid of that troubled air suspension for good and convert to strong, simple coilover struts.

This kit from Strutmasters will allow you to get rid of all the complex moving parts. Instead, you’ll replace it with a brand new, more reliable suspension in its place.

Rather than a long list of expensive and finicky components, your new Range Rover suspension uses mechanical resistance to get the job done. Cold-wound springs tuned perfectly for your vehicle take the place of flimsy airbags.

The right fix for your Range Rover is here! Click here to buy now!

 

With Strutmasters’ patented Glide-Ride technology, your new ride will be comparable to your old air ride before it failed.

Best of all, these kits are so simple that most people can install them at home by themselves with no problems. You’ll just need an hour per wheel, a sturdy jack and some hand tools you probably already own.

Each kit comes pre-packaged with easy-to-follow instructions. If you still find yourself stumped, you can always consult our helpful video installation guide.

 

Don’t wait any longer!

 

Driving on worn out shocks isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. You and your Range Rover deserve better!

Get your kit from our website or call our Suspension Experts at (866) 317-1579. They’ll make sure you get exactly what you need to have your Range Rover back in tip top shape.