In reply to a message from John Testrake sent Fri 26 Aug 2011:
It seems to me to be doable without disturbing the majority of the
architecture that makes ths suspension function so well.
Removing the the steel coils and installing air bags in their place
would alter nothing if the rate is replicated in size and psi.
So, in ‘‘stock’’ Jaguar, it would serve little purpose. A softer
ride is one of the values of an air bag suspension. the ride of a
Jaguar is already soft enlugh without becoming billowy.
Now, installing the Jaguar suspension in a different chassis is a
whole other matter. The tuning may be way off. Spring rate too high
or too low. Air bags make it tunable. And in a low rider, yup,
drain 'em and it lays on the ground. Pump up a bit and
ride ‘‘cool’’, but bump susceptible. Add some more and be bump safe.
The big rigs use them now, it is a great system. Although early
domestic efforts in passenger cars were flawed.
Why not, go for it.
HMMM, a Jaguar low rider, !!! Oh well, I saw one on 20’s???
The original message included these comments:
Those old F100s look great when you get the stance right.
I don’t have any info for you but I’d think the front wouldn’t be
too tricky. The bags would likely fit in the existing spring
pans. You wouldn’t even have to move the shock since they don’t
pass through the spring like some cars.
The rear uses coil-over shocks. It sits pretty low already. You’d
have to fabricate perches for the bags. I don’t think I’ve ever
seen it done, but it’s certainly possible with a little back-yard
engineering. Of course, as the other guys said, you’re eliminating
some pretty good actual engineering.
Carl Hutchins 1983 Jaguar XJ6 with LT1 and 1994 Jeep Grand
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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