Install Overview: Air Lift 1000 Universal
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Install Overview: Air Lift 1000 Universal


Welcome to the Air Lift Workshop. Where you get expertise from the air suspension
specialists, keeping you on the road and in top condition. Today we’re installing an Air Lift One Thousand
Universal kit on a Jeep Wrangler. In a previous video, we covered how to determine
if the Universal kit is right for you, and how to correctly measure your open coil spring. Now we’ll show you how to easily install
this kit in less than 2 hours, with only common mechanics tools! Manual
Remember, this overview doesn’t replace your installation manual. Grab yours out of the box, and let’s get
started! Raise the vehicle with a floor jack and support
the frame with jackstands – in order to fully extend the rear coil springs. For filming purposes, we are using a drive-on
vehicle hoist. Prep the air spring for installation by removing
the plastic cap and expelling the air by rolling it up toward the stem. Replace the cap in order to hold the flat
shape. Fold the air spring into the shape of a hot
dog bun so it will easily fit inside the fully extended coil spring. The air line for each air spring will need
to be routed through either the top or bottom spring seat. If there is not a hole, or easy access to
the existing hole, it may be necessary to drill or grind a hole through the top or bottom
spring seat to create access to the stem of the air spring cylinder. Our Jeep Wrangler has an existing hole in
the top spring seat – so we’ll insert the flattened air spring into the coil spring
at the lowest opening – with the stem pointing upwards. Push the air spring up inside the rings of
the coil by hand or with a blunt instrument, such as a spoon-type tire iron. Remember to NOT use a sharp object, or you’ll
risk puncturing the air spring. When it is completely within the coil, remove
the cap and allow the air spring to return to its molded shape. According to the specific needs of your vehicle,
insert any provided spacers either above or below the air spring. Before routing air lines to the air springs,
note the available length and pick a convenient inflation valve drilling location. For Tee Line routing, you will need to drill
one hole. For Dual line routing, you will need to drill
two. We’ll use the bumper as our drilling location,
but you could also use the license plate recess, wheel well flanges, or under the gas cap access
door. Prepare the inflation valve by sliding the
clamp over the air line. Then push the air line over the barbed section
of the valve and clamp the air line onto the valve. Place a nut and star washer on the inflation
valve, and push it through the previously drilled hole. Use a rubber washer, flat washer, and nut
to secure it in place – then twist on the valve cap. Before cutting your air line, remember to
never cut from the side; you will leave a jagged edge and ruin the hose. Instead, use a hose cutter or sharp razor
blade to get a clean cut. When installing dual inflation valves, route
the longest inflation valve-to-air spring path first. Secure the air line along the frame with the
provided zip ties. Leave some slack and avoid sharp bends, edges
and heat sources! Once routed, measure an extra 12 inches, then
cut the air line. Following the same guidelines – route, secure
and cut the second air line. When routing with a tee, locate the desired
tee location and route both air lines to the tee. Then route air line from the tee to the inflation
valve. Secure the air lines over the barbed section
of the tee with the provided clamps According to your stem location, run air line
through either the top or bottom of the coil spring. If a protector is provided in your kit, slip
it over the air line. Slide the clamp onto the air line and push
the air line over the air spring’s barbed stem. Secure the air line with the clamp and position
any protector so that it rests in place over the stem. Now raise the axle or lower the vehicle body
until the air springs lightly touch the spring seats and/or spacers. To make sure your Air Lift kit is air-tight,
inflate the system to 20 PSI and spray a soap solution on all connections and valves, while
checking for exiting air bubbles. That does it! Remember, you can find more information about
all of our products at Air Lift Company dot com – and our knowledgeable customer service
team is always just a phone call away! Thanks for joining us in the Air Lift Workshop!

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