Ridetech Level 2 Complete Air Suspension System for 1965-1966 Mustangs.
Upgrade your classic Mustang with the ultimate suspension kit from Ridetech. The level 2 system equips your Mustang with HQ Series ShockWaves at all four corners. Front and rear ShockWaves simply bolt on, clearing tires and all suspension components. Ridetech's TruTurn front suspension system corrects the very poor Mustang suspension geometry with strong tubular bolt-on parts. The 4-link will position the rearend more precisely and eliminate the flexing and instability of the leaf spring setup. The level 2 kit includes the same compressor and tank but upgrades the control system with a RidePro Digital compressor system and digital control and display.
- Bolt-on 4-link rear suspension system
- Tru-Turn front suspension system
- RidePro compressor/control system
- Front and rear ShockWaves
Ridetech's bolt-on 4-link bolts directly into the OEM leafspring mounts. Only four small tabs need welded to the axle for the two upper bars. Ride quality and performance is dramatically improved over stock. Instead of a wallowing soft ride, you'll experience a crisp, controlled ride that will inspire more confidence for performance driving. The ride height is typically lowered by approximately two inches. Ridetech's 4-link system uses pre-engineered mounting hardware to maintain ground clearance, driveline angles, tire clearance and load capacities.
The Mustang's factory front suspension is plagued with bad bumpsteer, little room for wide wheels and outward tire lean around turns. With the TruTurn system installed the tires will now lean into the turn, bumpsteer is 0.000" through 5" of suspension travel and you now have clearance to run up to a 245mm tire. 17x8 and 18x8 wheels with a 5-1/2" backspace fit perfectly with this aftermarket suspension. The TruTurn system includes many parts designed by Ridetech which all work together to bring you one amazing handling package. The TruTurn package is the recipient of the 2012 Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show Innovation Award.
ShockWaves are air bags that mount just like a coilover and replace both the coil spring and shock absorber. The ShockWave system will lower the vehicle from the factory ride height and provides the ability to go even lower when not being driven by lowering the air pressure. Typically, a vehicle can be lowered approximately five to six inches beyond the stock ride height. The HQ Series ShockWave features single adjustable shocks which can be adjusted for ride quality or performance gain. 26 rebound clicks from soft to firm let you pinpoint the perfect ride. The air bags simply bolt-in and retain all the factory mounting points while eliminating tire clearance problems. Anodized billet aluminum shock bodies feature a mono-tube design with adjustable valving and proven patented sealing technology which will last for years of reliable service.
Controlling the ShockWaves is Ridetech's RidePro Digital control system. An Digital electronic control unit offers more options to refine your air suspension. In addition to three ride height presets and the "ride height on start" feature, the calibration process, weight compensation and crossload compensation are now all automatic. Error detection and troubleshooting menus have been added into the unit to make finding and fixing problems much easier. A single compressor takes care of filling the three gallon tank.
If you want your classic muscle car to ride and drive like a modern performance car, the complete air suspension system is the perfect solution. Ridetech thoroughly tests all of their components before releasing them to the public. The cars are regularly used in a wide range of performance driving environments along with normal highway time. With multiple suspension parts and setups available, Ridetech has something to offer for the weekend cruiser to road race warrior, and everything in between.
*Some trimming of spring pocket may be required for ShockWave fitment.
*Ridetech tall spindles are only compatible with GM A/F body brake systems.
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Bill: Speaking of the suspension, this is probably the first time you've seen project 50-30 on the ground. We've got our custom Currie axles installed, put a set of wheels and tire on it, so we can actually start working on our ride height. Speaking of the ride height, we have Josh from Ridetech here in our studio today. He came in to give us a hand getting the suspension set up and working properly. Josh, thanks for coming.
Josh: Thanks for having me.
Bill: Let's get started. We have the components for our Ridetech system mocked up in the back of our 50-30 to get an idea of where everything's going to go once it's finished. Josh is going to explain this system we're using and how the parts are going to work.
Josh: What we're working with here is our Ridetech Ride Pro digital system. This right here is the normal display that you would use to control the system. We also have an option to use your iPhone or Android system. What we have here is your compressor. That right there is going to pump the air into the tank, which will hold it in reserve. Basically, you need the more air in reserve to lift and lower the car.
Bill: There are different size pumps and different size tanks available for different size vehicles, I'm assuming?
Josh: Correct. We have two different options. On most systems, we use the standard three gallon system, just kind of the basic unit. On the five gallon systems, we use those on the heavier vehicles. We have an option for a larger tank and we would use two compressors on that.
Bill: For what we're doing here, the three gallon tank should be more than adequate.
Josh: Right. It's not a very heavy car, so it's going to have no problem lifting.
Bill: How does this system work? Obviously, we're going to put power to the pump. That's going to put air into the tank and then it goes out to this valve block over here?
Josh: Correct, yeah. The air will leave the compressor. Once it leaves there, it will go to the tank, store it in reserve. Whenever you're ready to raise the car, it's going to send air to the valve block. Then, the valve block distributes it to the air bag.
Bill: There's four basically separate air lines that come off that valve block and go to each of our shocks.
Josh: That's correct. Having the independent system, it keeps the car really stable driving down the road.
Bill: Start hooking it up.
Josh: Let's go.
Bill: Josh, explain to me the wiring, where everything's going to go for this system.
Josh: For this system, you have your power harness and you have your valve harness. Basically, these right here just plug directly into the ECU. One goes directly to your valve block. You're going to have the harnesses wherever you locate the valve block. As for the compressor harness, you're going to have the option to run two compressors. On this car, we're only running one. We're going to remove one of these harnesses right here.
Bill: So we just cut it away and just not use it.
Bill: Basically, it looks like ... and I just need a couple power connections, a couple grounds and we're basically hook up the lines and we're good to go, right?
Bill: Great. Sounds good. Let's get that harness cut out and let's start fishing our power wires.
Now we're going to plug in the compressor. When you actually mount the system in the car for good, you want to make sure you actually mount everything in the car permanently. In our case, we're just mocking it up. We want to make sure the suspension works before the car goes to the paint job. Josh, explain what's going on over here with the valve block.
Josh: Right here, we're going to plug in our front and rear valve harnesses.
Bill: They are specific.
Josh: Correct. You're going to want to run your ... this right here is your front valve harness and you're going to run your air lines to the front off those solenoids.
Bill: The harnesses then are labeled so you know which one goes where?
Josh: Correct, yes. They are color coated.
Bill: They're front/back specific and I'm assuming left/right specific as well since the controller will control all four individually.
Josh: Correct. You're going to have your left solenoid, your right solenoid for the front and rear. It's going to have your inflates and deflates on the other.
Bill: What is that harness right there for?
Josh: Which one?
Bill: The one laying next to the valve block.
Josh: This right here? These are for your pressure sensors. These plug in right here on your pressure sensors. They're what shows your readings on your display.
Bill: Once you plug them in and the two harnesses you plugged in, plus the compressor, pretty much we run power to the system and it's hooked up.
Josh: That's correct.
Bill: Except for the airlines.
Josh: That's right.
Bill: Seems pretty easy.
Josh: Power, key hot, and that's it.
Bill: Excellent. Let's get the airlines cut. All the Ridetech systems include 60 feet of airline as well as a selection of right angles as well as straight fittings. Josh, I'm going to show you how the fittings go on. It couldn't be easier.
Josh: Basically, it's just the DOT approved quick connect fitting. All you do is cut your tubing to length, slide the fitting on, and this right here locks into place. Just pull on it like that and it's ready to go.
Right here, we've got everything hooked up the way it should be. The compressors are now filling the tank. Right now, you can see we're about 37 PSI. We're going to try raising the car in a little bit once we get the tank to shut off.
Bill: Here you can see the downloadable app that controls the system. You can see the tank PSI on the controller, exactly the same as what's showing on my phone.
Our Ridetech system works great. It's perfect for a custom build like our 50-30. What other models is that system available for?
Josh: Basically, we have a lot of universal pieces we can use. Virtually any Mustang out there that we can find something for.
Bill: Cool. On the new '15, I'm assuming you'll have something as soon as they're available?
Josh: I'm hoping so. As soon as we get our hands on one.
Bill: Cool, cool. This is probably the last time you're going to see project 50-30 looking like this. Now that we've got the engine fitted, the suspensions done, the next step is going to be a paint job. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more updates on project 50-30.