Jim Smart
December 14, 2010

Tech | Suspension Upgrade
Last month, we introduced you to the Level 1 air ride system from RideTech, installing the front suspension system on a '62 Ford Galaxie convertible. We fitted our frontend with air springs, relocated shock absorbers, and installed the air supply system.

Air bag suspensions can greatly improve ride quality and handling over the factory components, and they allow you to position and show the car anyway you'd like. They are available for just about every Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln imaginable from compact all the way up to fullsize, including trucks.

RideTech has really set the standard when it comes to installing air suspensions in vintage cars, and the company's tuneable suspensions allow vehicle owners to dial in ride quality, height, and firmness all from the comfort of the driver seat.

This month, we are installing the rear suspension system, and will cover tuning the ride quality and handling. For this, we turned to Mike O'Brien at Mustangs Etc. in Van Nuys, California, who has a lot of experience building street rods and customs. Once the suspension components are bolted in, ride tuning boils down to what you do with switches and air pressure. Lets get started.

Photo Gallery

View Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

View Photo Gallery

What Can RideTech Do For You?
Check out the handling and versatility of Mike O'Brien's '62 Galaxie now with the RideTech suspension underneath. You can see the before and after differences easily, as the Galaxie now turns much flatter and with more control. With a lower center of gravity, air springs, and improved suspension geometry, both ride and handling are vastly improved. And when it's time for showing and cruising, you can put this thing flat on the ground. For suspension tuning, you'll want to experiment with varying pressures. A lot will depend on your vehicle and it's weight, intended use, and driver preference.