By my count, this is Air Suspension number two in the Philippines. Excluding of course the Expeditions, Escalades, Cayennes, etc. The first would be Southside Custom’s Impala, which, if you are an avid follower of local car shows, I am sure you are familiar with.
What I have here is a 1999 Nissan Frontier crew cab pick-up with a custom, homemade and hand-built air suspension system that can go all-up, all-down, front-right (up & down) and front-left (up & down). The parts that are not available here were ordered and collected from the U.S.A. and includes the following: 2 Slam Specialties RS-62’s in the back, 2 Slam Specialties RE-62’s in the front, 6 GC Extreme Valves, 1 Viair 350C compressor and a Dakota Digital air pressure guage. All of the custom fabrication for the suspension came from metal scraps at local junk shops and metal-cutting from local machine shops. Installation was supervised and done by me with help from a welder and a mechanic.
The work for this vehicle has now spanned almost a year and is not yet totally finished, but is completely functional. What’s underneatch the body includes: a C-notched chassis (back), custom fabricated triangulated 4-link rear suspension with air bags on the lower bars, re-location of the gas tank at the spare tire area, removal of suspension components in the front (to make room for the air bags), and re-location of all shock absorbers.
At this point (point of no return), I am about 60% satisfied with the design of the system. I completed and perfected the front before dismantling the rear (between a 6-month period) so I am content with it. The rear on the other hand still needs a lot of work. I am thinking of re-doing the complete suspension set-up for the rear just to make it stronger and well, a little more aesthetically pleasing.
The truck rides great, although using it to haul heavy stuff is out of the question, the only other irony to the ride are the 40-series tires which is obviously a pain to have in our road conditions. I do not use the truck daily, but I plan to. It has also been invited to some local car shows but I still think it’s not yet the time. I still have to do a lot to make this ride show-worthy.
If you are all but not the least bit interested in lowriders, hydraulics, air suspension, mini-trucks, or just want to talk about cars in general (or bebots), I bring this truck every Friday @ Petron in Macapagal Avenue (Near Mall of Asia). Look for Team Cramps and look for “bembang.”