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Air Lift AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install Air Lift AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs on a 2011 Honda Odyssey


Today on our 2011 Honda Odyssey, we're going to be installing the Air Lift 1000 Air Helper Springs for the Rear Coil Springs, part number AL60815. Now let's go ahead and take our measurement before we put any weight in the vehicle and with the stock suspension. We're measuring from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well or just under 30 inches. Now we'll go ahead and take it out for a quick test drive and show you how the vehicle reacts. Now you'll notice how much body roll or lean the vehicle has when you make evasive turns, either to the right or to the left. Now with our airbags installed and the 300 lbs. in the cargo area, we have the same ride height as we did before we had any weight in the vehicle with the manufacturer suspension. We're just under 30 inches from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well.

Now we'll go ahead and take it out again on our test course now that we've installed the airbags. Again, we've got 300 lbs. approximately in the cargo area and you'll notice the difference how much more the handling has improved and how much less body roll is in the vehicle. Now let's go ahead with our install. Now we're going to begin by supporting the vehicle on a set of jack stands so that the rear wheels are off the ground. Next, we'll go ahead and remove the wheel, we're going to go ahead and start over here on the passenger side.

Next, we'll go ahead and take our floor jack and go underneath the lower control arm just below this outer bolt here. Go ahead and put just a little bit of tension on it as we're going to need to remove the bolt that's just above the jack right there in order to remove the coil spring. Next, we're going to slowly lower down our floor jack so that it releases the tension off of the coil spring. Next, we're going to need to push down on the control arm in order to remove our coil spring. Now it is index so it's in there in a certain position and you want to make sure that you put it back in in the same position. Take note of exactly how its sitting in there, as well as you dont know want to flip it over or put it in upside down when you put it back together. You want to put it back in exactly how you removed it. You see that there's a rubber fitting that goes on top, as well as there's a fitting down here on the bottom where a rubber bushing that goes down here on the bottom.

We'll go ahead and set our coil spring inside for now and we're going to need to unbolt a bump stop in the bracket here. Now the bolt that we'll be removing is actually in the center up to the center of this and we'll be using a 14mm socket and a ratchet to get up into it, so that's what we'll be removing and not reinstalling. Now we've gone ahead and cut the template out that comes with the instructions, as well as the center section. Instead of actually taping it to the top side of our control arm, I've opened up the hole here and we're just going to put a paint mark right there and then drill our hole through that. We'll go ahead and get it centered on there with this hole facing towards the inside of the vehicle. Go ahead and put our mark there. Next, we're going to go ahead and take a pilot bit, drill a pilot hole through the marking.

Now we found it easy is to just go ahead and take a three quarter inch hole saw to open up the hole to a specified size. We'll go ahead and take a pair of tubing cutters and just cut our tubing straight. Next, we're going to go ahead and install the little spring clip that helps secure the tubing to the hose barb so you just squeeze it and slide it on. Now to make things a little bit easier for this tubing to slide on to the hose barbs, you just put it in some hot water for a couple of minutes, it will really make things a lot easier for you. Next, we'll go ahead and take our airbag. Slide our tubing onto the hose barb, making sure it goes all the way down. Once the tubing is all the way down, we'll then go ahead and take our clamp here, slide it up into position. Here's how the airbag will fit back down on our lower control arm, slide in there like that. We're going to need to go ahead and pick up our coil spring and feed the airbag in from the underside. Pushing down on the control arm will work the coil spring back into position so that it's seated properly on the bottom and we'll go ahead and work it in to the top side so we'll make sure that the bottom is lined up where it should be. We'll make sure that our airbag is lined up. Put it back into position, make sure we leave a little bit of slack of our air lines and our 05:35 control arm. Now we'll put our floor jack back right here at the bottom of control arm and we'll need to press the spring back into position and lined back up the bolt with this right here. Now that we have the hole lined back up, go ahead and put the bolt back into position. We'll just snug it up for now and then we'll raise and lower the jack a few times. We're going to be checking to make sure that the fitting and the line down here on this bottom that we just drilled that it doesn't bind or pinch on it where it could damage it. Everything seems to be looking good. Now we can go ahead and compress the spring just enough that it just takes enough weight so that it starts to pull it off of our jack stand and then we can go ahead and torque the bolt to the manufacturer specification. Now we'll go ahead and lower our jack back down to release tension on the spring. Next, we're going to go ahead and install our heat shield. We'll need to bend the tab in a little bit, so it's something like that. We'll do that for both sides so you want it to look something like that so you have when it's installed, there will be an air space between the heat shield and the exhaust pipe. Next, we're going to go ahead and put our hose clamps around the exhaust pipe and just get them started a little bit. Go ahead and do that for the other one as well then take our heat shield, slide it up into position. Now you can go ahead and trim off the excess hose clamp if you want by just using a pair of tin snips. Next, we'll go ahead and take our protective covering sleeve 08:08, slide it over our air line. We're going to route or tube from the passenger side, over to the driver side to connect it with our T connector. We're going to route it up above here. We use a couple of zip ties along the way to help secure it. Now that we've got our air line routed over to the driver side, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the airbag installation portion with the exception of we will not be installing the heat shield on the driver side. To help with the tube routing, we can remove this panel, so a couple of push fasteners, as well as a screw that hold it in place. Now that we've got the ends of the tubes over on the driver side, we're going to go ahead and cut the ends using our tubing cutter to make sure that they're nice and straight and then we'll need to add in a T fitting to where we tie in with the driver side airbag as well. We'll soak our air line in warm water to make it slide on to the T fitting much easier. We'll also want to make sure before putting the air line on the T fitting that you add one of the squeezed clamps to each line. Then we'll add in our tubing, one on each side of the T. On the end of the T fitting, we'll add in another tube. This tube will run from the T connector to the center of the bumper. We're going to go ahead and take the end of our tubing and route it back here to the rear of the vehicle. Go ahead and remove this push fastener here too, give us a little more access here underneath the rear fascia. Now that we have our air line secure, we'll route it over here towards the center of our vehicle. We're going to go ahead and trim off the excess. We'll then need to install our air valve, Schrader valve that we'll be installing, push on to our air hose. Again, we'll have to heat the hose up so that it slides on and then we'll be drilling a hole here in the underside of the fascia where we'll be securing our Schrader valve. We'll go ahead and install our clamp onto our air hose. We'll then heat the hose up a little bit with our hot water then push our tubing on to our Schrader valve. Slide the clamp up into position. Now we'll need to take one of the nuts and thread it onto the valve. We'll then put a star washer or a lock washer in place. We'll then going to need to choose a location here on the underside of the fascia to drill a hole and push our valve down through. We'll then install the rubber washer, a flat washer, and a second hex nut. Go ahead and tighten it down. We'll go ahead and put our wheels back on our vehicle if you haven't done so so far and then we'll go ahead and put some air into the air bags. Now that we have our airbags pumped up to the recommended PSI, go on spray down each of our air fittings. Check for leaks, we'll be using a soapy water solution. Next, we'll go ahead and reinstall any panels or fasteners that we may have removed in order to route our air lines. We're going to go ahead and set our bags in about 15 PSI. Now you want to keep a minimum of five PSI in the bags at all time, and a maximum of 35 PSI in the airbags. Go ahead and put our cap back on our Schrader valve. That will do it for our installation of the Airlift 1000 Air Helper Springs for the Rear Coil Springs, part number Al60815 on our 2011 Honda Odyssey. .


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