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Hydraulics - Air Lockups
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Lockups - Patent
pending innovations in lowriding by RS Hydraulics.
out R&S Hydraulics all new Air Lock Ups in the February 2007
issue of Lowrider Magazine.
| The challenge
facing Robert during his months of tooling were getting the front
wheel as vertical as possible with the air cylinders (similar to
hydraulic cylinders) as opposed to airbags, which do not three-wheel.
In addition, there is a 2-galon helium tank to suck out the air
o the right or left rear cylinder.
It's interesting to note that airbags can only lift 6 to 9 inches
while the air cylinders can largely increase that with lifts between
8 and 20 inches. Other benefits include no addition batteries (except
for the car battery), no battery smell, no oil leaks, no frame reinforcement
and a smoother ride. In review, RS Hydraulics provides a new and
innovative style to lowriding with a system that's so cool it'll
take your breath away!Robert (far left) and the crew at RS Hydraulics.
A lowrider since birth, Robert is always looking for inventive ways
to stimulate the entire lowrider industry and air cylinders is another
option that vehicle owners can experience.
1. These particular twin air cylinders (3 inches in top diameter)
are the basis for this article. They can stretch out to 14 inches
and collapse down to 9 inches. need assorted sizes? Cylinders can
also come in 8, 10, 12, and 16 inches.
2. A nice big, roomy trunk is where they cylinders do their best
work and are part of an air compression system that can be quickly
and cleanly installed.
3. Already precisely measured, a plasma cutter is used to cut 3.5-inch
forward-facing oval-shaped holes.
4. A welded 0.25-inch reinforcing steel donut plate is required
under the ear where the factory springs used to bounce unconditionally.
5. Like a smile from ear to ear, the shop welds a 0.5-inch thick
square tubing reinforcement bar called a bridge across the ears
to connect the chain to the rearend housing which helps in the leverage
of the three-wheel system.
6. Known on the street as "powerballs" or "swivelballs,"
these important axle-mounted anchors feature four octagon allen
screws and must be packed with suspension grease. They can withstand
plenty of movement.
7. An installation professional inserts the bottom of the cylinder
shaft called the powerball.
8. A shop air wrench is used to drive the allen screws into their
9. Robert explains to first time readers that 1-, 2-, or 3-ton springs
can be used over the cylinders. Originally, a 3-ton seven-coil (or
turn) spring has now been cut down to three turns. Any more turns
cut and the Caddy would scrape bumper and that's not he desired
effect on this project.
10. All finished with the install in less than an hour, not counting
the rest of the system. At the lowest point, the cylinders are bottomed
11. The top of the cylinder can be seen aligned and poking through
the oval opening.
12. Hooking up the system to the 5-gallon air tanks joined together
for 10 gallons requires 0.5-inch brass ports with water-tight Teflon
tape. nylon tubing is then inserted to the rear-most inner sleeve
of the fitting and allows for easy installation.
13. Here's a look at the newly installed cylinders in the lowered
14. All by itself, the gauge reads a maximum of 200 p.s.i. and,
at the 165 p.s.i. read, there's enough pressure to flip the switch
a few more time, but max performance comes at 200 p.s.i. full-tank
pressure. Reading from left to right: the first switch triggers
the front up and down, the second is for the rear up and down, the
third is for the left rear wheel, the fourth is for the right side
rear wheel, the fifth is for pancaking all four wheels up and down,
and the sixth switch is the thriller three-wheel with the helium
tank sucking air out of the right rear cylinder.
15. The power to take up compressed air is provided the 2-gallon
helium tank and regulator which drops the right rear cylinder for
the three-wheel action.
16. While we talk less about the front setup, here the shop removed
the front springs and added RS-62 2,500-lb. 400 p.s.i.-rated Slambags
to round out the Caddy's suspension system.
17. Actual street performance field tested well. The three-wheel
stayed up and the Caddy drove along at slow speeds.
18. The Cadillac's looking as cool as heck three-wheeling while
making a u-turn at slow speeds. The main point of the air-ride lock-up
is show performance.
701 Kings Row, Unit B #23
San Jose, CA 95112