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AI Joe 05-31-2019 07:38 AM

Suspension Upgrades for Interstate - new thread ...
 
There have been some good threads on Interstate Suspension upgrades, but nothing new in a while. SO, after reading what I can find here, I would like to ask about the recent AGILE OFF-ROAD "RIP" RIDE IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE? ANYONE HAD THIS INSTALL DONE? HERE IS THE LINK TO AGILE: >https://agileoffroad.com/rip-kit-mercedes-sprinter/<

From one of the last comments on a 2015 thread, here is the conclusion from 73 Shark in September 2015: "If I am interpreting the title correctly, the spring assist kit is mainly to handle extra load. The Koni shocks should reduce sway and bouncing. An air ride suspension system should reduce the rear seat ride problem. Stiffer front and rear roll bars should reduce body roll."

I've got a 2016 GT and travel with a fully loaded vehicle, no towing but 2 e-bikes mounted off the rear hitch which with the carrier weigh about 350 lbs.
I have thought quite a bit about all the things folks have done to improve their ride -- but there is little that I found that is current.

Agile Off Road package includes a new 4/5 leaf spring upgrade, along with strut, spring and shock-absorber upgrades tuned to your specific vehicle weight. They call it a "RIP" - Ride Improvement Package, and offer for the 2500 and 3500, 2 or 4 wheel drive. It's pricey, but, if one did not go for the Air Ride Interstate package when they bought their Interstate, I think Agile has covered all the bases.

Thus, I am wondering if anyone has had this specific install done? Agile says they have done numerous Interstates, but has not offered contact info for anyone.

I would welcome comments from anyone who has gone with this solution.... here's the link.
>https://agileoffroad.com/rip-kit-mercedes-sprinter/<

crowltb 09-30-2019 12:01 PM

I would love to get some input on this post, also...anyone out there????

BurntAsphalt 09-30-2019 02:39 PM

We have a 22 AI that has a rear ride so rough that they could use it to train astronauts. I have spent a lot of time and money trying to improve the ride. In a nutshell, unless you are willing to go with a full airbag system like the VB (which I am not due to the expense), you will be disappointed with anything less.

Boxster1971 09-30-2019 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BurntAsphalt (Post 2294147)
We have a 22 AI that has a rear ride so rough that they could use it to train astronauts. I have spent a lot of time and money trying to improve the ride. In a nutshell, unless you are willing to go with a full airbag system like the VB (which I am not due to the expense), you will be disappointed with anything less.

Agree 100%. I initially installed Koni shocks, then upgraded to Fox rear shocks for Agile Off-Road. Also installed Dunlop Airbag assist system on rear axle. None of these improved the ride like the VB Airsuspension now offered by Airstream.

The airbags do allow me to adjust height of rear end, which is helpful.

crowltb 10-01-2019 04:14 AM

Did the upgraded shocks help at all or do you agree that nothing works and only improvement comes from air ride system?

BurntAsphalt 10-02-2019 06:02 PM

I had two issues: harsh ride in the rear and handling in windy conditions. Sumosprings, Koni shocks, heavy duty anti sway bar, and smaller commercial front tires helped on the wind handling. They had negligible effect on rear ride.

Tronadora 10-02-2019 08:38 PM

I made the mistake of trying Koni Gold rear shocks at the same time as Sumo Springs. The rear became WAY too stiff so I removed the Sumos and put in Boss airbags, BIGGER mistake, don't ever do that (!!). Now back to just Koni Golds and am happy with the rear, and we travel with 7000 lbs back there.


For the front, we upgraded to Koni Red FSD. While initially impressed, after 20k miles I'm disappointed. Too spongy. Would love to replace with Bilstein. I notice the guys in Idaho that specialize in Fox rears for Sprinters are still putting in Bilsteins in the front. I'm intrigued.
https://vancompass.com/collections/sprinter-2007

Boxster1971 10-03-2019 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by crowltb (Post 2294312)
Did the upgraded shocks help at all or do you agree that nothing works and only improvement comes from air ride system?

Thought I answered this yesterday, but must have forgot to hit "Submit Reply".

The upgraded shocks did make the van more stable, but they did nothing to smooth out the very rough ride. Yes, only full airspension like that offered by VB can help. That is the reason it is now standard on new Interstates.

wachuko 10-03-2019 10:05 AM

I could not imagine our AI without the air ride... glad that I do not know the difference.

Lotus54 10-12-2019 08:43 AM

I have a 2006, so I doubt very applicable, but...
I fit the Fox from Agile in the rear- really helped with roll on bumps/corners.
Koni on the front.
Both seem to help with crosswinds too.

The PO fit airbags in the rear- I can’t imagine that helping the ride unless a rear springs were softened so the air bags did more. I’m also not sure there is enough volume to be very effective in progressiveness.

I’ve never ridden in the rear- but a recently my grandson (2) was riding in the rear and said it was ‘jumpy!’.

Mark


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