Monthly Archives: July 2022

July 2022 Product Roundup

Arnott is proud to introduce five new automotive air suspension parts to its lineup. This month, we have released new air shocks for Infiniti and Nissan, coil spring conversion kits for Cadillac and Land Rover, and coil-over struts for Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz.

New Air Shocks

AS-3285 is Arnott’s new replacement rear air shock for 2011-2020 Infiniti QX56 and QX80 (Z62 Chassis) models and 2017-2020 Nissan Armada (Y62 Chassis) models. This universal damper can fit either the rear right or rear left of the vehicle. It is designed and assembled in the USA with a multi-ply air sleeve, long-lasting O-rings and bump stop, and heavy-duty crimping rings.

Arnott Air Shock: AS-3285

New Coil Spring Conversion Kits

C-3426 for the 2013-2018 Cadillac XTS (Epsilon II) and C-3544 for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (L320 Chassis) are the latest addition to the Arnott product line that allows you to convert your vehicle’s original air suspension system to the more traditional coil spring suspension while still maintaining OE performance. Our coil conversion kits, also known as delete kits, are easy to install. They are engineered to eliminate the need for welding or modifying the vehicle, and the coil springs and struts come preassembled. Both conversion kits include Arnott’s patented EBM (Electronic Bypass Module) designed to turn off the dashboard air suspension warning lights.

Arnott Coil Spring Conversion Kit: C-3426
Arnott Coil Spring Conversion Kit: C-3544

New Coil-Over Struts

Last on the list are Arnott’s new front right or left coil-over struts built for 2013-2017 Cadillac XTS (Epsilon II) models (SK-3393) and 2008-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W204 w/o 4MATIC or AMG) models (SK-3889). These loaded struts have been designed with custom-valved dampers and tested to mimic the OE shock performance, including stability, handling, control and comfort. We recommend replacing these struts in pairs.


The Arnott Minute: Replacing Parts in Pairs

Wear & Tear

An air suspension system is made up of multiple components that work in tandem to offer the best ride possible. The main component, air springs and air struts, are built with rubber air sleeves.

Since rubber is a natural product, it can wear out simply due to normal wear and tear. Over time, rubber can dry rot and small cracks can form where the sleeve rolls and bends along the rolling piston. These cracks allow air to leak out of the air suspension system causing it to run inefficiently and increasing safety concerns.

External conditions such as climate, road conditions, and abrasion from constant dirt and road debris can affect an air suspension component’s functionality and lifespan. For example, colder temperatures stiffen the rubber while hotter temperatures will dry it out faster. Both conditions can act as a catalyst to burst an already worn air sleeve.

Quality Makes a Difference

Top-tier components including rubber, crimping rings, O-rings, and piston material make up the overall composition of an air spring.

While some inexpensive air springs may look identical to the original part, there are major differences. Inferior rubber, lower grade components, and consolidated piston design can result in lower burst pressure, fitment difficulty, reduced damping comfort, and increased noise, vibration, and driving harshness.

Arnott’s goal is to engineer and build long-lasting products. We use the highest quality parts, including Continental ContiTech rubber sleeves and Tier 1 components for our air springs and struts.

Replacing Parts

Examine air sleeves during your vehicle’s inspection. Replace them to avoid larger or new cracks from developing. Typically, a high-quality air spring should be replaced every six to ten years.

When an air spring or strut has reached the end of its lifespan, replacing in pairs is highly recommended. Suspension components on both sides of the vehicle have likely experienced the same external conditions. Therefore, the components will have had similar wear and tear. It is highly probable that the functioning air spring or strut will soon have comparable issues if not replaced at the same time as the one that failed.

Damping efficiency is another reason to replace in pairs. If only one side of the axle has a new air spring or strut installed, there will be a substantial difference in the vehicle’s damping efficiency. It will impair the ride, handling, and stability, leading to unpredictable, possibly dangerous, driving behavior and situations.

Although it is not mandatory, Arnott highly recommends replacing air springs or struts in pairs. Doing so will ensure a safe, comfortable ride as well as prevent another trip to the mechanic.

This information is provided to you by Arnott – Air Suspension Products. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering, designing, and manufacturing high quality air suspension components for the aftermarket, Arnott is the technical expert when it comes to air suspension systems. Arnott’s products are produced with high-quality, OE components offering exact form, fit and function. Each product is extensively tested in our American and European facilities and custom-tuned to suit the specific vehicle make and model before being produced.