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Really not much to it. Take out the sensors and disconnect the lines, not too hard, then you can either cap the lines or cut them back to the compressor and remove the power source or just leave it hooked up like it did and use it for camping. I removed mine and put coilovers and springs in mine, works great.
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I have to respectfully disagree. The rebel is an offroad truck made to compete with the FX4, by removing the air ride and putting in a race style suspension I have actually improved the ride from factory and increased the value of my truck exponentially, specially in my area. FCA warranties systems not whole vehicles, therefore I still have drivetrain warranty but not on the air ride.
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I'm glad I found this thread, because I'm thinking of doing the same thing to my 2018 Rebel.

I actually did not want to buy a Rebel because it was the only model you could not remove air-ride as a factory option. To me the air ride is unnecessary, will get in the way of installing a proper lift, and is just another system that will eventually fail and require maintenance.

So my plan was to buy a 1500 Sport, then do the lift on that. But I learned that the Rebel is the only 1500 with a 44-45 true full-time 4x4 transfer case. The standard 1500 uses a 44-44, in which 4x4 Lock Mode doesn't really lock... the front axle engages only when the rear slips, like 4x4 Auto.

So what I would like to do is have a skilled mechanic remove the air ride, and install a 6" BDS lift with coil-over + reservoirs. This is I think the most advanced (and most expensive) suspension you can get. One cool thing about it is it's adjustable between 4" and 6". So I can run a 35s with just enough lift to optimize suspension travel.

Intended use for my Rebel: Deserts, sand dunes, and forest trails. Nothing extreme enough where lockers would be needed.

Let me know what you guy's think.

Thanks!
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hi,thanks for share you plan! I have 2018 rebel as well, my current setting is with bds 4inchi lift for air ride! But I'm so tire to fight with the air suspendtion,looks like the bds 6inchi coilover kit is best for me, But just not sure can I just buy the front coilover and rear spring from bds, the uesd my current lift components? The reason why I'm think to this way because 6inchi coilover kit can adjusted down to 4inchi, But not sure what I should order rear spring high
 

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Really not much to it. Take out the sensors and disconnect the lines, not too hard, then you can either cap the lines or cut them back to the compressor and remove the power source or just leave it hooked up like it did and use it for camping. I removed mine and put coilovers and springs in mine, works great.
Have you ever seen anybody leave it hooked up for camping? I'm interested in converting mine and maybe replacing the "suspension buttons" with like an on/off switch to pump up and use as a regular air compressor.
 

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Like stated above just finished up my install. After breaking my sensors in pismo just cruising to our camp spot. And being paranoid about how often I’m hours away from cell service last thing I want is to be stranded from someones horrible engineering decision.

Bilstein 6112 set @ 2.8
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Removed the front swaybar
Stock rear coils w/ bilstein 5100’s (can get the p/n off the invoice if anyone is curious)

Pretty sure I gained a inch or two of droop on the front end looking from the front during the install it had noticeably more droop. Still planning on getting icon rear coils and adding limit straps to at least the front.

But the truck drives great, with the stock rear coils and about 290ish lbs in my bed (rtt and bedrack) I’m sitting a inch lower in the rear.

Flashed the bcm with alfaobd basically telling the truck there’s no air suspension anymore so no warning and all the settings for the air ride are gone from the radio. After my local dealership didn’t think it was possible and wanted $200 to even try.

(Was also able to disable fog lights off w/ hi beams, told the truck it has hids so no need for resistors, activated the front turn signal as the dtrl’s, lowered my tire pressure settings, added the option for the cargo cam, added the srt radio start up display, and remote window down. Still playing around with other settings)

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Hey man. Your set up is exactly what I'm looking for. Little confused on what to do with the lights coming on concerning the errors for air suspension. What do I need to get and do to remove those and how? Is it drivable with the errors popping up or does it go in "limp mode". Researched and nothing is show step by step directions on how to remove them. . Thanks in advanced!
 

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You are able to drive with the vehicle was the error codes the truck will not go into limp mode you just need to Pull all of the fuses that have to do with the air ride once you remove it and add your coil over suspension. Everything to do is the air ride suspension is labeled inside of the junction box where all of the fuses are so he should be able to figure out what fuses to pull it’s best to pull every single one that has to do with the whole air ride module in the truck so the only service message that you’ll get is service air ride but none of the buttons will be lit on the actual auxiliary switch that is inside of the vehicle.
 

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Like stated above just finished up my install. After breaking my sensors in pismo just cruising to our camp spot. And being paranoid about how often I’m hours away from cell service last thing I want is to be stranded from someones horrible engineering decision.

Bilstein 6112 set @ 2.8
Icon Uniball uca
Removed the front swaybar
Stock rear coils w/ bilstein 5100’s (can get the p/n off the invoice if anyone is curious)

Pretty sure I gained a inch or two of droop on the front end looking from the front during the install it had noticeably more droop. Still planning on getting icon rear coils and adding limit straps to at least the front.

But the truck drives great, with the stock rear coils and about 290ish lbs in my bed (rtt and bedrack) I’m sitting a inch lower in the rear.

Flashed the bcm with alfaobd basically telling the truck there’s no air suspension anymore so no warning and all the settings for the air ride are gone from the radio. After my local dealership didn’t think it was possible and wanted $200 to even try.

(Was also able to disable fog lights off w/ hi beams, told the truck it has hids so no need for resistors, activated the front turn signal as the dtrl’s, lowered my tire pressure settings, added the option for the cargo cam, added the srt radio start up display, and remote window down. Still playing around with other settings)

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I just gave my truck to a shop to work on. I had gotten the Fabtech 6 inch coilover kit and he is telling me that he's not able to finish the rear end because there isn't a proper bottom mounting point on the axle to hold the coil spring in place. He's afraid that the spring may fall out if I run over a bump or if the suspension hyperextends. this sounded weird to me seeing that many of yall have been able to directly replace the rear bags with coils. Did you or anyone else run into this issue of the rear axle not holding the coil spring and is there anything to do to remedy this?
 

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Anyone here use the Carli 2.5 Performance kit with the King Shocks? I havnt had any real issues with the air ride yet. Its handling the cold decently so far, but it has given me the "service airride" once or twice when its around -25F to -30F. it goes away but Im thinking long term the air ride will be more trouble then its worth with the way I drive my vehicles.
 

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Okay so after lots of research on this forum and lots of phone calls with different shops, switching to a regular suspension is 100% doable because the air suspension was designed on the same body as the rams without air suspension. What you will need is front shocks and coil overs, rear shocks and coil overs, rear spring isolator (can be bought through the mopar website the part number is 52855789AB), you will also need new upper control arms, and optional but recommend is the ALFAODB to get rid of the error message when starting up your ram. You can purchase any suspension that directly bolts onto a regular ram. You will also need to cap the air compressor (what I haven’t gotten a definitive answer for but I would imagine is not possible is running the air compressor like a normal one for airing back up or camping). Now I’m not mechanically inclined to do this myself but I’m in CA and Dirt King Fabrication says they have and will do this, I have also called CJC Off-road and they said they never have done it but it did sound like they would be willing to do it. Now the only other things you need besides parts are 1 of 2 things, find a shop that would be willing to do it, or have the balls to do it on your own. From my research if you go with a shop for parts and install you’re looking at just under $4500 (but that’s with king shocks and top end upper control arms can obviously be cheaper if you do fox or other brands) All my research was done so planning to do it on my 2017 Ram Rebel, I don’t know but I imagine it would be the same for never gen models. I do plan on doing this but I don’t currently have a timeline on when, once I get around to it I will post pictures, parts, and prices.
 

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Im looking at a Carli Performance 2.5" system to swap my air ride out. It hasn't really given me any issues yet, but winters been fairly mild for Fairbanks Alaska and all I hear about is how its a time bomb. Plan is to put the truck down this spring when I can get the car back on the road and tear into her. Carli's kit comes with King 2.5" coil overs, New UCA, kind 2.5" rear shocks, springs, and a kit to drop the track bar down. Levels the truck out. Says it gives you 9" of travel up front and 13" of travel in the rear. Got 34" Toyo 285/75/17s and method race wheels waiting for it as well.
 

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I just did this swap last week after doing all the research you stated and it sounds like you have it all planned perfectly. The ONLY different step from a regular lift kit is disconnecting the air line on top of the struts which is a flimsy plastic clip. Then you could technically continue and remove all the air lines and compresser/tanks but I just secured my air lines and left everything intact for now. If your lift kit is a spacer lift you’ll need new front struts and then a spring 2 spring isolators “rubber donut looking things” that go on top of your read coils to prevent squeaks but it sounds like your past that point. As far as the compressor being able to air up/down unfortunately it’s not going to be possible. From the research I’ve done, it’s a sealed nitrogen system that can’t function properly with the moisture and it will either get excessively hot or burn out quick. So it might work but idk for how long. I plan to pull the compressor and replace it with an ARB and then use the current tanks for onboard air and an air horn in the future. If your handy with a wrench I would suggest doing it yourself, there’s tons of step by step videos on YouTube and it teaches you a lot about your rig which is invaluable!
 

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I just did this swap last week after doing all the research you stated and it sounds like you have it all planned perfectly. The ONLY different step from a regular lift kit is disconnecting the air line on top of the struts which is a flimsy plastic clip. Then you could technically continue and remove all the air lines and compresser/tanks but I just secured my air lines and left everything intact for now. If your lift kit is a spacer lift you’ll need new front struts and then a spring 2 spring isolators “rubber donut looking things” that go on top of your read coils to prevent squeaks but it sounds like your past that point. As far as the compressor being able to air up/down unfortunately it’s not going to be possible. From the research I’ve done, it’s a sealed nitrogen system that can’t function properly with the moisture and it will either get excessively hot or burn out quick. So it might work but idk for how long. I plan to pull the compressor and replace it with an ARB and then use the current tanks for onboard air and an air horn in the future. If your handy with a wrench I would suggest doing it yourself, there’s tons of step by step videos on YouTube and it teaches you a lot about your rig which is invaluable!
You just answered a question I've had about repurposing the compressor. Thanks!
 

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Hi Folks,

Check out the following:


I just used one of their kits, and it's absolutely amazing. These guys have been swapping out these systems up in Canada for several years now. My Billstein Kit was about $1,800.00 US.. The truck handles and rides better than ever before, and these folks have a module you can purchase to reset the codes which blank out/remove any error messages from the air ride being removed. Anywhere from 3-5 hours labor for someone who does does suspension work.

Best regards..
 

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Thankful I found this thread. I have a 2014 ram 1500 Outdoorsman with air suspension. I have a leak in my front driver's airspring. I plan on getting rid of the air suspension. I was just curious on whether to get a conversion kit, or a lift kit.
 

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Thankful I found this thread. I have a 2014 ram 1500 Outdoorsman with air suspension. I have a leak in my front driver's airspring. I plan on getting rid of the air suspension. I was just curious on whether to get a conversion kit, or a lift kit.
Talk to Brendan at air delete. He will review the kits he has and ensure you get the proper setup..
 

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Okay so after lots of research on this forum and lots of phone calls with different shops, switching to a regular suspension is 100% doable because the air suspension was designed on the same body as the rams without air suspension. What you will need is front shocks and coil overs, rear shocks and coil overs, rear spring isolator (can be bought through the mopar website the part number is 52855789AB), you will also need new upper control arms, and optional but recommend is the ALFAODB to get rid of the error message when starting up your ram. You can purchase any suspension that directly bolts onto a regular ram. You will also need to cap the air compressor (what I haven’t gotten a definitive answer for but I would imagine is not possible is running the air compressor like a normal one for airing back up or camping). Now I’m not mechanically inclined to do this myself but I’m in CA and Dirt King Fabrication says they have and will do this, I have also called CJC Off-road and they said they never have done it but it did sound like they would be willing to do it. Now the only other things you need besides parts are 1 of 2 things, find a shop that would be willing to do it, or have the balls to do it on your own. From my research if you go with a shop for parts and install you’re looking at just under $4500 (but that’s with king shocks and top end upper control arms can obviously be cheaper if you do fox or other brands) All my research was done so planning to do it on my 2017 Ram Rebel, I don’t know but I imagine it would be the same for never gen models. I do plan on doing this but I don’t currently have a timeline on when, once I get around to it I will post pictures, parts, and prices.
So after quite some time I am finally getting around to removing my air suspension, I will be replacing it with King Shocks just have to wait to ridiculous wait times for them to arrive. In the mean time I was doing some YouTube hunting and it seems that Monroe Shocks have came out with a full tutorial video for this exact conversion. I’ll attach it for anyone interested. I’ll be posting photos of my Rebel once everything is installed. I looked into air ride delete as others stated above and they seem like a great place to buy from if you’re looking for a kit. As for myself I just bought the set of king coil overs, king shock absorbers, bilstein 1” lift rear shocks, and 2 shock isolators for a ram 1500. I will be eventually buying replacement upper control arms but I’ve spoken to many people and from what I’ve learned they’re not immediately required unless you’re planning to heavily off-road your truck right away. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Final note in the YouTube video below it shows them cutting out the existing bump stop which is welded to the frame and installing their own bump stop of their own of the same size, this is 100% unnecessary.

 

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So after quite some time I am finally getting around to removing my air suspension, I will be replacing it with King Shocks just have to wait to ridiculous wait times for them to arrive.

Tell me about it. I just hit 5 weeks waiting for my Carli 2.5 kit with King Shocks to even ship. Hopefully it ships soon. Snows finally starting to melt up here and I'm hoping to put the truck down for upgrades as soon as I get the car on the road
 
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