The Datsun S30 is a classic S chassis car built by Nissan under the Datsun name. The 3-door hatchback coupe was part of one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced. You may know this car as a Nissan Fairlady Z, 240Z, 260Z, or 280Z. The S30 is no stranger to motorsports as they have been used for all types of racing since its launch into the market. These days, many enthusiasts are restoring them and making them show-winning vehicles with tasteful mods. One of the most popular mods for the S30 is air suspension. S30 owners are adding air suspension for the great ride quality, versatility, and overall better look for the S30.
Does the Datsun S30 Have Air Suspension?
Since the first S30 hit the market in 1969, it goes without saying that they did not come with air suspension from the factory. However, Nissan did equip this S-chassis with a sportier suspension to give it a competitive edge for its class.
What Do I Need To Add Air Suspension To My Datsun S30?
For those wanting to bag an S30, you can choose from a ready-to-install kit, or piece together a kit to get the specific, high-quality components you want. At AccuAir, we have put together this article to allow you to build out your own S30 kit using the best components.
The first component in any air suspension system is the air compressor. Much like a regular air compressor, an air suspension air compressor takes air from outside of the unit, compresses it, and sends it to your air tank to be used in your system. Many air suspension users choose to go with 2 compressors for quicker air-on-demand. This is why we here at AccuAir have put together a VIAIR Dual 485C air compressor kit to make things easier.
In order to have air on demand for your air system, you will need an air suspension air tank. This air tank stores compressed air to be used at any given time to air up your vehicle. You can find air tanks in a variety of different shapes and sizes to fit different applications. Here at AccuAir, we offer some of the best tanks in the industry: the ENDO air tanks. These tanks have been designed to solve common air tank issues and allow you to have a high-quality tank that outperforms the competition.
Since your air suspension system needs air to function, you are going to need a way for your air to get to each component. Air lines connect each of your air suspension components together to carry the compressed air from the air compressors to the air struts and everything in between. Air lines are usually routed inside and outside of your vehicle to allow them to be out of harm's way to reduce rubbing or chafing. Air suspension air line can be purchased in 50ft rolls to allow you to have plenty of lines to plumb your entire system.
Mounted between your air tank and your air struts, the valve manifold is what controls how much air goes to each air strut. This manifold is controlled by your air management system and contains electronic valves to open and close each valve at the push of a button.
In order to control your air suspension system, you are going to need an air suspension management system to make things easier. Yes, you can go with manual switches, but where is the fun in that? AccuAir manufactures and produces the highest-quality air suspension systems on the market. Our kits allow for a wide variety of features to manage your air suspension such as wireless and Bluetooth capabilities.
The only factory components you will need to replace when switching to air is your shocks, struts, and springs. These will need to be replaced with air struts in order to have your air suspension function properly. Air struts are similar to your factory sturts, but instead of steel coil springs, you will have a rubber bladder, often called air bags, that inflate with air to raise the vehicle and deflate to lower the vehicle.
Since your air suspension system will be using compressed air, you will need to think about the moisture that forms in these types of systems. Moisture can cause rust in steel air tanks, damage to electrical components, and pose a freezing risk on air lines that run outside of your vehicle. Installing a water trap or filter is a great way to reduce the risk of moisture damaging your air suspension system.
Although they are not a necessity for an operating air suspension system, ride height sensors will make things much easier when you are raising or lowering your vehicle. Ride height sensors measure exactly where your vehicle is in relation to the ground, giving you real-time metrics on how high or low your vehicle is. This also allows for you to pre-set heights for one-touch air outs and air ups. This eliminates the need to constantly pulse your system to get to your desired height.
Air Suspension Management For Datsun S30
If you are looking to build an air suspension kit for your Datsun S30, look no further than AccuAir. Our team is dedicated to building the best air suspension components with the highest quality materials. Our team can help you build your own kit in order to get everything you need to bag your S30.