1995-2002 Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit
Having Continental air suspension problems? Should you allow this system to nickel and dime you for years or install a Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit and be done with those problems forever? Up to now you may not have had much of a problem with the air suspension on your Lincoln, but don't think for a second that it will always be that way. The cost of maintaining an air suspension system to operate as the factory designed it, WILL increase dramatically when your vehicle reaches 10 years old! Why? Even though vehicle manufacturers have the technology to make a rubber airbag last 25 years or more, they simply don't like that idea because they would be losing a future cash cow. That's why they thought ahead and engineered the airbags to last around the 10-year mark before needing replacement. That’s right, out of warranty and your stuck paying the entire repair bill.
YEAR DIFFERENCES: The 1995 and 1996 Continental came with a four-wheel air suspension system, while the 1997-2002 Continental came with air suspension in the rear only. Why would someone with a rear only air equipped vehicle purchase a four-wheel conversion kit you ask? Who knows where Ford sourced their front coil springs, but apparently they got some junk steel, because they had a major problem with broken front coil springs on the 1997-2002 models. While most people learned they had a problem by hearing a noise while driving, some found out the hard way when the spring slid out of the perch and punctured one of the front tires! Even if you don't factor in the safety concern, the replacement cost of the spring will blow you away, as one Front OEM replacement coil spring at the dealer is $500+ by itself! To make matters worse, this doesn't include the strut or mount.
SHOCKS: From the factory, this vehicle has rear airbags and separate rear shocks, which means one can be replaced without the other. The stock replacement rear shocks on this car are $275 each, but you can upgrade this order with shocks for just a little more. With our Conversion Kit installed, you'll never have to worry if/when the suspension is going to let you down! Our Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit comes with all the parts and hardware you'll need to safely and quickly convert your Continental to coil springs. Converting this vehicle to coil springs DOES NOT require any cutting or welding.
This Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit Includes:
- Front Brand Name Struts.
- Front and Rear Name Brand Coil Spring.
- Optional Rear Shock Package.
- Easy to follow instructions clearly show technicians how to install the new conversion kit.
- Instructions included disarming the suspension warning message on your Continental.
- These high-quality Lincoln parts are proudly made in the United States.
- The Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit is equipped with a lifetime warranty to provide added security and comfort for an extended period.
What about the computer? Won't the suspension light come on?
No. This kit includes instructions on how to defeat the check suspension message. After you're done, you'll never see a check suspension message again!
Why is your Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit better than others?
Our Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit is comprised of the absolute best parts available which includes the Best Coil Springs on the planet! For more in-depth information, please call at 1-866-211-7531.
Does my mechanic have to cut or weld anything?
Never. Our Coil Spring Conversion kit is designed for a seamless bolt-on installation. This is a pretty straightforward install that can be done by most DIY people. We don't know your mechanical abilities, so if you don't feel comfortable doing this job, we recommend having a professional install it for you.....or at least get some help from a friend.
How long should it take to install this kit?
You should figure between 3-4 hours times the shops labor rate, but this can vary greatly depending on the shop.
What will be the vehicles height afterward?
Our kits are designed to be at the vehicles normal ride height.
What is the ride like after the conversion?
A lot of people are skeptical about converting to coil springs on a luxury car, mainly because they have in their mind that it's going to ride like a lumber wagon afterward. The truth is, that couldn't be farther from the truth! Keep in mind that 90% of the vehicles today are riding on a conventional coil spring and they ride great. Does the air ride give a better ride? Sure the air gives a slightly better ride, but at what price are you willing to pay for that ride, considering what your 10+-year-old vehicle is worth these days? The 1997-2202 model had front coils from the factory to begin with, so you've been used to riding on half coil springs, half air from day one anyway. On a 1995 or 1996 model, replacing just the two front air springs(the strut is separate on this vehicle) costs over $400, not including labor. You can quickly see the cost of maintaining the air suspension system on this vehicle is quite high.
What are the advantages of replacing the rear shocks?
The rear shocks on this model Continental came from the factory with an adjustable dampening design, which are very expensive($250+each) to replace. Now that you're converting from the high-tech air system to a conventional coil & shock system, the electronic shocks are now rendered useless. This means they won't automatically adjust and are stuck in the firm position. For the absolute best possible ride, we strongly suggest replacing these shocks at the same time as installing the conversion kit. Keep in mind that the only time we have a complaint about the ride quality of this conversion, is when the customer didn't replace the shocks at the same time. Btw, the rear shock option includes both rear shocks and the additional shipping, which is less than just one OEM replacement.
Why should I install a four wheel kit when I only have rear air?
The 1997-2002 Continental came with a rear only air suspension system combined with a four-wheel automatic adjustable dampening strut and shock system all rolled into one. The front utilized an electronic strut with a conventional coil spring, which at first thought is a pretty tough design. The problem is they had a MAJOR problem with the front coil springs breaking. Just a crack you ask? No, a full blown break where a broken coil can puncture one of the front tires!
Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit
When installing a Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit on ANY car be sure to follow all safety procedures. Make sure that when you lift your vehicle, that you're using a sturdy and dependable jack and jack stands and that the car is parked on a flat and level surface. Failure to do so can result in the vehicle sliding off it's supports and onto you! Make sure you have or can obtain all the tools required beforehand. A list of the tools needed is below, but gloves and especially eye protection should be standard equipment on any job.
These instructions are furnished only to give you an idea of the task at hand. When installing your kit, please use the instructions furnished with the kit, as they will include pictures to aid with the install as well as air suspension warning light disarming instructions.
Tools Needed for Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit:
Metric Socket Set
Screwdrivers(Phillips-head & Flat-head)
Wire Cutters/stripper/crimping tool
Level Work area
We recommend this installation in 5 general categories:
Read general service precaution
Support the vehicle in a level area
Remove air suspension air bags
Install conversion spring
Disable ride control
REAR AIR SPRING REMOVAL:
* Turn off air suspension switch. Raise the vehicle and remove both tire and wheel assemblies.
* Remove the air line from the solenoid. (Go here if you need help disconnecting the air line)
* Remove the air spring solenoid retaining clip, then rotate the solenoid to the first stop(pull out to let air vent from the air spring). After the air pressure has been relieved, rotate the solenoid again and remove.
* Unlock the four plastic tabs on the bottom of the air spring assembly and remove from the lower spring seat.
* Unlock two plastic tabs from the upper air spring mount and remove the assembly from the car.
* Remove the three bolts from the lower spring seat and remove the assembly from the car.
Repeat steps for the other side of the vehicle.
REAR LINCOLN CONTINENTAL AIR SUSPENSION CONVERSION KIT:
* Install the supplied bottom spring support by putting the bolt and beveled washer through the bottom of the spring seat and install the plate and hardware on top of the spring seat. (tighten it to 4-45 ft. lbs.)
* Place the spring, hardware and lower spring seat on a floor jack and lift into place in the original air spring location. Guide the top plate ears into the upper mounting holes.
* Continue jacking until you have compressed the spring enough to reinstall the three lower spring mounting bolts. (when installing bolts, reverse the bolts so that the nuts are on the inside of the spring seat)
Repeat steps for the other side of the vehicle.
* If the rear shocks aren't being replaced at this time, reinstall both rear tire and wheel assemblies and torque lug nuts to factory recommended specs. If the rear are going to be replaced, scroll down for instructions for that.
Front and Rear Lincoln Continental Air Suspension Conversion Kit is now complete.
REAR SHOCK REPLACEMENT:
* Remove the side trim panel in the trunk and remove the mass damper retaining clip.
* If so equipped, disconnect the shock absorber electrical connector and wiring routing retaining clips.
* Remove the two upper shock absorber mounting bolts.
* Remove the shock absorber, the mounting bracket and the mass damper assembly.
* Remove the damper and mounting bracket from the factory shock.
* Install the factory mounting bracket to the new replacement shock using the provided hardware and tighten nuts.
* Position the shock absorber in the car, through the shock tower mounting hole.
* Compress the shock absorber and align the shock absorber mounting clevis with the rear wheel spindle.
* Install the two upper mounting bolts. (tighten to 25-34 ft. lbs.)
Repeat steps for the other side of the vehicle.
* Install both rear tire and wheel assemblies and torque lug nuts to factory recommended specs.
We highly recommend having an alignment done after a week or so, after the springs settle.
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Lincoln Continental Spring Conversion