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Ride height can be adjusted using air shocks by increasing or lowering air pressure.
gas improves the efficiency of any shock absorber

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Air shocks


Mostly there is no such thing. A few vehicles are equipped with air suspension which is a different thing. I believe you could be referring to pressurised gas shock absorbers.

These are a conventional oil shock absorber with pressurised gas held in the natural air space inside. This helps the unit have a consistent performance especially when working really hard and a standard shock absorber will lose performance due to some foaming of the oil.

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I have a 1999 mercy grand marque, going to Chang the shocks. It ask if I having touring suspension? How do I tell if I do or not?


Probably the difference of regular shocks and air shocks. Look at the rear shocks, if you see a plastic line running to it, It is air. But you don't have to replace them with air, you can put regular ones on it.

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I hate to break the news to you but there are not any available. If the car needs shocks you have to get the air ride one from a dealer parts department.

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The rear shocks are eather standard gas shocks, or air shocks. If you have and air system to control the shocks then you would just have to unbolt them and disconnect the air line. Install them just as you took them off. If its just reagular shocks then you would have to remove 2 bolts.


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