We have to admit, we love the lowrider look we’ve been able to achieve on the 2016 Indian Springfield using accessories straight from the Indian catalogue. But as we always say, you can’t be a lowrider and not ride low, so from the beginning we knew we’d be adding air ride. Platinum Air Suspension offers a bleed feed mono air shock for the Indian. The beauty of this system is the ability to adjust the rebound separate from the ride height.
Air ride systems can be tricky, and proper installation is critical to ensure safety and reliability. Freedom Cycles out of Orange County, California, has a meticulous reputation and helped us ensure the system was installed and set up correctly the first time.
Mounting the system takes a little bit of creativity, but thankfully the signature Indian skirted fender offers several mounting options. We opted to mount the compressor in the bag for several reasons. The compressor fills the space in the upper part of the bag perfectly and gives up very little space. We also added a rubber mat to help dampen the vibration and sound. We managed to find an unused accessory mount in the dash to mount the switches so we can easily make adjustments on the fly.
Although we condensed this article for the sake of space, installation should be done with care, and what’s not pictured are the multiple times we put on and took off the rear fender checking for clearance. Take your time, do it right, and make sure that air lines and electrical wires are not subject to rubbing or heat.