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Firestone Industrial Products' Airtide integrative air-damping system offers a lighter-weight alternative to cab mount suspension applications, providing the functionality of an air spring and shock absorber in a single part. The system is comprised of an exterior bellow made of natural rubber that encompasses a proprietary, shock-absorbing module. Preliminary testing indicates a notable reduction in the transmission and frequency of vibration when compared to traditional air spring/shock absorber or air spring/hydraulic damper configurations. This system offers weight reductions of up to three lbs per spring.