Airrunner just had their price raise at the end of 2015. So it does cost more but I've ran Airrunner kit for over 3 years now as a daily driver with no issue what so ever.
You get what you pay for, that's the bottomline. I've said it before megan+ UAS = expensive repair bills ( bad placement of sensors, axle replacement, stuck on the freeway, etc ) and a group of folks that had Megan w/UAS setup had their kit removed and went with AirRunners already. The right person and place to talk to for Air Bags is Carlin from Impact Performance. He has been doing air bags for a long long time. A lot of high profile SEMA cars and show cars are from his shop, I would recommend him over anyone.
Unless you feel like spending around $6k for Megan+UAS + repair bills plus labor to remove and spend another $7-8k for clean install of Airrunners.
Sup Mowmow long time no talk bro!
A lot of what you said I can definitely relate. I was one of the original guys who ran Megan/ UAS and yes eventually I ran into axle issues myself and eventually switched to Airrunners as I got an amazing experience with them on our other Sienna. When I was able to compare the rides the Airrunners are simply just, much better. I ran on the Megans for 2+ years and now on Airrunners for almost 2 I think now.
BUT I think one of the things that haven't been discussed is that Megan/UAS is capable of being great as well if it were installed properly and correctly. I have people in Hawaii that has been on the Megan UAS kit for years and have not really experienced a lot of axle issues like the ones we had here and after talking with a lot of people, Rich from DMCfab, the maker of brackets on the Megan/ UAS installs it a certain way. Here in the Bay Area, we have a different installer and many of the issues we had could've possibly stemmed from the install. There's always two sides to the story and it's very easy to listen to just one side and assume that's all thats transpired but there's more to it than that.
At end of the day though being on both setups the Airrunner is ultimately a much better, well rounded system than the UAS. At the time we went UAS too we already had our Megans so it was so much easier for us to transition to that system as opposed to having to buy new kits completely. We also didn't know any better because it wasn't like there were 20 other bagged Siennas before us. A lot of factors went in as to why things became the way they are.
Lastly, DMCfab is actually almost finished with their own bagged kits for the Sienna and its looking much better than the UAS setup. I'm a big advocate of the Airrunner System but for the benefit of the community and also to give consumers options its great to ask them what they want and what their budget is because even though we would love to have everyone on Airrunners not everyone can afford them.