Torklift Guarantees You’ll Love Your StableLoads!

30daymondaybackTorklift now offers a 30-day money back guarantee on ALL of our StableLoad suspension upgrades! We are so confident that you’ll love your StableLoads because of the thousands of customers we’ve received feedback from and no refunds, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you decide they aren't the right fit for you and your truck, we will refund your product order up to your full purchase price – but we’re confident that once you try the StableLoad, you’ll never want to tow or haul without these suspension upgrades ever again. Just contact our team at 800-246-8132, or support@torklift.com, send us a photo of your receipt and we’ll work with you on a refund.

Your safety is key when it comes to the design of Torklift products. We aim to get you from point A to point B as safely and securely as possible, all while allowing you to bring along a toy hauler, boat trailer or truck camper. Any seasoned camping veteran will stress the importance and effectiveness of a StableLoad. This compact yet prominent piece of equipment helps ensure the safety of the items being hauled or towed, and more importantly, the passengers in the vehicle.

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StableLoadManufacturers spent millions of dollars and over a hundred years investing in truck suspensions to ensure TWO major things: that it rides like a car and is comfortable, as well as its ability to safely tow or haul incredibly heavy loads. When a truck is loaded, the spring pack engages when you’re towing or hauling. On a truck without StableLoads, once you begin to tow or haul with your truck, pressure is applied too late on the factory overload stabilizer springs of your vehicle’s suspension. The problem is that there isn’t enough stability to support the load, resulting in poor handling characteristics. Here are just a few towing issues you may have experienced with no StableLoad installed:

• Side-to-Side Sway
• Body Roll
• Porpoising
• Truck Sag/Squat

stableloads2The effects of hauling with and without the StableLoad are clear to see!

How are your towing issues handled with the StableLoad? By "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect designed for rear springs by keeping them actively under load the way your vehicle factory engineers designed them to operate. Unlike any other suspension upgrade, the StableLoad suspension stabilizers work with the factory suspension on your vehicle, allowing them to work the way they were designed to, improving safety, handling, sag, body roll, and porpoising while towing and hauling.

 

Upper and Lower Applications Available

Upper SL IUThe Torklift StableLoad comes in two application styles. The lower quick-disconnect StableLoad and the upper StableLoad. Designed to replace smaller, inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, the upper StableLoads engage the upper overload stabilizer spring rather than the lower overload stabilizer spring which is what the lower StableLoad is designed for. With both upper and lower StableLoads combined, they resolve all the issues that you would encounter when needing a suspension upgrade. The bonus with the lower StableLoad? It can be engaged and disengaged in seconds to return to your factory ride.

Focusing on innovation and boldly going where no one has gone before, Torklift has a mission of providing the highest product quality using high-tech machinery including lasers, WaterJets and robotics along with superior customer service. This is especially true when it comes to customer satisfaction and ensuring that you, the customer, is satisfied with our product. Avoid sway, sag and poor handling by installing Torklift upper and lower StableLoads on your vehicle. Visit Torklift’s Where to Buy page to find a local dealer near you. Or contact our tech support directly at 800-246-8132 for assistance with your orders or more information on our 30-day money back guarantee! With the StableLoad suspension enhancements installed, you will not only BE safer on the road, you will FEEL safer.

 

 

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The StableLoad suspension enhancement is now available in stainless steel!

IMG 0714 2At Torklift, we are dedicated to producing the latest and greatest and our StableLoad suspension upgrade is no different! With our original design, our customers are able to feel the dramatic improvement at an affordable cost that the StableLoad provides to their truck suspension.

The StableLoad suspension enhancement manufactured out of stainless steel dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect already designed into your rear springs by keeping them actively under load the way your vehicle factory engineers designed them to operate. It’s also the only suspension enhancement that you can turn on and off so you can return to your factory ride when not towing or hauling.

Now available in stainless steel, you have both the option of our original steel powder coated lower StableLoad as well as the NEW stainless steel version. The stainless steel StableLoad not only is non-corrosive but also enhances the look of your truck to make it stand out as the envy of other truck owners. What does that mean for you? This means that the stainless steel will keep the StableLoads looking new without a layer of protective powder coat and working great to meet and exceed the toughest demands from avid sportsmen and adventurers. These suspension upgrades are always ready to push the envelope with you while keeping your family, truck and whatever you’re hauling safe.

SL SS Cut3 1You may be asking why make the StableLoad also available in stainless steel along with our original steel design? Stainless steel is known to be an incredibly strong metal – so why not create a version of the StableLoad out of this durable metal as well? Similar to our rugged truck camper Talon Tie Downs that are made from both military grade aluminum and stainless steel, our new stainless steel StableLoads are built for tough conditions. Our engineers developed these ultra high performance suspension enhancements to handle the toughest climates and terrain. Whether you head out onto the coastal beaches or up to the mountain heights into the snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, nothing outperforms stainless steel StableLoads.

IMG 0704 2Manufacturers spent millions of dollars and over a hundred years investing in truck suspensions to ensure TWO major things: that it rides like a car and is comfortable, as well as its ability to safely tow or haul incredibly heavy loads. When a truck is loaded, the spring pack engages when you’re towing or hauling. On a truck without StableLoads, once you begin to tow or haul with your truck, pressure is applied too late on the factory overload stabilizer springs of your vehicle’s suspension. The problem is in this case, that there isn’t enough stability to support the load, resulting in poor handling characteristics. Here are just a few towing issues you may have experienced with no StableLoad installed:

• Side-to-Side Sway
• Body Roll
• Porpoising
• Truck Sag/Squat

 

Watch the video below to see how StableLoads stand up against other products like airbags, sway bars and more.


StableLoad Stainless Steel Features Include:

• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• Made of stainless steel to keep the StableLoads looking new without a layer of protective powder coat
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overload stabilizer spring
Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311S (with Drill Kit).

Due to the dramatic improvement in overall handling characteristics from the StableLoad and its extremely low cost,* we recommend any suspension enhancement upgrades start with the StableLoad and that the vehicle operator evaluate as to whether any further upgrades are needed as often times the StableLoad suspension enhancement qualities are found to be more than enough improvement and no further costly suspension equipment may be required.**

leafsprings SilverSSThe stainless steel StableLoads install to your lower overload leaf springs

* When compared to other suspension upgrade products, the StableLoad costs up to 50% less.
** Further upgrading or product additions for vehicle suspension is the responsibility and made solely at the discretion of the vehicle owner/operator.

Torklift also provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

 

For more information on the stainless steel StableLoads or to find your fitment today, click the button below or give our tech support a call at 800-246-8132. They are more than happy to assist you with questions you may have about these new corrosion resistant suspension upgrades. To complete your purchase with a certified dealer near you.

 

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Three Ways Torklift StableLoads Give you a Safer Ride

Your safety is key when it comes to the design of Torklift products. We aim to get you from point A to point B as safely and securely as possible, all while allowing you to bring along a toy hauler, boat trailer or truck camper. So, with safety as an important piece in our mission, what makes the Torklift StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer so much safer than airbag suspension or factory suspension?

A newcomer in the towing and hauling game may have never experienced sway, sag or cornering could think it wouldn’t be a necessary addition to their hauler…

“Thanks Torklift for making this NEWBIE Truck camper a believer in Torklift products. I sure feel safer going down the road!"

– John

Any seasoned camping veteran will stress the importance and effectiveness of a StableLoad. This small yet prominent piece of equipment helps ensure the safety of the items being hauled or towed, and more importantly, the passengers in the vehicle.

If you’re hauling a truck camper, dirt bikes or any significant heavy items in the truck bed, that extra weight can take a toll on your truck’s suspension. Torklift developed the StableLoad as an answer to this problem. A one stop shop to fix your poor handling, side-to-side sway and rear end sag, the StableLoad is the ultimate suspension upgrade. Below are the three known problems with hauling heavy loads, and how the StableLoad can fix them.


1) Sway

stableloadsWhen it comes to hauling heavy items in the back of your vehicle, sway can be caused by a few different factors and leave the passengers and driver a little uneasy about continuing the trip. Large vehicles driving past you or large gusts of wind can send your truck rocking like a pendulum. Constant sway is hard on your truck and makes the ride uncomfortable and dangerous. So how does The Torklift StableLoad prevent this? The StableLoad pre-engages your suspension so that it is already activating the strength within the overload leaf springs. Al Maher states:

"After years of frustration with bad sway, I finally installed StableLoads. Problem instantly solved. Sway is gone. Truck is again a joy to drive... The StableLoads absolutely solved the problem."

 - Al Maher


The StableLoad makes for a smoother and safer ride than alternative suspension products. It outperforms products that are specially designed to eliminate sway.

“The wife and I did a couple of weekend trips and were very disappointed in the sway we were getting especially on the city roads. This was after installing airbags so I did some research and found Torklift and thought I would give the StableLoads a shot. I have to tell you that the result was nothing short of (to me) astounding, the difference was night and day.”

 - John

The StableLoad proves itself repeatedly and leaves customers astounded and thrilled with the high quality of such an affordable product.


2) Sag

By pre-engaging the suspension with a StableLoad, the sag that would normally be caused with a heavy load in the back is gone. Poof! Sag can cause damage to your vehicle, especially when you drive over a speed bump or a pothole. On top of the damage potentially done to your vehicle, sag can make driving conditions unsafe. Sag can cause your steering alignment to be thrown off which will cause delayed responses in steering. This will make the vehicle unsafe and out of control. On top of that, the vehicle can lose braking ability in the front wheels which accounts for up to 70 percent of a vehicle’s ability to brake. The StableLoad will make your truck feel like there is no sag at all.

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 “My truck now rides level and handles like the bed is empty. This is one of the most cost effective and efficient methods of shifting weight to the front axle and eliminating rear sag I have ever seen. Great Product[.]”

-Michael Davis

Along with the safety side of truck sag, it should also be noted that having sag in the back of your vehicle causes uneven wear and tear to your truck’s tires. This can decrease your vehicle’s fuel mileage and raise its carbon footprint. Keep safe when driving, “give yourself a brake” with the help of Torklift StableLoad.


3) Handling

The StableLoad will also alleviate your handling problems. If the heavy load on the back of your truck keeps your vehicle from handling the way that it should, then the StableLoad is going to make drastic differences. If the handling on your truck leaves you out of control, it makes it hazardous for not only you, but for other drivers and pedestrians around you. Going around tight corners with heavy loads has never been safer thanks to StableLoad.

“We've spent the last couple of days going in and out of Key West with narrow streets, heavy traffic and crowded with people and it really is surprising how well it handles in such tight quarters of that city.”

- Ken Pastorious

StableLoads were designed to improve your overall towing or hauling experience. Not only do they improve your experience, but they also improve your safety on the road. Make sure you don’t put yourself, the cargo, or others on the road in danger with delayed stopping, compromised handling, excessive sway or other problems that StableLoads can fix. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a different solution to each problem, let the StableLoad handle this problem with one simple-to-install application.

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Upper and Lower Applications

The lower StableLoad also addresses these issues, but can turn on/off, returning your vehicle to smooth factory ride when not towing or hauling. With both upper and lower StableLoads combined it resolves all the issues that you would encounter when needing a suspension upgrade. The Torklift StableLoad comes in two application styles. The lower quick-disconnect StableLoad and the upper StableLoad. Alone, the upper overload does a good job fixing these issues. 

Safety is a big part of the design that goes into each and every Torklift product. Avoid sway, sag and poor handling by installing Torklift StableLoads on your vehicle. Visit Torklift’s where to buy page to find a local dealer near you. Not only will you be safer on the road, but you will feel safer.

 

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Balancing Act: How to Improve Handling While Towing

“Leaf-spring suspensions on trucks must be capable of hauling a maximum payload and still provide a comfortable ride under no-load conditions.” This is the opening phrase to the Nov. 2017 article in Trailer Life Magazine that discusses truck suspensions and how to improve ride quality without having to spend an arm and a leg for suspension upgrades. Many suspensions that are designed to carry heavier loads including truck campers, travel trailers and fifth-wheels, are usually equipped with overload leaf-springs… and that’s where the StableLoad comes into play!

Leaf SpringsYour truck's leaf springs are designed to handle heavy loads, but sometimes
they need help to improve ride quality and safety!

Before testing to see how the StableLoads improved the ride quality of their fully loaded 2012 F-350 regular-cab pickup, here’s what Ed had to say about the handling of the truck:

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“Driving a predetermined test route with newly installed lower StableLoads disconnected revealed the suspension handled the weight of the camper well with only slight bouncing on smooth roads and minor body roll while cornering. However, when driving on a rough road with potholes and bumps, bouncing and body roll increased noticeably, as they often do when transitioning from smooth to rough roads.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine


The StableLoad

StableLoad IU fadeThe StableLoad suspension upgrade is meant to assist your truck with heavy loads associated with towing a trailer or hauling a truck camper. Installed on your truck’s rear overload suspension, it dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect and keeping the springs actively under load.

“After engaging the lower StableLoads, the sag at the rear axle decreased to just 1/2-inch [after previously having a 1 1/8-inch squat]. The change in altitude of the truck, although small, could be felt in the driver’s seat. A trip down the same rough road resulted in a considerable decrease in bouncing and body roll. Even on smooth surfaces, the stabilizers improved the F-350’s handling noticeably.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine

Vehicle factory engineers designed suspension overload springs to operate a specific four-point system, and the StableLoad maintains all four points of contact in the springs rather than reducing it to two points of contact like other aftermarket suspension products. When installed on your truck, you have the ultimate stability and safety while towing a trailer behind your truck.

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“We also tested the lower StableLoads while towing several fifth-wheels and travel trailers. As expected, the stabilizers made a clear improvement in handling and controlling suspension bounce and body roll when towing heavy fifth-wheels. Sag was decreased, and the headlights maintained proper alignment.”

- Ed Bolduc, Trailer Life Magazine


Features of the StableLoad suspension upgrade include:

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Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points
Quick no-drill installation**
Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).

** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (with Drill Kit).


Feel free to read the full StableLoad article from Trailer Life Magazine, and if you’re interested in purchasing the StableLoad suspension enhancement, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. To contact us for more information or questions, you can reach out to us at support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132.

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How Sway Control Works on a Trailer

SwayBar Don't let  your trailer get out of hand by swaying too much!

Towing a travel trailer behind your truck can be hazardous if not done properly and can be made more dangerous by the tendency of a trailer to sway. When a trailer isn’t balanced properly, it gives enough leverage to affect the movement of the towing vehicle. This causes a back-and-forth movement that is known as sway, or fishtailing. A well-balanced trailer with a proper trailer hitch  installed can correct itself in the event of minor sway caused by wind, passing vehicles, rutted roadways and more.

But, in order to avoid these issues of fishtailing and sway, what can you do? There are a couple of options – and one of them is to install sway control on your trailer. The use of a sway control improves the ability of a trailer to resume normal towing alignment.

 

SwayBar2Function of the Sway Control
There are a few different kinds of sway control available. The two most common types include independent friction sway control and dependent two-point sway control. Independent sway control is designed to bolt onto your trailer tongue and features telescoping arms and friction pads to stop sway once it’s begun. Two-point dependent sway control is designed to be built into a weight distribution system and relies on the springs to create enough friction to prevent fishtailing and sway.

Another major aspect to consider for sway control is tension. These trailer accessories have tension controls that are tightened manually and must be  adjusted to reflect road  conditions. Over-tightening the sway control on your trailer can result in the trailer having a reduced ability to follow easily through turns. Under-tightening the sway control can  prevent the sway bar from functioning efficiently and will not reduce sway adequately.

 

Are there other products that can help with towing instability?
SwayBar3While sway control is designed to be installed around the trailer tongue and directly help the trailer, there are other products available that can help improve towing stability as well. The StableLoad suspension upgrade is meant to assist your truck with heavy towing or hauling. Installed on your truck’s rear overload suspension, it dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect and keeping the springs actively under load.

Vehicle factory engineers designed suspension overload springs to operate in a specific way, and the StableLoad maintains all four points of contact in the springs rather than reducing it to two points of contact like other aftermarket suspension products. When installed on your truck and combined with the sway control installed on your trailer tongue, you have the ultimate stability and safety while towing a trailer behind your truck.SwayBar4

Features of the StableLoad suspension upgrade include:SwayBar5

Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points
Quick no-drill installation**
Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
Proudly made in the USA
* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (with Drill Kit).

If you’re interested in purchasing the StableLoad suspension enhancement from Torklift International, visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. To contact us for more information or questions, you can reach out to us at support@torklift.com or call our tech support at 800-246-8132.

 

 

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Problems stopping when towing heavy loads? Here’s your solution

Byers F350 Adventurer89RBS TorkliftSystem 6.27.17When it comes to towing behind your truck, many people think that as long as you attach a ballmount to a hitch on a vehicle, you’re set to haul anything and everything. While we’ve covered the basics before in another blog, How to Tow a Trailer, there’s one major aspect we didn’t mention when it comes to towing safely behind your truck and what towing does to your truck and trailer suspension.

In particular, how to deal with problems stopping when towing heavy loads, especially when your truck is squatting too much. We covered that your hitch needs to be the correct class and that your vehicle is capable of carrying the load, and while that’s all true - is your truck suspension also up to the task? If not, you could have major issues with stopping as well as handling complications such as swaying, porpoising and sag.

b2ap3 thumbnail trucksagIf your trailer has too much weight, it can make your truck sag while towing!

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There are a wide variety of suspension improvements, but which one is the best one? Here’s a short list of some of the most common suspension kits available:

Shocks: A mechanical or hydraulic device designed to absorb and dampen shock impulses. Some types even allow you to tune the ride by control of the valve, but can be quite pricey and maintenance can be expensive.
Airbags: One of the most common suspension upgrades, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s expensive not only to purchase airbags, but also have them installed and repaired as well. They are very capable of lifting a vehicle for towing to prevent sag, but are notorious for leaks. They also cause a destabilizing effect by lifting a majority of weight off the vehicle suspension.
Bump stops: A simple design, bump stops are meant to be installed to prevent metal on metal contact. As the suspension undergoes high-compression such as turning a corner or hitting a speed bump, they soak up the shock. They can force your shocks to work harder because they don’t engage as quickly with the bump stops installed.TLI SL Blog 6
Sway bars: Another common suspension upgrade, sway bars help reduce the body roll that comes with towing heavy loads and can improve cornering. But, over time the sway bars can cause cracked mounts and also stiffen your ride which can make long trips uncomfortable.


With lack of control when stopping, you’ll find yourself gripping your steering wheel. The key to getting the stability you need is figuring out the best way on how to improve suspension and taking the steps to making your towing experience safer. There are many ways to upgrade suspension, but are the ones listed above the best suspension upgrades? We would argue no, but what else can you do to improve your ride while you’re towing without having to spend thousands on truck and trailer supplies?

Torklift introduces the StableLoad suspension enhancement. A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension. This keeps the vehicle manufacturer’s factory installed overload leaf springs under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing. Since the lower StableLoad turns on and off, you get a smooth and comfortable ride even with the product activated for towing.

StableLoad Science

TLI SL Blog 7With the StableLoads, see and feel a dramatic reduction in side-to-side sway, body roll while you’re towing and when your trailer brakes. The StableLoads keep your vehicle level reducing stopping distance, suspension wear and tire wear. Another unique feature of the StableLoad is that it can be turned on and off depending on whether you’re towing or not. This means that you can return to your normal factory suspension when you’re not towing behind your truck.


Torklift also provides a 30-day money back guarantee on these suspension wedges no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your StableLoads in the first 30 days, with a receipt a refund up to minimum resale price will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

If you have any questions about the StableLoad towing suspension product, visit our StableLoad page here or feel free to contact us at 800-246-8132. You can also email our tech support directly at support@torklift.com. If you are tired of problems stopping when towing, you can also purchase the StableLoads from a Torklift Certified Dealer near you by visiting our Where to Buy page.

 

 

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How much does a StableLoad cost?

StableLoad Cost Blog 1Torklift offers StableLoad kits at different prices depending on the application. Torklift has designed an upper overload StableLoad part #A7200 that costs $325.99, as well as two lower overload kits that vary in price. The lower overload kit part#A7310 is for vehicles with pre-drilled springs priced at $325.99. The second lower overload kit part #A7311 is for vehicles that do not have pre-drilled lower overload springs. This kit costs $349.99 because it comes with special drill bits. Each kit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.


What is the 30-day money back guarantee?

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.


StableLoad Cost Blog 2What is a StableLoad?

A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension by keeping them under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that the manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing so you would have a smooth and comfortable ride.

See what the guys from TruckU experienced when they installed the StableLoads: 

What’s included in each kit and why do you need it?

StableLoad: Upper Overload Part #A7200- $325.99 
This part is designed to replace inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper load springs to work faster. This kit is quick and easy to install and requires no drilling with serious results. It’s installed by bolting each StableLoad onto each overload, replacing the bump stop pad. This kit fits any vehicle with an upper overload, and works the same regardless of the vehicle having or not having aftermarket air bags.

StableLoad Cost Blog 3StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7310 -$325.99 
It’s engineered for trucks, SUVs, vans, commercial applications and other vehicles equipped with lower overload springs that come with a pre-drilled hole in the end of the overload leaf spring. This kit is simple and has a quick installation time. 

StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7311- $349.99 
It’s for universal applications with lower overload springs that are not pre-drilled. This kit comes with four cobalt drill bits and specific instructions for drilling. Click here to learn how to drill a leaf spring in just 37 seconds with the StableLoad Drill Tool, available for rent.


Why does it cost $325.99 to $349.99? 
Each StableLoad kit Torklift designed is precision crafted in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Torklift is one of the last manufacturers still operating in the United States and will not be moving its factory overseas like many other truck accessory manufacturers have. Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty comes standard with this product, where most other manufacturers only provide a warranty ranging from 30 days to one year. That means if you have an issue, we are going to take care of you without making you jump through hoops.

Click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads for truck suspension. Feel free to email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or call 800.246.8132 if you have any questions.

 

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What is the best aftermarket suspension for my truck?

TLI SL Blog 1Once you start to tow or haul with your truck, pressure is applied on the factory overload springs of your vehicle’s suspension. The leaf springs on your vehicle are designed as a spring pack with upper and lower overload leaf springs. When the vehicle is loaded the spring pack engages. The problem here is that there isn’t enough stability to support the load, giving you scary handling characteristics.

Just a few you may have experienced:

- Side-to-Side Sway
- Body Roll
- Porpoising
- Truck Sag (This has a multitude of negative effects on your vehicle)

With lack of control you’ll find yourself gripping your steering wheel hard. The key to getting the stability you need is harnessing the power within the much thicker, much stronger overload leaf springs. Activating the overload leaf springs gives you increased stability and handling while towing or hauling. How can you access this extra power? That’s where the StableLoads save the day! Torklift’s StableLoads fill the gap between the leaf spring pack and the overload leaf springs, pre-activating the stabilizing affects already built into your truck’s suspension.

There are many suspension products on the market that you could consider. But how do you know what product you need? If you’re experiencing more than one symptom, the StableLoad tackles all of the handling issues, instead of many of other products that just address one.

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Let’s explore the options for upgrading truck suspension:

 

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A shock is a mechanical or hydraulic device designed to absorb and damper shock impulses. It does this by converting the kinetic energy of the shock into heat which is then dissipated. Some shock absorbers allow tuning of the ride by control of the valve by manually adjusting the shock absorber. Manufacture’s say that shocks typically need to be replaced at 50,000 miles.

Pros
• Suspension is adjustable
• Allows you to firm suspension while towing
Cons
• Shocks are expensive
• Maintenance is even more expensive
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Airbags
Airbags are a type of vehicle suspension powered by an electric compressor. The compressor then pumps air into a flexible bellow that is typically made from textile-reinforced rubber. The air pressure will then inflate the bellows and raise the chassis from the axle. Air bags feature adjustable suspension, but usually need to be replaced between 50,000 and 70,000 miles and the price is high.

Pros
• The ability to lift/level a vehicle for towing
Cons
• Both initial purchase and maintenance is expensive
• With airbags you are reduced to two points of contact instead of four like the vehicle manufacturer intended
• Airbags are notorious for leaking problems – preventing them from holding air
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Bump stops
Bump stops are a compressed suspension component that is designed to prevent metal on metal contact that leads to damage or unsafe driving characteristics. As the suspension undergoes high compression such as hitting a speed bump or dipping into a pothole, the bump stop soaks up the shock. They can easily be shaped with common machining processes, but the downside is that they dissipate energy into the suspension which can actually cause your shocks to work harder, and they take longer to engage.

Pros
• Prevents metal on metal contact
• Absorbs jolts and bumps
Cons
• Bump stops take longer to engage
• Energy is dissipated into the suspension causing your shocks to work harder
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

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Sway bars
Sway bars help reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or irregularities in the road. It connects the opposite wheels together through short lever arms linked by a torsion spring. Over time the sway bar link ball joints wear out and they will need to be replaced.

Pros
• Reduces body roll
Cons
• Increased weight transfer to already overloaded outside tires (reducing traction)
• Can cause cracked mounts
• Stiffens suspension contributing to a rougher ride
• Only solves one of many suspension problems you may be facing
• No lifetime warranty

Let’s turn to science to see which suspension upgrade is most effective:

For this test an inclinometer is used to measure horizontal and vertical tilt. The higher the horizontal and vertical tilt register on the inclinometer the less control the driver has over the vehicle.

 

TLI SL Blog 7Why is the StableLoad the clear winner?
Unlike any other aftermarket suspension upgrade, StableLoads have a quad contact design while other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points. With the StableLoads, see and feel a dramatic reduction in side-to-side sway, body roll. The StableLoads keep your vehicle level reducing stopping distance, suspension and tire wear. This creates for comfortable and stress free travel. It’s also the only suspension upgrade you can turn on and off with the lower leaf spring design. Click here to learn more about how to engage and disengage the StableLoads in seconds so you can return to your smooth, factory ride when not towing or hauling. 

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Pros
• Dramatically improves safety and handling while towing and hauling
• Reduces negative vehicle handling characteristics like side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising 
• Eliminates sag and levels your ride 
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle’s specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points  
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

*Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).

Many suspension upgrades come with just a limited warranty, but the StableLoads come with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty that not only covers the StableLoads but also covers the vehicle’s factory leaf springs. We do this because we stand behind our product 100 percent.

NEW: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

 

Click here for more information on our StableLoad suspension kits, contact us by emailing Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or by calling 800.246.8132.

 

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Top 3 Stressors on You and Your Truck

Stressors On You and Your Truck

poundsHave you ever watched the TV show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel? One of the oldest and most popular television shows on Discovery, the television series tests validity of rumors and myths by applying scientific method. With their experiments, the ultimate truth is exposed and common myths are debunked.

In an effort to reveal the capabilities of Torklift International StableLoad suspension upgrade we too, turned to science. In our own version of Mythbusters, we conducted a series of tests to address an important question:

Do suspension upgrades actually work?                 
We loaded a 2015 Ford F150 truck with 2,800 pounds to simulate significant payload. For an in-depth assessment, the loaded Ford truck is tested through the top three stressors to your vehicle that replicate common handling issues.

What are the three stressors on you and your truck? 

  1. Side-to-side sway = Large pot hole                                   
  2. Porpoising (front-to-back motion) = Speed Bump    
  3. Body roll = Cornering                                                                 

inclinometerAll of these movements create stress on your vehicle and the driver. These three handling issues cause stress because if the vehicle doesn’t have the proper suspension to support its payload, the driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle.

To measure degrees of movement, an inclinometer was mounted to the Ford F-150 truck. The inclinometer measures horizontal and vertical tilt.

The Ford truck was driven through the course to uncover the best and most effective suspension upgrade for your vehicle. To set a baseline, we recorded measurements of the factory suspension with no suspension upgrades.  Second, we installed airbags at 100-psi air pressure. Finally, we put the StableLoad suspension stabilizeruspension stabilizer to the test.
 
The results may surprise you.
 
Take a look:

wedge packThe outcome of our test relied on science to prove StableLoads as the clear winner. Torklift’s version of Mythbusters showed that suspension upgrades actually do work, and that StableLoads have the greatest affect on handling characteristics of a vehicle when it comes to side-to-side sway, porpoising and body roll. If you often use your truck to haul or tow heavy payload, the StableLoads should be the first suspension modification to consider.

What makes StableLoads so effective? It’s simple.

By pre-activating the strength within factory leaf spring suspension, the StableLoads tap into the overload leaf springs for extra support when towing or hauling heavy payload like a truck camper, fifth wheel, or any type of trailer.

The use of precision laser-crafted wedge plates that fill the space between the factory leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring triggers support from the vehicle’s suspension. The power of the factory suspension is initiated and put to maximum use.

Leaf Springs w No StableLoad

Applicable to any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicles with factory overload leaf springs, the StableLoads are the only suspension modification that quickly turn on and off based on your preference. If you use your vehicle as a daily driver, simply switch off the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads and enjoy its smooth factory ride.

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StableLoads are also easy to install and most applications bolt on without any need for drilling. In the rare case your vehicle does not have the half-inch hole pre-drilled by the vehicle manufacturer, don’t stress. Our engineers have designed the StableLoad Drill Tool to help. Using specialty cobalt drill bits and a household cordless drill, each leaf spring can be drilled in less than 37 seconds. Learn about our complimentary drill tool rental program here. Call our Tech Support team at 800-246-8132 if you have questions about drilling overload leaf springs.

In conclusion, the results of the StableLoad Test provided significant insight as to how suspension upgrades can help your vehicle handle payload more effectively and reduce the top three stressors on your truck.

In comparison to airbags, the StableLoads performed 30 percent better when it comes to side-to-side sway, front-to-back motion or porpoising is reduced by 20 percent, and body roll showed 10 percent improvement.

By using the inclinometer to measure and analyze vehicle movement, science proves that suspension upgrades greatly impact vehicle handling.

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Click here to learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer.

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New 2017 Fits Are Here for StableLoad!

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Many people are pulling their truck campers or trailer out of storage or buying new ones in preparation for some summer camping fun.

Of course there are basic things to do to prep, such as de-winterizing, cleaning everything out, getting groceries, etc. But one thing that many people forget over the long winter months is how much they hated the feeling of instability or sway while they were on their way to the campgrounds.

That's where we come in – we are here to help you prevent these common occurrences of handling issues with the Torklift StableLoads.

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New 2017 StableLoad fitments include:
• All Ford F150 trucks
• Ford F250 regular cab/super cab/extended cab/super cab
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Ford F350 regular cab/super crew/ super cab extended
• Ford F450 regular cab/ super crew/ super cab extended
• Dodge RAM 3500 crew cab/mega cab/mega cab dually
• Chevy 1500 crew cab
• Chevy 2500
• 
Chevy 3500
• Toyota Tundra double cab

Although this list is quite long, it doesn't show all the 2017 StableLoad fitments that we have, which you can find here. We are still looking for some Chevy long bed trucks and Toyota trucks for final testing. Our aim is to have the ones we have yet to test as soon as possible. Don't see your fit? Call us. With a couple questions and a picture, we can confirm over the phone: 800-246-8132.

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Now, we can hear you saying, "Well, what about sway bar, shocks or airbags?" You could always purchase those products, because the StableLoad is designed to work in conjunction with all of them. But what not many people know is how airbags affect your suspension. To put it succinctly: airbags for suspension take your four-point suspension system, turn it into a two point suspension system which can potentially lead to leaf spring damage and further feelings of instability while towing or hauling. You find yourself balancing your truck camper on the equivalent of two footballs.

On the other hand, StableLoad suspension products are designed to complement the factory suspension of your truck, maintaining that quad contact design and improving the handling, sway, body-roll and sag of your truck while you're hauling heavy equipment. One of the best benefits of the StableLoad is also the ability to turn on and off in seconds. Let it help improve your ride quality while towing and return back to your factory suspension when you're done – it's a win/win situation!

Features of the StableLoad include:
• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*StableLoad ou black and white
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle's specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points  
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (WITH DRILL KIT).

Below is a video showing you the installation process for the StableLoad:

Wherever your next adventure takes you — Torklift suspension upgrade products keep you safe and allows you to focus on one of the most fun aspects of a trip: what to do when you get there! If you have a 2017 Dodge RAM truck, a 2017 Ford truck or 2017 Chevy truck, we've got you covered with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer!

To find StableLoad fitments for your 2017 truck, learn more by searching through our automated application guide or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

 

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Skip the carnival ride when towing or hauling – StableLoad Challenge proves StableLoads work wonders

Torklift arrived in Everett excited to introduce the StableLoad Challenge to Torklift dealers attending a dealer training session for Torklift products.

What’s the StableLoad Challenge?

Two identical Ford F-150 trucks
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2,800 pounds loaded in each Ford truck bed


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One truck has StableLoads suspension stabilizer

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One truck has just the factory suspension

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Drivers took a test-drive with both Ford trucks

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Could they tell the difference?

Take a look at what these folks had to say about their experience:

Skip the Carnival Ride
“I can feel it leaning back and forth as I go around the corner. Kind of feels like the back of the truck is in charge,” said the driver taking the StableLoad Challenge. Behind him, the rear of the truck swayed, drawing the momentum and gravity dragging toward the back of the vehicle. Indeed, the Ford F-150 truck was in charge.

carnivalDriving your truck shouldn't be a carnival ride

 

 “I have problems with vertigo so I am very motion sensitive. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling for me. This is about as close to a carnival ride as I wanna get.”

 

The StableLoad Challenge asks drivers an important question: Can you feel the difference with StableLoads? With firsthand experience, those who took the StableLoad Challenge could feel an incredibly noticeable difference.

Four Points of Stability
Whether you’re using your vehicle to move debris, haul a truck camper or tow their much heavier travel trailer or 5th wheel cousins, a very important part of transporting heavy loads is stability. What makes leaf spring suspension ideal is its four points of contact, two on each side of the vehicle.

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StableLoads have a design that maintains these points of contact that are crucial in providing stability. With other aftermarket suspension products, points of contact are reduced to only two, resulting in less stability and lack of support from the leaf spring suspension. The leaf spring pack and overloads are meant to be engaged and StableLoads take advantage of this expertly engineered design that vehicle manufacturers have invested millions in developing. By keeping the leaf springs engaged, the strength built within the truck’s suspension shines.

As one person noted when taking the StableLoad Challenge, without the StableLoads the “truck was in charge.” With the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer you’re now the one in control – the way it should be.

Engaging StableLoad Suspension StabilizerThe lower StableLoad can connect and disconnect in secondsChoose the Mode for your Load
With lower quick-disconnect version of StableLoads, switch on and engage to be in tow/haul mode. Switch off to enjoy factory suspension. The lower StableLoads allow you the luxury of choosing what mode you want. With a turn of a ratchet, engage the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads for the extra support your vehicle needs. Simply disengage and enjoy your smooth factory ride when you no longer need that extra oomph.

Installation is easy with the StableLoads universal design. Fitting vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overloads, StableLoads have fast, no-drill applications available. Click here to find your application. Each kit includes four Torklift StableLoads for either upper or lower overload springs depending on the model you select, outfitting one complete vehicle. StableLoads come with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and even extends coverage to the vehicle’s factory leaf springs. Call 800.246.8131 for warranty details.

After See how much more relaxed he looks with his hands no longer gripping the wheel tightly?

The verdict’s in
As one test-driver analyzed how the StableLoads performed, he relaxed comfortably in his seat. He noticed the smooth movement and gained confidence while feeling more and more in control.

We asked, “Can you feel the difference?”

The difference, according to each person who took the challenge, was noticeable.

“Yeah, totally different!” said our test driver.

Science agrees
We’ve heard thousands of success stories from those who’ve turned to StableLoads instead of other suspension products. Even backed by real-life feedback from those who took the StableLoad Challenge, we wanted to provide tested data based on actual side-by-side comparisons of every aftermarket suspension option. By using an inclinometer to measure movement, we’ve uncovered information that strongly supports the glowing testimonials from our satisfied customers. Click here to see the science behind the StableLoads and you’ll be shocked at our results.

Learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer or find a dealer near you.

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The StableLoad Challenge: Does your truck have what it takes?

Last year, Torklift International introduced the StableLoad Challenge at the Lance Owners of America Rally in sunny California. Several truck camper and towable owners were given the opportunity to test drive two Ford F-150 trucks loaded down with 2,800 pounds of gravel. The trucks were identical with the exception of one important detail—one truck had the StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed and the other just had the factory suspension. Lance owners were so impressed with the results of the StableLoad Challenge that we thought we would bring the challenge a little closer to home: Everett, Washington. We encouraged Torklift dealers to take the challenge themselves… if they dared.

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The experts weigh in…
The goal of the StableLoad Challenge was for attendees to experience first-hand the difference in driving a truck equipped with Torklift StableLoads. We let them take the trucks out for a spin to see for themselves the big difference in the Ford truck’s suspension.

Without StableLoads
StableLoad Challenge Participant“I noticed when I stepped on the brakes, it slid back and forth a little,” one driver commented as he maneuvered the truck around the parking lot course. He’s no amateur when it comes to towing and hauling truck campers. As he careened through the course, he noticed that the factory suspension was “a little on the mushy side.” It’s not exactly the review you’re hoping for when you spend your life’s savings on a brand new Ford F-150 truck. “I know you’re in a flat parking lot here,” he said, “but you kind of feel every little ripple.”

With StableLoads
With a raise of his eyebrows and a surprised tilt of the head, the same driver remarked simply, “Yes—this is a lot nicer,” as he took the wheel of the truck equipped with StableLoads and drove it smoothly through the course.

Another attendee confessed that he was also impressed with the stability of the StableLoads. “It’s kind of cliché,” he said, “but it sounds like there’s no weight back there.”

All of our drivers were fascinated with the results of the StableLoad Challenge. But what is it exactly that makes the StableLoads so effective?

The science of suspension
StableLoad suspension stabilizers are specially designed to help the factory suspension system do the job it was engineered to do, which is to haul and tow a hefty amount of weight.

Loaded TruckIt is typical for trucks to come equipped with a set of overload leaf springs. Ideally, these would handle a factory designated amount of payload placed in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the leaf spring pack typically need to drop several inches before they make contact or “activate” the lower overload spring, which provides the necessary support for heavy lifting. When lacking this extra support, it causes those problems you feel when driving: sway, bounce and increased stopping time. In order to fix the issues, something needs to pre-activate the power within the overload leaf springs and keep the truck level.

If you haven’t guessed, that “something” is the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Lower StableLoad Wedge PackThe precision crafted wedge-shaped design of the StableLoad inserts between the overload leaf spring and the leaf spring pack, maintaining the contact necessary to properly support the weight of hauling without causing the truck to sag. This contact is maintained along all four points of the factory suspension, which gives you added control—something you won’t find in any other suspension upgrade.

How StableLoads compare to other suspension products
Other suspension products like airbags, shocks or a sway bar, essentially turn your factory designed four-point suspension into a two-point suspension, which negatively affects the amount of control you have over your vehicle.

Let’s consider how airbags affect your suspension. While it’s true that they help lift and level out the weight of the truck camper, they unfortunately balance this weight above the upper leaf springs. In doing so, only two points are engaged, which contributes to the side-to-side sway and that feeling of porpoising. Shocks and sway bars work similarly—they do part of the job, but you won’t have nearly the improvement that you will with the StableLoads.

Plus, only the StableLoad suspension stabilizer offers the ability to change the suspension settings in seconds. Engage the lower StableLoad when you’re towing or hauling, and turn it off for a factory ride when you’re not—it’s all done with a simple flick of the wrist and a 3/8 ratchet.

 Engaging StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

If we haven’t convinced you yet, click here for additional information about how suspension works and why the StableLoad is the best choice for the job.

Don’t leave us in suspense
We want to make sure that you feel safe and secure when you’re driving. That’s why we love this product. It dramatically improves the handling issues experienced when hauling or towing, which makes your life a little more stress-free. If you have any stories to tell about how the StableLoad has improved your hauling and towing experience, we would love to hear about it!

Watch the video below for more rave reviews from our latest StableLoad Challenge or click here for more information about where to purchase Torklift StableLoads.


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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Suspension solutions for hauling a truck camper with a Dodge Truck

StableLoads Dodge1Hauling a truck camper with Dodge RamYou’ve just purchased that truck camper you’ve always wanted and you’re getting ready to load it up to the bed of your Dodge RAM 3500 truck. You double check that you’ve covered all the basics: bed mat, tie downs, turnbuckles. The whole enchilada. Finally, you’re ready for a fiesta in your new truck camper, but once the truck is loaded and you start driving down the freeway, you realize that you’ve forgotten about something important. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

With the added weight of the truck camper you can’t help but notice that the truck is no longer level with rear-end sag in the back and its headlights are now pointing upward, blinding oncoming traffic. Your knuckles whiten on the steering wheel from the side-to-side sway, and there’s an uneasy feeling of “body roll” as you turn corners, like the truck might tip over. It’s also taking much longer to stop the vehicle effectively.

StableLoads Dodge2Suddenly, the elation you’ve been feeling about this new camper has come crashing down. Luckily, Torklift International has a quick fix for suspension that addresses handling issues like those mentioned above. By installing the StableLoad suspension stabilizer on the rear Dodge RAM truck suspension, the ability to haul a heavy truck camper is as stress free as swinging aimlessly at a piñata.

Here’s how suspension works:
The factory suspension in your truck is designed to evenly absorb the weight you haul in your truck for a smooth ride. The factory leaf spring design features several curved leaf springs as well as a thick overload leaf spring. When the truck is weighed down, the leaf spring pack absorbs the downward force and makes contact with the overload leaf spring for extra support. When activated, the overload leaf springs are designed to help support heavier weight.

Unfortunately, in order for the leaf springs and overload to touch, the vehicle must drop several inches, which causes the vehicle’s rear to sag and the front of the truck to point upward. The forward tilt affects the vehicle’s stopping ability, while the misalignment results in side-to-side sway, body roll, and porpoising—all of which make for a miserable drive.

StableLoads Dodge3StableLoad mounted to the lower overloadThe lower quick-disconnect StableLoads are bolted onto the lower overload leaf spring, where it fits snugly in the gap between the overload and leaf spring pack. With the gap eliminated, the lower overload can do its job and give you a much smoother ride when hauling a truck camper with a Dodge RAM 3500 truck (or any other truck that has factory installed upper or lower overloads). Click here to see how the upper StableLoads work.


How the StableLoad Compares to Other Suspension Products
The StableLoad suspension stabilizer was uniquely designed as a suspension upgrade that complements the factory suspension system in your Dodge RAM truck. It is proudly made in the USA and comes backed with Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty, which includes coverage for the factory leaf springs.

Four StableLoads are included in the suspension kit, which will outfit one complete vehicle. The StableLoads have a quad contact design, meaning they eliminate the gap between the overloads and leaf springs at four points in the rear factory suspension system. This design maintains four points of contact in which the original factory system was intended by the vehicle's engineers. This dramatically improves the handling issues experienced when hauling a truck camper, making it a better solution than other suspension products, such as sway bars, airbags, or shocks which uses a design with only two points of contact.

Additionally, the StableLoads mounted to the lower overload leaf springs are specially engineered to disengage in a matter of seconds. When engaged, they fill the gap between the leaf springs preventing handling issues—exactly what you need for towing or when hauling any heavy load like a truck camper. But when you aren’t towing, the StableLoads can simply be rotated away from the leaf springs to bring your Dodge RAM truck back to its factory feel.

Installing StableLoads: One User’s Experience
StableLoad installation on a Dodge RAM truck is quick and simple. One forum user, Camilo Correo,
demonstrates the installation of StableLoads on his 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 so he can get a better haul for his 1985 Lance truck camper. Jeff Wood in Stanton, California did the install, which took approximately 1.5 hours.

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a 1997 Dodge Ram
Correo shows his factory leaf springs prior to the installation (to the left) and compares them once the StableLoads are installed. The pictures below show the StableLoad in both engaged and disengaged positions. When engaged, the StableLoad fits perfectly in the gap between overload and leaf springs. When disengaged, it is simply rotated to the side so it’s not engaging the leaf spring.

 

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Are you ready to take the StableLoad Challenge?
The StableLoad Challenge attests to the effectiveness of Torklift StableLoads. We gave individuals the opportunity to test-drive two identical trucks carrying 2,800 pounds in each bed—one truck has StableLoads installed, while the other just has the factory suspension. You’ll be amazed to hear the differences between the two rides. You can also click here for more information about the science behind the StableLoads.

Watch the StableLoad Challenge video below or click here for more information on Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

 


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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What’s the secret to increasing the payload capacity of a truck?

It is often misunderstood that adding suspension upgrades to your vehicle will increase your vehicle’s factory towing or hauling capacity. The truth is, there isn’t a secret to magically increase the payload capacity of your truck. 

No suspension upgrade designed for towing or hauling can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings, however there is a suspension solution for towing/hauling that can aid in handling heavy payload in a more safe and effective way.

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer dramatically improves the handling of your vehicle when either towing or hauling. By pre-activating the stabilizing effects of the truck’s factory leaf springs, the StableLoads help reduce poor handling, eliminate side-to-side sway and level your truck while loaded.

To further explain ourselves, let’s turn to the StableLoad Challenge.

b2ap3_thumbnail_rochelle.pngAt a recent rally, we gave experienced RV towing and hauling enthusiasts the opportunity to test-drive the same Ford F-150 truck with and without the StableLoads. We placed 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed to simulate a significant load like a truck camper.

Rochelle Jackson buckled herself behind the steering wheel for her test-drive with the StableLoads. Not only could she not believe there was a 2,800 pound load in the truck, she thought it was a whole different truck altogether!

With the StableLoads as the secret weapon, many test-drivers didn’t feel like there was any weight in the back of the truck. To see her candid reactions to the stabilizing effects of the StableLoad, watch this unseen footage from the StableLoad Challenge:

 “Wow, are you serious?” said Rochelle Jackson. “Interesting….You feel like there’s nothing in your box. You feel like it’s an empty truck.”

What Rochelle felt was the activation of the factory leaf springs on the Ford F-150 truck. When the StableLoads are engaging the overload leaf spring, the vehicle sits level, side-to-side sway is greatly reduced, and the ability to stop effectively is improved.

 “It feels like a different truck,” she explained. “It feels more cushioned – like a cushioned ride and you think to yourself, okay am I riding in the same model with the same features?”

The effects of the StableLoad suspension upgrade made it hard for Rochelle to believe she was driving the same F-150 Ford truck as the previous test-drive without the StableLoad suspension upgrade.

“I notice as the driver it’s more cushioned and you have a better ride and better sitting experience,” Rochelle concluded.

With the StableLoads installed, you can make the journey just as enjoyable as the destination. Not only is the truck’s ride quality and handling significantly better, but it’s also a safer experience on the road.

Watch the full version of the StableLoad Challenge or learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer

If you aren’t sure you are towing or hauling safely, have your vehicle professionally inspected to verify the tongue weight and tow/hauling rating falls within your vehicle manufacturer’s tow ratings.

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How weight affects stopping distance when towing or hauling

You are approaching a stop sign or traffic light with a heavy load in the back of your truck. Have you underestimated the distance and time needed to stop?

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A heavy load in the back of your vehicle tends to put additional weight on the rear axle, causing the truck to sag and the nose of the vehicle to tilt upwards. This  out of level positioning can severely impact your ability to brake effectively, even causing the truck to rock forward and backward after stopping.

 

You can avoid this “Whoa, Nelly!” moment on the road by installing the Torklift International StabeLoad suspension stabilizer.

What is a StableLoad?

There are two types. Let’s talk about the quick disconnect version that attaches to your lower overload leaf spring.

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Visually it is a series of precision laser crafted steel wedges specifically designed to custom fit between your lower overload leaf springs. It looks compact but it packs a big punch when it comes to what it actually does for you.

To prevent side-to-side sway, level your truck and improve overall handling, StableLoads easily install on any vehicle. This includes trucks, vans, SUV’s and light commercial vehicles that come equipped with vehicle manufacturer overload leaf springs. The StableLoads will pre-activate the overload’s stabilizing capabilities when under a heavy load.  

At a recent rally, we gave those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to take the StableLoad Challenge test-drive. One of our test-drivers, Eric Dye, drove with and without StableLoads on a Ford F-150 truck. We placed 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed to simulate a significant load like a truck camper.

Eric first drove the Ford F-150 truck without the StableLoad suspension upgrade.

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“This thing already feels like it’s going to roll over,” Dye said. “A lot of movement back there!”

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With the StableLoads engaged, “I already feel a big difference,” said Eric Dye. “It’s not rocking back and forth as much and I didn’t get any porpoising effect at all when I stop. This is amazing!”

The distance needed to stop the truck was noticeably less and the porpoising effect that Eric mentions when trying to stop the vehicle was completely eliminated. If you tow or haul often, achieve a safer and more comfortable ride by installing the most effective suspension upgrade.  

To take a closer look at the StableLoad Challenge, view the full video here

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Save the Teeter-Totter for the playground

b2ap3_thumbnail_tim.pngAll jokes aside, a teeter-totter motion when driving with a heavily loaded truck is anything but funny. For those who haul truck campers and tow trailers, that side-to-side sway and forward-backward motion can cause some serious white-knuckle driving.

We turned to our StableLoad Challenge to put the capabilities of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer to the test. With the opportunity to drive a Ford F-150 loaded with 2,800 pounds in the bed, Tim Short was more than ready to give the StableLoads a test-drive.

Tim drove the Ford F150 both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoad, but also mentions his own experience with airbags installed on his truck at home.

With experience driving his own truck with airbags while hauling a camper, let’s take a look at what Tim had to say in this never before seen footage from the challenge: 

Without StableLoads:
“…I can get a good ride with the airbags, but that increases my sway.”

“If you rode my truck you would feel it teeter tottering” said Tim Short. “That’s what I was looking to get rid of.” 

With StableLoads engaged:
“This rides smooth…this is much nicer,” he said. “I just want to say that this has been peachy so far.” 

Stop ‘playing’ around and reduce the teeter-totter and sway motion by upgrading your suspension so you can feel more stable while on the road. For more information on the difference between airbags and StableLoads and how they can work in conjunction, stay tuned on the Torklift company blog to learn how leaf springs work with suspension upgrades.

Click here to watch the full video of the StableLoad Challenge. 

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What kind of aftermarket suspension upgrade should I get?

Towing a trailer, 5th wheel or toy hauler? Hauling a truck camper or other heavy payloads? You might be wondering, what are my options for suspension upgrades?

b2ap3_thumbnail_suspensiontowing.jpgWith a loaded vehicle, its suspension is under heavy stress. While maneuvering turns or hitting bumps in the road, the added weight can cause bouncing, bucking, severe side-to-side sway and body roll. This is not only an uncomfortable and potentially unsafe ride for the driver, but it can also cause strain and additional wear on the truck and its performance.

Options for aftermarket vehicle suspension upgrades include sway bars, add-on leaf springs, shocks, airbags and StableLoads. With several aftermarket suspension products on the market, making a decision becomes daunting. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and potential negative side effects of each suspension modification.

The purpose of sway bars is to make a connection between the truck frame and its axles with a spring steel bar, reducing sway and body roll.

Add-on leaf springs help to increase the spring rate of your factory springs to eliminate sag and sway.

Although both of these alternatives may be effective in eliminating sway, the side effects result in a much harsher ride due to the stiffened suspension.

Additional aftermarket suspension upgrade options include shocks and airbags.

Shocks act as a dampener by resisting movement between the body and axle to help eliminate body roll.

Airbags inflate with air pressure to lift the truck frame away from the axle and help level the truck. A side effect of shocks and airbags lies within the potential for leaks. Not only do both significantly stiffen your ride, airbags will often increase side-to-side sway of the vehicle because it takes the weight off of the factory suspension.

The StableLoads combine all of the benefits of all these products but without any negative side effects.  

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The purpose of the StableLoad is to treat the root problem by working with your factory leaf springs, rather then against them. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer puts the truck’s full factory suspension into use and equally disperses the weight of the load. By engaging your overload springs sooner, you’re vehicle can operate at its best potential.

After upgrading your suspension with the StableLoad, what happens when your vehicle is unloaded?

If you use your truck as a daily driver and aren’t in need of a permanent modification, the lower StableLoad application is the perfect solution. With the ability to engage and disengage in seconds, enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer. 

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Have you ever been in your truck and felt like you were driving a boat?

The StableLoad Challenge gave those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to drive a Ford F-150 with a 2,800-pound load in the back, both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer. As a suspension upgrade for hauling truck campers or towing trailers, it was our goal to get candid responses from those participating in the test-drive at a recent rally.

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If you haven’t already watched Torklift International’s StableLoad Challenge, be sure to view the full video and see how the experience made a huge impression on rally-goers who took the challenge.

As one of our challengers, Diane Leff jumped at the chance to test-drive the StableLoad suspension upgrade. Buckled up and ready to roll, let’s take a look at Diane’s experience.

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Ford F150 with no suspension upgrade:
“It’s like a boat. I feel the side-to-side motion and it’s not as responsive,” says Diane. “I wouldn’t want to drive this under these conditions for very long and not feel safe and in control.”

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Ford F150 with StableLoad suspension stabilizer engaged:
"…I feel the difference already. It’s a much smoother ride. This is amazing!”

When driving without the suspension enhancement, Diane Leff immediately points out the rocking feeling as if the vehicle was “like a boat”. With side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising effects, she found that the truck was harder to control. When it came time to drive the truck with StableLoads engaged, she felt the difference immediately.

Preventing body roll is important in order to tow or haul safely. To regain control of your truck, learn more about how the StableLoads work for your suspension.

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Truck Camper Sway? Here’s how to stop the sway and wobble

b2ap3_thumbnail_challengerdaphne.pngWhen Torklift introduced the StableLoad Challenge to rally attendees this past September, truck camper owner Daphne Risso was excited to be one of the first to participate.

By taking the StableLoad Challenge, it would give her the opportunity to test-drive an F-150 with a 2,800-pound load in the back both with and without the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Since rally-goers either haul a truck camper or tow a trailer on a regular basis, we wanted to capture initial impressions from their hands-on experience. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer prevents side-to-side sway, bounce, and dramatically improves handling while towing or hauling.

 

Take a look at a clip from Daphne Risso’s test-drive:

During her experience, Daphne Risso said that with the StableLoads engaged, the truck did not feel like it was wobbling so much.

“It feels more balanced, Risso said. “I am not kidding you! I definitely feel the difference the StableLoad makes.”

The wobbling that Daphne Risso mentioned is very common when trucks are loaded with something heavy like a truck camper. Many times the rig may feel top heavy and sway from side-to-side, causing an uncomfortable ride that feels unsafe. By stabilizing the suspension with the StableLoads, the side-to-side sway is dramatically reduced and overall handling of the truck becomes easier.

Sway reduction is just one of many benefits of installing StableLoads on your truck. Click here to learn more about this affordable suspension upgrade or see full version of the StableLoad Challenge.

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The StableLoad Challenge -- See what hauling 2,800 pounds will do to a 1/2 ton truck’s suspension

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By the appearance, it may be easy to underestimate the performance effects of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. However, the StableLoads are endorsed by many truck camper manufacturers including Northwood Manufacturing/Arctic Fox due to its ability to reduce sway and body roll, providing a much safer experience while hauling or towing.

To put this product to the test, Torklift International kicked off the StableLoad Challenge national event during Lance Owner’s annual rally in Lancaster, California this past September.

Here’s how it went down.

About the competitors:

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Two identical Ford F150 trucks loaded with 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed. The weight is intended to simulate the effects of hauling a heavy load such as a truck camper or towing a trailer.

What’s the secret weapon?

One truck had factory suspension while the other had the StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed and engaged.

About the challengers:

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All of the test drivers haul campers and tow trailers with their trucks. Many of these drivers have had experience with other suspension alternatives such as sway bars or airbags. Even when airbags and sway bars were installed, common complaints were side-to-side sway, bounce, and the inability to transition back to their factory ride when not hauling or towing with their rig. Lucky for them, they were about to experience first-hand how the StableLoads can solve these suspension problems.

The outcome: 

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It didn’t take much for test drivers to see and feel the difference that StableLoads make on the Ford truck’s suspension.

Just by looking at the loaded trucks side-by-side, it was easy to indicate which truck was without the StableLoad, as it had significantly more sag than the other vehicle.

When the challengers drove the truck with the StableLoads engaged, they felt a significant improvement and noted the following characteristics:

  • Improved overall handling of the truck
  • Increased stability -- Prevented sway, body-roll and porpoising effects
  • Significantly reduced braking distance


To see the results of the test-drive, watch the video here:

You may be asking, how does a suspension upgrade work on my truck?

The lower StableLoad application (which was used in the challenge) occupies the gap between the leaf spring pack and lower overload. The upper Stableload application is designed to replace the smaller, inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper overload springs to work sooner. Both applications are designed to pre-activate the truck’s factory suspension, putting the stabilizing effects to work. Most StableLoad applications do not require drilling and can be installed easily at home.

Stay tuned on the Torklift company blog as we take a closer look into the StableLoad Challenge and individual experiences of each of our challengers. 

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