Add-on leaf springs or airbags? StableLoad Challenge reveals the best solution for suspension

b2ap3_thumbnail_engagedstableload.jpgStableLoad suspension upgrade turned on

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is a simple but highly effective product that installs on any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicle with factory overload leaf springs. StableLoads allow the vehicle to handle payload more effectively because the factory overload leaf springs are initiated.

 

wedge-packLower StableLoad wedge pack
with 3 wedges

By inserting precision-crafted wedge plates into the gap between your vehicle’s leaf spring pack and lower overload leaf spring, the factory leaf springs activate and perform to their full potential. Click here for details on how leaf spring suspension works.

When a vehicle’s supporting extra load, the driver often experiences poor handling characteristics such as body roll, side-to-side sway and porpoising. Driving under these conditions is not only uncomfortable, but also unsafe. When StableLoads are turned on, experience a smoother ride that’s safe and worry-free.

At a recent rally, Torklift International introduced the StableLoad Challenge to attendees. As people who tow trailers or haul truck campers often, we thought who better to experience how the StableLoads affect a vehicles suspension.

lance-camper-rallyAttendees of the Lance Owners of America Rally in Acton, Calif.

poundsTo introduce the StableLoad suspension upgrade to rally-goers, the StableLoad Challenge required two identical Ford F150 trucks loaded with a 2,800-pound load to simulate a truck camper or trailer.

What was the difference between the Ford trucks? One Ford F150 truck had StableLoads installed, the other Ford F150 truck used only its factory suspension. Test-drivers drove both Ford trucks with and without the StableLoads to see if they could feel the difference in handling.

Take a look at this unseen footage of Randy Risso’s test-drive:

Without the StableLoads, Randy mentions he could feel the 2,800-pound load in the bed leading the truck as opposed to having controlled steering ability. He also discusses alternative suspension upgrades as he currently has airbags installed on his truck to haul his Lance truck camper.

randyRandy has thought about add-on leaf springs to help carry his truck camper more effectively. However, negative side effects that extra add-on leaf springs place on his truck’s ride quality has convinced him otherwise. Since his Lance truck camper isn’t always loaded on the truck, he doesn’t want to be stuck with a stiff ride when the vehicle is unloaded.

When Randy drove the F150 truck with the StableLoads turned on, he could easily tell the difference with how the Ford truck handled.

“It’s almost like not having any load at all!” Risso said.

Unlike any other aftermarket suspension upgrade available, the StableLoads are easily switched on and off, leaving you to enjoy your smooth factory ride when unloaded but also activating extra support when towing or hauling is necessary.

The lower quick-disconnect StableLoads engage and disengage in seconds.

Engaging StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

balloonsAirbags can be like balancing your payload on two balloonsRandy talks about the combination of StableLoads and airbags. Although airbags are effective with leveling a vehicle under load, they often cause negative side effects of increased side-to-side sway, stiff ride quality and potential for leaks.  By lifting payload completely off the vehicle’s leaf springs, the entire load is balancing on an area roughly the size of two balloons. The stabilizing effects and power of the vehicle’s factory suspension essentially go untapped.  

Be sure to read our article on 3 easy steps to eliminate bounce and sway from airbags.  By decreasing the air pressure in airbags and engaging the leaf springs with StableLoads, you’ll find that all core issues with poor handling are addressed. Several people turn to StableLoads prior to installing airbags on their vehicle. Typically no further aftermarket suspension mods are needed due to the effectiveness of Torklift StableLoads.  

Overall, rally-goers that took the StableLoad Challenge were impressed with the improvement in ride quality that the StableLoads provided.

Click here to see the full video of the StableLoad Challenge or learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Deception is a matter of perception

stableloads-reviewPerception of the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

What do you see? #BlackandBlue or #WhiteAndGold?the-dressThe Dress

Is this an instance of deception or a matter of perception? If you haven’t heard of #TheDress that sparked an internet-wide debate in late February 2015, it is an ideal example of countless accounts of the varying perceptions of its viewers.

Asked to identify the color of a dress, which appeared to be white and gold or black and blue, the simple question prompted discussions and arguments across the web. Even though the dress was confirmed to be blue and black, scientific commentary was centered on the photo as an optical illusion. If you missed this phenomenon that absolutely rocked the internet, click here for details.  

Instead of #TheDress, let’s take a look at the StableLoad suspension upgrade. Regardless of comparison to other suspension products, the stabilizing effects of Torklift International StableLoads remain true and constant.  

Watch this video that compares StableLoads to all aftermarket suspension modifications including airbags, add-on leaf springs, sway bars and shocks:

What are the benefits and potential negative side effects of each suspension modification?

Torklift StableLoad vs. other products

Sway Bars and Add-on Leaf Springs
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 maybe effective in eliminating sway, the side effects result in a much harsher ride due to the stiffened suspension.

Airbags and Shocks

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.b2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoads engaged and disengaged

StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

The StableLoads combine all of the benefits of all these products but without any negative side effects.  StableLoads are proven to be a successful solution to aid your vehicle in handling its payload in a more safe and effective manner. Click here to see how StableLoads affect your leaf springs.

Increasing Payload Capacity
It’s often misunderstood that adding suspension upgrades to your vehicle increases your vehicle’s factory towing or hauling capacity. No suspension upgrade can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings.

PinocchioPinocchio “I will not tell a lie”

A deceptive claim is an implication that a suspension modification could successfully add weight or load carrying capacity to your vehicle. The weight ratings for your vehicle are absolute. Manufacturers set these limits in order to keep you safe from failure of vehicle parts.

Perception not Deception
It’s expected for people to have varying opinions based on their personal experiences. We encourage discussion on topics such as payload capacity and suspension modifications for towing or hauling as sharing ideas is the best way to learn about something new to you. Online forums like RV.net are useful tools to learn from others with similar interests.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Resource: RV.net

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