Boosting Payload Ratings: Is it possible?

When it comes to increasing payload ratings of your vehicle, people often believe that with the right suspension modifications, it can be done. Legally there is no suspension upgrade designed for towing or hauling that can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings.


Never exceed your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).

What is the importance of GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating?

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum weight limit for your specific vehicle including passengers and payload, set by the manufacturer. If you overload your vehicle beyond its factory assigned weight limit capacity or GVWR, not only is it dangerous and illegal; it causes these negative side effects on your truck:

1)  Excessive wear on your truck
2)  Loss of cargo leading to potential traffic accidents
3)  Reduced handling capability
4)  Difficulty in braking due to increased stopping distance
5)  Tire failure due to rapid tire wear
6)  Increased fuel consumption

You should also pay close attention to the weight ratings of each of your axles, known as the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating). In some cases, you can stay within your GVWR for your vehicle, but exceed the maximum permissible load on the axles. In this case, you will need to balance or redistribute weight. Properly weighing your vehicle is the only way to be sure you do not exceed these weight limitations.


The weight ratings for your vehicle are absolute. Manufacturers set these limits in order to keep you safe from failure of vehicle parts. If you are involved in an accident with an overloaded vehicle, you may be held liable.

Even when within your GVWR, it is common to experience difficult and poor handling while towing or hauling. The Torklift International’s patented StableLoad suspension stabilizer has been proven to be a successful solution to aid your vehicle in handling its payload in a more safe and effective manner.

Torklift StableLoads dramatically improve the handling of your vehicle when under payload. By pre-activating the stabilizing effects of the truck’s factory leaf springs, the StableLoads help eliminate truck sag and reduce poor handling characteristics such as side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising.

As the only product available designed with an on/off capability, the StableLoad enables you to turn the system off when needed. Keeping the system disengaged when not towing or hauling enables you to keep the smooth factory ride. When engaged, load your vehicle and continue to enjoy the same ride quality. No other suspension system has the versatility of an on/off switch.

For more information on how StableLoads handle payload while towing or hauling, read our blog entry on how StableLoads affect factory leaf springs.

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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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