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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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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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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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.

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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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Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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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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Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 

 

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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
• 
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.

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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How to drill a leaf spring in less than 37 seconds!

Drilling holes in the overload leaf springs of your vehicle may seem like a daunting task, especially due to the characteristics of the hardened spring steel, however, we have a couple options for you.

Many factory overload springs are pre-drilled with 1/2” holes by the manufacturer, making installing a suspension upgrade like the StableLoads, a simple DIY experience. It is important to note that there are many applications of the StableLoad that do not require drilling. To check your application, click here.

If your vehicle does not have the hole pre-drilled, don’t panic or believe anyone who told you it can’t be done. Torklift engineers have contacted some of the world’s leading drill bit manufacturers that make specialized drill bits of all kinds as well as specialized hardened alloy applications. This includes drilling U.S. military armor plating. Based on their input we have the correct drill bits required and a few techniques that highlight the easiest way for anyone to drill a hole in a leaf spring.

There are two options using a common cordless drill. Drilling with our specially designed tool or drilling without, we will walk you through each technique here.

Option One: How to drill with the Torklift International StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool

What you will need:

        - StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool
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        -  Cordless Drill
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        -  Four 7/16” cobalt drill bits
           (These are included with your StableLoad suspension stabilizer)
        -  Cutting oil or motor oil to keep the drill bit lubricated during the drilling process
        -  3/4" socket wrench
        -  Safety glasses

Estimated time to drill four leaf springs: under three minutes

Simply watch this brief video below to see how it is done in 37 seconds.

The key to drilling a leaf spring effectively is to apply a significant amount of force, using a cordless drill with a very slow rotation speed and a well-lubricated drill bit. Using our special StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool, cobalt drill bits and cordless drill, the specifically designed StableLoad Drill Tool cradles the drill allowing you to slowly guide the drill bit with little effort. No need to struggle with keeping the drill in place while applying a significant amount of force by hand -- the StableLoad Drill Tool does the work for you and is the simplest and quickest method to drill the spring.

If you have decided you do not want to use the StableLoad Drill Tool, read below.

Option Two: How to drill a leaf spring without a StableLoad Drill Tool

What you will need:

        -  Household cordless drill
        -  Cutting oil or motor oil
        -  Four 7/16” cobalt drill bits
           (These are included with your StableLoad suspension stabilizer)
        -  Safety glasses

Estimated time to drill four leaf springs: 45 minutes

Step one:
Determine where you want to drill the hole. With StableLoads, you will mark the hole in the center of the leaf spring 1” back from the end.
Note: Use only the special cobalt drill bits supplied in the StableLoad kit and do not predrill the spring with a smaller diameter pilot drill bit for a pilot hole.

Step two:
Apply oil to the cobalt drill bit.

Step three:
It is important to not drill all the way through the leaf spring. Once the top of the leaf spring starts to dimple, move on to next hole. If you try to drill all the way though at this point, it may damage the drill bit.

Step four:
When drilling, apply high force. The leaf spring will deflect about 1/4” when drilling. (Maximum pressure at low speed is critical to avoid drill bit damage)


Step five:
Re-apply oil to the cobalt drill bit often. (every 5 to 10 seconds)

Step six:
Once all springs are dimpled on top of the spring from the drill bit drilling nearly all the way through the spring, go back to each hole to break through the remaining material on the holes. Do this while you decrease the amount of force as the drill bit breaks through the top of the spring. Be cautious because the drill bit will want to grab the edges and pull the drill upwards as it breaks through.

If you would like to learn more information on the StableLoad Leaf Spring Drill Tool or need some additional assistance with how to drill leaf springs, email support@torklift.com or call 800-246-8132. Our Torklift Tech Support Team is happy to help you!

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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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StableLoad Featured On Truck U… Again!

 

The guys of Truck U know what separates a quality aftermarket product from its competition, and are as selective about what parts they feature on their show as the customers who purchase them. It comes as no surprise then that Truck U is showcasing Torklift International’s StableLoad on their television program yet again.

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Truck U StableLoad challenge...by Torklift Jen

My ears recently perked-up at the following quote I heard regarding the Torklift StableLoad suspension upgrade product.

 

“This is so easy, you guys should have your wives install it!”  On a scale of one to ten the guys on the TV show Truck U rated it a one.   If you haven’t seen that feature, I will pass it on here:  http://truckutv.com/?p=2379

 

polaroid2Well, I took that as a direct challenge from Bruno and Matt for Torklift Jen to prove their point, save them some hate mail, and also throw that challenge back to anyone interested in a fun and easy DIY suspension upgrade project that addresses sway, sag, and body roll while towing and hauling.

 

The first challenge was taking the product from the box without breaking a nail…, just kidding guys!

 

Really, I set out to follow the instructions as written and let you know what I found for the installation of this product and its feasibility as a project for non-mechanics like me.

 

It was helpful to lay out all of the pieces and determine the directions that the steel plates would face in respect to the truck and practice the order that the hardware will install on the lower leaf spring overloads. Those are the ones that stick out by themselves at the bottom of the spring packs.

 

The truck needed to jacked up about 4-5” by the frame.  This is to provide the required clearance to bolt them on a non-loaded vehicle.

 

polaroid1Vehicles with a ½” hole in the lower overload leaf spring use part # A7310, so I just had to simply put them through the pre-drilled hole that is standard on most trucks.  Some trucks require Part# A7311 and they get specific instructions on how to drill this hole with the special cobalt drill bits.


Then, it was time to put them together.  First of all, determine the number of adjustable stacking wedge plates I would use for filling the maximum space between the lower overload and the rest of the coupled leaf springs.  I also measured the thickness of the lower leaf spring, that would show the number of shim washers I needed to use in this set-up.

With that info ready, I followed the drawing in the instruction book for the order to assemble and secure the StableLoad with the provided hardware.

 

This was all done with a 9/16” wrench and finally tightening the components to 35ft lbs.  I did have to find out what this meant, as my innate sensibilities are not yet in tune with torque by feel.

 

I had done it, one StableLoad down and three more to go on the same way.  I’ll admit I have probably have seen the install videos for these products more than most, but I assure you that it was simple and easy.

 

I bet Bruno and Matt would approve and would be very impressed with my work.  More product info available at: - StableLoads

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