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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StableLoad -- The Weight Off Your Shoulders

Did you hear? The StableLoad Challenge is back!
Stressed manSee how stressed he looks driving the heavy load without StableLoads?“I definitely notice there’s a lot of body roll,” said a challenger, cautious in his words as he gripped the steering wheel tighter. A look of discomfort struck his face and he frowned as he pressed harder on the pedal. As the driver pushed down on the gas that propelled the vehicle further, his concerned expression worsened.

 

Thankfully, this scene was not transpiring in the hustle and bustle of a chaotic highway, nor was it taking place in the rough backwoods. It was in fact taking place on an open and controlled route for Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge in Everett, WA.

Participants at Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge were invited to take part in a simple test to see if the StableLoad was everything they hoped it would be. They soon learned that, when it came to producing reliable suspension products and upgrades, Torklift delivered.

The StableLoad Challenge
StableLoad ChallengeWhen it comes to hauling cargo or towing a trailer, nothing is more important than stability. Whether transporting truck campers, trailers or just plain old junk for the garbage dump in your Ford truck, a stable suspension is critical for the protection of your vehicle. Thankfully, Torklift has got your back with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. 

The StableLoad suspension stabilizer suspension upgrade dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect designed for rear overload leaf springs. This is accomplished by keeping your rear leaf springs actively under load, the way your vehicle factory suspension engineers intended them to operate.

By “pre-loading” the factory overload springs, the StableLoad vastly improves the handling characteristics of your loaded vehicle, no matter the weight. Both safety and handling are improved. In addition, sway, body roll and porpoising are dramatically reduced.

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Wondering about how your suspension works? The StableLoad’s quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturers four point suspension. This is opposed to reducing it to two points of contact, which is the case with all other rear suspension products. In other words, the weight of heavier loads is redistributed evenly across all four points, rather than being reduced to two contact points causing lack of stability and support. As our guests learned in the StableLoad Challenge, this design choice was the difference maker.

Happy ManNow that he's driving with the StableLoads look at how happy and much more comfortable he looks“I’m actually very, very surprised with how stable it is. It’s kind of cliché but it feels like there’s no weight back there,” said the participant, his eyes widened with surprise. He breathed a deep sigh of relief. As he exhaled, he relaxed, letting his shoulders curve against the padded seat. His memories of the poor suspension from before were now replaced with better ones as he reached out to thank a friendly hand from Torklift with a firm handshake.

This performance was apparent when those taking the StableLoad Challenge began to take note of the smooth ride, the solid weight distribution and the overall comfort StableLoads provided. Compared to the sluggish, fish-tail movement brought on by heavy loads and hauls, the StableLoads really shined. The StableLoads are universal, fitting all vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overload springs and the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads have no-drill installations available. Click here to find your application.

AirbagsAirbags have the potential to burst if under too much pressureWondering about how airbags might affect your suspension? The StableLoads even enhance airbag performance by lowering your airbag’s air pressure, ensuring maximum safety on even the most perilous of hauls. Those who were running around 90 PSI before installing StableLoads are now reporting that they run their airbags at 20 or 30 PSI, significantly reducing the risk of their airbags self destructing or causing damage to their trucks.

Leaf SpringsStableLoads work with your suspension to give you the best ride possible

The kit includes four Torklift StableLoads, outfitting one complete vehicle and comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Torklift’s warranty includes coverage for the vehicles factory leaf springs.

 

As the participants returned home, any doubts in their minds on the performance of the StableLoad were replaced with thoughts of confidence and excitement. At long last, the lack of vehicle handling brought on by agonizing weight has been lifted from the shoulders (and suspension) of truck owners everywhere.

Read more about the StableLoad Challenge or click here for additional product information. Find a dealer near you or give us a call at 800.246.8132 with inquiries.

 

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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.

StableLoad Challenge

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.


 

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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.

StableLoads Dodge4Factory leaf springs on
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.

 

StableLoads Dodge5Engaged StableLoad StableLoad Dodge6Disengaged StableLoad


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.

 


 

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StableLoad Challenge is back again: What’s the point of 4-point suspension?

If you’ve seen our first go at the StableLoad Challenge, it’s clear that those who tested the StableLoad suspension stabilizer are convinced on its ability to remedy handling issues of a loaded down truck. In hopes of echoing this approval, we took the StableLoad Challenge to Everett, Washington.

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?

When we rolled on up to Everett from our manufacturing facility in Sumner, Wa., we were excited to introduce the StableLoad Challenge to Torklift dealers attending a dealer training session for Torklift products. Take a look at what these folks had to say about their experience:

 

How was the StableLoad suspension stabilizer so successful in solving side-to-side sway, body roll and other tedious handling characteristics caused by hauling heavy loads or towing trailers?  

Let’s take a look at how suspension works on your vehicle.

Originally, vehicles are designed and built with four-point suspension.  Each of the two rear leaf springs has two points of suspension on each end of the leaf spring giving you four total points of control.

4-point-diagramVehicle manufacturers create a
4-point leaf spring suspension system
on the vehicle’s rear axle
Your vehicle’s factory engineers invest millions of dollars to ensure a four-point suspension system because it provides a needed compromise between your ride quality while towing/hauling and also the ride quality while driving unloaded.

Other suspension products diminish the factory four-point suspension and reduce the control points to only two. For example, airbags take all of the weight that you are applying to the truck by lifting it above the leaf springs. By placing weight onto just two airbags, you may have successfully leveled your ride but unintentionally created issues with side-to-side sway and bounce.

Other aftermarket suspension products create the opposite effect of the control that 4-point suspension provides.  Two-point suspension provides only minimum control. Just like two heads are better than one, four points are better than two. Simple concept, yet a mind blowing difference.

Teaming up with your factory suspension
teamworkStableLoads are the only suspension upgrade that works with your factory suspension and continues to use all four points of the suspension. By pre-engaging the vehicles already existing factory installed overload leaf springs, the vehicle is prepared in advance for the effects of heavy payload caused by towing and hauling. Using precision laser-crafted wedge plates, the lower StableLoad application eliminates the gap between spring pack and lower overload leaf springs.  

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Translation? The truck isn’t required to drop several inches from the weight of the load in order to initiate the support needed from its overload leaf springs. By maintaining the four-points of contact, the suspension is being used with the maximum potential in which its factory engineers intended.giftThere are benefits to working with factory suspension

Teaming up comes with benefits
Trucks are expensive. You pay a lot to have comfortable ride quality and when you load your truck down, you’ll say sayonara to that once enjoyable ride. If your expensive truck rides like a dream, would you want to modify it to ride like dad’s old ‘76? Meh. We think not.

 

switching-on-modeTurning the StableLoads on is simpleWith the lower StableLoads ability to be turned on and off, you can change the settings of your vehicle. When towing or hauling, simply turn on the StableLoads to engage the suspension sooner giving you a stable ride and dramatically reduced side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising. StableLoads allow you to have the stiffer/towing ride when you need it, and the smooth factory ride when you don't.

Why choose StableLoads over Airbags?
As previously noted, airbags provide only two points of contact on your factory suspension as opposed to the original four points. Airbags take the weight of the towing or hauling load off of your suspension and essentially redistributes it onto two balloons. This causes a teeter-tottering effect. With airbags, the weight can shift back and forth causing your factory suspension to become disengaged. Click here to learn how airbags affect your suspension.

Backed by Science
We’ve heard thousands of success stories from those who’ve turned to StableLoads instead of other suspension products. Even with real-life feedback from those who took the StableLoad Challenge, we wanted to provide factual data based on actual side-by-side comparisons between Stableloads and other suspension products. By using precise motion measuring devices, we’ve discovered significant scientific information that strongly supports the glowing testimonials from our happy customers. Click here to see the science behind the StableLoads and you’ll be shocked at what we revealed with our experiment. 

The StableLoad suspension stabilizer is easy to install and applicable to any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicles with factory overload leaf springs. Find your application or click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads.


 

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Phantom cargo? Suspension mod that makes an impact

driving-with-camperDriving with payload

 Hook up the trailer or load your truck camper onto your vehicle. Climb into the driver’s seat. Pull out of the driveway and onto the road. Do you feel the load you are towing or hauling? Chances are the answer is yes. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel just as safe and stable as if driving an unloaded vehicle?

 


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A vehicle is designed to respond to payload. There are many adverse effects to handling a vehicle if payload is significant. Even if the load is within the manufacturer’s maximum capacity, it’s typical to experience poor handling characteristics. Examples include severe side-to-side sway, front-to-back rocking or ‘porpoising’ and body roll.

Heavier payloads also cause rear end truck sag, where the front of the vehicle is lifting upward due to weight pressing the back end of the vehicle downward. This leads to a number of risks for both your vehicle and personal safety. Click here to see the negative effects of rear end sag on your vehicle.

To address poor handling characteristics, turn your attention to the suspension of your vehicle. If you have overload leaf springs, the StableLoad suspension upgrade is the first suspension modification you should turn to. Torklift International StableLoads are effective on any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicle with factory overload leaf springs.

leafspring-with-stableloadQuick-disconnect StableLoads
installed on lower
overload leaf spring
It’s almost too simple. The lower quick-disconnect StableLoad uses a precision laser-crafted series of adjustable wedges to fill the small gap between your leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring. By filling this void, the strength and support of the overloads are activated and put to work as the vehicle engineers intended. This simple but effective suspension mod has major benefits. When driving with StableLoads engaged, experience dramatic improvement in vehicle handling.

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For more detail on how overload leaf springs work in conjunction with StableLoads, click here.

 For those who haul campers or tow trailers, the lower quick-disconnect StableLoad is the most versatile suspension
option. wedge-packLower StableLoad wedge pack
with 3 wedges
As the only suspension product in the industry that has the ability to be turned on and off based on your needs, the StableLoads are ideal for those who use their vehicle for a daily driver. By engaging and disengaging, enjoy extra suspension support when needed without having a permanent effect on the smooth ride quality unloaded factory suspension provides.


KOATo gain real world perspective from those who tow or haul, we introduced the StableLoad Challenge at the KOA campground in Acton, California. The challenge required campers to test-drive two identical Ford F-150 trucks with 2,800 pounds loaded into the truck bed. The load in the truck bed simulated hauling or towing heavy payload.

The difference? One Ford truck had its factory suspension while the other Ford truck had the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed. Test-drivers were blown away by the results. When driving the truck with StableLoads several people mentioned they could no longer feel the load.david

During his StableLoad Challenge test-drive David Copeland explains, “It doesn’t feel like you have anything back there!”

 

Watch the StableLoad Challenge here:

Now that’s what we like to call phantom cargo: the joy of towing or hauling safely with such control and stability that the driver doesn’t even feel the camper or trailer.

Click here for more information on the StableLoad Challenge and learn more about the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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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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Trailer sway? Tow smoothly with this simple suspension fix

towing-trailer-swaySafe trailer towingHeading out on the road this travel season with your boat trailer, fifth wheel, travel trailer or horse trailer? Once you’ve hooked up the trailer to your tow vehicle, there are certain things you should look for to ensure a safe towing experience.

 

 

Before you go find your adventure, ask yourself the following questions:checklist

     -  Am I towing within my vehicles tow ratings?
     -  Is my trailer weight within my hitch ratings?
     -  Do I have proper tongue weight?
     -  Do I need a weight distribution system?
     -  Are my trailer lights working properly?
     -  Is there rear end sag on my vehicle?

This simplified list only features a few crucial items you should consider. For more information on how to safely tow a trailer, take a look at our article where we debunk the top 7 towing myths.

DaphneStableLoad Challenge test-driver Daphne Risso experiences poor handling from heavy payloadIf your truck or vehicle is showing signs of rear sag, the vehicle’s ability to handle safely is severely compromised. Rear end sag (where the nose of the vehicle tilts upward and the rear is pressed downward) is an indication that heavy payload is lacking the support it needs. This causes unresponsive steering, increased stopping distance, increased tire wear and a laundry list of other issues that are unsafe and damaging to the vehicle.

To avoid this poor handling nightmare, install the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. The StableLoads help your vehicle’s factory suspension to support heavy payload like a trailer or truck camper.

StableLoads are applicable with both towing and hauling on several vehicle applications like trucks, vans, SUVs and light commercial vehicles. As long as the vehicle comes equipped with factory overload leaf springs (which most are), the StableLoads work their magic once installed.  

What’s this magic? We won’t keep it a secret. The lower StableLoad application attaches to the overload leaf springs just below the leaf spring pack.

b2ap3_thumbnail_engagedstableload.jpgStableLoad suspension stabilizer turned on    wedge-packPrecision-crafted wedges

By using specially designed wedges that take up the space between the overload leaf spring and the leaf spring pack, the vehicle now uses the strength and support that the factory overload leaf springs were built to provide.

When turned on, the benefits of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer include a leveled vehicle and significant reduction in poor handling characteristics like side-to-side sway, body roll, bounce and porpoising. Some people mention it’s difficult to distinguish when the trailer is hooked up because the StableLoads provide such a smooth ride.

b2ap3_thumbnail_StableLoad_Disengaged_IU.jpgStableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
turned to the off position
A special feature of the StableLoads is the ability to switch them on and off. Since they engage and disengage with the simple twist of a 3/8-inch ratchet, your vehicle won’t lose its smooth factory ride when you aren’t towing.

The problem with other aftermarket suspension products is the inability for adjustment leaving you stuck with stiffened suspension when you don’t need it.

 

Since most people have vehicles for multiple uses, the adjustable feature of the StableLoads provides outstanding level of convenience and allows you to enjoy optimal ride quality in any circumstance.

To gain real-world feedback on the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, we gave rally-goers who tow trailers or haul campers the opportunity to drive a Ford F150 truck with the suspension upgrade turned both on and off. With a 2,800-pound payload in the bed of each identical Ford F-150 truck, the StableLoad Challenge kicked off one incredible experiment.

edThose who took the StableLoad Challenge were in disbelief at the effectiveness of the StableLoads. We posed one question to test-driver Ed Shaw once he completed the StableLoad Challenge with the StableLoads suspension stabilizer turned on.

Torklift:
Do you feel the difference?

Ed Shaw:
“Oh yea, a lot! This drives very smooth now. Very impressive.”

To see how the StableLoads made a huge impression on other rally-goers, watch this video:

With a lifetime warranty, most StableLoad applications are no-drill and involve a simple, DIY installation. For few applications that may require drilling, Torklift recently unveiled the StableLoad Drill Tool that allows you to drill through a leaf spring in an impressive 37 seconds.  See how it works here.

Click here to find your application and learn more about the StableLoad suspension Stabilizer.

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