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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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
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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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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How does truck sag affect my vehicle?

sag-towing-trailer-camperRear end truck sag from towing or hauling

Has the term ‘sagging’ ever been associated with something positive? If your truck or vehicle displays rear end sag when towing a trailer or hauling a heavy load, it’s important to address the rear end sag by finding a proper solution that levels the vehicle. Truck sag, also referred to as truck squat, is the visible effect of payload on the rear end axle, causing the nose of the vehicle to shoot upwards while the back end tilts downward. Some folks underestimate the severity of driving a vehicle in this position. The handling dynamic of your vehicle will suffer greatly.

With rear end sag, you’ll experience these side effects:tire-footprintUneven tire footprint

  1. Increased braking distance, inability to stop
  2. Steering is completely thrown off  -- steering is loose or has a feeling of ‘floating’ because the vehicle’s maneuvering capabilities are unresponsive
  3. Misaligned steering leads to increased tire wear and uneven tire footprint, which can potentially decrease your fuel mileage

wheel-drivingInability to gain controlWhen you’re driving with vehicle sag, you’ll likely stress to focus your mind and keep the vehicle in its lane on the road, often overcompensating with corrective steering because it’s significantly altered. It’s unsafe and difficult to gain control of a vehicle when operating under these conditions.

 

We introduced the StableLoad Challenge at a camping rally to those who tow or haul often. By placing 2,800-pound load in the back of two identical Ford F150 trucks, we had test-drivers experience the suspension of both vehicles, one with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer turned on, the other without.

 We parked the trucks side by side as we gathered test-drivers at the rally. Before anyone even drove the vehicles, rally-goers could physically see the difference between the trucks by the amount of sag. The Ford truck without the StableLoads suspension stabilizer had rear end sag while the Ford truck with StableLoads installed sat level.

challenge-sagTruck comparison on Ford F150 truck during the StableLoad Challenge

 How does the lower quick-disconnect StableLoad application correct rear end sag? The StableLoads effectively reduce the amount of rear end sag by pre-activating the vehicle’s factory overload leaf springs. Not only for trucks, the StableLoads universally fit on any truck, van, SUV and light commercial vehicles that come equipped with overload leaf springs. 

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By occupying the gap between the leaf spring pack and lower overload, the stabilizing effect of the leaf springs are activated much sooner. With the factory suspension put to use as it’s designed, you experience a leveled vehicle and reduction in stressful handling characteristics such as side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising.

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The condition of leaf springs is different on each vehicle, meaning the space or clearance between the upper leaf spring pack and lower overload leaf spring varies. Each StableLoad comes with three specially designed wedges that are adjustable to accommodate this.

stableloads-partsLower Quick Disconnect StableLoad KitThe wedge plates are able to be removed one at a time (as needed) to accommodate applications where the space between the lower overload and main spring pack are limited. Each individual wedge plate is 1/4 inch thick and has special tapered edges built in. The more spacers or wedges that fit into the gap increase the level of effectiveness. However, if only one or two of the wedges are used, the stabilizing effects of the quick disconnect StableLoad are still noticeable.

 wedge-packLower StableLoad wedge pack
with 3 wedges
The wedge pack easily rotates into position when towing or hauling, much like an on and off switch for your suspension. With the ability to engage and disengage, the StableLoads allow the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling.

Those who took the StableLoad Challenge were amazed at how StableLoads helped eliminate truck squat. When rally-goer Paul Bechtel test-drove the Ford F-150 truck with StableLoads turned on, he felt the difference in handling immediately.

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“Wow, what a difference,” said Bechtel. “I have a lot more control. The ride is very smooth and porpoising is reduced.”




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Three most common handling issues when towing or hauling

To help reduce poor handling and enhance the suspension of a vehicle, it’s proven that the StableLoad suspension stabilizer not only significantly improves all aspects of ride quality, but also provides overall safer experience on the road.

b2ap3_thumbnail_SL_Product_Box_OU.pngStableLoad suspension upgradeWe’ll take a look at the most common complaints of poor handling experienced when hauling a truck camper or towing a trailer to show why StableLoads are the first suspension modification you should turn to.  StableLoads engage and activate the stabilizing effects of your vehicles factory overload leaf springs, providing the support needed to handle extra weight.

StableLoads easily install on any vehicle including trucks, vans, SUV’s and light commercial vehicles that come equipped with factory overload leaf springs.

To put the capabilities of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer to the test, let’s examine real life experiences of people who tow or haul often.

Cue the StableLoad Challenge: an opportunity to see if others noticed improvement in ride quality from driving a Ford F-150 truck both with and without the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.  bruceThe challenge allowed attendees at a rally to experience the Ford F-150 truck’s suspension with a 2,800-pound load in the back.

Rally-goer Bruce Pound took the challenge to learn more about the capabilities of the StableLoad. During his test-drive with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer turned on, he mentioned how the StableLoads make a difference when it comes to the three most common handling problems.

Issue #1: Side-to-side Swayside-to-sideSide-to-side sway
When a vehicle is under significant load, the suspension is unable to provide proper support causing the truck to sway from side-to-side. As a typical complaint from those who haul campers, the camper creates a “top-heavy” feeling and it’s difficult to gain control of the vehicle, especially at higher speeds.

“I can tell a difference in the suspension itself,” said Pound. “You don’t feel as if you’re swaying -- the side-to-side sway isn’t there.”

To aid suspension and level the vehicle, many people turn to airbags. However, the side effects of installing airbags will actually increase side-to-side sway and amplify bounce motion. With airbags payload is balanced on an area roughly the size of two footballs, lifting the weight completely off the factory suspension, taking the truck’s factory spring suspension completely out of use. StableLoads put your suspension back into effect and work with factory overload leaf springs to trigger exactly what they’re built for.

Issue #2: PorpoisingporpoiseBounce and porpoising
Misalignment increases stopping distance, ability to steer without delayed response, increased tire wear and more negative characteristics. This results in the front and back motion known as ‘porpoising.’ A heavy load in the back of your vehicle tends to put additional weight on the rear axle, causing the truck to sag and the nose of the vehicle to tilt upwards. This unnatural positioning impacts the drivability and handling of the vehicle, causing forward and backward rocking.

The first thing that Bruce Pound noticed during his test-drive was the aspect of braking more effectively.  The distance needed to stop the truck was noticeably less and the porpoising effect when trying to stop the vehicle was completely eliminated.

“With the StableLoads the braking feels a lot smoother,” said Pound. “When I hit the brakes with that one [Ford F150 without the StableLoads], there was a lot of rocking.”

Issue #3: Body RollbodyrollVehicle body roll
When maneuvering winding roads and sharp corners, a vehicle carrying added payload is much harder to control. Vehicles with high center of gravity like truck campers or higher ground clearance are notorious for pitching and leaning over each side when turning.  

When cornering during the test-drive, body roll of the vehicle was significantly reduced.

 “There is a definite difference,” said Pound. “This was a much smoother ride.”

As the load transfers toward the outside of turns, StableLoads allow you to keep control of the vehicle’s direction by increasing stability.

b2ap3_thumbnail_engagedstableload.jpgStableLoads on leaf spring engagedSolution: StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
One solution solves all three of these common handling issues, plus additional benefits.  The StableLoads also help by leveling the vehicle and eliminating sag, which can cause serious side effects not only to your ride quality, but the truck itself.

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only suspension modification that can be adjusted for use. With the ability to literally turn the StableLoads on and off by engaging and disengaging them in seconds, enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling.

Engaging StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

The StableLoad Challenge made a huge impression on each rally-goer that took the challenge. Watch the full video of the StableLoad Challenge:

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Floating down the freeway? How to gain control and eliminate truck sway

floating-on-freewaySinking vehicles on a flooded freeway

It’s no surprise that when it comes to floating down the freeway, the picture above might be the first that comes to mind. We know that vehicles do not naturally float but flooding aside, have you ever felt loss of vehicle control at high speeds when towing a trailer or hauling a heavy load?

slipperyVehicle sway

The severe truck swaying and wobbling at high speeds feels like you’re floating down the freeway. Certainly not on cloud nine, as the inability to gain control will cause you some serious white knuckles from the tight grip on your steering wheel. Attempting to switch lanes throws the vehicle into a dangerous rocking motion.

 

To remedy poor handling and solve drivability issues on your truck, Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer should be your first approach. As a simple and most effective way to upgrade your truck’s suspension, the StableLoads address and correct concerning handling characteristics such as:
     -  Side-to-side truck swayb2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoads engaged and disengaged
     -  Rocking motion, porpoising
     -  Body roll
     -  Vehicle sag

By putting the vehicle’s factory suspension into effect sooner and equally dispersing any payload you are towing or hauling, your vehicle operates at its best potential.

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only suspension modification can quickly be disconnected. This feature is convenient for those who use their truck as a daily driver and don’t want a permanent suspension modification.

rickTo put the StableLoads to the true test, we introduced the StableLoad Challenge. By giving those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to test-drive a Ford truck both with and without the suspension upgrade, we were curious to see if they detected a difference in ride quality.

With two identical Ford F-150s, 2,800 pounds was loaded in each truck bed to simulate payload of a truck camper or trailer. Test drivers were eager to experience how StableLoads affect the Ford truck suspension.

Rick Leff wanted the opportunity to give StableLoads a thorough review. As he climbed behind the wheel of the Ford F150 with StableLoads engaged, he mentioned he could feel the difference immediately.
StableLoad Challenge - Rick

“You can tell the difference already,” said Leff. “Where I can tell the difference a lot is the back and forth movement.”

Leff mentions the floating feeling while driving a trailer at high speeds.

StableLoad Challenge - Rick

As the speed of the vehicle increases, the stabilizing effects are even more noticeable. The poor handling and feeling of “floating” is greatly reduced when the StableLoads are engaged.

 Overall, Leff was pleased with the difference in ride quality that the StableLoad suspension stabilizer provided.

“This was a good ride, I can really tell the difference,” said Leff.

Watch the full video of the StableLoad Challenge to see how the experience was significant to other rally-goers.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer or read more details on how StableLoads affect factory leaf springs.

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Wrestling your steering wheel? Work with the truck suspension rather than against it

Have you experienced white knuckle driving? You find yourself clinging to the steering wheel in effort to gain control of the vehicle when drivability and ride quality is so poor. Hold on too tight and the knuckles of your hands turn white from forcing blood from the capillaries. Sound comfortable? We think not.

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White knuckle grip on steering wheel

Poor ride quality is caused by inefficient support in the vehicle’s suspension, most likely from the effects of a larger quantity of payload. Towing a trailer or hauling heavy loads like a truck camper can have significant effects on how your vehicle drives, especially at higher speeds.b2ap3_thumbnail_caution.png

What might cause you to grip your steering wheel?
     -  Severe truck sway
     -  Fishtailing trailer
     -  Rocking motion like you’re in a boat (body roll)
     -  Top heavy feeling – tipping over

Not only is this unsafe for you and other travelers on the road, but it can also cause heightened anxiety and stress for the driver. To fight these unruly characteristics, work with your factory suspension by installing the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Lower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

The StableLoads are tested and proven to solve multiple drivability issues by pre-engaging the stronger factory overload leaf springs. When the truck’s factory leaf springs are activated, poor handling characteristics are dramatically decreased.b2ap3_thumbnail_footballs-airbags.png

Many people turn to airbags to level their vehicle and correct handling when towing or hauling. However, the side effects of installing airbags will actually increase side-to-side sway and amplify bounce motion. This happens because airbags take the weight of your payload and balance them on an area roughly the size of two footballs. The power of the truck’s factory spring suspension is completely taken out of use.

The StableLoads put your suspension back into effect and work with the factory manufactured overload leaf springs to showcase exactly what they’re meant to do. Check out our article on how StableLoads affect your factory overload leaf springs for more detail on how this process is so effective.

b2ap3_thumbnail_on-off-suspension.pngA favorable feature of the StableLoads is its ability to be easily adjusted on and off. The aspect of engaging and disengaging allows you to return to your factory ride when you are no longer towing or hauling. Other suspension modifications are permanent or challenging to adjust, leaving you with stiff ride quality when unloaded. Click here to see how the StableLoads can be adjusted in seconds.

To see if others could notice an improvement in ride quality with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, we gave those who tow or haul the opportunity to take the StableLoad Challenge at a recent rally. The challenge allowed test-drivers to experience the Ford F-150 trucks suspension with a 2,800-pound load in the back. The challenge required driving the loaded truck both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoads.

Test-driver Mary Wrubel was blown away at the difference in ride quality. Watch her experience in this never-before-seen footage from the StableLoad Challenge:

Without the StableLoads:
 “I know there’s something back there, swaying back and forth. It does a lot of wobbling,” said Wrubel. “Woah! I wouldn’t want to drive this for any length of time without something… a lot of bouncing.”

With the StableLoads engaged:
 “Oh wow! What a big difference.  You could go miles and miles and miles and miles with this,” explained Wrubel. “No wobbling.  Boy, that feels amazing – that’s nice.”

Be sure to view the full video of Torklift International’s StableLoad Challenge and see how the experience made impressions on other rally-goers who took the challenge.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Permanent suspension mods are a thing of the past

When investing in a truck, most of us expect the vehicle is used for multiple things. Perhaps a daily driver, work truck or even when enjoying leisure activities in life. Boating, truck camping, travel trailers and toy haulers are just a few that come to mind that require towing or hauling. How can you get the most out of your suspension for these various applications?

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In most cases, someone might modify their suspension in order to correct handling issues when the vehicle is taking on extra payload. Naturally, the solution would be to find a way to upgrade or enhance your vehicle’s suspension. However, most suspension modifications are permanent or lack easy adjustability. When your vehicle is unloaded, you’ll find that you’re stuck with a stiff ride.

Luckily, we have a simple solution. If you use your truck as a daily driver and aren’t in need of a permanent modification, the lower StableLoad application is what your vehicle needs.

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Lower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only suspension modification that can be adjusted for use. They are tested and proven to solve multiple drivability issues by pre-engaging the stronger factory overload leaf springs. The activation of your factory leaf springs help to eliminate poor handling characteristics such as side-to-side sway, body roll, porpoising and truck sag.

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With the ability to literally turn the StableLoads on and off by engaging and disengaging them in seconds, the StableLoads allow you to enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling. This feature is unlike other suspension modifications that stiffen your ride quality when your truck is not in tow/haul mode.

All that’s required to disengage the lower StableLoads is three simple steps:
     1)  Quick removal of a pin 
     2)  Easy rotation with a 3/8-drive ratchet
     3)  Replace the pin

Take a look at how easy it is to engage the StableLoads:

At a recent rally, we gave those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to take the StableLoad Challenge. The challenge allowed test-drivers to see how the StableLoads affect the suspension on a Ford F-150 truck with a 2,800-pound load in the back. The challenge required driving the loaded truck both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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“There is definitely a feeling of having more control of the vehicle,” said Stone.  “I also like that you can disengage the StableLoads when you don’t have a load in the back.”

Multiple people who took the challenge marveled at the adjustability of the StableLoads.

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

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer or see additional details on how StableLoads affect factory leaf springs

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Finding the best suspension options for your vehicle

When it comes to suspension, Torklift International understands the dynamics of how your vehicle will handle the load of hauling a truck camper or towing an RV trailer. As a simple and most effective way to upgrade your truck’s suspension, Torklift’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer should be the first approach to remedy any poor vehicle handling caused by suspension issues you’ve experienced.

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Your vehicle manufacturer factory installed overload leaf springs on your vehicle’s suspension are designed to help with extra payload or towing when the truck is loaded down. There are two applications of StableLoads; the upper and lower application. The lower StableLoad attaches to the lower overload leaf spring while the upper attaches above the upper leaf spring onto its factory engineered “bump stop.”

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A bump stop on the upper overload leaf spring is meant to activate the effects of the overload leaf spring, allowing the suspension to perform more effectively.  Be sure to read our detailed article post if you're interested in learning more about how leaf springs work.

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StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer
(upper application, shown in yellow for contrast)

The Torklift International upper overload application is designed to replace the smaller, inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper overload springs to work sooner.  It stabilizes the vehicle suspension having a significantly positive impact on safety for its passengers and cargo.

RV enthusiasts who are out on the road and experiencing poor vehicle handling issues firsthand often participate in conversations online. This past summer, we noticed an online post regarding an ineffective “bump stop.”

Unlike the Torklift International suspension modification, this style of “bump stop” had several spaces, presumably to absorb and cushion once in contact with the leaf spring. Instead of properly engaging the leaf spring, the bump stop simply collapsed under the load.

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This design proved ineffective at supporting the leaf spring. Because it did not engage the leaf spring to its full potential, the stabilizing benefit was significantly lacking.

We turned to Clint Jackson of Fox Island, Wash., for some insight on his experience with the bump stop style shown above in comparison to the Torklift upper StableLoad. Once switching to the Torklift StableLoad upper application, Clint mentions how his truck’s overload engaged much sooner than the style he was previously using.

Clint writes, “The StableLoads were a quick add-on for great performance. They are a quality product and are super easy to install.”

Rather than wasting time and money on an ineffective product, he wished he had invested in the StableLoad design to begin with.

Torklift StableLoads bolt to each of the vehicle’s overload frame bump stop pads without drilling. As a set of four for both front and back (vehicle and passenger sides), the specially engineered and proprietary dense polyurethane design proves to be extraordinarily durable and carries a lifetime warranty. For a dramatic improvement in vehicle handling stability, choose the Torklift upper StableLoads as an enhancement for your factory bump stops.

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As the best suspension upgrade for towing or hauling, the combination of upper and lower StableLoads can solve significant poor vehicle handling performance issues and help eliminate any negative side effects.

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Each precision crafted StableLoad stabilizer kit carries our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension upgrade.

Source: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27838438.cfm

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3 easy steps to eliminating the bounce and sway from airbags

When loading up a truck with something heavy like a truck camper, our first instinct is to level the vehicle. The weight on the rear axle causes the truck to sag and tilts the nose of the vehicle up. Driving a truck in this position can be dangerous because it takes control away from the driver.

Even though there is a leveling benefit from airbags, this suspension modification can have some negative side effects. Instead of activating the factory suspension like the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, airbags change the entire dynamic of your suspension by lifting the weight off of your overload springs.

The side effects you feel from airbags include an increase in side-to-side sway and amplified bounce motion when hitting a bump in the road. This is happening because airbags take the weight of your payload and balance them on an area roughly the size of two footballs. The power of the truck’s factory spring suspension is completely taken out of use.

If you’ve already installed airbags on your truck and experience these side effects, we have a solution for you.

1) DEFLATE YOUR AIRBAGS
It is typical to run about 70-80 pounds of air pressure or more in the airbags to support a load like a truck camper. This amount of pressure is needed to level the vehicle, but causes an uncomfortable and rough ride. On your unloaded truck, go ahead and deflate your airbags. Many have found that 30 pounds of air pressure will cause a loaded truck to remain level, yet still incorporate the use of the vehicle’s factory springs.

2) INSTALL YOUR STABLELOADS
Install quick-disconnect StableLoad suspension stabilizers on your lower overloads. By engaging the StableLoads, the space between the lower overload and main spring pack on your truck’s suspension is filled, putting the factory springs to use as they were intended.

At this point, load up the vehicle and take a drive with the StableLoads. You will find:
      -  StableLoads help eliminate sag and level your vehicle
      -  Side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising is dramatically reduced
      -  Ride quality and handling is improved, creating a safer driving experience

3) LEVEL YOUR RIDE
If needed, eliminate any remaining sag by adding additional air back into the airbags. Many have found that they can reduce the air pressure from 70-80 pounds, to only about 30 pounds. This will allow the loaded truck to remain level, yet still incorporate the use of the vehicle’s factory springs.

*IMPORTANT*
If you are still deciding on the best suspension upgrade for your vehicle, we recommend starting with StableLoads. The combination of upper and lower StableLoads will resolve 100 percent of your suspension issues.

Many customers who installed the StableLoad suspension stabilizer found they did not have to move forward with installing airbags on their truck.

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We also discussed the use of airbags with StableLoads at a recent rally where rally-goers took the StableLoad Challenge.

For the StableLoad Challenge, folks had the opportunity to test-drive the same Ford F-150 truck with and without the StableLoads. We placed 2,800 pounds of gravel in the bed to simulate a significant load similar to a truck camper.

Test driver Lisa Gord mentions the horrible bounce that airbags cause on her personal truck, causing her husband to lose his stomach every time they hit a bump!

Take a look at her experience by watching this short video:

Click here for more information on Torklift International StableLoads and learn more about how they work in conjunction with airbags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How weight affects stopping distance when towing or hauling

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

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

 

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

What is a StableLoad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How do StableLoads affect my factory overload leaf springs?

You might be wondering what the StableLoad suspension stabilizer can do for your suspension. The StableLoads dramatically improve handling while towing or hauling by preventing side-to-side sway, bounce, and body roll and more.

To understand how StableLoads offer these benefits, you first have to understand how they impact your vehicle manufacturer installed overload leaf springs.

We will start off by letting you know that when you use the StableLoad, not only do you get our legendary lifetime warranty with our product, but we also extend that warranty to your vehicle leaf springs when using the StableLoad.

Let’s briefly talk about how overload leaf springs work.

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Lower overload leaf spring 

When you tow or haul a heavy load, it causes the rear of the vehicle to sag downward. Once the rear sags downward, it causes the leaf springs to begin to come into contact with the overload leaf springs, which is exactly what you want to have happen.

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Lower overload leaf spring compresses under load

Once this happens, your overload leaf springs are beginning to be put to work but only at a small percentage of their total capability and they are starting to help you to manage what you are towing or hauling by making your ride safer and more comfortable. However, this only happens once the overload leaf springs come into contact with the rest of the leaf springs.

So, what are the problems with the sag and the delayed contact with the overload leaf spring?

The vehicle must drop down several inches in order to come into contact with the overload leaf springs leading to rear sag. When the rear of the vehicle sags it causes the front of the vehicle to lift up which causes the following problems:

  1. Front end steering is now out of proper steering alignment making the vehicle feel unsafe with a delayed steering response as though it is floating like a boat.
  2. The front of the vehicle is responsible for up to 70% of the vehicle’s stopping ability. The braking distance is extended due to significantly less weight on the front tires. The front of the vehicle is lifting up as the rear of the vehicle sags.
  3. Headlights are now pointing upward with the front of the vehicle creating a nighttime road hazard by blinding oncoming traffic.
  4. Tire wear is increased due to the misalignment of the steering leading to premature tire wear failure.
  5. Fuel mileage is decreased due to misalignment and uneven tire footprint from uneven load and vehicle riding unleveled.

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How do StableLoads stabilize your vehicle?

The StableLoads stabilize your vehicle suspension by taking up the gap between the overloads forcing them to come into contact much sooner, significantly reducing sag and making your factory overload leaf springs operate at 100% of their capability. This enables them to maximize their contribution in creating a safe and pleasant driving experience.

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So what happens when your overload leaf springs come into contact sooner with the StableLoads?

  1. Reduced sag
  2. Reduced body roll and sway
  3. Far better handling for driver control

Don’t take our word for it! We’re turning to our customer reviews to show how StableLoads make a significant difference.

Let’s see what Mike Ware from Brighton, Colorado had to say:

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Save the Teeter-Totter for the playground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it went down.

About the competitors:

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

What’s the secret weapon?

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

About the challengers:

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

The outcome: 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Uppers or lowers...by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jenstableloads

 

Sounds to me like a painful choice to make at the dentist?

 

But, in reference to adding Torklift StableLoads as a suspension upgrade to your vehicle, it is as easy as looking at the set-up of your overloads.

 

I get asked often the difference between the StableLoad part number A7200/A7202 and A7310/A7311.  There are a few differences but both significantly reduce side-to-side sway, bounce and sag while towing and hauling.

 

Like choosing the right tires for your vehicle, finding the fit and compatibility for your vehicle is the place to start.  The right fit for your application will make going down the road a whole lot smoother.

 

But with the A7310 and A7311 you can engage and disengage them while they are still on your overloads.

 

Now what is the difference between the A7310 and A7311? Just a drill kit.

 

For the small percentage of lower overloads that don’t already have a pre-drilled hole you need our cobalt drill kit.

 

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFor those of you who have upper and lower overloads, we recommend starting with the A7310 StableLoad as long as you have a pre-drilled hole.

 

To find a Torklift International dealer in your area, click here: http://www.torklift.com/dealerLocator.php

 

 

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To engage or disengage...by Torklift Jen

Sometimes you tow, sometimes you don’t.  That’s OK, I understand, a full time engagement can be quite a commitment!

 

So, what do you do when you want to have the best of both worlds?

 

polaroid22Most vehicle suspension systems aren’t designed to master the mechanics of everyday driving with ultimate comfort, safety, and performance and also be able to deliver the same ride with the added forces that occur while heavy towing and hauling.  You’ll find that a heavy load has you reaching for your sunglasses when driving in the dark. This is because the weight put on the rear and tongue forces your headlights right into the eyes of oncoming drivers, their brights flashing reminds you that you’ve got a problem.

 

Also, with your added weight, you will also experience swaying, bucking, reduced braking control with the associated longer stopping distances and a general feel of instability.  Airbags are a common go to aid for this issue, they are great for leveling, but they are not working with the physics of the problem.  They lift the weight off of the factory-engineered stock spring suspension.  This means you are taking the majority of the weight off the factory leaf spring suspension and are now carrying the weight on an area roughly the size of two footballs.   This is why the increased bounce and roll is felt.

 

A full time engagement to suspension add-on products like bump stops, airbags, and added leafs could mean a stiffer ride when unloaded, handling issues when loaded, or having to maintain air pressure and possible material breakdown and blowouts.polaroid23

 

Here enters in a suspension upgrade product that will work in conjunction with the stock factory suspension for the best ride while towing and hauling and disengage fully when not in use.

 

I recently participated in an install of the StableLoad product and I left out the easiest, but most unique part.  To engage the product when your are going to tow or haul simply use a 3/8” ratchet and extension to rotate the wedge pack between the overload and main spring pack.  You insert the included pin and clip to secure the wedge in the engaged or disengaged position.  This is literally done in seconds, with no commitment when you’re not towing and hauling.  I have now mastered the forces!



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