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.


 

Jenica headshotWritten by Jenica Donahue:
Jenica holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a freelance writer interested in blogging, copy writing and editing. She enjoys exploring new places and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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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.  

wedge-packWedge plates to fill gap in leaf springsb2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngLower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

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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