Three Ways Torklift StableLoads Give you a Safer Ride

Your safety is key when it comes to the design of Torklift products. We aim to get you from point A to point B as safely and securely as possible, all while allowing you to bring along a toy hauler, boat trailer or truck camper. So, with safety as an important piece in our mission, what makes the Torklift StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer so much safer than airbag suspension or factory suspension?

A newcomer in the towing and hauling game may have never experienced sway, sag or cornering could think it wouldn’t be a necessary addition to their hauler…

“Thanks Torklift for making this NEWBIE Truck camper a believer in Torklift products. I sure feel safer going down the road!"

– John

Any seasoned camping veteran will stress the importance and effectiveness of a StableLoad. This small yet prominent piece of equipment helps ensure the safety of the items being hauled or towed, and more importantly, the passengers in the vehicle.

If you’re hauling a truck camper, dirt bikes or any significant heavy items in the truck bed, that extra weight can take a toll on your truck’s suspension. Torklift developed the StableLoad as an answer to this problem. A one stop shop to fix your poor handling, side-to-side sway and rear end sag, the StableLoad is the ultimate suspension upgrade. Below are the three known problems with hauling heavy loads, and how the StableLoad can fix them.


1) Sway

stableloadsWhen it comes to hauling heavy items in the back of your vehicle, sway can be caused by a few different factors and leave the passengers and driver a little uneasy about continuing the trip. Large vehicles driving past you or large gusts of wind can send your truck rocking like a pendulum. Constant sway is hard on your truck and makes the ride uncomfortable and dangerous. So how does The Torklift StableLoad prevent this? The StableLoad pre-engages your suspension so that it is already activating the strength within the overload leaf springs. Al Maher states:

"After years of frustration with bad sway, I finally installed StableLoads. Problem instantly solved. Sway is gone. Truck is again a joy to drive... The StableLoads absolutely solved the problem."

 - Al Maher


The StableLoad makes for a smoother and safer ride than alternative suspension products. It outperforms products that are specially designed to eliminate sway.

“The wife and I did a couple of weekend trips and were very disappointed in the sway we were getting especially on the city roads. This was after installing airbags so I did some research and found Torklift and thought I would give the StableLoads a shot. I have to tell you that the result was nothing short of (to me) astounding, the difference was night and day.”

 - John

The StableLoad proves itself repeatedly and leaves customers astounded and thrilled with the high quality of such an affordable product.


2) Sag

By pre-engaging the suspension with a StableLoad, the sag that would normally be caused with a heavy load in the back is gone. Poof! Sag can cause damage to your vehicle, especially when you drive over a speed bump or a pothole. On top of the damage potentially done to your vehicle, sag can make driving conditions unsafe. Sag can cause your steering alignment to be thrown off which will cause delayed responses in steering. This will make the vehicle unsafe and out of control. On top of that, the vehicle can lose braking ability in the front wheels which accounts for up to 70 percent of a vehicle’s ability to brake. The StableLoad will make your truck feel like there is no sag at all.

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 “My truck now rides level and handles like the bed is empty. This is one of the most cost effective and efficient methods of shifting weight to the front axle and eliminating rear sag I have ever seen. Great Product[.]”

-Michael Davis

Along with the safety side of truck sag, it should also be noted that having sag in the back of your vehicle causes uneven wear and tear to your truck’s tires. This can decrease your vehicle’s fuel mileage and raise its carbon footprint. Keep safe when driving, “give yourself a brake” with the help of Torklift StableLoad.


3) Handling

The StableLoad will also alleviate your handling problems. If the heavy load on the back of your truck keeps your vehicle from handling the way that it should, then the StableLoad is going to make drastic differences. If the handling on your truck leaves you out of control, it makes it hazardous for not only you, but for other drivers and pedestrians around you. Going around tight corners with heavy loads has never been safer thanks to StableLoad.

“We've spent the last couple of days going in and out of Key West with narrow streets, heavy traffic and crowded with people and it really is surprising how well it handles in such tight quarters of that city.”

- Ken Pastorious

StableLoads were designed to improve your overall towing or hauling experience. Not only do they improve your experience, but they also improve your safety on the road. Make sure you don’t put yourself, the cargo, or others on the road in danger with delayed stopping, compromised handling, excessive sway or other problems that StableLoads can fix. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a different solution to each problem, let the StableLoad handle this problem with one simple-to-install application.

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Upper and Lower Applications

The lower StableLoad also addresses these issues, but can turn on/off, returning your vehicle to smooth factory ride when not towing or hauling. With both upper and lower StableLoads combined it resolves all the issues that you would encounter when needing a suspension upgrade. The Torklift StableLoad comes in two application styles. The lower quick-disconnect StableLoad and the upper StableLoad. Alone, the upper overload does a good job fixing these issues. 

Safety is a big part of the design that goes into each and every Torklift product. Avoid sway, sag and poor handling by installing Torklift StableLoads on your vehicle. Visit Torklift’s where to buy page to find a local dealer near you. Not only will you be safer on the road, but you will feel safer.

 

nateWritten by Nathan Miller:
As a graduate from Eastern Washington University, Nathan received his degree in marketing. He enjoys people and partaking in anything outdoors. Nathan once had a staring contest with an owl and won. He is the most interesting writer in the Torklift Universe. 

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How much does a StableLoad cost?

StableLoad Cost Blog 1Torklift offers StableLoad kits at different prices depending on the application. Torklift has designed an upper overload StableLoad part #A7200 that costs $325.99, as well as two lower overload kits that vary in price. The lower overload kit part#A7310 is for vehicles with pre-drilled springs priced at $325.99. The second lower overload kit part #A7311 is for vehicles that do not have pre-drilled lower overload springs. This kit costs $349.99 because it comes with special drill bits. Each kit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.


What is the 30-day money back guarantee?

Torklift provides a 30-day money back guarantee on the StableLoads no matter where they were purchased. If you are not satisfied with your product in the first 30 days, with a receipt a full refund will be given. This is in place to ensure you are happy with your purchase.


StableLoad Cost Blog 2What is a StableLoad?

A StableLoad improves the vehicle’s handling by pre-activating the stabilizing effect that was designed for rear suspension by keeping them under load the way the manufacturer’s designed them to function. The quad contact design compliments the specific vehicle engineered suspension that the manufacturers invested millions of dollars developing so you would have a smooth and comfortable ride.

See what the guys from TruckU experienced when they installed the StableLoads: 

What’s included in each kit and why do you need it?

StableLoad: Upper Overload Part #A7200- $325.99 
This part is designed to replace inefficient factory overload bump stop pads, putting the upper load springs to work faster. This kit is quick and easy to install and requires no drilling with serious results. It’s installed by bolting each StableLoad onto each overload, replacing the bump stop pad. This kit fits any vehicle with an upper overload, and works the same regardless of the vehicle having or not having aftermarket air bags.

StableLoad Cost Blog 3StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7310 -$325.99 
It’s engineered for trucks, SUVs, vans, commercial applications and other vehicles equipped with lower overload springs that come with a pre-drilled hole in the end of the overload leaf spring. This kit is simple and has a quick installation time. 

StableLoad: Quick Disconnect (lower overload) Part #A7311- $349.99 
It’s for universal applications with lower overload springs that are not pre-drilled. This kit comes with four cobalt drill bits and specific instructions for drilling. Click here to learn how to drill a leaf spring in just 37 seconds with the StableLoad Drill Tool, available for rent.


Why does it cost $325.99 to $349.99? 
Each StableLoad kit Torklift designed is precision crafted in the USA with a lifetime warranty. Torklift is one of the last manufacturers still operating in the United States and will not be moving its factory overseas like many other truck accessory manufacturers have. Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty comes standard with this product, where most other manufacturers only provide a warranty ranging from 30 days to one year. That means if you have an issue, we are going to take care of you without making you jump through hoops.

Click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads for truck suspension. Feel free to email our Tech Support at: support at torklift.com or call 800.246.8132 if you have any questions.

 

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

 

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Top 3 Stressors on You and Your Truck

Stressors On You and Your Truck

poundsHave you ever watched the TV show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel? One of the oldest and most popular television shows on Discovery, the television series tests validity of rumors and myths by applying scientific method. With their experiments, the ultimate truth is exposed and common myths are debunked.

In an effort to reveal the capabilities of Torklift International StableLoad suspension upgrade we too, turned to science. In our own version of Mythbusters, we conducted a series of tests to address an important question:

Do suspension upgrades actually work?                 
We loaded a 2015 Ford F150 truck with 2,800 pounds to simulate significant payload. For an in-depth assessment, the loaded Ford truck is tested through the top three stressors to your vehicle that replicate common handling issues.

What are the three stressors on you and your truck? 

  1. Side-to-side sway = Large pot hole                                   
  2. Porpoising (front-to-back motion) = Speed Bump    
  3. Body roll = Cornering                                                                 

inclinometerAll of these movements create stress on your vehicle and the driver. These three handling issues cause stress because if the vehicle doesn’t have the proper suspension to support its payload, the driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle.

To measure degrees of movement, an inclinometer was mounted to the Ford F-150 truck. The inclinometer measures horizontal and vertical tilt.

The Ford truck was driven through the course to uncover the best and most effective suspension upgrade for your vehicle. To set a baseline, we recorded measurements of the factory suspension with no suspension upgrades.  Second, we installed airbags at 100-psi air pressure. Finally, we put the StableLoad suspension stabilizeruspension stabilizer to the test.
 
The results may surprise you.
 
Take a look:

wedge packThe outcome of our test relied on science to prove StableLoads as the clear winner. Torklift’s version of Mythbusters showed that suspension upgrades actually do work, and that StableLoads have the greatest affect on handling characteristics of a vehicle when it comes to side-to-side sway, porpoising and body roll. If you often use your truck to haul or tow heavy payload, the StableLoads should be the first suspension modification to consider.

What makes StableLoads so effective? It’s simple.

By pre-activating the strength within factory leaf spring suspension, the StableLoads tap into the overload leaf springs for extra support when towing or hauling heavy payload like a truck camper, fifth wheel, or any type of trailer.

The use of precision laser-crafted wedge plates that fill the space between the factory leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring triggers support from the vehicle’s suspension. The power of the factory suspension is initiated and put to maximum use.

Leaf Springs w No StableLoad

Applicable to any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicles with factory overload leaf springs, the StableLoads are the only suspension modification that quickly turn on and off based on your preference. If you use your vehicle as a daily driver, simply switch off the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads and enjoy its smooth factory ride.

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StableLoads are also easy to install and most applications bolt on without any need for drilling. In the rare case your vehicle does not have the half-inch hole pre-drilled by the vehicle manufacturer, don’t stress. Our engineers have designed the StableLoad Drill Tool to help. Using specialty cobalt drill bits and a household cordless drill, each leaf spring can be drilled in less than 37 seconds. Learn about our complimentary drill tool rental program here. Call our Tech Support team at 800-246-8132 if you have questions about drilling overload leaf springs.

In conclusion, the results of the StableLoad Test provided significant insight as to how suspension upgrades can help your vehicle handle payload more effectively and reduce the top three stressors on your truck.

In comparison to airbags, the StableLoads performed 30 percent better when it comes to side-to-side sway, front-to-back motion or porpoising is reduced by 20 percent, and body roll showed 10 percent improvement.

By using the inclinometer to measure and analyze vehicle movement, science proves that suspension upgrades greatly impact vehicle handling.

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Click here to learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer.

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New 2017 Fits Are Here for StableLoad!

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Many people are pulling their truck campers or trailer out of storage or buying new ones in preparation for some summer camping fun.

Of course there are basic things to do to prep, such as de-winterizing, cleaning everything out, getting groceries, etc. But one thing that many people forget over the long winter months is how much they hated the feeling of instability or sway while they were on their way to the campgrounds.

That's where we come in – we are here to help you prevent these common occurrences of handling issues with the Torklift StableLoads.

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New 2017 StableLoad fitments include:
• All Ford F150 trucks
• Ford F250 regular cab/super cab/extended cab/super cab
• 
Ford F350 regular cab/super crew/ super cab extended
• Ford F450 regular cab/ super crew/ super cab extended
• Dodge RAM 3500 crew cab/mega cab/mega cab dually
• Chevy 1500 crew cab
• Chevy 2500
• 
Chevy 3500
• Toyota Tundra double cab

Although this list is quite long, it doesn't show all the 2017 StableLoad fitments that we have, which you can find here. We are still looking for some Chevy long bed trucks and Toyota trucks for final testing. Our aim is to have the ones we have yet to test as soon as possible. Don't see your fit? Call us. With a couple questions and a picture, we can confirm over the phone: 800-246-8132.

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Now, we can hear you saying, "Well, what about sway bar, shocks or airbags?" You could always purchase those products, because the StableLoad is designed to work in conjunction with all of them. But what not many people know is how airbags affect your suspension. To put it succinctly: airbags for suspension take your four-point suspension system, turn it into a two point suspension system which can potentially lead to leaf spring damage and further feelings of instability while towing or hauling. You find yourself balancing your truck camper on the equivalent of two footballs.

On the other hand, StableLoad suspension products are designed to complement the factory suspension of your truck, maintaining that quad contact design and improving the handling, sway, body-roll and sag of your truck while you're hauling heavy equipment. One of the best benefits of the StableLoad is also the ability to turn on and off in seconds. Let it help improve your ride quality while towing and return back to your factory suspension when you're done – it's a win/win situation!

Features of the StableLoad include:
• Dramatically improves safety, handling, body roll and porpoising while towing and hauling
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*StableLoad ou black and white
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle's specially engineered suspension that automotive manufacturers have invested millions of dollars designing, while all other rear suspension products reduce contact to only two points  
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure and activating the factory overloads
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (WITH DRILL KIT).

Below is a video showing you the installation process for the StableLoad:

Wherever your next adventure takes you — Torklift suspension upgrade products keep you safe and allows you to focus on one of the most fun aspects of a trip: what to do when you get there! If you have a 2017 Dodge RAM truck, a 2017 Ford truck or 2017 Chevy truck, we've got you covered with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer!

To find StableLoad fitments for your 2017 truck, learn more by searching through our automated application guide or give us a call at 800-246-8132.

 

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

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The ladies of All Girls Garage recommend the StableLoad suspension stabilizer

For those that missed the Torklift International StableLoads suspension stabilizer on Velocity Network’s All Girls Garage, don’t worry!

Catch the short clip by watching here:

When it comes to suspension, the ladies of All Girls Garage only recommend products they know will do the job. Recently the StableLoad suspension stabilizer made a significant impact by premiering as their go-to upgrade for any vehicle with overload leaf springs expecting to tow or haul significant loads.

all-girls-logoAll Girls Garage is a popular TV program known for documenting three talented females while they tackle complicated automotive projects with ease. Due to their years of technical experience in mechanics, these women are extremely selective about the parts they endorse.

For those that tow or haul often and are looking for a simple but extremely effective suspension fix for improving handling, the video clip shown above illustrates how the StableLoads should be the first and easiest suspension modification you consider.

As a universal application for any vehicle with factory upper or lower overload leaf springs, the StableLoads activate the stabilizing power within your vehicle’s 4-point suspension to significantly reduce sway, body roll and porpoising when under load.

As explained by Cristy Lee of All Girls Garage, the lower StableLoads application achieves this by rotating the precision crafted wedge plates into the gap between the leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring on the vehicle’s rear suspension.

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

Since the StableLoads not only dramatically improve poor vehicle handling but also have the versatility of switching on and off, they are an excellent option for folks looking to maximize the use of the their vehicle. Simply engage the StableLoads when needing to tow or haul and disengage to go back to a smooth factory ride.

Torklift International StableLoads are simple to install and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The effectiveness and performance of this suspension stabilizer are of such magnitude that its lifetime warranty even extends to cover your vehicle leaf springs. Give us a call at (800) 246-8132 for warranty details. 


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Torklift StableLoads debut on Velocity network’s All Girls Garage –Tune in!

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All Girls Garage on Velocity network

Are you ready?  Now’s your chance to thoroughly prepare yourself. Mark your calendar, make room on your DVR and be sure you don’t miss Torklift International StableLoads suspension stabilizers television premiere on Velocity network’s All Girls Garage. Is the popcorn popped? An ice-cold beer or soda poured perfectly into a frosted glass? Pull the lever on your recliner because we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this show.

all-girls-logoIf you haven’t seen Velocity network’s All Girls Garage, it’s more than just your average automotive TV show. Here’s what you can expect.  The show highlights the expertise of three females as they approach complicated automotive projects. With years of mechanic experience and technical knowhow, these women know how to distinguish a quality aftermarket product from its competitors, and are as selective about what parts they feature on their show as the folks who invest in them. If you’re a fan of programs like TruckU and Overhaulin’, you’ll find All Girls Garage as quality entertainment worth your time.

The episode will discuss how StableLoads are an effective suspension upgrade for anyone planning to tow or haul. If you’re looking to improve handling by reducing sway, body roll and porpoising, the StableLoad suspension stabilizer should be the first suspension modification you consider.  

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StableLoads are simple to install and have a universal fit for all vehicles with factory upper or lower overload leaf springs. The ladies of All Girls Garage will explain that by taking up the gap between the leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring on the vehicle’s rear suspension, the StableLoads activate the factory intended capabilities within its leaf springs. This provides a dramatic and noticeable improvement in ride quality.

StableLoads are a simple concept and the best solution for suspension on your vehicle. Don’t let us convince you, just tune into All Girls Garage on August 15th to hear why these female gear heads put their trust in the stabilizing effects of Torklift StableLoads.  

Velocity Network
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
11:30 a.m. EST, 8:30 a.m. PST

Also catch the airing Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at the same time.  Click here to further explore the benefits of Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Science behind the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

myth-bustersHave 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?pounds

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 three different variables that replicate common handling issues.

  1. Large pot hole = side-to-side sway inclinometerInclinometer
  2. Speed bump = porpoising (front-to-back motion)
  3. Cornering = body roll

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 Stabilizer to the test.

The results may surprise you.

Take a look:

The 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.

wedge-packStableLoad wedge packBy 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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoads engaged (left) and disengaged (right)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.

Click here to see how to drill a leaf spring. Learn about our complimentary drill tool rental program here.



true-falseRecently we’ve heard another question arise on the rumor circuit.

 

 

 

Will drilling into a leaf spring cause the spring to split or crack?

 

Due to the properties of hardened spring steel as a tempered alloy of iron, the thickness and strength of the leaf spring cannot be split or cracked. In fact, a specific technique must be used in order to drill through the spring successfully.

 

The spring cannot be cracked because of the following factors:

 

  1. The area on the lower overload leaf spring where the StableLoad installs is a relatively low stress area.
  2. The hole drilled is a radius as opposed to a square shape. The corners of a square cut would have heightened stress, causing potential for cracks to form. The round hole avoids stress risers, eliminating possibilities of splitting a spring.

Lastly, keep in mind that most vehicle manufactures are putting holes in the factory springs. If that isn't enough to give you peace of mind, Torklift International guarantees not just the Stableloads with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty, but we also cover your leaf springs. If you have any questions in regards to drilling leaf springs, call our Tech Support team at 800-246-8132.



In conclusion, the results of the StableLoad Test provided significant insight as to how suspension upgrades can help your vehicle handle payload more effectively.stableload-marathon

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.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer.

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Deception is a matter of perception

stableloads-reviewPerception of the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

What do you see? #BlackandBlue or #WhiteAndGold?the-dressThe Dress

Is this an instance of deception or a matter of perception? If you haven’t heard of #TheDress that sparked an internet-wide debate in late February 2015, it is an ideal example of countless accounts of the varying perceptions of its viewers.

Asked to identify the color of a dress, which appeared to be white and gold or black and blue, the simple question prompted discussions and arguments across the web. Even though the dress was confirmed to be blue and black, scientific commentary was centered on the photo as an optical illusion. If you missed this phenomenon that absolutely rocked the internet, click here for details.  

Instead of #TheDress, let’s take a look at the StableLoad suspension upgrade. Regardless of comparison to other suspension products, the stabilizing effects of Torklift International StableLoads remain true and constant.  

Watch this video that compares StableLoads to all aftermarket suspension modifications including airbags, add-on leaf springs, sway bars and shocks:

What are the benefits and potential negative side effects of each suspension modification?

Torklift StableLoad vs. other products

Sway Bars and Add-on Leaf Springs
The purpose of sway bars is to make a connection between the truck frame and its axles with a spring steel bar, reducing sway and body roll. Add-on leaf springs help to increase the spring rate of your factory springs to eliminate sag and sway. Although both of these alternatives maybe effective in eliminating sway, the side effects result in a much harsher ride due to the stiffened suspension.

Airbags and Shocks

Additional aftermarket suspension upgrade options include shocks and airbags.
Shocks act as a dampener by resisting movement between the body and axle to help eliminate body roll. Airbags inflate with air pressure to lift the truck frame away from the axle and help level the truck. A side effect of shocks and airbags lies within the potential for leaks. Not only do both significantly stiffen your ride, airbags will often increase side-to-side sway of the vehicle because it takes the weight off of the factory suspension.b2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoads engaged and disengaged

StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

The StableLoads combine all of the benefits of all these products but without any negative side effects.  StableLoads are proven to be a successful solution to aid your vehicle in handling its payload in a more safe and effective manner. Click here to see how StableLoads affect your leaf springs.

Increasing Payload Capacity
It’s often misunderstood that adding suspension upgrades to your vehicle increases your vehicle’s factory towing or hauling capacity. No suspension upgrade can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings.

PinocchioPinocchio “I will not tell a lie”

A deceptive claim is an implication that a suspension modification could successfully add weight or load carrying capacity to your vehicle. The weight ratings for your vehicle are absolute. Manufacturers set these limits in order to keep you safe from failure of vehicle parts.

Perception not Deception
It’s expected for people to have varying opinions based on their personal experiences. We encourage discussion on topics such as payload capacity and suspension modifications for towing or hauling as sharing ideas is the best way to learn about something new to you. Online forums like RV.net are useful tools to learn from others with similar interests.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

Resource: RV.net

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What kind of aftermarket suspension upgrade should I get?

Towing a trailer, 5th wheel or toy hauler? Hauling a truck camper or other heavy payloads? You might be wondering, what are my options for suspension upgrades?

b2ap3_thumbnail_suspensiontowing.jpgWith a loaded vehicle, its suspension is under heavy stress. While maneuvering turns or hitting bumps in the road, the added weight can cause bouncing, bucking, severe side-to-side sway and body roll. This is not only an uncomfortable and potentially unsafe ride for the driver, but it can also cause strain and additional wear on the truck and its performance.

Options for aftermarket vehicle suspension upgrades include sway bars, add-on leaf springs, shocks, airbags and StableLoads. With several aftermarket suspension products on the market, making a decision becomes daunting. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and potential negative side effects of each suspension modification.

The purpose of sway bars is to make a connection between the truck frame and its axles with a spring steel bar, reducing sway and body roll.

Add-on leaf springs help to increase the spring rate of your factory springs to eliminate sag and sway.

Although both of these alternatives may be effective in eliminating sway, the side effects result in a much harsher ride due to the stiffened suspension.

Additional aftermarket suspension upgrade options include shocks and airbags.

Shocks act as a dampener by resisting movement between the body and axle to help eliminate body roll.

Airbags inflate with air pressure to lift the truck frame away from the axle and help level the truck. A side effect of shocks and airbags lies within the potential for leaks. Not only do both significantly stiffen your ride, airbags will often increase side-to-side sway of the vehicle because it takes the weight off of the factory suspension.

The StableLoads combine all of the benefits of all these products but without any negative side effects.  

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The purpose of the StableLoad is to treat the root problem by working with your factory leaf springs, rather then against them. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer puts the truck’s full factory suspension into use and equally disperses the weight of the load. By engaging your overload springs sooner, you’re vehicle can operate at its best potential.

After upgrading your suspension with the StableLoad, what happens when your vehicle is unloaded?

If you use your truck as a daily driver and aren’t in need of a permanent modification, the lower StableLoad application is the perfect solution. With the ability to engage and disengage in seconds, enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer. 

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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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Have you ever been in your truck and felt like you were driving a boat?

The StableLoad Challenge gave those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to drive a Ford F-150 with a 2,800-pound load in the back, both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer. As a suspension upgrade for hauling truck campers or towing trailers, it was our goal to get candid responses from those participating in the test-drive at a recent rally.

StableLoad Challengers on Make A Gif

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.

As one of our challengers, Diane Leff jumped at the chance to test-drive the StableLoad suspension upgrade. Buckled up and ready to roll, let’s take a look at Diane’s experience.

StableLoad Challenge Diane on Make A Gif

Ford F150 with no suspension upgrade:
“It’s like a boat. I feel the side-to-side motion and it’s not as responsive,” says Diane. “I wouldn’t want to drive this under these conditions for very long and not feel safe and in control.”

Challenger Diane on Make A Gif

Ford F150 with StableLoad suspension stabilizer engaged:
"…I feel the difference already. It’s a much smoother ride. This is amazing!”

When driving without the suspension enhancement, Diane Leff immediately points out the rocking feeling as if the vehicle was “like a boat”. With side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising effects, she found that the truck was harder to control. When it came time to drive the truck with StableLoads engaged, she felt the difference immediately.

Preventing body roll is important in order to tow or haul safely. To regain control of your truck, learn more about how the StableLoads work for your suspension.

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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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You’re Going To Need A Bigger Stocking

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Still searching for the perfect gift for the truck and RV enthusiast in your family?  It’s not too late! Torklift International has you covered with our nationwide dealer network and online retailers.   

From complete towing and truck camper hauling setups to security products and RV accessories, we manufacture a comprehensive line of innovative products that are sure to help you Find Your Adventure this Christmas season and beyond.  But be forewarned:  You’ll need to stock up on the wrapping paper and reinforce the mantel.  We specialize in products that are made for heavy towing.

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StableLoad Featured On Truck U… Again!

 

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

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