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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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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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The squiggle indicator of death... by Torklift Jen

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I was warned by my manager at Torklift, “If you see the light on and you start the engine too soon you will blow those bulbs out and the bulbs are $600 each.”

Those are very expensive bulbs I thought!

Later I was told it was engine parts that were the concern not the bulbs! :)

I was already nervous enough about getting to drive that behemoth of a truck, so this was just one more thing to make my teeth clatter.

Also, I was unaware if my guinea pig status included an expense and incidentals account, let alone hazard pay.

The squiggle light of death ended up being not so scary.

The diesel engine started right up with a mighty roar and that comforting rattle that reminded me of riding in an elementary school bus, which felt about the same size, by the way.

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