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2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 Sway Bars from Hellwig

Hellwig Products, a company that specializes in American made, precision engineered suspension  products, has released front and rear sway bars for the 2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups. If you are looking for an upgraded sway bar that will improve the handling and control during everything from daily driving to heavy duty towing and hauling, Hellwig has the answer.

2017 Ford F-250

The 2017 Super Duty pickups are more than just the most capable heavy-duty Ford pickups ever built. The all-new Super Duty leads the way in maximum payload, as well as in conventional and 5th-wheel , gooseneck towing. It is also the pickup with the highest gross combination weight rating. These are some of the best trucks Ford has ever made. Want to make it even better? Add a Hellwig sway bar and improve the handling and reduce body roll.

How are they better?

It’s simple. They are larger than the factory stock sway bars. The larger Hellwig front sway bar replaces the undersized factory bar and when combined with the added larger Hellwig rear sway bar, provides the ultimate improvement for daily driving and towing. They are forged from 4140 Chromoly steel, heat treated for durability, and feature a forged 3-hole adjustable end to allow you to tune the bars to your exact load and driving style. Best of all, they are made in the USA.

2017 Ford Superduty Sway Bar

Easy to install?

Yes, they are bolt on and can be installed in a few hours with hand tools. They include all the parts needed to install and come with a Lifetime warranty on all the steel parts.

2017 Ford F-250, F-350 Sway Bars

Following a is list of the new Hellwig Ford sway bars. The Big Wig 1-5/16 inch diameter sway bars are designed specifically for heavy duty towing applications

Front Applications:
7712 - Front Sway Bar, 4wd, 1-5/16”
7713 - Front Sway Bar, 2wd, 1-1/2”

Rear Applications:
7761 - Standard Rear Sway Bar, 4wd, fits both single and dual wheel, 1-1/4”
7320 - Big Wig Rear Sway Bar, 4wd, fits both single and dual wheel, 1-5/16”
7762 - Standard Rear Sway Bar, 2wd, fits both single and dual wheel, 1-1/4”
7321 - Big Wig Rear Sway Bar, 2wd, fits both single and dual wheel, 1-5/16”

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You can order online by clicking the part numbers above or call us at 1-800-358-4751. 

The Air Lift LoadLifter 7500 XL Air Bag Kit is here!

The Air Lift LoadLifter 7500 XL is here and it certainly does not disappoint. This new air spring kit is designed for pickup trucks that require top-notch load leveling ability. This beauty allows for a whopping 7,500 pounds of load leveling. It is the company's heaviest-rated air spring kit by a considerable margin.

Air Lift Load Lifter 7500 XL

The LoadLifter 7500 XL's - Who Should Use Them

If you own a pickup truck, and haul heavy loads, the LoadLifter 7500 XL will likely prove appealing. Those who drive a ¾ or 1-ton pickup and haul or tow large loads will gravitate toward the new air spring kit right away. It is perfect for towing/hauling trailers, campers and just about anything else that is large, heavy or cumbersome. Early reviews are positive and drivers have heaped on the praise for this new air bag kit. It has the perfect combination of ride quality and easy adjustability that allows for the perfect changes to be implemented without hindrance. It is the ideal answer for vehicle squat that occurs as a result of heavy loads. The air suspension kit spreads out the load's weight to each of the truck's wheels, ensuring stability and preventing dangerous driving conditions like trailer sway, bottoming out, body roll, the inability to brake as desired, unresponsive steering etc. Give this new air spring kit a chance and you will find it provides quite the smooth ride even with a heavy load or trailer.

LoadLifter 7500 Details

The kit is compatible with certain Ford, Chevy, Ram and GMC pickup trucks. The weight of heavy loads is accommodated with ease thanks to the kit's 7-inch double-bellow style air springs. This amazing air spring kit generates upwards of 20 percent more air spring volume than the LoadLifter 5000. Air can be altered according to one's desires without delay. Move it all the way from 5 PSI to 100 PSI as needed to maintain stability and comfort.

The air springs are designed with reinforced two-ply fabric for the ultimate strength and durability. They even have end caps built with the strongest possible nylon composite that will never corrode. This kit includes Air Lift's signature upper and lower roll plates to safeguard the springs from obtrusive edges. These roll plates also bump up the load capacity to boot. 

Installation Details

Don't fret about the installation of this beastly air spring kit. Most trucks can be outfitted with the LoadLifter 7500 XL in a couple of hours or less. In most instances, drilling will not be required as the kit makes use of existing holes within the truck's frame. The kit even has an instruction manual with full illustrations to ameliorate the installation process. Air spring inflation and deflation can be  simplified thanks to Air Lift's fully automatic wired or wireless air compressor technology. Add in the fact that this groundbreaking air spring kit is backed by a lifetime warranty and it is easy to see why pickup truck owners of all varieties are flocking this new air bag kit.

How To Order

You can order online or call us at 1-800-358-4751. Kits typically ship same day with free shipping in the lower 48 states.

Air Lift Company

This company was founded way back in 1949 and has produced a steady stream of elite auto products across the past 65+ years. Air Lift designs, builds and sells the industry's best air suspension products that integrate in a flawless manner, function to perfection and stand the test of time. The company is located in Lansing, Michigan. It has been family owned for three generations.

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ReadyLift March Madness Discount Days are Here!

ReadyLift Sale

ReadyLift, the maker of top of the line lift kits, leveling kits & truck suspension parts is having a rare sale. From now until April, 3 2017 you will save 15% off all ReadyLift products. There is no coupon code needed and the 15% discount is already taken off of the price.

Shop now for ReadyLift products.

ReadyLIFT Suspension Inc. is the number one preferred manufacturer of pickup truck, SUV and Jeep suspension leveling kits, lift kits and suspension systems. They are guaranteed to retain your factory ride while providing the looks and lift you want.

If you have any questions about ReadyLift suspension products, feel free to call 1-800-358-4751.

Rough Country LED Bull Bars - Light Up The Night While Protecting Your Truck!

Looking for Bull Bars for the front of your truck or SUV, but want something a little different than the standard bull bar? Rough Country has your answer.
Rough Country Bull Bars
 
Rough Country, the makers of industry leading lift and leveling kits, has released a line LED bull bars that are sure to make your truck stand out in a crowd. Made from durable 3-inch-thick tubular steel, these 100% bolt-on bars feature an integrated 20-inch Rough Country LED light bar to not only give your truck that extra protection up front, but will light up the night. The LED light bar provides ample lighting for the trail ahead with 90 watts of power and 7,200 lumens of output.  The all-weather LED lights feature a durable, die-cast aluminum housing and include a waterproof, flat-wound braided wiring harness. A toggle switch and in-line fuse completes the installation. The Rough Country LED Bull Bars feature a corrosion resistant black powder coat finish to ensure it will last for years to come and includes a removable license plate relocation bracket. 
Truck Bull Bars
Features:
  • Easy bolt-on install
  • CREE all weather LED’s
  • 3-inch diameter steel tubing
  • Stamped "RC" logo
  • Corrosion resistant black powder coat
  • Includes license plate adapter bracket
  • Adds protection for the front end of your vehicle
  • Integrated 20-inch Rough Country LED light bar, 90 watt and 7,200 lumens
  • Bull bar features 5-year limited warranty
  • Light bar features 3-year limited warranty

Check out the new line of Rough Country LED Bull Bars at TruckSpring.com or call one of our truck accessory experts at 1-800-358-4751 for more information.

TruckSpring.com Earns 2016 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that we have earned the Bizrate Circle of Excellence award for the 4th time. Bizrate is one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States.
 
In 2016, over 3,600 online retailers in North America were considered for the award. The ratings are from direct feedback, collected at the point-of-sale and after the delivery of goods, from customers concerning seven key satisfaction indicators:

  • Overall Satisfaction at the point-of-sale
  • Product Selection on the website
  • Ease of Finding Products on the website
  • Repurchase Intent (from the same retailer) after the order is received
  • Product Met Expectations, collected after the order is received
  • On-time Delivery of the order
  • Customer Support assistance

We are honored to have our name alongside other award winning companies such as Under Armour, Crutchfield, L.L. Bean, etc.  Your feedback, both good and not so good, is what keeps us working hard and striving to be a better company every step of the way.

Everyone at Michigan Truck Spring would like to thank our customers for their honest feedback that helps us to improve our practices. For more information about the 2016 Bizrate® Circle of Excellence award click here.

2016 Nissan Titan and Titan XD Sway Bar

Nissan Titan owners, have you been looking for a rear sway bar for your 2016 truck? Hellwig has the answer with its new sway bars for stock height and lifted 2016 Nissan Titan pickups.  Hellwig sway bar 7748 fits stock height trucks and the 7847 fits Nissan Titans with a 2-4 inch lift. They fit both 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive Nissan Titan and Titan XD trucks and feature a 1 inch heat treated 4140 Chromoly sold steel bar.

Hellwig Nissan Titan Sway Bar 7748

The solid steel Titan sway bar is heat treated to a tensile strength of 180,000 psi to insure outstanding performance and long lasting durability under the severest conditions. The sway bar and brackets are powder coated for durability and good looks.

Nissan Titan Sway Bar Features:

  • Easy installation with no drilling required
  • Adjustable for desired amount of sway control and handling
  • Polyurethane bushings
  • Includes all necessary hardware
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Made in the USA

P/N 7748 – 2016 Nissan Titan and Titan XD Rear Sway Bar (2 & 4WD) for stock height trucks. 
P/N 7847 – 2016 Nissan Titan and Titan XD Rear Sway Bar (2 & 4WD) for truck with 2-4 Inch Lift.

Hellwig Heavy Duty Sway Bars provide added sway control when hauling heavy loads or towing and greatly improve cornering traction for safer driving and better handling. So upgrade your Titan pickup today with a quality, USA made, rear sway bar from Hellwig.  Order online at TruckSpring.com or call 1-800-358-4751 to talk to one of our suspension experts.

Replacing Your U-Bolts

When installing your U-bolts, it is important to remember to keep your truck on a level surface that is as close to flat as possible. Jack up one side, put the truck on the jack stands and locate the damaged U-bolt that you would like to replace. Take off the nuts of the u-bolt and remove. Old, rusted u-bolts many need to be cut off. Place the new U-bolt around the leaf spring. Connect the two portions of the "U" with two nuts. Use a torque wrench for the installation. Tighten them in a cross pattern, gradually bumping up the torque.


Consult with the vehicle or suspension manufacturer for your particular truck model's advised torque level. The pressure of the U-bolt should be distributed in an even manner along the top plate's width. Make sure the proper fit is attained for a solid clamping force. Lower your truck back to the ground. Don't forget that the U-bolt should be kept tight throughout the year. Mark your calendar to re-torque the U-bolt after 500 miles worth of driving after the replacement. Your spring will settle much more nicely as a result. 

Proper Fit of your U-bolts

If your U-bolts are semi-round, proper fit is essential to maintain clamping forces. Unlike square or round bend U-bolts that do not vary much from one manufacture to another, semi-round bend shapes are usually unique to a particular vehicle or suspension manufacturer. A mismatch between the shape of the semi-round U-bolt and its mating parts can cause an inability to provide the proper clamping force.



In figure 1 the U-bolt has been formed with a shape that causes all the pressure to be concentrated at the center of the suspensions top plate. As the leaf spring flexes under normal operation, the U-bolt will work into the top plate which will lead to loose U-bolts and possibly premature leaf spring failure.


In figure 2 the shape mismatch is causing the pressure to be concentrated at the corners of the top plate. This will cause deformation of the top plate and as a result the clamping force will be diminished and premature leaf spring failure may be the result.


In figure 3 the proper U-bolt fit has been accomplished. The shape of the U-bolt matches the suspensions top plate resulting in even pressure distributed along the width of the top plate allowing for proper clamping forces.

U-bolts are a vital part of your suspension system and should never be reused. Failure to replace or properly fit your U-bolts when maintaining or servicing your suspension could cause premature failure of your leaf springs or other components with catastrophic results.

We have been custom bending and installing u-bolts in our service department for years. If you have any question about install you u-bolts or need new ones, call 1-800-358-4751 to talk to one of our leaf spring suspension experts.

Hellwig's HD Air Suspension Line Released

Michigan Truck Spring is proud to carry Hellwig Air Bags. One of the latest additions to our inventory is the new line of heavy-duty air suspension kits. If you use your truck for heavy towing and hauling jobs, Hellwig Air Suspension kits will ensure your ride comfort and load safety at all times. The kits functions in domestic trucks whether they are fully loaded or unloaded.

hellwig hd air bag kits

Hellwig Air Spring Kits

Hellwig Air Springs offer better handling and control and reduce the risk of bottoming out. These kits increase stability by properly distributing the weight over the front and rear axles and provide the ability to level loads from left to right and front to rear. Each air spring is rated for 2,500 lbs. level load capacity to provide the maximize safe load carrying capacity of your vehicle up to its GVWR. Each kit offers simple installation and ease of adjustment by manual fill using a remote air supply (standard) or add in-cab controls or automatic load leveling compressor kits.

Big Wig Air Spring Kits

Designed for heavy tow and haul applications, Hellwig Big Wig Air Spring kits feature a 2,800 lb. air spring for each side and heavy-duty brackets to stand up to the most demanding loads. The Hellwig Big Wig air spring is 2 inches larger in diameter and 3 inches taller than standard 2,500 lbs. air springs and have more air volume to provide better ride quality and performance. These kits require up to 40% less air pressure then smaller 2,500 lbs. air springs to level the same load and help reduce wear and tear on the chassis. Hellwig Big Wig air springs also provide better off-highway performance by extending up to 14 inches for articulation. Covered by a limited lifetime warranty and easy installation, Hellwig Big Wig air spring kits are your best solution for heavy tow and haul applications.

If you are worried about the installation of your new Hellwig Air Suspension kit, don't fret! You can install it yourself or lean on a Michigan Truck Spring specialist for assistance. Feel free to call 1-800-358-4751 for more information or questions. We provide free tech support to our customers that purchase Hellwig products from us.

Air Lift Company SmartAir II - New and Improved SmartAir Automatic Air Compressor System

Do you tow heavy loads with your truck or sport utility vehicle? If so, you know just how challenging it can be to keep your vehicle stable and level. Thankfully, a solution has arrived in the form of the SmartAir II Automatic Leveling System.

What is the SmartAir II Automatic Leveling System?

The masterminds at Air Lift Company designed this invention to help those who perform strenuous tows maintain their preferred ride height on any type of road in any type of conditions. SmartAir II is built with special leveling sensors that are programmed to figure out when the vehicle is not perfectly level. The Smart Air II then alters the air springs to the driver's pre-selected ride height to maximize stability and control. The system incorporates a one-of-a-kind, non-contact height sensor that allows for a consistently level ride without any lines or controls within the cab. SmartAir II also has a new weather-resistant harness and reliable components that adhere to the OEM standards for functionality and quality.

Air Lift SmartAir II 25490

What is Included in the SmartAir II Automatic Leveling System Kit?

When you buy a Smart Air II system, you receive a comprehensive kit that includes a variety of components. First, there is an easy to read instruction manual with clear images that will help you perform a quick and easy install. The kit also includes a compressor, an electronic sensor system and a pre-assembled wiring harness. Interested parties can select their choice of two different models. There is a single-path system, part 25490, that empowers two air springs to inflate at the same time. There is also a dual-path system, part 25491, that is engineered to inflate the springs on either side, independent of one another, depending on the size of the load.

Air Lift SmartAir II 25490
Place Your Faith in SmartAir II and You Won't be let Down

Every Smart Air II that we sell comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. We won't ask a single question if you decide to return your SmartAir II. There is also an overarching two-year warranty as well. The only caveat to this revolutionary product is that it does not function with vehicles that use Air Lift 1000 adjustable air helper springs. Nor is it compatible with coil-sprung vehicles.

Air Lift Company is a Name You can Trust

Michigan Truck Spring is proud to carry Air Lift Company products. Air Lift Company has been in business for over 60 years for good reason. The company is solely focused on providing the industry's premier air suspension products. Air Lift Company suspension systems do more than just fit your vehicle. They function without flaw and they stand the test of time. 

Find out More Today

You can find the Smart Air II Automatic Leveling System on our website at www.TruckSpring.com.  If you have any questions or comments, give us a call at 1-800-358-4751. We are an authorized Air Lift Distributor.