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New Product Announcement – Hellwig Sway Bars for 2014 Ram 2500 Pickup

New from Hellwig are two new sway bars for the 2014 Ram 2500 pickup.  The Hellwig 7306 is designed for the rear and is 1-1/4 inch in diameter and fits 2 and 4 wheel drive models with rear coil springs.

hellwig sway bar

 

The Hellwig 7741 is designed for the front and is 1-3/8 inch in diameter and fits 4 wheel drive models with rear coil springs.  Both are made from high quality hot formed and heat treated 4140 chrome poly spring steel.


7741 hellig front sway bar


Hellwig sway bars reduce body roll so you benefit from better vehicle control and greatly improved cornering traction for safer driving and turning capabilities. They feature fast, easy, "Bolt-on" installation with simple hand tools and include polyurethane bushings. Hellwig sway bars have a greater surface area than the typical factory sway bar, which gives it better roll resistance.

Hellwig sway bars are heat formed and coined as one piece to insure they will be the most durable, strongest and that they will be the most resistant to form alteration, important factors to consider in an anti-sway bar.

 

So if you want better control of your 2014 Ram 2500, upgrade to a Hellwig sway bar from TruckSpring.com.

 

New Product Announcement - Gator Jaw by BubbaRope

Steel shackles are heavy and attaching them to your vehicle can be difficult at best.  You may also have to carry different sizes to fit different vehicles or applications.  BubbaRope now offers a better solution, The Gator Jaw soft shackle.

 



Made from Plasma rope which is the highest strength synthetic rope available, Gator-Jaw shackles are stronger than comparable steel shackles.  Rated at up to 32,000 pounds break strength, they are perfect for off-road, marine, agricultural and many other uses.

Unlike steel shackles, the Gator-Jaw soft shackle won’t rust and are so light they float. No more losing your shackle in the water or muck.   Its flexible design a makes it easy to fit even the most difficult pulling point and the one piece design means no more pins to fasten.

Easy to use

Just open the Gator-Jaw shackle by loosening and slipping off the loop over knot and then thread the soft shackle through the eye of your Bubba Rope or strap and through the tow point.   Loop the Gator-Jaw eye back over knot and pull to tighten. What could be easier?



So ditch your old steel shackle and get a Gator-Jaw soft shackle from TruckSpring.com today.  Order online at TruckSpring.com or call one of our towing specialists at 1-800-358-4751.

 

Firestone Ride-Rite Kits Now in Stock for 2014 Ram 2500's

New Product Announcement - Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit 2580
 
Owners of 2014 Ram 2500's! If the rear coil springs on your new 2014 RAM 2500 are sagging under the loads you are carrying, we now have the answer. The Firestone Ride-Rite air spring kit 2580 kit is designed to provided extra support for the new Dodge RAM 2500 pick ups. This is a no drill air spring kit that uses the existing holes in your frame for easy installation. The kit was designed to position the air spring between the coil spring and tire for maximum stability. It has a 5,000 lb. capacity and can drastically improve the ride height and stability when carrying heavy loads in your 2014 RAM 2500.
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The Firestone Ride-Rite 2580 kits include:
 
  • 2 Firestone 6873 Air Springs
  • Brackets
  • Hardware
  • Air line
  • Separate inflation valves for manual inflation
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  
Ride-Rite kits can be paired with an on-board compressor system at the time of installation or at a later date for added convenience.

Order online at Truckspring.com or call us today with any questions at 1-800-358-4751.

Firestone Issues Warning on use of Daystar Air Bag Cradles with Ride-Rite Air Bag Kits

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kits & Daystar Air Bag Cradle Not Compatible.

Firestone has issued a warning advising customers not to use the Daystar Air Bag Cradle in conjunction with Firestone Ride-Rite kits. Use of a cradle could create a safety issue and shorten the lifespan of your Firestone Ride-Rite airbags.

ride-rite air bags


Firestone
states that the air bag should be fully restricted prior to pressurization and use. Installation and use of the Daystar cradle require the air spring to be partially unrestricted all of the time which would lead to a high-stress scenario that potentially places the user at risk. In addition, the cradle subjects the Ride-Rite airbag to forces that were not tested to withstand.

The use of a cradle could cause a bottoming out of the air spring and subject the spring and brackets to extreme impact and spike loads. Firestone has no plans to test its air springs or brackets with the Daystar cradle and will not warrant products used or installed with the cradle. To protect against injuries or damage to your vehicle or Firestone product, do not use the Daystar Air Bag Cradle with your Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kit.

Industry News: Bilstein Backorders - Relief May Be on the Way!

Bilstein shocks are one of the best shock absorbers you can buy and it’s no secret. The problem lately has been a large increase in back orders and long lead times on popular Bilstein shock absorbers.

Bilstein announced today that they are taking new measures to combat the long back order times.

According to Steven Beaty, President of Bilstein of America Aftermarket & Motorsports, “First, our plan includes an immediate investment in additional manufacturing equipment totaling over one million dollars. Second, we have hired additional labor and transitioned to a 4 shift production model effectively operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The combination of these two actions will start to deliver increased output over the next several weeks.”

At Michigan Truck Spring, we carry a large inventory of Bilstein shock absorbers in our warehouse. We have noticed the increased lead times and are hopeful the increased production helps correct the problem. Feel free to call us at 1-800-358-4751 or email us a truckspring@truckspring.com if you need to check inventory or lead times on any Bilstein shock absorbers. 

New Product Alert: Super Sways Stops SSS-2 Helps Reduce Sway On Trucks With Air Bags Installed.

SuperSprings has discontinued SuperSway-Stops part number SSS-1 and replaced it with a new and improved kit, Supersprings part SSS-2.

supersprings anti-sway control
Super Sway Stops kit SSS-2 will fit all of the previous applications covered by the SSS-1 with the inclusion of the Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks. The new SSS-2 kit has upgraded hardware to accommodate the added weight of the Ford F-450 and F-550.

 

SSS-2 SuperSway-Stops fit the following trucks:

1997-2014 Ford F-250 Pickups with factory overload springs above the spring pack
1997-2014 Ford F-350 Pickups with factory overload springs above the spring pack
2008-2014 Ford F-450 SuperDuty Pickup with factory overload springs above the spring pack
2000-2014 Ford F-450 & F-550 Cab and Chassis pickups with factory overload springs above the spring pack
2006-2013 Dodge RAM 2500 with factory overload springs above the spring pack
2006-2014 Dodge RAM 3500 with factory overload springs above the spring pack

supersprings supersway stops

How SuperSway Stops Work:

Super Sway stops are designed to work with trucks that have air bags or air springs installed. If you have airbags installed on your truck with factory overloads, you may have noticed that once you inflate your airbags, your overload springs are no longer performing as designed. When your air bags are inflated, additional separation is created between your factory overload springs and the frame-mounted snubber or contact plate.

The increase in the gap prevents your overload springs from contacting the snubber. This loss of contact prevents the overload springs from working as designed. The SSS-2 Super Sway Stop kit is designed to eliminate this gap and allow the overload springs to work in conjunction with your air bags. This will help maintain vehicle stability and reduce body-roll and sway.

What's Included in SuperSway Stops Kit SSS-2

4 SuperSway Stops (2 for each side)
Installation Instructions (Simple Bolt-on Installation)


Super Sway Stop kit SSS-2 is a simple bolt-on installation and is proudly made in the U.S.A by SuperSprings.

 

Can I mount Bilstein Shocks upside down?

Does it matter which way I mount my Bilstein shocks?

Bilstein shocks often come with the same size mounting eyes on each end. We often get asked "Can I mount them with the shock boot up, does it matter which side is facing up?"

The majority of Bilstein shocks mount with the boot on the top of the shock. Bilstein does have some shocks that do have the boot on the bottom of the shock and the same size mounting eyes on each end. As a general rule with all Bilstein shocks, you should pay attention to the label. Bilstein tech advises that you should always mount your shocks so that the Bilstein logo is right-side up.

 bilstein shock boot mounted right side up

Above is Bilstein rear shock 24-186742 for the 1999-2010 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The shock has 14.1 mm mounting eyes on each end. The correct way to install it is with the boot on top and the logo facing the correct way.

 

bilstein shock boot mounted upside down

 

Above is Bilstein rear shock 33-187419 for the 2009-2013 Ford F-150. The shock has 12mm eyes on each end, so it could be mounted either way. The correct way to mount it is as shown with the boot down and the label facing so it is not upside down.

So, If you are not sure which way is up on your shocks or wonder if you can mount them either way, always look at the Bilstein logo. If it is upside down, so are your shocks!

Stoko Skin care to be acquired by Deb Group

The Deb Group, one of the world’s largest providers of skin care products has announced they are acquiring the Stoko skin care line from Evonik Industries. At TruckSpring we have been distributing Stoko skin care products for years and will continue to update you of any changes as they occur in the near future. We will continue to offer you the names you have come to trust over the like: Kresto, Reduran, and Cupran, and hope to offer you an extended product line of automotive, industrial, and Healthcare related skin care products in the near future.

stoko skin care deb group

 

 

 

 

According to DEB Groups CEO Bryan Anderson “It has been a longstanding ambition of Deb’s to join forces with Stoko. We want to create the world’s most comprehensive and effective skincare product range for the workplace drawing on the significant innovation portfolio within both companies. This, in concert with vital information provided by Deb’s unique compliance monitoring technology, will fundamentally alter and improve standards of skincare behavior.”

The sale of stoko is not expected to clear until mid-summer 2014. We will keep you updated with any changes.

 

 

Firestone Stops Production of R4 Air Suspension Kits

Firestone announced today, May 16, 2014,  that after 6 years of production they have decided to discontinue offering the R4Tech air suspension product.

If you purchased a Firestone R4 Kit they will continue to honor the original terms of the warranty. Firestone will also continue to provide technical and warranty assistance for existing customers. Firestone advised will have service and repair parts available for a minimum of 5 years.

At this time, Firestone will only offer Firestone air spring kits and Firestone work-rite suspension kits for load support. Firestone R4 Techs were a complete air spring suspension for light duty trucks. The ones that we installed in our shop and that we shipped to customers all had positive feedback, but we understand the business side of things. If you have any questions about your R4 tech kit and need warranty or repair parts, you can call us at 1-800-358-4751.


Rock Ride Air Spring Kits

New Product Announcement - Rock Ride Air Spring Kits

 

ROCK RIDE  air spring kits are now available at Truckspring.com! ROCK RIDE air springs are made by MEKLAS, a company based in Turkey, which employees over 250 people. They have been manufacturing high quality air springs and air bags since 1986. ROCK RIDE has kits available in three popular applications:

  • 2250 - Chevy / GMC 2500HD, 3500, and 3500HD (2001-2010) (4x2 or 4x4)

  • 2299 - Dodge / RAM 2500 and 3500 (2003-2013) (4x2 or 4x4), RAM 1500 MEGA CAB (2006-2008)

rock ride air spring kit

Rock Rite Air Spring Kit Benefits:

  • 5,000 Leveling Capacity
  • Easy To Install
  • Economical Air Spring Kits
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Same Specs as Firestone Air Spring Kits

All Rock Rite air spring kits are rated at a 5,000 lb. capacity and they include heavy duty brackets and all of the hardware necessary for installation. They can be inflated in the same way you inflate a tire and ROCK RIDE kits are compatible with Air Lift and Firestone compressor systems. All ROCK RIDE products carry a limited lifetime warranty. Order online today at Truckspring.com or call us with any questions at 1-800-358-4751.