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Mile Marker’s New ES Waterproof Winches Take on All Elements

Like any tool, a winch spends most of its lifetime sitting on a vehicle unused. As it is exposed to the elements, dormant parts can pit, rust, and corrode, leading to component failure. Mile Marker’s all new Project ES (Element Sealed) winches feature best in class line speeds, corrosion proof  construction, submersible solenoids with marine-grade connections and have 19 watertight seals to conquer every element imaginable.

MileMarker Winch

Other winches claim “waterproof” or “sealed,” but Mile Marker’s Project ES winches were
independently lab certified to the IP68 standard to be impermeable to liquid and dust.

Mile Marker has a full line of the Project ES Winches ranging from 2500 pounds to 15,000 pounds
available for your Truck, SUV, ATV or UTV.      

MileMarker Winch    

  •  Multi-Mount Submersible Solenoid can be mounted over the motor or over the tie-bars, no added hardware or extra cables needed.
  • Fully Sealed
  • Marine Grade Remote Control Connectors for watertight remote control plugs
  • Corrosion proof construction, no chrome or plated parts
  • Dacromet® Roller Fairlead features world class anti-corrosion metal coating
  • Clockable Gear Side, rotate clutch side of winch in 30 degree increments to accommodate any mount or bumper.
  • Stainless Steel Hardware

If you want a truly waterproof, mud-proof and snow-proof winch, look to Mile Marker ES brand winches for your vehicle.  Available at or call 1-800-358-4751 for more information.

Viair Portable Air Compressor 87P

Viair portable air compressors make sure you never get caught without air. A portable air compressor may sit in your trunk or the back of your truck most of the time and not be the coolest car or truck accessory to have, until you need air of course. Ever have low tire pressure and air is nowhere to be found? With the Viair 87P you will always have air when you need it.

Viair 87P

The Viair 87p connects directly to your car or trucks battery and can inflate up to 31 inch tires. The portable air compressor kits includes a 120 PSI air pressure gauge, a solid brass twist on tire chuck, inflation tips and a built in LED work light with a power indicator. The power code is 10 ft. long and the air hose is 3 ft. long, so you won’t have any problems getting the air to your tires.

The Viair 87P in not only good for emergencies, but did you know you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. With the Viair 87P portable air compressor you can easily maintain properly inflated tires which will save money, be safer and ensure your tires last longer. The proper tire pressure for your car or truck is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.

You can order the Viair 87P Portable air compressor online at or call 1-800-358-4751.

Hellwig Sway Bars – Heat Treating Makes The Difference

Hellwig Sway Bars are design to reduce body roll on your vehicle which will result in better control and improved cornering traction for safer driving and cornering capabilities.  Each sway bar is made from high quality 4140 chrome molly steel and powder coated to give you a durable addition to your suspension.  But have you ever wondered what gives your sway bar it’s toughness?

Every Hellwig Sway Bar is heat treated, a process used to change the crystalline structure of the steel to improve its strength, toughness, and hardness.  The heat treating process can double the tensile strength of alloy steel while still maintaining its toughness and ductility. Not all aftermarket sway bars are heat treated. They may be made from alloy steel, but unless it has been heat treated, the alloy steel is not being processed to its full potential.  This is what sets Hellwig Sway Bars apart from the competition. 

The process used at Hellwig is a multi-step process that provides a tough, durable product that will last a lifetime. The 4140 chrome molly steel is received as hot rolled material from the steel mill.  As is, it has a tensile strength of 95,000 psi.  After the heating process, Hellwig Sway Bars have an average tensile strength of 180,000 psi. 

The first step in the heat treating process is called “coining”.
Hellwig Sway Bars

In this process the ends of the sway bar are formed maintaining the integrity of the sway bar.  Hellwig sway bars are never welded as the heat affected zone of the weld will compromise the material.
Hellwig Sway Bars

Once the ends are coined, the sway bars are heated to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit and formed to the desired shape.
Hellwig Sway Bars

Every Hellwig sway bar is developed for a specific vehicle application.
Hellwig Sway Bars

Once the bar is form to shape, the bar is cooled in a quenching tank to reduce the temperature from 1,600 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.  Hellwig uses a specially formulated quench oil to improve the crystalline structure of the steel, increasing its tensile strength.
Hellwig Sway Bars

The next step is tempering of the metal.  The sway bars are moved to a tempering furnace where they are heated to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This process improves the toughness and ductility of the sway bars while maintaining a high tensile strength.
Hellwig Sway Bars

Once the bars are removed from the furnace, they are checked for correct dimensions and then powder coated in a hammertone finish.
Hellwig Sway Bars

Fast, easy bolt on installation with simple hand tools using high tech polyurethane bushings, Hellwig gives you the best sway bar for your truck, van, SUV or performance and muscle car.   Talk to the experts at at 1-800-358-4751 or go online and get your quality Hellwig Sway Bar today.

The Renegade Tow Rope by Bubba Rope

Bubba Rope Renegade

The Renegade by BubbaRope is a new generation of kinetic energy recovery rope in a compact size.  This 3/4 inch x 20 foot rope has a 19,000 pound break strength and 100% more stretching ability and more pulling power than a flat web strap.

Bubba Rope

The Renegade is perfect for pulling Jeeps and light trucks from mud, snow or sand.  The Military Camo green color is designed to match the military specs this rope was derived from.  The Renegade tow rope includes a mesh duffel bag and camo Velcro wrap. 

The Renegade tow rope is “Gator-ize” giving the rope a durable outer skin similar to the tough hide of a Florida ‘gator.  This process uses two types of high performance elastic polymer coatings. 
The entire rope is dipped and cured in this coating, penetrating deep into the soft nylon rope fibers.  This process helps protect the Renegade Bubba Rope from harmful UV rays, water, mud, sand and abrasion.

If you are looking for a quality tow rope for your vehicle, the Renegade by BubbaRope is your answer.  Order online at or call one of our suspension experts at 1-800-358-4751 today.

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Springs

If you are looking to add extra support to your truck when towing a trailer or hauling heavy loads, Air Lift has just introduced a new line of air spring kits that are different than any other.  The new Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs feature an internal jounce bummer which is designed to absorb road shock and prevent the vehicle and air spring from bottoming out. 

AirLift LoadLifter 5000

The internal bumper replaces the factory jounce bumper that is typically removed when adding air springs to your suspension.  The internal jounce bumper inside of the air spring allows drivers to safely run their air springs with zero air pressure, offering truly maintenance free air springs. Before now, if you run you air springs without the minimum air pressure, it will damage and often ruin the air spring and it’s not something that is covered under warranty. The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate has solved this problem.

The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate series is available for all of the same makes and models as the current Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 line and provides the safest, most durable  and maintenance-free suspension option available for towing or loaded vehicles.   The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate is the only air spring available that provides a combination of suspension adjustability and safety features similar to run flat technology.

All Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air spring kits come complete with everything you need to install and are rated up to 5,000 pounds. Not sure about how they will ride? Air Lift air spring kits come with a lifetime warranty and a 60 day ride satisfaction guarantee. Air Lift is confident that you will like the ride, if not, simply send them back for a full refund!

AirLift LoadLifter 5000You can order Air Lift Air Spring kits by calling 1-800-358-4751 or online at

Hellwig Big Wig Air Springs for Heavy Haulers

Looking for an air bag kit for your heavy duty truck? Hellwig’s Big Wig Air Springs are designed for the heavy hauler and offer better handling and control under loaded conditions.  

 Each kit is designed to maximize safe load carrying capacity and offers simple installation for years of heavy duty control.  The larger air springs also provide better off-highway performance as the air
springs in the Big Wig kits will extend up to 15 inches for articulation that can’t be matched with smaller air bags.  With up to 3 inches more free height, these air springs have more air volume to provide ride quality and performance that can't be beat with a heavy load in the bed.  

Hellwig Big Wig

Hellwig's Big Wig Air Kits only require 60 psi of air pressure to level the vehicle while most kits require 90 psi or more.  Lower air pressure provides a better spring rate for ride quality you can feel.  The Big Wig kits feature a 2800 lbs. air bag for each side and heavy duty brackets for a total 5,600 lbs. load capacity.

Each kit comes complete with double convoluted heavy duty air springs, brackets, airline and mounting hardware.  

So the next time you need to update your air springs, look to Hellwig Big Wig Air Springs and  If you have any qeustions about Hellwig Big Wig Air Springs, call 1-800-358-4751.

Loctite Adhesives and Sealants

For over 50 years, Loctite has been a world leader in adhesives, sealants and surface treatments.  Loctite products are tested under extreme conditions and for some of the world’s most important aerospace, electronics and industrial manufacturing, maintenance and repair projects. carries a full line of Loctite gasket sealants, threadlockers, thread sealants, anti-seize  compounds and lubricants for many applications.

Seal Gaskets vs. Gasketing Sealants

Seal gaskets, or sealing gaskets, are used to bind objects together and prevent leakage once the bond is secure. While pre-cut sealing gaskets may provide an effective sealing solution, they are manufactured in multiple sizes and must be kept in stock for when a repair becomes necessary.  Keeping this inventory is both expensive and requires additional warehouse space.

Gasketing sealants, such as Loctite Gasket Ready liquid gasket, can be used in place of existing gaskets for any type of flange, rigid, permanent assemblies and non-rigid vibrating assemblies. 
Providing a more reliable and affordable alternative.


Thread Sealants

Pipe dopes and thread tapes are one way to attempt to seal fittings and pipe threads, but it's not thebest wayPipe joints are dynamic, they experience vibration, changing pressures and changing temperatures, all of which put stress on threads and lead to leakage and expensive repairs.

Easy to apply Loctite Thread Sealants instantly provide a durable seal between close fitting threads to prevent the costly leakage of gas and liquids, while stopping corrosion and eliminating the problems caused when pipe dopes and tapes shrink and break down over time.



Threadlockers are a single component anaerobic adhesive comprised of unique liquid resins that harden (or cure) to a durable solid when exposed to metal ions in the absence of air. The anaerobic
cure mechanism allows the adhesive to flow and evenly settle to lock and seal threaded fasteners without curing permanently. 

Loctite threadlockers provide a reliable, removable and cost-effective approach to mechanical fasteners like lock washers and lock nuts.  Threadlockers lock against vibration and thermal expansion, seals against corrosion and leakage and reduces cost as expensive mechanical fasteners do not have to stocked.


Look to and Loctite to provide a solution for your gasket, sealant and threadlock needs. Call 1-800-358-4751 to order.

Tekonsha Push-to-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit

Tekonsha Brake Controller
The new Tekonsha Push-to-Test trailer Breakaway Kit allows for quick and easy testing of your batteries condition.  The push to test LED’s indicate whether your system is charged, charging or needs to be recharged at a glance.  The multi-stage integrated charger provides a fast recharge up to 12.8 volts.  Once the battery is fully charged, the automatic float mode is designed to provide a continuous charge without overcharging the battery. 

For proper performance of a trailer breakaway system, the battery must be maintained at a  minimum of 80 percent capacity or greater.  This charge level is required to deliver enough current to the trailer brakes to be effective.  Tekonsha’s recharge threshold setting of 80 percent allows the operator ample opportunity to recharge the unit.

The Tekonsha Push-to-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit includes a 5 amp hour battery, breakaway switch with 7.5 inch lead wires, battery box and charger.  The heavy duty polymer battery box can be mounted on any flat surface and is weather and corrosion resistant.  The system is designed for up to 3 axle trailers with electric brakes.

Check out Tekonsha breakaway kits and accessories at

Tekonsha Brake Controller

Weighing only 4.75 pounds the box is 5 inches by 4.125 inches by 4 inches in size and comes with a one year limited warranty.

Tekonsha is the most recognized name when it comes to brake controllers and brake products and is your source so all your trailer needs. Call 1-800-358-4751 to order trailer breakaway kits.

New Viair Automatic Deployment Air (ADA) Systems for Jeep Wranglers

Viair ADA
VIAIR has introduced the new Automatic Deployment Air (ADA) Systems for the 2007-2011 and 2012 Jeep Wrangler.  VIAIR Automatic Deployment Air Systems incorporate a 12-port extruded aluminum air tank to provide a compact air locker and tire inflation station using either a 400C (Heavy Duty) or 450C (Constant Duty) compressor at its core.

Viair ADA

The heavy duty system utilizes the 400C compressor that has a 12 volt permanent magnetic motor capable of running a duty cycle of 33% @ 100 PSI at 26 amps.  The constant duty system utilizes the 450C compressor that has a 12 volt permanent magnetic motor capable of running a duty cycle of 100% @ 100 PSI at 19 amps. 

Each ADA System comes complete with an onboard pressure switch, automatic coupler and a Digital Tire Inflation Kit. Additionally, a wiring harness is included to make the installation a plug and play process, with very little install time required.  Each kit is also equipped with a brake booster mounting bracket. 

Viair onboard air systems make tire inflation or air locker actuation possible in a very compact space, so you always have air when you need it the most.

You can view more information on the Viair ADA kits using the links below or call 1-800-358-4751.

Heavy Duty 40041 (2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler)
Heavy Duty 40044 (2012 Jeep Wrangler)
Constant Duty 45041 (2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler)
Constant Duty 45044 (2012 Jeep Wrangler)

 Viair Automatic Deployment air systems are available from Michigan Truck Spring, contact them at 1-800-358-4751 or 989-755-0561 with any questions or to pricing and availability.

Performance Friction Carbon Metallic Brakes Pads

Performance Friction
Performance Friction has built a culture based on a defiant philosophy of “No Compromises”.  Performance Friction does not strive to meet industry standards, but to surpass them and strives to continually drive the industry through improvements and innovation.  Whether its brake pads or rotors, they are designed to outperform and outlast the competitors and exceed  expectations. 

Performance Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads are their most popular brake pad and are well suited for most driving needs, including spirited street driving.  Carbon metallic pads will outlast the competition 2 to 3 times and are the pad best suited for most daily driving needs.  Carbon metallic pads offer improved initial bite, smooth and linear brake pedal feel, no fading after repeated stops and extended durability.

Performance Friction

The metallic elements in Performance Friction brake pads dramatically improve braking, while the carbon provides stability at elevated temperatures.  This makes the pad less likely to deform and deteriorate.  All Performance Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads are made to withstand the hottest temperatures, ranging between 572F to 1472F.  The Performance Friction multi-layer bonding technology reduces noise by absorbing specific ranges of sound frequencies and pick up less road dirt, so you get longer pad and rotor life.  This means you will spend more time on the road, and less time in the shop changing your brakes.

Every Performance Friction Carbon Metallic brake pad is made in the U.S.A., and with over a dozen varieties of pads custom manufactured for a specific vehicle application, there is sure to be a model to fit your vehicle.  So look to Performance Friction and for all your vehicle brake needs or call Michigan Truck Spring at 1-800-358-4751.