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Fri Jan 26, 2018
Lifting the heck out a pickup and hauling with it too, may be a little easier with a new product from aftermarket air suspension specialist Air Lift Company
Air Lift has introduced a new universal product line specifically for drivers of lifted trucks looking for load support solutions, according to the Lansing, Michigan-based company. The modified suspension dynamics are often found to compromise the towing and hauling capabilities of lifted vehicle.
“When placing a lift kit on a pickup, either the body of the truck will be raised or the height of the suspension components will be changed,” a release states. “These changes raise issues for drivers who are looking for load support solutions, as the additional height of the components is not supported.”
The new Air Lift Universal Air Spring Spacers offer the solution supporting the additional height. The product is available in 5 different configurations – 2-inch straight (52420), 4-inch straight (52440), 4-inch angled (52445), 6-inch straight (52460) and 6-inch angled (52465) - these spacers accommodate most lift kits, up to six inches.
The Air Spring Spacers are designed to work with all brands of bellows-style air springs, including Air Lift's best-selling LoadLifter 5000(tm) series and the LoadLifter 7500(tm) XL. These spacers fill the gap created by adding a lift kit, attaching between the lower air spring bracket and the air spring itself.
The Universal Air Spring Spacers are built with high-grade 1/4-inch steel and are rated to handle more than 10 tons of force. Crafted with a unique spinal design, the spacers are easy to attach to most air spring applications, using the provided hardware, and come with a fully illustrated instruction manual, making installation easy.
Adding air springs to the vehicle should eliminate many common issues faced when towing and hauling heavy loads with lifted vehicle, including squat, poor headlight aim, trailer sway and bottoming out, the release says.
All Air Lift air spring spacers are backed by an industry-exclusive lifetime warranty which covers the entire contents of the kit, and the company also ensures satisfaction with a 60-day money back guarantee on load support air springs and on-board compressor systems.