All-Air introduces Air Suspension Leaf Helper Kit to complement new Ford Ranger PX and Mazda BT-50 models.
One of NSW and the ACT's leading distributors of supplementary air suspensions for work and recreational vehicles, All Air suspension, has introduced an Air Suspension Rear Leaf Spring Helper Kit to complement the new Ford and Mazda models' increased towing and load carrying capacity. The kit - part of the Firestone Ride-Rite range - is designed for the Ford Ranger PX and Mazda BT-50 (B32P + B22P) models. It features heavy duty Firestone Airbags, which are durable and easy to install.
The new Leaf Helper Kit allows the driver to maintain the correct vehicle height, with no spring sag, even under a heavy load. This will decrease tyre wear and the natural brake wear will be more evenly distributed. It will also improve the steering and handling of the vehicle, which can be compromised under a heavy load. (However, the air springs do not increase the vehicle's load capacity – they are designed to optimise the performance, within the vehicle's limitations. Users should not exceed the GVM or Gross Vehicle Mass).
The kits - manufactured by Airbag Man using Firestone air springs, the world's Number One Air Spring - are designed to improve the ride, safety and durability of work vehicles carrying heavy and uneven loads and towing trailers and also to improve the performance of recreational vehicles, including mobile homes and vehicles towing caravans and boats.
Firestone Ride-Rite airbags are designed to fit between a vehicles chassis and the axle/leaf spring to provide levelling control, front-to-rear and side-to-side, when a vehicle is under load. The heavy duty double convoluted airbags are a two ply, reinforced rubber bellows. Users can adjust the airbags for varying loads and road conditions by simply inflating or deflating, just like inflating a tyre. Firestone Ride-Rite airbags provide extra support for leaf suspensions in light trucks, vans, utes, 4WDs, SUVs, caravans and motor homes. Airbags are used for front-to-rear and side-to-side levelling control of a vehicle. This enables a vehicle to "level up" when carrying heavy, uneven loads and when towing caravans, boats and trailers.
"It is a bit of a trap for drivers new to towing, or carrying bigger loads, because a vehicle suspension that is perfectly good for normal lighter service can change markedly when it is more heavily loaded. Heavily or unevenly loaded vehicles can be subject to increased sway because of lateral forces, while trailer-imposed ball weight will cause headlights to shine up into the trees or blind other drivers. A perfectly good familiar vehicle can become a safety nightmare if its suspension is not properly set up to tow or cope with varying loads," says All Air Suspension's General Manager, Mr James Maslin.
It is easy for even the most experienced drivers can get caught out over the holiday season by changes in the performance of their vehicle's suspension that occur when they hook up a caravan, boat or trailer or load up their campers for extended trips. "A perfectly familiar vehicle can change into an safety risk if it is overloaded, unevenly loaded or subjected to widely varying loads," says Mr Maslin.
All Air Suspension has specialised suspension kits for a range of different vehicles.