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Posted: 05/16/09 07:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put a set of Stable Loads on my truck last winter and I just got the first real chance to try them out with my heavy camper.
I just returned from a trip to Tennessee and back to Connecticut and put a couple of thousand miles on the truck with the camper loaded driving on various kinds of roads and conditions.
I aired down the air bags so the helpers were just touching the Stable Loads. The results were that the truck had much less side to side sway with the overload springs in play and the truck rode much better with less air in the bags. I was completely satisfied with this simple and inexpensive modification to my suspension and would recommend them to anyone with airbags. There is no effect on the ride of the truck when empty. I have no dog in this race and no affiliation with TorkLift, just sharing my experience with this product. Other opinions/experiences may be different than mine.

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I too have Stable Loads and believe they are worth every penny paid for them.

On my 95 F350 SRW they didn't seem to make much of a difference but I believe that is because my AF990 was just too much camper for that truck. But once I got my 01 F350 DRW it is much better. For me, I was not able to just put them on and go though. I had to experiment with the air bag pressure to get optimum performance. Too much air and it was back to the air bag only feel of all the sway. Not enough air and it felt like the air bags weren't doing anything. My magic number for the air bags is in the 50-60 psi range on the in cab gauges.

Now I have a Roadmaster anti sway bar and Rancho 9000XLs to install (they are sitting in the garage). I'll do one mod at a time to feel the difference each makes and keep you all updated.

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Me too, the only mod I made to my 3500 dually. My camper weighs about 4500lbs and the Stable Loads are very much worth the money.


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I have found them worth it as well. My truck is the GM so the design of them is quite different from the Dodge or Ford ones.

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I did some other mods before I put on the StableLoads. I have 19.5 tires, Helwig sway bar and upgraded shocks. The StableLoads were the last and final mod to the suspension and it was the icing on the cake. I am finally satisfied[emoticon]

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I don't have Stable Loads but have Energy Suspension pads which are basically the same thing. I'd just point out that if you install airbags on a truck that has frame contact overload springs and don't also install one of these products then you may as well remove your overloads because they are of absolutely no use to you.

In other words, if you install airbags you really must install either Stable Loads or Energy Suspension pads as well (or one of the other brands or even home made extensions)


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kcabpilot wrote:

I'd just point out that if you install airbags on a truck that has frame contact overload springs and don't also install one of these products then you may as well remove your overloads because they are of absolutely no use to you.

Yep, that is true of the '96 F-250 and 2001 F-350 we owned with air bags. The factory overloads did nothing because they would not contact the frame brackets even when the airbags were completely compressed.

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kcabpilot wrote:

I don't have Stable Loads but have Energy Suspension pads which are basically the same thing. I'd just point out that if you install airbags on a truck that has frame contact overload springs and don't also install one of these products then you may as well remove your overloads because they are of absolutely no use to you.

In other words, if you install airbags you really must install either Stable Loads or Energy Suspension pads as well (or one of the other brands or even home made extensions)


Yep, I made that suspension modification about 5 years ago with Energy Suspension bump stop extensions. They have worked satisfactorily for about 30K miles of hauling our heavy Lance.


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Hi all, what energy suspension pad are you using for Ford trucks? Went to their site and didn't see one listed unless I missed it. I have a '99 F-350 srw. Thanks, Bill


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Posted: 05/17/09 07:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ford and Dodge take the same Stable Load Torklift Part# A7200

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