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How to Maintain the Suspension in Your Vehicle Fleet

If you own a fleet of vehicles, chances are you’re delivering or towing something. Whether your vehicle is a car, truck, van, or SUV, you are going to have to make sure that it is fully operational. That means taking your vehicle through a scheduled maintenance check on a regular basis.

In cases like this, many business owners are often caught up in the day-to-day operations to give much thought into what exactly needs to be inspected in their fleet of vehicles. A basic oil change is certainly needed, as it does a general sweep-through of a lube, oil and filter job as well as refilling your fleet’s fluid levels, and detecting other potential problems .

What a basic oil change may not do is check your suspension system.

What is a Suspension System?

A vehicle suspension system is the technology that separates the bumpy ride of the wheel and horse carriage to the smooth transportation we enjoy today. There are two main purposes for a vehicle’s suspension system. The first one is to have the ability to carry or tow enough weight without buckling or swaying while keeping the tires on the road. The other is to have a suspension system do all of that while maintaining a relatively motionless drive with zero to minimal bumps and vibrations within the passenger compartment.

The laws of physics generally makes these two purposes oppose one another, but with the right amount of balance, it is possible, as it have proven to be in almost any vehicle you have driven. The suspension system is all about balancing timing, precision, and coordination. It stabilizes your vehicle while turning corners, braking, and acceleration. Without it, there will be imbalance and that can be a dangerous thing.

Organizing a Suspension Inspection for Your Fleet

Just as you would schedule your fleet of vehicles for an oil change, you also need to schedule them for a suspension inspection. For work vehicles, it is recommended to check your suspension every 1,000 – 3,000 miles depending on how often your vehicles are operated. For business owners managing a fleet of vehicles, this should be the minimum.

Operating a work vehicle is a liability. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your car, truck, van, or SUV is equipped to support the expected amount of weight that will reduce the effect of shock forces, maintain the correct ride height and wheel alignment, and most importantly, keep the wheels on the ground!

General Spring: Keeping You Grounded

If you live in the New Century, KS area, feel free to schedule an appointment with our full service shop at General Springfor your fleet of vehicles. Our experienced mechanics are prepared to thoroughly inspect your suspension system and provide any other assistance you may need to make your fleet a reliable source of transportation.

Our company has been in the automotive suspension business since 1965! Throughout this time, we have worked with all types of suspension systems and are confident that we can provide you knowledgeable information about maintaining your suspension system. We also stock a wide array of suspension parts from leaf springs , coil springs , Super Springs , and more. View our online catalog of suspension parts here. You can also order your parts online and we will ship them to you anywhere in the United States. So, call us toll free at 888-829-0619 today!

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1996 - 2012 G1500 Chevy Express / GMC Savannah Rear Add a Leaf with factory 3 leaf - 902 lbs increase

  • 902 Pound Spring Capacity Increase
  • Long Add a Leaf
  • Tip Inserts
  • Comes with Kwik Clips and Center Bolts
  • Order 1 Kit per Vehicle

Our Price: $149.99
SSA12 SuperSprings Helper Spring

SuperSprings Self-Adjusting Suspension Stabilizers work with your current suspension to reduce sway and increase load capacity while never needing any adjustments due to the roller design.

  • Increase Load and Tow Capacity without Increasing Ride Stiffness
  • Reduce Sway - Independently tested to give 29% improvement in driver control
  • Maintenance Free and No Adjustments Needed
  • Easy to Install - Most Kits Install in Less than 30 Minutes
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Sold as Kit - Order 1 per Vehicle
  • Free Shipping to Continental U.S.
  • Dimension - 42" Long x 3" Wide x .558 gauge
  • 1900 Pounds Spring Capacity Increase

SuperSprings are progressive in nature in that they work on an as-needed basis. The installed springs are under nominal tension even when the vehicle is unloaded. This is so there is no rattle or noise and the patented rollers will activate automatically.

As a vehicle with rear leaf springs comes under load the factory springs react as they are designed to. The center of the springs move vertically causing the overall leaves to flex and flatten out. This movement in the factory spring activates the SuperSpring through the rollers at the end of each leaf. Because the SuperSpring rollers aSupersprings Shacklere under tension, a movement in the factory spring causes them to move, seeking their new point of least resistance. This simple roller principal allows the SuperSprings to activate and deactivate automatically, free of any manual adjustment.

The SuperSprings are length specific to fit varying sized leaf springs. In addition the different lengths typically are manufactured in light, medium and heavy duty strengths. The sole adjustment on the SuperSprings is found in the roller shackles at the end of each leaf. The typical shackle has two bolt holes, as shown in the diagram below though some single hole and three holed shackles are used. The most common installation involves positioning all four rollers in the lower (furthest from the eye of the SuperSpring / closest to the ground) bolt holes. This ensures the least amount of preload tension on the SuperSprings and keeps the vehicle closest to its original factory ride conditions. Upper bolt holes may be used if additional lift is desired in the vehicle; if clearance from obstructions is required or if the installation is on an older vehicle with some fatigue in the springs.

SuperSprings enhance load carrying capacity, handling and towing. Do not load any vehicle beyond the manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating.

Our Price: $349.99
2002 - 2006 Sprinter rear leaf spring, 3 leaves

  • Width = 2-3/4
  • # of Leaves = 3(2/1)
  • Measures (A/B) = 29-1/4 x 29-1/2
  • Pack Thickness = 2-3/16
  • Sold Per Side - Order Quantity 2 for a pair

Our Price: $399.99