SuperSprings and Towing: What You Need to Know
Turning a pickup into a tow truck is an effective way to expand the versatility of a vehicle and create new work opportunities. Whether you're an individual owner or operate a commercial fleet, it's critical to ensure your truck suspensions have the support and capacity to get the job done right. Understanding your options in equipment designed to increase the load capacity for towing can be the difference between a successful project and failure.
If you are preparing your vehicle for towing, you want to make sure that your rear suspension is up to the task, and that normally involves upgrading your leaf springs to heavy-duty leaf springs. This is often a good option, especially if you will be hauling a heavy load quite often. However, in some cases, you don't want the added stiffness of heavy-duty leaf springs, which is when you may want to consider SuperSprings for your suspension upgrade.
What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Heavy-Duty Leaf Springs?
Just like their name implies, heavy-duty leaf springs can handle heavier loads than standard leaf springs without causing damage or excessive wear to the leaf springs. By increasing the load capacity of your vehicle, you can handle greater loads on your trailer and in turn pull more cargo. More robust leaf springs will last longer than a standard solution when seeing regular use as a tow truck and will provide a safer, smoother ride hauling or pulling to capacity.
One drawback of heavy-duty leaf springs occurs if you are routinely riding with an empty load. When you are not stressing your leaf springs, the excess stiffness can cause some handling problems for your unloaded truck. If you're deploying trucks for full-time towing or have other applications that call for maximum capacity, heavy-duty springs are an excellent choice. When you’re not always riding with a full load, you may want to consider an alternative solution.
Heavy-duty leaf springs are also readily available for most heavy-duty vehicle makes and models. General Spring carries top-quality aftermarket replacement products for Ford, Dodge Ram, AMC, Toyota, Mazda and just about any truck on the market. Heavy-duty leaf springs are a cost-effective choice that's easy to install for professionals and do-it-yourselfer mechanics using a few standard tools.
SuperSprings: Another Option for Heavy-Duty Leaf Springs
You may be wondering: What are SuperSprings? These revolutionary suspension products are designed to work with your standard leaf springs to handle heavy loads. The SuperSprings unit attaches to the existing leaf springs in such a way that they will not engage unless the leaf spring reaches its load capacity. When the leaf springs stretch to their limit, the SuperSprings activate to accommodate the additional load to balance out the backend and deliver smooth handling performance.
SuperSprings engage when needed for the optimal ride, either empty or loaded. In this way, you are still using your factory leaf springs when riding under a light load with no effect on performance, but heavy loads can be handled without damage to the leaf springs and other suspension system equipment. In essence, you’ll have capacity when you need it, and only when you need it.
Towing with SuperSprings as opposed to heavy-duty leaf springs eliminates some of the heaviness and stiffness that comes with the latter. SuperSprings bolt right onto your existing leaf springs with no drilling or cutting involved for a trouble-free installation in less than an hour. The product is available in light, medium or heavy loading options. You benefit from an increased load capacity and up to a 30% improvement in handling.
General Spring: The Place to Turn for SuperSprings Products
As experts in suspension products, the team at General Spring is the place to turn for unique suspension products such as heavy-duty leaf spring replacements and innovative SuperSprings. We have been in the leaf spring and suspension business for almost 50 years, and our dedicated service team is there when you have questions about improving your suspension. When you contact our live representatives for customer service or technical support, you'll be speaking with the same folks who work in our shop and have extensive experience installing and servicing leaf spring suspensions.
When it comes to towing with SuperSprings, there are many things to consider before starting your project. If you're not sure if your truck is up to the job or if you're choosing the correct suspension products, we can help. Our knowledgeable team will assist in analyzing your vehicle and application requirements to recommend if towing with SuperSprings or heavy-duty leaf springs is right for you.
General Spring strives to keep an extensive selection of products in stock to meet your requirements. We even have the ability to manufacture leaf springs specifically to your designs to meet the needs of our customers. This way, we can customize leaf springs for any vehicle you have — old, new, or if the spring is no longer available.
Get in Touch About SuperSprings and Towing Today
When you need a suspension upgrade, we are confident that we can help you find the right type of suspension product at a price that is affordable. All of these aftermarket replacement parts are made by reliable manufacturers using materials built to last in the toughest conditions. We provide a one-year warranty on every set of leaf springs we sell, and stand behind the quality and performance of our SuperSprings and related load support and attaching parts.
Get your trucks ready for towing with SuperSprings or heavy-duty leaf springs. General Spring offers a fast turnaround on orders with nationwide shipping and international delivery options available upon request.
Shop our website for SuperSprings and our extensive line of other suspension products, including leaf springs, add a leafs, U bolts, coil springs, Timbrens, shackles and hanger kits, and contact us online to request to speak with a live representative. We'll be happy to answer all your questions on SuperSprings and towing and to assist in placing your order.