Knowing Your Suspension Limits to Avoid Overloading
If you are using your
vehicle to haul heavy loads, there is one thing you need to remember: not all suspension
equipment is created with a commitment to quality. Standard spring capacities
can range from 1,500 – 3,300 lbs., and heavy-duty springs can typically handle
even higher capacities. It is extremely important to know the capacity of your
vehicle suspension system in order to avoid problems.
What Could Go Wrong by Overloading a Suspension
The main components of
a suspension system are the springs, leaf springs, or coil springs. Both types
of springs are made from strong steel that will resist the forces applied by the
load on the vehicle and uneven road conditions to help produce a smooth ride.
This is accomplished by the springs allowing the wheels and axles to move under
the strain of driving so that the mechanical shock of going over a bump or
encountering rough terrain is not transferred to the vehicle.
When these steel
springs are pushed past their limit by an overly heavy load, many different
problems can occur. The steel can stretch and distort so that it no longer has
the ability to flex as well as it should, and cracks and fissures can occur in
the spring steel limiting its capacity. Ultimately, a crack can cause the
spring to break so that it will no longer function and the axle will bottom out
on every bump.
What Can You Do if You Need to Increase the Load
Capacity of Your Vehicle?
One of the most obvious
answers is to install new standard springs with a higher load capacity. It is
even possible to switch to heavy-duty springs that have an even higher load
capacity than standard stock springs can accommodate. By increasing the load
capacity of your springs, you not only prevent problems with your springs, but
also with the attachment hardware that can also wear and break.
Another option is to
or Timren Suspension Enhancement Systems. Both of these products are available
to attach along with your current suspension products to assist in increasing
the overall load capacity that your suspension system can accommodate.
Turn to General Spring to Increase Your Load Capacity
The team at General
knows how suspension
systems work. We are more than happy to help you find the right suspension product
to suit your needs. General Spring has been the authority leader
in the automotive suspension business for almost 50 years.
Through this time, we have learned what it takes to make your suspension system
work at peak performance, even under the most taxing conditions.
representatives also operate our full service shop in New Century, KS, which
means that they have the hands-on experience and knowledge to suggest the right
product for you. So, if you are ready to improve your suspension system, call
us locally at 913-829-0619. National customers can reach out to us toll free at
1-888-829-0619. You can even contact us through our
We look forward to handling all of your suspension equipment needs.