New SumoSprings Improve Ford F550 and Ram 5500 SuspensionsMar 15th, 2013 | By Editorial Staff | Category: New Products
SuperSprings International introduces new “fit-it-and-forget-it” suspension enhancements for two of the most versatile vocational trucks on the market. Rear SumoSprings, the company’s “airless airbags,” are now available for the Ford F550 (P/N SSR-104) and Ram 5500 (P/N SSR-303).
Composed of microcellular urethane, SumoSprings increase load-carrying capacity, provide a smooth load engagement, reduce side-to-side body roll and improve ride. Unlike an airbag, they are maintenance-free and do not expand outward when compressed.
Since there is no air bladder, SumoSprings will never burst or sag due to leaks. Owners will never have to add air or maintain compressor lines. SumoSprings have been tested in the harshest environments and perform in temperatures ranging from minus 25 F to 200 F.
“SumoSprings are truly a ‘fit-it-and-forget-it’ solution for fleets of all sizes,” said Mike Visser, president of SuperSprings International. “They install easily and can be left untouched for the life of the vehicle. We’ve tested SumoSprings across a variety of industry platforms and found that the trucks tend to wear out before their SumoSprings do.”
Introduced in 2009, SumoSprings are available in front and rear versions for trucks, SUVs and RVs. The new applications are mounted to the rear suspensions of the 2005-2013 Ford F550 and 2007-2013 Ram 5500 using the existing factory holes drilled for the OE bump stops. No additional drilling or fabrication is required. Typical installation takes an hour or less using standard tools.
“Since the SumoSprings urethane compound doesn’t change, designing the new applications was just a matter of figuring out how to best arrange the brackets,” said Visser. “The F550 and 5500 are utilized in many industries and there’s a SumoSprings benefit for nearly every use. If you have a dump or flatbed truck, they level the vehicle when loaded and prevent harsh bottoming out. On heavy emergency, road-rail and tow trucks, SumoSprings reduce sag and side-to-side body roll. For armored vehicles, we frequently pair SumoSprings with our SuperSprings leaf spring enhancers. We even provide them in single packs for bucket and crane trucks that might only need support in one corner.”
Some airbag-replacement products utilize rubber, but microcellular urethane has multiple advantages. It progressively compresses under load, providing the best possible ride in all conditions. Each SumoSpring can be compressed by 80 percent of its original height with full memory rebound, offering better performance and long-term durability than competing systems. Plus, SumoSprings cost significantly less than their rubber counterparts.
SuperSprings International offers fleets a 30-day evaluation program. Fleets interested in trying SumoSprings can test a set for 30 days. If not satisfied during that time, they can return it at no charge.
Other Rear SumoSprings applications are available for the Ford F250, F350, F450, E350 and E450; Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, Sprinter 2500 and Sprinter 3500; GMC/Chevrolet Sierra/Silverado 2500HD, 3500HD and Savana/Express 2500, 3500 and 4500. All SumoSprings are made in the U.S.A.
For more information about SumoSprings or any of the other suspension-enhancing products available for work trucks from SuperSprings International, call 866-898-0720 or visit www.supersprings.com.