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The Stutmasters Story, in Chip's own words...

About Strutmasters, LLC

Strutmasters was founded by Chip Lofton in 1999. Since then, dozens of dealerships, parts and service chains nationwide, and tens of thousands of individual drivers like you have installed our kits. Well known companies that have purchased and used our product are: Midas, Meineke, Monroe, Ford, Walker Auto Stores, Kirks Management Co., and we have even done a conversion kit for the C.I.A.!

After leaving a successful career in the corporate world, Strutmasters' founder, Chip Lofton, purchased a 55 acre goat dairy farm. His farm was soon the largest gourmet cheese operation in North Carolina. This renaissance background eventually led Chip to success in the suspension kits market. Strutmasters was born to fill a need providing affordable alternatives to air suspension repairs.


aerial view of strutmasters facility

The Lincoln that Started it all!

In 1999, Chip purchased a 1989 Lincoln Continental. It was a beautiful car but shortly after his purchase, the car required several costly repairs.

While on vacation, the car’s suspension system failed. Determined to find a way to repair his beloved Lincoln, Chip called salvage yards looking for used air struts without any luck. To his surprise, Chip found a wrecked Lincoln with a regular set of struts on it. After figuring out where to drill holes in the body and make adjustments to the height, he was up and running. The conversion was complete.


The Word Soon Spread about Suspension System Solutions

The word spread to other people facing the same suspension system problems. The calls kept coming in. Chip started listing the parts on Ebay. After great success on Ebay, Chip decided it was time for a Web site. Next the Web site was expanded to include a few pictures. In just a few months, there were over 90,000 hits.


From the Barn to Strutmasters' new 556,000 Square Foot Building!

By the end of the first year, the business had grown. The 1,500 square foot goat barn was not large enough. Chip found a 15,000 square foot building in town. After adding other automobile models to the line, the business doubled. Another move brought the business to an old 220,000 square foot textile mill. Since then the business has grown exponentially and has moved into a 556,000 square foot plant.


Quality Parts for most Makes & Models

assembly of a kit

This is how we get the right suspension kits to you as fast as possible. So that we always have what you need when you need it, we maintain an inventory of all our kits ready to ship. All of out kits are assembled from components made for us by well known suspension companies. In the photo, you can see a skid of Gabriel parts waiting to be tested and used in new struts. Here a new spring is being tested to make sure it meets our specifications before it is accepted for use in our strut shop.






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