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Treat your Suzuki Marauder (and yourself) to the suspension you deserve

EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension now available for your Suzuki Marauder

You and your Suzuki Marauder are probably ready to enjoy some riding right about now. Already one of the best cruisers in its class, it’s probably hard to imagine your Marauder getting any more enjoyable to ride.

However, you won’t have to imagine for long. The ultimate touring upgrade for your Marauder is here, and it probably costs less than you think.

The EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension from Strutmasters is a revolutionary way to add comfort, performance and style to your bike. Let’s explore how it helps you.

 

Why your Marauder will love an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension

 

Your Suzuki Marauder boasts a great deal of comfort. In fact, that’s probably one of the main reasons you got it!

Your bike is ergonomically engineered to give a comfortable stance to the average rider. Its stock suspension is engineered to perform best on the average road.

However, as any rider knows, average is a pretty abstract concept when it comes to motorcycles. No two riders are the same and no two roads are either.

EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension is an adjustable air suspension that allows you to adapt for the rider and the road. Your Suzuki Marauder will appreciate the extra consideration.

 

Why you’ll love it too

 

An adjustable air suspension sounds like a good thing, but what does it mean to you, the rider?

For starters, air suspensions offer an unparalleled level of comfort to the rider. Air springs provide a responsive cushion against all bumps and dips in the road. This will save your wrists (and your rear) quite a bit of stress.

Riders who differ from what Suzuki deems “average” will also enjoy the ability to raise and lower the bike on command.

Shorter riders will have an easier time mounting and dismounting when the bike is lowered. Taller riders might enjoy a little extra leg room when the bike is lifted.

Riders can also adjust the firmness of the suspension, too. This means you can adjust the suspension to compensate for differences in the roads you’re conquering. An adjustment to the suspension means less work for you and less strain on the bike.

 

Style points

 

Have you ever looked at a bike that was “slammed” or lowered to the ground and thought, “That thing looks really cool!”?

Have you then thought to yourself, “But it looks completely impractical.”?

What if you were right on both accounts?

As genuinely awesome as lowered bikes look, they are typically made by making a permanent modification to a bike. That means you sacrifice a lot of function for all that cool.

However, with the adjustable nature of an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension for your Suzuki Marauder, you can lower it when it’s time to show off and raise it back up when it’s time to hit the road for real. Best of both worlds.

 

Easy to use

 

The Suzuki Marauder EZ Rider Ultimate Air Ride Lowering Suspension Kit offers all these benefits in the most convenient way possible.

Order the Suzuki Marauder EZ Rider Ultimate Air Ride Lowering Suspension Kit here.

 

With just a flip of a switch you can adjust the height of your suspension, its firmness, or slam the bike. That’s a great deal of convenience on top of everything else.

Best of all, this kit does all of this for less than you probably think. Priced at just under $600, it’s an incredible value for all the function, comfort and style you add to your Marauder.

Ready to order? Click here or give one of our Suspension Experts a call at (866) 664-0252. They’ll be happy to ensure you get exactly what you need to get the most out of your Suzuki Marauder.

Audrey Worm just bought her own dragster

Audrey Worm just bought a new dragster

Audrey Worm’s stated goal has always been that she wants to own her own Top Fuel racing team. This Monday, in Texas, she took a huge step towards that goal when she purchased her own Top Fuel Dragster.

Worm was one of the more intriguing stories of the 2019 season. At 27 years old, the driver has jumped onto the scene as one of the sport’s pluckiest upstarts.

She has made it clear she wants to own her own racing team. This would put her in rare company as only the sport’s second female owner in history.

But Worm isn’t just in the racing business, she has shown some real promise on the track early on. Named as one of Drag Illustrated’s 30 Under 30, Worm qualified for four races this season after winning a round in 2018’s NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

 

Needing a new dragster

 

The Pennsylvania native had driven the Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster. However, the team decided to change directions. This left worm without a vehicle.

Purchasing her own dragster is a monumental step towards fielding a competitive team for 2020. It is also proof of Worm’s dedication to her goals.

Worm expressed her excitement in a Facebook post:

“It’s official, I’m heading home from Texas with my own Top Fuel Dragster! The car was previously driven by Jenna Drake [formerly Jenna Haddock] and before that Antron Brown. I am so blessed to have the support — not only friends and family, and my amazing husband Aaron Grant, but also from great sponsors.”

Worm went on to thank her sponsors, which included many individual contributors.

“I would like to thank Chip Lofton at Strutmasters; William Francis and Kenny from Burromax; Cody from Sisson Engineering; Hap Whitlock from Hi-tech Cam; Howie O’Neil [and] Leonard Long from G-Force Shifters; PennGrade; Duane A. Junker from Gates; Millerweld, Jim Novinger; Carrie Willhoff at Racechick; Jim Michaud; Heidi Jordan and Robert Jordan; all my Racefan members, and all the individuals who contributed money for making my dream come true!”

As the 2019 season winds down, Worm and her supporters have plenty to look forward to in 2020.

Justin Ashley impresses in Top Fuel debut, looks towards the future

Justin Ashley 's new Strutmasters dragster.

Justin Ashley had about as good a Top Fuel debut as anyone could have hoped for. This past weekend in Charlotte, the Long Island-native gave an exciting preview of where his NHRA Top Fuel career might be headed.

The 24-year-old Top Fuel rookie blew all expectations out of the water. In Monday’s eliminations at zMAX Dragway, he defeated not only fellow 24 year-old sensation Austin Prock, he also beat then-No. 3-ranked Mike Salinas.

Ashley made it all the way to the semifinals before he lost to the eventual winner and current number one overall Steve Torrence.

Prock was one of the many to take notice. He lost to Ashley on a holeshot (a slower elapsed time, but a win due to having a better reaction time at the starting line).

“First time I got beat on a holeshot all season, and you know, it was a good one,” said Prock. “The kid’s new and he was cutting great lights all weekend. He was .040 against me and my .061. So I did a good job, but he did a better job.”

 

Justin Ashley is ready

 

Although he’s a Top Fuel rookie, Justin Ashley has plenty of resources to draw on. One of those is his father and multiple-time Funny Car and Pro Mod champion Mike Ashley.

His father’s experience has helped him assemble a quality team. Ashley hired on highly-skilled and experienced tuner Aaron Brooks for his debut race.

It’s awesome to have Aaron on our team,” said Ashley. ”I have a tremendous amount of respect for Aaron as a person and as a crew chief; he’s a championship-caliber crew chief and he’s an even better person, so to have him in our corner really means a lot.”

Another key piece of the puzzle was shoring up quality sponsorship. Ashley accomplished that when he signed with Strutmasters.com last month. All-in-all, it makes for a strong package that put the racing world on notice in Charlotte.

“I got the best team in the world. I’m so proud of them,” he said. “This Strutmasters.com Top Fuel Dragster was rippin’ all weekend.”

 

Staying Focused

 

While Ashley still has competition left in the 2019 season, his impressive debut has many wondering what’s next. For now, the rookie is trying to stay grounded.

“I’m just taking it one run at a time, trying not to make anything bigger than it really is,” Ashley said. “I’ve just been focusing on one qualifying run at a time, one eliminations run at a time. I’m just trying to stay in my lane and focus on being the best driver I can be and helping my team to be successful.”

As for 2019, the team will compete in the final two races of the season in Las Vegas and Pomona. The reason for the abbreviated season is to allow Ashley to keep his rookie status for the 2020 season.

In doing so, the young driver may enter 2020 as the favorite to win the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. The award crowns the NHRA’s top rookie across all pro categories.

 

What lies ahead for Justin Ashley?

 

Team owner Dustin Davis, has been impressed with Ashley’s mentality

“He’s calm and cool and does the same program every time,” said Davis.

For now, Davis is trying to temper expectations for the upcoming season.

“After this year, I think we’re still pretty focused on running a limited schedule for 2020,” said Davis. “Obviously, if we get additional funding, we might add to that, but I don’t know that it will go immediately to a full season.”

Strutmasters.com, who signed on to sponsor Ashley’s 2019 races, is expected to extend its deal with the team. Big names RE/MAX IQ and Lucas Oil have agreed to sponsor at least the remainder of this season.

Although he is riding high on his Top Alcohol wins and impressive Top Fuel debut, Ashley is aware of the work he has in front of him.

“I feel pretty confident, but this is a new challenge for me,” Ashley said. “There’s certainly going to be a learning curve, and I expect that, which is why I’m looking forward to spending the time testing and getting some more laps. The more laps I make, the more comfortable I’ll feel.”

“I expect to go out and be successful with this team. However, I know it’s going to take some time for me to get used to certain things in the car. Feeling when it’s spinning or shaking the tires, or when a run is going good or not going good.”

Justin Ashley feels confident that the team strategy of getting experience in the 2019 season was the right move.

“We wanted to give ourselves a chance to win at every race we go to in my rookie season,” said Ashley. “we agreed that the best way to do that was to get a head start this year.”

NHRA Carolina Nationals | TV Schedule

We know you’re just as excited as we are about this weekend’s NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, NC. We’ll be out there supporting our drivers and we hope you’ll be there too!

For those of you who can’t make it, here’s the NHRA Carolina Nationals TV schedule so you don’t miss any of the action!

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
ROUND DATE TIME CHANNEL
FRIDAY NIGHT NITRO LIVE Friday, October 11 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET FS1
NHRA SUNDAY LIVE Sunday, October 13 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET FS1
FINALS Sunday, October 13 2:00pm – 5:00pm ET FS1
RE-AIRS
FRIDAY NITRO LIVE Saturday, October 12 9:30am – 10:30am ET FS2
FRIDAY NITRO LIVE Saturday, October 12 Midnight – 1:00am ET FS2
NHRA SUNDAY LIVE Sunday, October 13 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET FS2
FINALS Sunday, October 13 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET FS2
FINALS Monday, October 14 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET FS1
FINALS Thursday, October 17 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET FS2

Strutmasters sponsors Dave Richards’ Funny Car at Carolina Nationals

Strutmasters.com has signed on to sponsor driver Dave Richards at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. The driver, representing Paul Richards Racing, will bear the Strutmasters.com logo on his Ford Mustang Funny Car at the event.

 

Dave Richards joins the Strutmasters racing team

 

This development is yet another pickup for the “Suspension Experts.” Strutmasters made headlines throughout the 2019 racing season for its racing sponsorship.

Just last week, the company announced it would sponsor Justin Ashley’s Top Fuel debut. In addition, the company supports several other drivers such as Johnny Pluchino, Wally Stroupe and Audrey Worm.

Strutmasters.com joins an established roster at Paul Richards Racing. The company is part of the same team of sponsors that includes long-time supporters, such as Upper Cut Turf Management, FarmBoy Custom Co., and Prestige Site Works.

“Companies like Prestige Site Works, Upper Cut Turf Management, and FarmBoy Custom Co. are the reason I’m able to race,” Richards said. “I’m really grateful for their continued support and adding Strutmasters.com to the lineup is the extra boost we needed. We haven’t been at a race since Atlanta. That time off has allowed us to devote a good amount of time looking over things. I think we fixed some of our issues.”

 

Dave Richards looking ahead to 2020

 

The additional sponsorship comes quite late in the season. However, Richards hopes to use the late-season boost to set the tone for next season.

“Knowing we’re going to be back out there competing with the best of the best in the NHRA is exciting and our whole team is ready to get to zMAX [Dragway],” he added. “Hopefully after this race, we’ll have some good news to share about our 2020 season in the class.”

Why your Lincoln Navigator has suspension issues and what to do about it

Has your Lincoln Navigator been seeming down lately? Even if you don’t have a suspension warning light on your Navigator, you may have noticed other symptoms of a worn out suspension.

Perhaps the most common sign of Lincoln Navigator air suspension failure is a sagging rear end of the vehicle. Another way to tell if your suspension has gone bad is if your Navigator does a “nose dive” when coming to a stop. That’s when the rear end lifts up and the front end dips down.

You may also have noticed a noisy air compressor in your Navigator. It may not even be able to maintain proper ride height.

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms with your Lincoln Navigator, you likely have air suspension trouble. But why?

Let’s explore some of the common reasons for Lincoln Navigator air suspension failure.

 

A heavy load

 

The Lincoln Navigator is a big vehicle. That’s probably part of the reason you got it.

While that size is great for carting the family or cargo around, it comes a price. It makes for a very heavy vehicle. At around 6,000 pounds unloaded, that’s a lot to ask of an air suspension.

Over time, this load will bear down on your air suspension system. Components like the air bags, which use compressed air to support the weight of the vehicle, need to be made of flexible materials.

Those materials, like rubber and plastic, can only do the job for so long. They are prone to wearing out or even rotting and cracking.

Once there is a weak point in the airbag, all that weight bearing down on it will accelerate the problem.

 

A complex system

 

Air suspension systems provide an excellent ride. The active suspension is able to read the road surface and make instant adjustments to the suspension. This makes for an extremely smooth journey.

However, in order to do so, the Lincoln Navigator relies on a complex system of electronics, mechanical parts, and components made of flexible materials.

Although this system makes a great ride, it relies on every component in the chain working properly.

For example, your Navigator has four ride height sensors. One at each wheel. These read the height of the car and send that information electronically to a control module.

The ride height sensors in your Navigator are moving parts. Like all moving parts, they will eventually wear down and need replacement.

However, if your ride height sensor isn’t functioning perfectly, it will throw the entire system off. This will cause other components to wear out more quickly as they operate at less-than-ideal efficiency.

This is true of almost any of the nearly dozen components in your Lincoln Navigator air suspension system.

 

How to fix your Lincoln Navigator suspension

 

After considering everything you know about air suspensions, does it seem like it makes sense to spend thousands to fix it?

Probably not. But what choices do you have?

You could save a little money by going with third-party air suspension parts. But that will just leave you in the same predicament down the line as you wait for them to fail.

However, you do have another option. You can get rid of that air suspension altogether and replace it with something sturdy, simple, and reliable.

Strutmasters offers several kits to replace your Lincoln Navigator air suspension with a robust mechanical coil suspension.

These conversion kits are made right here in the USA to ensure high quality. They will replace two or all four wheels of your Navigator at a tiny fraction of the cost of what a new air suspension would cost you.

Once you install the conversion, you’ll notice that your ride feels more or less the same. With Strutmasters’ patented Glide Ride Technology, you’ll enjoy a ride that’s comfortable and on par with your air suspension.

Rather than the dozen or so components involved in your air suspension, these kits rely on simple cold-wound mechanical coils and a robust steel strut to support your Navigator.

In fact, these kits are so simple, many of our customers choose to install them at home. With packaged instructions and an installation video online, even the novice DIYer should have no problem installing their new struts.

This means even more savings on top of not having to buy a new air suspension.

 

Ready to convert?

 

Don’t let a bad air suspension bring you and your Lincoln Navigator down. Make the switch today!

Order online or call us at (866) 715-6013 to speak to one of our Suspension Experts. They’ll help you get exactly what you need to get back on the road with confidence!

Enjoy your Harley-Davidson more than ever with this one simple mod

Harley-Davidson riders sure do enjoy the road. Built for riders, Harley-Davidson motorcycles offer incredible comfort and support. They are especially adept at handling long-distance rides.

But did you know there’s a way to enjoy riding your Davidson even more?

EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Shocks are the “talk of the town” these days. Many Harley owners around the country are learning just how much nicer their ride gets once they install one.

So, how do they make your Harley-Davidson ride better? Let’s take a look.

 

Save your wrists (and your rear!)

 

The first thing you’ll notice after installing an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension is a new level of comfort. If your Harley is normally at an 8/10 in terms of comfort, this air suspension cranks it to 11.

While the stock suspension on your Harley-Davidson is well-tuned and rated for your machine, it doesn’t compare to the level of precise dampening offered by air struts.

On your standard struts, you’ll feel a lot of those dips and bumps in the road. Over time, that will wear out your wrists (and your rear!).

Air struts will dampen those dips and bumps much better. Your new ride will feel like floating on air, because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing!

 

Adjustable ride height

 

Not all riders are built the same. As one of the world’s most popular brands, Harley fans come in all shapes and sizes.

However, the bikes are built with the “average person” in mind. That’s great for people who are “average” size, but how many of us are actually “average” sized?

Shorter riders often find it difficult to mount and dismount from their bikes. EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Shocks give you the ability to drop the bike down to make it easier to mount. Then, you can raise the bike back up to whichever height suits your trip.

Taller riders might find that they have limited leg room on their Harley-Davidson. By raising the bike a little, they can extend the distance between the seat and the footpegs. This will give riders extra leg room. Anyone who has flown on an airplane knows how much of a difference that can make.

 

Adjustable support and stiffness

 

Harley-Davidson riders are explorers. That means you won’t always encounter the same road types and conditions along the way.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to adjust the stiffness of your suspension to accommodate changes in the road? Well now you can!

The EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension allows you to do just that. Our Ultimate kit makes that possible with just the push of a button.

Adjusting the stiffness of your suspension will allow your bike to be better prepared for whatever road you may tackle next. For example, you can employ a softer suspension for when you’re just cruising around town, or along long, straight roads. When you need sportier handling, you can make it tighter.

Additionally, this has the added benefit of increasing support for your passenger so they’ll enjoy the ride more, too. Rather than have to adjust your riding style to account for the extra weight, you can simply increase the amount of support your passenger has.

 

Ready to convert?

 

If you’re ready to enjoy your Harley-Davidson on the next level, order from our website or give us a call at (866) 684-0528. One of our Suspension Experts will be happy to line you up with the perfect kit for your Sportster, Dyna series, Softail or other Harley-Davidson!

Johnny Pluchino eyes first Extreme Pro Stock win at Darlington

Johnny Pluchino is ready to grab his first Extreme Pro Stock series win.

It’s been a busy year for Johnny Pluchino. In addition to dominating the Pro Outlaw 632 series, Pluchino has manned the wheel of the Strutmasters Mustang in Extreme Pro Stock.

Heading into the PDRA Fall Nationals, Pluchino is looking to nab his first career Extreme Pro Stock win.

 

Pulling double duty

 

Pluchino’s main focus heading into the 2019 season was to defend his title in Pro Outlaw 632. He was aware that he would probably be pulling a double at some point this season. However, he didn’t realize it would happen so soon.

“My dad started the year in the Extreme Pro Stock car, but at the North-South Shootout before the first qualifier, he said it was my time to get behind the wheel.”

Pluchino said this came as some surprise.

“I was about as shocked as I could be since I wasn’t supposed to race the PDRA events,” said Pluchino. “He wanted me to get in the car to get some seat time since we were going to be racing some NHRA events. Doing this while racing Pro Outlaw 632 also has been an awesome experience but at the same time it’s difficult.”

 

Adjusting to Extreme Pro Stock

 

There is a world of difference between the Extreme Pro Stock class and the Pro Outlaw 632 class. While it looks like Pluchino is in great position to win back-to-back championships in the Pro Outlaw 632 class, there has been an adjustment in the Extreme Pro Stock class.

“The Extreme Pro Stock car shifts differently,” said Pluchino. “You have to account for my weight difference as a driver. It takes a lot to get used to driving one of these cars. We’ve had to make some minor adjustments to the car for me as a driver. In Extreme Pro Stock you have to be on your game and it’s been a slight learning curve but I feel comfortable now.”

Clearly, the adjustments are already paying off. There have been consistent improvements in his performances. He even reached the final round of the NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock exhibition back in July.

 

Ready for Extreme Pro Stock success

 

Pluchino and his team appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time as they head into the Fall Nationals in Darlington.

“I think we have a fast race car, but we’re going to need to be consistent to win,” says Pluchino. “As a driver, I’m going to have to be on my game as far as taking care of business in the car. We’re going to try some different things like changing the gear ratio to help the car and do as much testing as we can before the event. The difference between winning and losing in Pro Stock is just a few thousandths of a second, so we need to be as ready as possible.”

Pluchino credits his father for helping him make the leap.

“I appreciate the opportunity my dad has given me by stepping out of the car and letting me jump in,” Pluchino says. “He’s done so much to assist me in chasing my dreams as a driver and I can’t thank him enough for that. His support is so critical when it comes to this racing operation.”

The PDRA Fall Nationals take place at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, South Carolina October 4th-5th. Fans can watch Johnny Pluchino go for his first Extreme Pro Stock win in his Strutmasters Mustang at SpeedVideo.com.

This one mod turns your Honda Shadow into the ultimate touring machine

The Honda Shadow is already a wonderful touring motorcycle. It’s got reliability and comfort along with a V-Twin engine that’s made for big, open American roads.

However, did you know that your Honda Shadow can get even better?

Riders all around the country are starting to learn about the advantages of adding an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension to their Shadow. These owners find that the new addition takes their Shadow from great road bike to the ultimate touring machine.

Here are some of the ways an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension will improve your Honda Shadow riding experience.

 

Take your Honda Shadow from great to amazing with an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension!

 

Touring-friendly suspension

 

Touring on your Honda Shadow is already a pleasure. That’s probably one of the main reasons you bought it. But don’t you think it could just be a little more comfortable?

While the standard forks on your Honda Shadow are sturdy and reliable, they don’t do the best job at dampening the dips and bumps in the road.

The EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension is perfect for touring. Air-supported struts absorb much more of the “travel” when the bike goes over uneven road surfaces. That means you’ll feel less of them.

Without the constant knocks and vibrations, your wrists (and your behind) will breathe a sigh of relief. The lack of soreness and fatigue means you’ll be able to put more hours in on your Shadow each ride.

 

Even passengers will enjoy better touring

 

Let’s face it, even the Honda Shadow with all its space and amenities isn’t great for passengers. Motorcycles are typically built for just the rider. Passengers are almost always an afterthought.

However, with an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension, your passengers will enjoy more support and comfort than they’ve ever had before.

This air suspension can be adjusted for support. That means that you can accommodate the extra weight with ease. No need to adjust your riding stance or turning angles.

The adjustable support gives you the opportunity to tune your suspension to give you and your passenger the best possible ride. That means more touring time on the bike for both of you.

 

Adjustable stiffness for touring flexibility

 

Rarely ever do you go out for a long ride on your Honda Shadow simply to find a long, straight road that never changes.

Rather, Honda Shadow owners are the type to seek out variety.

That variety means you’ll face different road grades, altitudes and even surfaces. Rather than one “jack-of-all-trades” suspension, wouldn’t you prefer to be able to adjust for these changes?

With the EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension you can do just that.

With your new air suspension you’ll be able to adjust your suspension’s stiffness to accommodate changes in the road.

This is not only more comfortable, but safer as well. When you can adjust for stiffness, you can tailor the handling of the bike to whatever road your own. This means a safer, more secure ride.

 

Options for your Honda Shadow

 

Currently, Strutmasters offers two packages to upgrade your Honda Shadow to an EZ Rider Air Suspension.

Our basic package does everything you need it to. You can raise, lower and adjust the stiffness of your Honda Shadow to your liking.

With the Ultimate package, you can adjust your air suspension with just the touch of a button.

Can’t decide which to buy for your bike? Call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 676-4457. They’ll help you figure out what’s best for you and your Honda Shadow.

This fall, take back the road with an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension!