Strutmasters Rescues Lexus LS 460 Owners with New Conversion Kit

  The Lexus LS 460, model years 2007-2012, was many things. A grand, stately throwback to the larger sedans of the 90s. An executive-level car with elegant styling that rivaled anything in its class from any part of the world. Unfortunately, an example of long-lasting, durable air suspension is something it was not.



The Lexus LS 460 brought the large luxury sedan that put Lexus on the map back to the forefront.
The Lexus LS 460 brought the large luxury sedan that put Lexus on the map back to the forefront.



While much about the car has been praised over the years, the problems with its air suspension have been well-documented. Many owners of the vehicle complained about everything from faulty bushings that wore out after just 12,000 miles to struts that gave out after just over 50,000 miles. Lexus tried to correct the problem by offering free labor when replacing air suspension components to some of its customers. However, given the nature of air suspensions, repairs just led to the need for more repairs.


   After hearing these complaints, Strutmasters’ engineers jumped on designing a kit that could convert this model from air to coilover suspension. The result is one of the company’s finest kits to date–one that completely eliminates Lexus’ faulty air suspension components and replaces it with sturdy, reliable coils.

   “We always try to keep an eye on consumer complaint channels to see who is having problems and could benefit from a conversion kit,” explained Matt Lofton, Vice President of Strutmasters. “Once we saw the number of issues people were having with this air ride on the LS 460 and got a few calls from folks looking for a conversion we knew it was time to get to work.”

   Some of the earlier conversion kits that were designed for the LS 460 were priced at or above $2,000, not too much less than reinstalling OEM-style air suspension components. As is the Strutmasters way, the company has been able to deliver a kit that does the same job replacing the suspension on all four wheels for just under $800, less than replacing one air strut at the dealer.

   Owners considering switching over to the much more reliable coilover suspension should also take note that this kit also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, meaning their days of throwing money at this faulty suspension are over after they convert.

    Check out the kit here on the company’s website or call the hotline at (866) 830-5450 to learn more or place your order today.





McLeansboro, IL (June 21, 2017) – Fresh from his first NHRA race win last week in Bristol, Clay Millican is ready to keep the momentum going at the 2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He is ready to put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster back in the Winner’s Circle.


“I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the messages and congrats I’ve received since Sunday night. My phone and social media has just blown up. I’m just so grateful,” Millican said. “I’ve always been confident that Grubby (Crew Chief David Grubnic) and the crew would get us in the Winner’s Circle. We’re just a small single-car team, but we showed the big guys that we can get the job done.”


Unlike most professional Top Fuel teams, the Stringer Performance team is based out of the small town of McLeansboro, Illinois. The crew is relatively young with most of them never working on a professional race team before. There are no high-tech frills in their shop. In fact, it’s a barn and it’s located in car owner Doug Stringer’s backyard. In their off time the crew fish in a pond down the hill or take shooting practice in the farm field.


“We are really a family team. That is something we really value and appreciate,” Stringer said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone after our win in Bristol. They all worked their tails off to compete against the multi-car teams and bring home a win. I know they’ll do it again soon.”


Millican and Stringer have worked together for three years now. In that time the team has continued to improve. In 2015 Millican finished the season No.11 and last year cracked the top 10. The victory in Bristol has put Millican No.7 in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, only 10 points behind Brittany Force.


Upon their return to McLeansboro after a month away on the NHRA Eastern Swing, the entire town has been invited to welcome the Stringer Performance team home and celebrate their Bristol win on Tuesday evening.



2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Schedule

Friday, June 23

6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1

8:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2


Saturday, June 24

1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3

4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4


Sunday, June 25

11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin



2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals TV Schedule on FS1

Friday, June 23 – 10:30 p.m. Qualifying Coverage

Sunday, June 25 – 12:00 a.m. Qualifying Coverage

Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 p.m. Eliminations Coverage


About Stringer Performance

Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its third year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.


Social Media:

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

What to Do When Your Front Struts are Leaking

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Leaking front struts may be one of the most common suspension problems, but they also can be a cause for concern. When your vehicle’s front struts are leaking, it’s a telltale sign of suspension issues. Fortunately, dealing with this situation is fairly simple.

Here’s what you need to do if your front struts are leaking.

Diagnose the Problem

Once you discover that your struts are leaking, you need to diagnose the problem. Leaking front struts are usually caused by old parts. With time, the seals on the struts can become brittle, preventing them from keeping fluid within the system. So inspect the struts for any broken seals or deterioration.

If your struts are new and in good shape, then they may be leaking because of an accident that affected the suspension system and damaged the front struts by bending or denting them.

If you can’t seem to diagnose the issue that’s causing your front struts to leak, contact an automotive professional for help.

Replace Your Front Struts Immediately

After you’ve determined the cause of the leak, have the struts replaced immediately. Driving with worn-out struts will make your ride unstable and much more dangerous.

Worn-out or damaged struts can’t keep the vehicle from bouncing in rough road conditions. On top of that, tires have a harder time maintaining contact with the road when you’re driving with old or damaged front struts, so you’re more likely to skid, roll over, and get into a severe accident.

Most importantly, damaged or old struts will cause your tires to wear out excessively and unevenly. This can result in reduced traction, control, and overall safety, especially in slippery road conditions.

How to Prevent Your Front Struts from Leaking

Leaking front struts can cause severe performance issues, but they’re preventable when you follow the tips below.

Inspect Your Suspension Regularly

Check the condition of your vehicle’s suspension parts regularly. If you spot any issues, regardless of how minor, get your suspension repaired to prevent additional damage.

Replace Your Struts as Needed

The life span of your front struts will depend on your driving patterns. However, it’s recommended that you replace them every 50,000 miles. So stay on top of your mileage and replace them at the appropriate time. This will not only help to prevent your front struts from leaking, but it will also help your vehicle produce a smooth performance for years to come.

Be Aware of Warning Signs

Sometimes, you won’t be able to see your front struts leaking until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the following warning signs to let you know when your front struts are leaking:

  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Increased tire tread wear
  • Front end of the vehicle dips when braking

Once you notice any of these signs, get your front struts checked and repaired or replaced immediately.

For more information, contact Strutmasters online.

Top 5 Cars for Teen Drivers

Finding a safe, dependable, and fuel-efficient car for teen drivers used to be a difficult task, but not anymore. With new environment regulations and advanced technologies, there’s no car on the market today that’s not safe, dependable, or efficient.

So which is the best for your teen? To help you find out, here’s a list of the top five cars for new teen drivers.

Subaru Impreza

2016-subaru-imprezaThe Subaru Impreza has always been a top choice for new teen drivers. Coming from a brand that’s known for dependability, the Impreza is one of the most reliable cars any teen could have. In fact, the latest model year received top honors from several safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.

On top of that, it’s one of the only teen-friendly vehicles that comes standard with all-wheel drive to ensure safety, stability, and control should they need to travel in adverse road conditions.

And for added safety, the Impreza offers the available EyeSight safety system, a suite of driver assist technologies that display warnings and automatically apply the brakes to help them avoid a collision.

Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevy Malibu also received top honors from both the IIHS and the NHTSA and comes equipped with advanced optional safety technologies. However, safety features and awards aren’t the only things that make the Malibu a top car for new teen drivers.

With the Malibu’s available Teen Driver feature, parents can monitor their teen’s driving habits. This silences the radio when seat belts aren’t fastened and automatically enables the safety features when teens are behind the wheel. It can also let parents set volume limits, speed limits, and speeding alerts.

Best of all, Teen Driver relays how their teens drove in the form of a digital report card. It’ll show parents how many times certain safety features were used.

Hyundai Sonata

2016-hyundai-sonataThe Hyundai Sonata may not be as flashy as many of its competitors, but that’s exactly why it’s a great car for new teen drivers. It only comes standard with the necessary safety features and technologies, so there are fewer distractions for teens on the wheel. Of course, more innovative amenities are available for certain trims if you want more technologies.

Plus it’s an affordable first-time car. Starting at just over $22,000, the Hyundai Sonata is a great option for parents looking to buy a dependable new car for their teens without breaking the bank.

And the Sonata was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and received a 5-Star Crash Safety Rating from the NHTSA.

Toyota Prius

If fuel efficiency is a must for your teen’s first car, then consider the Toyota Prius. Known to be the country’s best selling hybrid, this vehicle provides a stable performance and more miles to the gallon than most vehicles on the market. It comes with advanced performance features that help it achieve up to an EPA-estimated 54 mpg highway.

And to keep your mind at ease, the Prius offers a slew of safety technologies, including the Toyota Safety Sense P. This active safety package adds advanced amenities like the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection to help teen drivers pay more attention to their surroundings and avoid accidents.

Nissan Rogue

Like the vehicles listed above, the Nissan Rogue will appeal to both new teen drivers and their parents. Teens will love the Rogue for its selection of advanced convenience and entertainment technologies. They’ll also love it because of its spacious interior perfect for carpooling and hauling around their college gear on move in day.

Parents of new teen drivers will like the Rogue for its capabilities and dependability. It features the available Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system as well as standard performance stability features to ensure teens maintain control and safety when traveling through adverse road conditions. Parents will also love the fact that it’s fuel efficient and includes safety technologies like Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Moving Object Detection.

Check out the Strutmasters blog for more industry tips and information.

How Does Electronic Suspension Work?

Electronic suspensions are the most advanced suspension systems available. In the simplest terms, electronic suspensions adjust the feel of the suspension and your vehicle’s ride height to cater to changing road conditions with ease. But how exactly do they work?

Read on to find out.

Basics of Electronic Suspensions

Electronic suspension is essentially a computer-controlled system that can adjust the ride characteristics and performance of your vehicle. Unlike air suspensions, an electronic suspension modifies the shocks and/or struts electronically to ensure a smooth ride. Some electronic suspensions are also designed to automatically adapt to changing road conditions for improved handling in all sorts of terrain.

How Do Electronic Suspensions Work?

There are two types of electronic suspensions: adaptive and active. Each one works in a different way to improve performance.

Adaptive Electronic Suspensions

An adaptive electronic suspension is responsible for controlling the shock absorbers and their dampening performance. Simply put, they adjust the shocks as needed to deliver a smooth driving experience.

Adaptive suspensions can adjust the shocks using a solenoid and valve that’s placed on the strut. The solenoid connects to a computer in the system and monitors the road conditions. When stiffness and overall suspension performance need to be adjusted, the solenoid communicates this information to the system. Then it will activate the valves to open and close as needed to regulate the amount of hydraulic fluid going into the shocks.

An adaptive suspension may also use a magneto damper, or a damper filled with fluid that contains metal particles. An electromagnet controls these little pieces of metal to adjust the pressure and stiffness in each damper.

Active Electronic Suspensions

An active electronic suspension changes the ride height for your vehicle to improve performance and towing capabilities. This type of electronic suspension uses hydraulics or electromagnets to operate.

Active suspensions that adjust hydraulically use sensors to monitor the vehicle’s movement and ride height. When performance or ride height needs to be regulated, the system activates a hydraulic pump that pressurizes the liquid in the shocks. This will configure the stiffness of the suspension as well as the height of the vehicle to your specific preferences.

Electromagnetically controlled active suspensions work similarly to hydraulically controlled systems. The only difference is that these systems use electromagnet motors instead of pumps to adjust a car’s ride height. This type of active electronic suspension is known to respond faster and use less power than hydraulics.

Which Type of Electronic Suspension is Right for You?

Both types of electronic suspensions can improve performance but in different ways. If you’re looking for something to enhance your driving experience during your commutes, consider an adaptive electronic suspension. Its ability to monitor the road and automatically adjust the stiffness of the shocks will allow you to experience a smooth ride in most road conditions.

Those looking to adjust vehicle height for towing or performance purposes should consider installing an active electronic suspension kit. These allow you to raise or lower your vehicle will help you tow more and ensure a smooth ride.

But regardless of which type of electronic suspension you choose, you’re sure to get a great performance.

To learn more about electronic suspensions for your vehicle, contact Strutmasters online now.

Top 10: 2003-2004 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator 4-Wheel Air Suspension Conversion Kit

Number 7: 2003-2004 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator 4-Wheel Air Suspension Conversion Kit With Module

As we move onto number seven on our top ten conversion kits list, we must note that this kit is constantly moving back and forth to the number one spot. While it is an accomplishment in its own right to even appear on this list at all, number seven just doesn’t seem to do this kit any justice. Honestly, it could be the fact that this has been one of our top selling kits for so long (ever since we first invented it), that the sheer number of these vehicles that are out on the road without our product on it is slim. We’re pretty sure we’ve sold one of these kits to just about everyone who have one of these SUV’s.

Known to us as the FX24FM, this conversion kit comes to you with (4) completely custom-built Strutmasters passive gas and hydraulic fluid struts preassembled with Eibach coil springs, dust boots and upper mounts, and a custom-designed module. The module is designed to eliminate any unwanted lights or messages that may appear on your dash when removing OEM electronic suspension components from the vehicle. While it is perfectly fine to purchase and install the kit without the module, more customers have purchased the kit with the module than without it. The variable-rate Eibach coil springs pick your SUV off the ground, keep you riding level, and give you the reliability you need when towing or hauling. No more going outside in the morning to find your SUV down on the ground, this kit will keep your vehicle level!

This kit fits the following SUV’s (click on yours to go to our vehicle-specific page!):

Top 10: 2000-2006 Mercedes S Class Sedan 4 Wheel Air Or Hydraulic Suspension Conversion Kit

Number 8: 2000-2006 Mercedes S Class Sedan 4 Wheel Air Or Hydraulic Suspension Conversion Kit With Light Fix

Now onto number 8 on our top ten conversion kits list, introducing our 2000-2006 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan four-wheel air or hydraulic suspension conversion kit with light fix. This kit has become increasingly popular since we recently lowered the price from $1,599 to $1,099 (for a limited time only)! So save yourself $500 by ordering today!

Known to us as the MS14FM, this conversion kit comes to you with (4) completely custom-built Strutmasters passive gas and hydraulic fluid struts preassembled with Eibach coil springs, dust boots and upper mounts, and a custom-designed module. The module is designed to eliminate any unwanted lights or messages that may appear on your dash when removing OEM electronic suspension components from the vehicle. While it is perfectly fine to purchase and install the kit without the module, more customers have purchased the kit with the module than without it. The variable-rate Eibach coil springs picks your S-Class off the ground, and keeps it moving level. The properties of these particular springs also allow drivers to experience the same handling when cornering as with their original suspension system from Mercedes. This is true for both S-Class sedans that had the air suspension as well as S-Class sedans that had the hydraulic suspension system (also known as the Active Body Control, or ABC, system).

For S-Class owners with the hydraulic suspension system, we have good news….you get to keep and reuse your hydraulic steering pump and reservoir! Let us explain. The S-Class models that came with the ABC system have a hydraulic reservoir and steering pump that is utilized for both power-steering as well as the hydraulic suspension system. Strutmasters gives the owners instructions and tools on plugging the ABC system so that it is not necessary to replace the hydraulic pump or reservoir when installing the conversion kit. Even though our conversion kit is straight forward, the accessibility to the rear strut upper mounts and ABC systems are a little complex, and for that reason we recommend customers take these to a certified mechanic for installation. Don’t have a mechanic or not sure which local shops have experience with our conversion kits? Don’t sweat it…just order this particular kit over the phone by dialing 1-866-597-2397. Speak with one of our Sales Reps and simply ask them “What are the names, locations and phone numbers of experienced mechanics in my area who are familiar with our product?” and our Sales Reps will be able to give you the information you need to make an informative decision on whom you would like to install our kit for you! This kit fits the following S-Class Sedans (click on yours to go to our vehicle-specific page!):

Top 10: 1998-2007 Lexus LX 470 4 Wheel Hydraulic Suspension Conversion Kit

Number 9: 1998-2007 Lexus LX 470 4 Wheel Hydraulic Suspension Conversion Kit

Now let’s visit number 9 on our top ten conversion kits list. Introducing our 1998-2007 Lexus LX 470 four-wheel hydraulic suspension conversion kit.

Known to us as the TF14F, this conversion kit comes to you with (2) passive gas and hydraulic fluid Gabriel shocks for the front, (2) Eibach coil springs and (2) passive gas and hydraulic fluid Gabriel shocks for the rear. Now, some of you may be wondering “What’s the difference between these shocks and my old failing shocks? Weren’t they hydraulic too?” The hydraulic shocks that Lexus installs on these vehicles are electronically controlled. There are a lot of components tied into this original active hydraulic system. The original active hydraulic shocks that were featured on this generation of the LX 470 are designed to work in conjunction with a low torsion-bar setting and weak coil springs in order to help hold the vehicle up as well as provide dampening. In other words, the active hydraulic shocks control both dampening as well as the ride height. This is a major flaw on an engineering level as shocks should only function as dampening devices while the coil springs and torsion bar should hold the vehicle off of the ground. This causes extra stress on the shocks and ultimately causes them to fail. When joined with our rear Eibach variable-rate coil springs and instructions for re-clocking of the front torsion bar, our passive gas and hydraulic Gabriel shocks will be able to provide the dampening you want out of a Lexus without fear of failing shocks and expensive hydraulic systems.

Checkout all of the money you will be saving when you purchase this kit versus trying to maintain that costly hydraulic system:

Top 10: 2007-2013 GM Full Size SUV 4 Wheel Air Suspension Conversion Kit

Number 10: 2007-2013 GM Full Size SUV 4 Wheel Air Suspension Conversion Kit With Light Fix Module

Today, we here at Strutmasters are going to start showing you guys our top-selling conversion kits. These conversion kits are the current driving force here at Strutmasters. These kits are our bread and butter, and get the most attention from our customers and from us. So let’s start with the conversion kit on our Number 10 Spot today, introducing our 2007-2013 GM full-size SUV four-wheel air suspension conversion kit with light-fix module.

Known to us as the GC24FM, this beast of a kit comes to you with (2) Monroe struts completely preassembled with upper mounts, dust boots, and Pontotoc coil springs for the front, (2) Eibach coil springs and (2) Gabriel shocks for the rear, and our own custom-made module. The front coilover struts replace those expensive front electronic struts and keep the front of the vehicle at the correct ride-height while simultaneously providing exceptional dampening. The rear Eibach variable-rate coil springs hold the rear of the vehicle level (even when towing or hauling) while allowing the rear gas and hydraulic shocks to provide outstanding comfort and handling. The module is a quick and easy solution to deleting any sort of air suspension message that may appear on the dash as you are removing the active suspension components. While your GM SUV will certainly function without the purchase of the module, our customers prefer not to have a suspension warning message, which, in turn, can make navigating the instrument cluster easier.

Save Money By Converting Your Air Suspension

Checkout all of the money you will be saving when you purchase this kit versus trying to maintain that costly air system:

The GC24FM fits the following SUV’s (Click on yours to visit your vehicle-specific page!):