Maintenance and Repairs

RAM 1500 Suspension Problems? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

You can fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems for cheaper than you think.

Has your RAM been having some suspension issues recently? Is your ride feeling a little bouncier than it once did? Hearing a noisy air compressor or one that’s running way too long? Your car’s suspension isn’t just about comfort. It’s a safety issue, too. A broken air suspension puts you and every other driver on the road at risk. You should fix your RAM suspension problems rather than ignore them.  Oh, and if you are like most and still searching for “Dodge RAM” it will interest you to know that Dodge RAM hasn’t been used since 2010!  Now the vehicle is simply referred to as a RAM.  Anyway, back to the article.

Before running off to the dealership, let’s take a look at how you can check your truck for a bad suspension. Then, we’ll take a look at what options you have for fixing it.


How To Check Your Truck For Suspension Problems


There are a few telltale signs of a bad air suspension. If your RAM is leaning to one side or sagging in the rear, you can skip this step. You are having Dodge RAM 1500 factory air suspension problems that you should fix. The same goes if you’ve noticed your truck doing the dreaded “nosedive.” That’s when you come to a stop and the rear of your RAM lifts up while the front end goes down. This is a surefire sign of suspension damage.

However, sometimes it’s not as obvious. You might just notice that something feels off. Maybe you’re feeling potholes and divots in the road more than you used to. Or you know your brakes are fine but your car’s taking longer to stop than before. That’s when you should perform the “bounce test” to check your suspension.

Walk to each corner of your vehicle and push down as hard as you can. Watch as it comes back up. If it springs back up into place quickly, that corner is fine. On the other hand, if it bounces up and down or takes a long time to come up, you’ve got a bad suspension. If that’s the case, it’s time to start thinking about repairs.


Why You’re Having Suspension Issues With Your RAM


Fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems forever by ditching your air suspension.
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There are two likely reasons why your RAM 1500 might be having suspension problems. Neither of them has anything to do with how you drive.

The first reason why is probably also probably one of the reasons why you bought the truck in the first place. The RAM is an absolute beast. Weighing in at well over 4500 pounds, your RAM puts a lot of stress on its suspension. As you put more miles on the car, many parts–including your suspension–will simply start to degrade.

The second reason, however, is where your RAM air suspension problems really get serious. Your truck came equipped with an air suspension. In its early days, this suspension did a wonderful job of holding up all that weight. You probably enjoyed the smooth ride that air suspension provided.

But here’s the problem with air suspensions: they just break down eventually. That smooth ride is made possible by a huge network of interconnected moving parts and electronics. Each individual component is a chance for something to go wrong. And because these parts all work together, one part going bad can have a chain reaction across the entire system.

What all this means is that when it comes to air suspensions, a breakdown is inevitable.


Your Choices To Fix Your Dodge RAM Suspension Problems


That’s the bad news. The good news is that you have a number of ways to fix your Dodge RAM suspension problems. If you take your car to the dealership, they will likely quote you a repair based on replacing worn-out components with new ones from the manufacturer. This is your most expensive option. These components are very expensive when they come from the manufacturer.

Another option is to replace your worn-out air suspension parts with third-party manufacturer parts. This will certainly save you some money over the dealership. However, it’s still pretty expensive. Something like the air compressor can set you back hundreds of dollars alone.

Plus, the biggest problem still remains: air suspension parts are going to wear out. Whether it’s flexible rubber airbags that can crack and rot, or ride height sensors that simply just wear down over time, these parts just don’t last.

If you replace your old air suspension parts with new air suspension parts, you can also bet that your repairs aren’t over. In fact, they’re probably just beginning. Once one part wears out you can be sure that others are on the way. It can be hard to fork out big money at the auto repair shop knowing you’ll probably be back soon.


A Better Way To Repair Your Suspension


Your air suspension headaches don’t have to go on forever. In fact, you can end your RAM 1500 suspension problems once and for all for much cheaper than you’d think.

Rather than pay big bucks to fight with your air suspension for the rest of your RAM’s life, why not just get rid of the air suspension entirely? You can ditch that troublesome old air suspension in favor of a robust, long-lasting mechanical suspension. Not only that, you can do it for a fraction of what it would cost you to replace your air suspension components. Here’s how.

Strutmasters has designed a suspension replacement kit just for your RAM 1500. Rather than flimsy rubber airbags, this kit sits your car on sturdy cold-wound steel springs. Each spring and strut has been perfectly tuned and rated for your truck, eliminating the need for computers and sensors. This kit also features a module that can turn off your suspension warning light.

You’ll still get a smooth, enjoyable ride that’s comparable to your old air suspension, but for a fraction of the cost. You can replace all four wheels of your RAM’s suspension for just $1,199. That’s cheaper than it would cost you to replace just one of the air springs at the dealer.


Even better? These kits are designed to be a breeze to install. You can do it at home with just a few simple tools and one hour per wheel. Not that handy? You’ll still save big on labor costs at the repair shop.


Ready To End Your RAM 1500 Suspension Issues Forever?


How does the idea of never having to worry about your suspension ever again sound? When you’re ready to say goodbye to that broken air suspension, we’ll be here. You can purchase your kit online if you know the make and model of your vehicle. Want to make extra sure you’re getting what you need? Just use our online chat feature or call to speak to one of our Suspension Experts. They’ll make sure you’re getting the right kit for you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

How To (Safely) Drive In The Snow: A Guide

Learn how to drive in the snow so you can get home safe.

Without a doubt, the best way to avoid ending up in a ditch after it snows is to avoid driving at all. But sometimes, that’s just not possible. If you have to drive in the snow, make sure you do it safely.

We’ve compiled this list of tips to help you get home safely this winter.

1. Check Your Tires.

Learning to check your tires is one important part of how to drive safely in snow.
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Before you jump in the driver’s seat, do a quick inspection of your car’s tires. Do they have ample tread? Because you’re going to need it. A quick way to gauge whether your tires are fit for the road is to use the “penny test.” Find a penny and stick it head-side down into the tread. If you can see the top of Honest Abe’s head, your tires will not be safe to drive on in the snow.

2. Easy Does It.

When you drive in the snow, it’s important to turn, brake, and accelerate gently. Since you don’t have the usual traction you’re used to, aggressive moves can easily lead to a slide. Give yourself extra time and extra space to make turns, stop, and speed up.

3. Check Your Brake Technique.

Even if you learn how to drive in the snow, you can still run into trouble on the road.
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Unfortunately, there are still a few myths about how you should brake when you drive in ice and snow. You may have heard that you should tap the brakes repeatedly to keep the brakes from “locking up.” This may have been true 30 years ago. However, modern anti-lock brakes do this for you–and much better than you can do it on your own.

Rather than tapping your brakes, apply consistent heavy pressure as you approach a stop. You may feel a grinding or vibrating sensation as your car tries to stop. That’s a sign your ABS system is working. Make sure you don’t stop steering while braking, either.

4. Constantly Check Road Conditions.

Road hazards are much easier to deal with when you can see them coming. In wintry weather, make sure to look further down the road than you would on a clear day. Check the road surface for patches of ice. This will allow you to give yourself time to avoid hazards or slow down before going through them.

5. Don’t Panic When You Skid.

If you drive in the snow often, a skid is almost inevitable. When that skid eventually does come, it can be a terrifying moment. You’ll lose control of your car temporarily. However, you must do your best not to panic. Most skids are over very quickly. You can manage them–even the longer ones.

Do your best to recognize where the skid is coming from. If it’s a front-wheel skid, you don’t need to do much. Just maintain control of the steering wheel and take your foot off of the gas. The car should regain traction momentarily. If it’s the rear wheels that are skidding, you need to do a little more.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but you want to turn the wheel in the direction that the rear of the car is skidding. So, if the rear wheels of your car are skidding out to the right, firmly turn the steering wheel to the right while you step off of the gas. Do not touch the brakes. Once the rear wheels regain traction, steer as normal.

6. Give Extra Following Distance.

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It takes much longer for your car to stop when you drive on snow and ice. Sometimes, you might not even stop at all. Be prepared for a long, slow stop by giving an extra few car lengths between you and the driver in front of you. You might need them. In addition, it’s more likely there will be road hazards such as fallen branches or patches of ice during wintry weather. This can mean that other drivers need to stop suddenly. Be prepared.

7. Don’t Get Too Confident In Your AWD Vehicle

The difference between all-wheel drive vehicles and front or rear-wheel drive vehicles in the snow is night and day. However, even AWD can’t save you from every snow and ice situation. Don’t let a competent vehicle turn you into an overconfident driver. Even with AWD, you should still drive carefully and gently in the snow.

The Takeaway

Driving in wintry weather can be dangerous. But when you use caution and make sure your car is in good shape for the weather, you can drive safely in the snow. Be careful, use common sense, and don’t panic.

Stay tuned to the Strutmasters Blog for more helpful tips and advice.




Give your Kawasaki Vulcan the ultimate touring upgrade in 2020

Kawasaki Vulcan Upgrade

Your Kawasaki Vulcan is a true friend of the road. With plenty of power and a comfortable stance, Kawasaki’s V-Twin cruiser is a great bike for people who just love to get out and ride.

However, did you know that your Vulcan can get more comfortable and more rider-friendly? And did you know that you can do that with just one modification?

There are many reasons to add an air suspension kit to your Kawasaki Vulcan. Doing so can make it the ultimate touring bike.

Let’s take a look at the ways an air suspension can dramatically improve your Kawasaki Vulcan.


Make your Kawasaki Vulcan more comfortable


You may have experience with air suspensions in cars. Air suspensions are active suspensions that respond immediately to changes in the road.

What you get is a smooth, easy ride that’s more comfortable for the driver.

Air suspensions in motorcycles do the same thing. Rather than metal springs, an air suspension uses compressed air to achieve a precise pressure for dampening.

The EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension is an active suspension system that will make your Vulcan feel dream-like and keep you on the road for longer stretches.


Get better performance for your Vulcan


If you’re the type of rider that loves to put a lot of miles on your Vulcan, you know how much road conditions can vary. How useful would it be to be able to adjust your motorcycle to those changes?

Adding an EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension to your Vulcan allows you to do just that.

With this air suspension, you have full control over the stiffness of your air springs. That means you can adjust it to your personal preference or for different driving situations.

For example, if you’re hitting some twisty mountain roads, you can stiffen up the suspension to allow for sportier handling. If you’ve got a long stretch of straight highway in front of you, you can soften it up for better cruising.

Being able to adjust the stiffness of your suspension doesn’t just make your Vulcan more comfortable. By adapting to the road, you can save other components some wear and tear.


Get that lowrider look the EZ way


Even if you don’t need the extra functionality of an air suspension, it’s still the best way to drop your Vulcan down and achieve that lowrider look.

In the past, riders have been forced to make difficult and permanent modifications to their Vulcan in order to drop it down. This usually resulted in a bike that was less functional than before.

A quality air suspension such as this EZ Rider kit lets you drop your bike down on command. The Ultimate version of this kit lets you do that with just the touch of a button.

Rather than being tied to one height, the EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension allows you to adjust your bike to a specific height. Just how much you want to lower it is up to you.

In addition, you’ll have a choice when and where you want to lower it. When it’s the right time to slide by sitting low, you can do that in seconds. When it’s time to get back to serious riding, you can lift it back up quickly and easily.


EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension: the ultimate upgrade


While the Kawasaki Vulcan is already a great (some might say underrated) cruising bike, adding an air suspension will make it even better.

Increased comfort, better performance and adjustable lowering are just a few of the reasons to convert your Kawasaki Vulcan over to an air suspension.

You might think that adding all this functionality to your bike would be very expensive. However, Strutmasters is offering these high-quality air suspension kits for as little as $199 for the basic package and $599 for the ultimate package.

That’s small money for a big upgrade.

Order online now or call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 715-6013 to make sure you get the best possible upgrade for your Kawasaki Vulcan!

The best fix for GMC Yukon suspension issues (is cheaper than you think)

GMC Yukon Suspension Issues

The GMC Yukon is one of the most popular full-size SUVs of all time. It’s not hard to see why.

The Yukon is perhaps the ultimate American full-size SUV. It balances rugged functionality with just the right amount of luxury.

Part of that luxurious trim is an active load-leveling air suspension.

When the GMC Yukon air suspension works, it provides a smooth, cloud-like ride. However, as that air suspension ages, it starts to wear down.

As it turns out, GMC Yukon suspension issues are a common problem for owners. Even if you haven’t yet had problems with yours, it’s worth looking for the warning signs.


How to tell if your GMC Yukon Suspension is worn out


The Yukon is outfitted with a suspension warning system. This system displays a suspension warning light when it detects a problem.

However, there are several ways to tell if you are experiencing air suspension issues before the warning light comes on.

One surefire sign of suspension failure is if your Yukon does a “nose dive” when coming to a stop. This is when the front of the car dips down and the rear of the car lifts up.

Another telltale sign of a suspension issue is if your compressor is running loudly. It should be barely audible. Also, if you hear the compressor running for longer than a few seconds, it is likely your Yukon has a suspension problem.

You can also perform the “bounce test” to see if your Yukon has a suspension issue.

Walk around to each corner of the vehicle and push down. If the corner springs back up and settles immediately, that wheel is fine. If it bounces up and down or takes a long time to come back up, you probably have suspension failure at that wheel.


GMC Yukon air suspensions: expensive to repair or replace


So you’ve identified that your GMC Yukon has suspension issues. What’s next?

If you’ve taken it to the dealership, you already know that replacing or repairing your air suspension is very expensive.

Air suspensions are made up of many moving and electronic parts. These parts are highly specialized and need to be very precise to work. In addition, they all must be working properly for the system to work as a whole.

For example, rear air struts are the most likely to fail in the GMC Yukon. Just one rear air strut costs almost $400. And once one of them fails, the others are right behind it.

Other components, such as the ride height sensors, are also prone to wearing out and needing replacement as well.

Since you’d be replacing your worn out air suspension components with other components that are also guaranteed to wear out at some point, it seems like a lot of money.

But there is another way.


Convert your GMC Yukon to non-air suspension to save time and money


You don’t have to live with that air suspension headache. Instead, you can ditch that air suspension entirely and convert to sturdy, dependable coilover struts.

Rather than a complex web of interconnected electronic components, this conversion kit from Strutmasters uses good old mechanical resistance to hold your vehicle up. All 5,500 pounds of it.

Made with high-quality cold-wound steel, these new struts are specially tuned by our engineers to fit your GMC Yukon perfectly. Thanks to Strutmasters’ Glide-Ride Technology, your new ride will feel comparable to your old air suspension.

These GMC Yukon air to non-air conversion kits are designed to save you money. You can convert your entire vehicle for just $549.

They are also remarkably simple to install. That means fewer expensive labor hours at the shop.

A handy DIYer might even want to install the new suspension at home. The job can be completed with just a few common tools, a sturdy jack and about one hour per wheel.

Best of all, Strutmasters is so confident in the quality of this Made-in-the-USA suspension replacement kit, each kit comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. That means that in most circumstances, as long as you’re still driving your GMC Yukon, your struts are guaranteed to work or we’ll replace them.


Why wait?


This GMC Yukon air to non-air suspension conversion kit is one of our most popular items. Join the many who have already made the switch!

Order online or better yet, call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 669-9456. They’ll help you make sure you get exactly what you need for your GMC Yukon.

How to fix your Mercedes-Benz GL450 suspension problems the right way

Mercedes-Benz GL450 Suspension Problems

Are you having trouble with your Mercedes-Benz GL450 air suspension? You are not alone. Unfortunately, air suspension issues are quite common with this full-size SUV.

The air suspension in your GL450 gave the German luxury vehicle a smooth, cloud-like ride when it was new. However, after some years on the road, it has started to show signs of aging.

Owners may notice these problems in different ways. Some might see evidence of suspension failure from the outside. One common example is the car sagging low in the rear. You might also find your GL450 leaning to one side.

Sometimes owners can hear the evidence. If the compressor is running too loud or too long, it’s a sign that it’s working too hard. This would indicate a suspension fault somewhere in the system.

You might also feel that difference. A car driving on bad struts will take much longer to stop. When it does, it often dips forward with the back popping up, looking like it is crouching. This is referred to as a “nose dive.”

Mercedes also included a suspension warning light that will illuminate when there is a problem. However, this might come later than some of the physical symptoms.

If you are noticing any of these symptoms in your Mercedes-Benz GL450, it is time to have your suspension serviced. However, there is a lot to consider before making any big financial decisions about these repairs.


Repairing your Mercedes-Benz GL450 air suspension


If your suspension problems took you to the dealership, they likely recommended replacing the busted components with new air suspension components. A repair quote that made you do a double take probably accompanied that recommendation.

The reality is that air suspensions are highly complex and therefore expensive systems. They rely on a web of interconnected parts working together in order to function properly.

Your Mercedes-Benz GL450 has ride height sensors at each wheel. These sensors send a signal to the control module, letting it know how much the air bags need to be inflated or deflated.

Then, the control module sends this information to the compressor. The compressor pushes air into the airbags. These rubber sacks are what suspends your car off of its wheels.

Each one of these components is highly specialized. As you may have noticed, many of them are moving parts, electronic parts, or parts made with flexible materials. These are all prone to failure.

As you can guess, these are all expensive parts to replace. Not only that, they are very labor-intensive and complicated to install.


Other options for your Mercedes-Benz GL450


This might sound pretty intimidating. However, you do have other choices for your Mercedes.

This kit from Strutmasters allows you to do away with that troubled air suspension forever. You can ditch it and kiss all those recurring suspension problems goodbye.

Instead of a mess of electronics and tiny moving components, these traditional coilover suspensions use mechanical resistance to hold your car up.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, these durable coilover struts are a fantastic alternative to those unreliable air suspensions. At just under $950, you will save literally thousands of dollars versus replacing your suspension with OEM or third-party air suspension parts.

Strutmasters suspension conversion kits are designed to be very simple. So simple, in fact, that the average DIYer can do the installation at home with common tools. No computers, no sensors, no airbags–just stainless steel and a few high-grade rubber bump stops.

Even if you don’t install them at home, the ease of installation translates directly to a lower shop bill at your mechanic.

But the financial benefits don’t stop there. Each Strutmasters air-to-spring conversion kit for your Mercedes-Benz GL450 comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. That means as long as your Mercedes is on the road, Strutmasters guarantees your new struts.


Ready to make the switch?


If your Mercedes-Benz GL450 is experiencing suspension failure, converting to a coilover system is the logical choice. Not only will you save money, you’ll never have to deal with the endless repairs of an air suspension again.

Check out the suspension kit in action in this ride-along video!

Buy this robust four-wheel suspension kit online, or call our Suspension Experts at (866) 546-4761. They’ll ensure you’re taken care of down to every last detail.Don’t wait any longer! Get back to enjoying your Mercedes-Benz GL450 today!

Monotube vs. twin tube shocks – Which should you trust with your vehicle?

Monotube Vs Twin Tube Shocks

When it comes to replacing the shocks on your vehicle, you have a number of different choices. Even when you break it down to only passive struts, you have two primary options: Mono-tube and twin-tube shocks.

There are major differences between the two technologies. But first, let’s identify what mono-tube and twin-tube shocks are.


What are mono-tube shocks?


In a mono-tube (also spelled monotube) shock absorber, all of the components are contained within one cylinder.

This cylinder contains oil, pressurized gas, and a piston valve. It utilizes a free piston to separate the oil chamber from the gas chamber within the case.


What are twin-tube shocks?


A twin-tube shock absorber, as the name suggests, features two cylinders. One cylinder sits inside the shell case. The second cylinder holds the piston valve which moves vertically. It is known as the “inner cylinder.”

In this twin-tube setup, there is no actual barrier between the gas and oil chambers.

Illustrated difference in the design of monotube and twin/dual tube shocks.


How do monotube and twin-tube shocks compare?


First, let’s establish some similarities. Both of these shocks can be very high-quality products made by reputable manufacturers. On the flipside, both of these can also be produced by fly-by-night companies looking to make a quick buck.

Both mono-tube and twin-tube shocks perform the job of dampening your ride. They are also a vital part of your handling and braking systems. In short, they are extremely important to the safe functioning of your vehicle.

But where do they differ?


Ride quality differences


For most people, the primary concern when looking at new shocks is ride quality. This is a factor of how well the shocks dampen the ride as it travels over bumps and dips in road surfaces.

In the twin-tube design, fluid flows from the inner chamber to the outer chamber through valves which also do the dampening.

Unfortunately, in very intense shock situations such as a pothole, the fluid in the chamber can start foaming. This will lead to a dramatic decrease in ride quality.

However, in a single chamber design, the gas and fluid never mix. This is due to the free-floating piston.

This means that there will be no foaming and as a result, much more reliable ride quality.


Differences in responsiveness: Monotube vs. twin tube shock absorbers


The importance of your shocks can not be overstated. Your suspension system is what connects your car to its wheels. That means it is an indispensable part of your braking and handling systems.

This is where responsiveness comes into play.

Ideally, your shocks will adjust quickly to whatever terrain you are traveling over without losing efficiency. They should stiffen when encountering rough terrain or a racing situation. The shocks should be much smoother when traveling on even road surfaces.

Twin tube setups feature several independently-working valves. In contrast, monotube shocks function as one unit due to their single-valve assembly. This design distributes pressure over the entire circumference of the shock evenly.

In addition, the single-tube design also allows for a larger piston. This provides extra strength to the shock absorber.


Ease of installation


When considering which shocks to buy, cost certainly becomes a factor. However, it is not only the cost of the product you must consider, but the cost of installing it as well.

As you can probably guess from the name, twin-tube shocks are more complex than their monotube counterparts. With more components in the mix, twin-tube shocks are much more difficult to install.

The single valve design of monotube shocks means that they are “simple on the inside, simple on the outside.”

Their relative simplicity means an easier installation. In fact, most of these monotube shocks are designed with the DIYer in mind. If engineered properly, they should be very simple to install at home.

Even if you choose to take that job to your mechanic, they will spend considerably less time under the hood with monotubes than they would with twin tubes. The result is more savings.

Monotube shocks: clearly the better choice


The factors listed above aren’t even the whole story. There are issues like aeration, ride stability and fading that also differ between the two. Click here to read a more in-depth look at these issues.

When you consider all of the advantages, it becomes clear that monotube shocks are clearly the better solution. This is why Strutmasters has chosen to outfit each kit with mono-tube shock absorbers.

It is true that they are slightly more expensive than twin-tube shocks. However, once you consider the lower cost of installation, less maintenance, and a lower rate of failure, the long-term cost is much lower.

It is important to be able to trust the quality of the shocks you buy and install. That’s why Strutmasters offers a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on the build quality of its shock absorbers. As long as your vehicle is on the road, your shocks are guaranteed.

Once you are ready to replace your suspension with durable, high-quality monotube shocks, search for your model on our website. Better yet, give one of our Suspension Experts a call at (866) 715-6013 and let them sort it out for you.

Say goodbye to faulty suspensions and hello to peace-of-mind.

How to fix your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 suspension issues once and for all

Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Suspension Issues

Are you one of the many people experiencing suspension issues with your Mercedes-Benz SL 500? If you’re reading this article, you probably are.

First of all, know that you are not alone. Suspension problems with the Mercedes-Benz SL 500 are quite common and well-documented.

Second, you may have heard from your dealership or mechanic that repairing or replacing the hydraulic suspension on your SL 500 is a difficult and expensive fix.

While that is certainly true, it’s not the entire story. There is another, better solution for your Mercedes-Benz SL 500.

Before that, however, it’s important to understand where the SL 500 hydraulic suspension problems come from.


Why your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 hydraulic suspension fails


Mercedes-Benz’s brand name for the hydraulic suspension system in your SL 500 is the Active Body Control. As the name suggests, it is an active suspension.

As opposed to traditional coilover suspensions which use mechanical resistance to dampen the vehicle, active suspensions use computers to “read” the road and actively dampen the ride. This results in a smooth, steady ride.

In order to work properly, active suspensions feature a number of components that must function in unison. This complex web of moving parts, computer-controlled components, and flexible pieces is highly sensitive.

Compared to a passive suspension like a coilover suspension, they are also quite fragile. In fact, your SL 500 hydraulic suspension wearing out is pretty much a matter of when, rather than if.

So, it should come as no surprise to you that these suspensions giving out is a very common problem.


Why fixing your SL 500 hydraulic suspension problems is so expensive


Here’s the good news; your mechanic isn’t lying.

Fixing the suspension issues on your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is expensive. That quote your mechanic handed you might seem extreme, but that’s what fixing an active suspension costs.

The reason they are so expensive to fix or replace is the same reason they break: they are made up of highly-specialized components which must be delicate and/or sensitive to work properly.

The complexity of the system also means it’s more difficult to service. As a result, you’re going to have to spend a lot on labor fees in addition to the already expensive components.

What does this mean for you? It means that if you want to keep your SL 500 hydraulic suspension running properly, you’re going to have to part with some serious cash.

However, there is relief for SL 500 owners like you.


An alternative for your Mercedes


Here’s something they probably won’t tell you: you don’t need an active suspension for your Mercedes-Benz SL 500.

Sure, it was lovely when it was new. It’s hard to argue with the smooth ride and handling offered up by active suspensions. However, once that dies out, no matter how much you spend it will never be the same.

Thankfully, you do have a choice.

Strutmasters now carries a full conversion kit that allows you to ditch that troubled hydraulic suspension. Instead, you can install a brand-new coilover suspension.

As we mentioned earlier, the classic coilover suspension uses mechanical resistance to dampen the ride. Simple physics, rather than a complicated web of computers, pumps and sensors, do the important job of keeping your car at the proper ride height.


Advantages of converting to coils


Right away the biggest difference you’ll notice is the price. If you’ve already gotten a quote back from your mechanic, you know how expensive replacement hydraulic struts are.

So you may be surprised to learn that this entire conversion kit for all four wheels, including a module to fix your suspension warning light, costs less than just one hydraulic strut. If you replaced the entire suspension, this kit saves you over $7,000 just on the pump and struts alone!

Even better, these kits are simple enough that most people choose to do the installation at home. If you have a sturdy jack and basic hand tools, it should take you less than one hour per wheel to do the installation. Each package comes with detailed instructions and there are corresponding videos available for free online to help guide you.

If that wasn’t enough, these kits are backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Strutmasters guarantees the build quality of each kit for as long as your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is on the road.

If nothing else, this should seem like sweet relief compared to the constant worry and headache of your active suspension.


Ready to convert? Click or call


If you’re tired of the hydraulic suspension problems with your Mercedes-Benz SL 500, it’s time to make the switch.

Order your kit online or call our Suspension Experts at (866) 317-1579. They’ll be happy to walk you through your order and make sure you get exactly what you need.

Range Rover owners: This is the best solution to your suspension issues

range rover suspension problems

While there are many competent luxury SUVs on the market, only a Range Rover is fit for an actual queen.

The legendary vehicle has been a symbol of class and luxury for four decades. The English vehicle is known for its unique combination of off-road capability and executive level trim. Therefore, performance and comfort are two of the main reasons behind any Range Rover purchase.

Part of that luxury appeal is due to Range Rover’s use of an active air suspension. This suspension employees a host of moving parts, electronics and an on-board computer to adapt to changes in the road. The result is a smooth, comfortable ride.

However, not all is roses with the Range Rover air suspension. Like all air suspensions, the one used in your Range Rover is very susceptible to breaking down or even failing completely.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might be having Range Rover suspension issues, and how you can fix them without breaking the bank.


How to tell if your Range Rover has suspension problems


If you are experiencing Range Rover suspension issues, you are not alone. All air suspensions have a limited lifespan.

Some of the most common suspension problems that range rover owners experience can be easily identified.

Even before a suspension warning light comes on, many owners may come outside to see their vehicle sagging in the rear. others might notice that it is only one corner of their vehicle that is sagging down.

Another telltale sign of Range Rover suspension failure is a noisy compressor, or one that runs for too long.

Even if the signs aren’t readily apparent, it is a good idea to check your high mileage range rover for suspension issues occasionally. The easiest way to do this is to use the “bounce test.”

To do this, simply walk to each corner of your car and push down hard. If the car springs back up and settles immediately, that corner of the car is fine. If instead that corner of the car takes a wild to pop back up or bounces once it does, you likely have a problem at that corner.

These are just a couple ways to tell whether your Range Rover is having suspension problems. Check out our extensive guide on how to check for suspension problems here.


Common Range Rover suspension issues

The most common problem experienced by range rover owners is a leaky or completely busted airbag. In an air suspension system, compressed air housed in rubber airbags support the weight of the car.

This rubber needs to be soft and flexible in order to expand and contract properly. That means it is very susceptible to dry rot or punctures.

Another common suspension issue for Range Rovers is a worn out ride height sensor. These sensors are located at each wheel and are constantly moving up and down to determine how much air is needed to inflate or deflate the system. Like all moving parts these will wear out eventually.

Other common suspension problems include a worn out compressor, punctured or torn airlines, or a dysfunctional control module.

The big problem is that once one of these components wears out, the other components will overwork to compensate. This leads to an increased rate of deterioration and eventual failure of the whole system.


How to fix your Range Rover suspension problems


If you take your vehicle to the dealership, they will likely recommend that you replace the faulty components with more air suspension components. This will preserve your air ride.

However, as we pointed out earlier air suspension failure is not a matter of if but when. That means that unless you replace all of the components in your air suspension system, you will be looking at an endless stream of repairs for the rest of the vehicle’s life.

You can save a little bit of money by using third-party aftermarket components. However, you were still left with the problem of more and more air suspension failures in the future. That is unless you replace the entire system.

Unless you happen to have a few thousand dollars lying around that you don’t have another use for, this option is probably not very appealing.

But there is a better way.


Convert to save your Range Rover and save money


There is another way to fix the seemingly endless string of Range Rover suspension issues. You can get rid of that troubled air suspension for good and convert to strong, simple coilover struts.

This kit from Strutmasters will allow you to get rid of all the complex moving parts. Instead, you’ll replace it with a brand new, more reliable suspension in its place.

Rather than a long list of expensive and finicky components, your new Range Rover suspension uses mechanical resistance to get the job done. Cold-wound springs tuned perfectly for your vehicle take the place of flimsy airbags.

The right fix for your Range Rover is here! Click here to buy now!


With Strutmasters’ patented Glide-Ride technology, your new ride will be comparable to your old air ride before it failed.

Best of all, these kits are so simple that most people can install them at home by themselves with no problems. You’ll just need an hour per wheel, a sturdy jack and some hand tools you probably already own.

Each kit comes pre-packaged with easy-to-follow instructions. If you still find yourself stumped, you can always consult our helpful video installation guide.


Don’t wait any longer!


Driving on worn out shocks isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. You and your Range Rover deserve better!

Get your kit from our website or call our Suspension Experts at (866) 317-1579. They’ll make sure you get exactly what you need to have your Range Rover back in tip top shape.

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.