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How Strutmasters’ New Line of EZ Struts Saves You Time and Money

Here at Strutmasters, we’ve been helping customers find affordable suspension solutions for over 20 years. Since the beginning, we’ve never stopped innovating. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our latest line of high-quality suspension replacement kits-EZ Strut Complete Strut Assembly.

These kits help you switch out your worn-out suspension components for something much more reliable just like the ones our customers have loved for two decades running. But this new EZ Strut line makes it simpler and easier than ever to replace them.

Got Suspension Problems?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably having suspension issues.

One common warning sign is if your car feels like it’s “pulling” or drifting when you round a corner. If the problem is bad enough, you might be getting the dreaded nose dive. This is when the front of your car dips down when coming to a stop while the back end raises up.

If you’re unsure, you can use the bounce test to determine whether or not you’ve got a problem. Simply walk to each corner of the vehicle and push down. Watch that corner as it rises back into place. If it springs back up right away and settles immediately, that strut is probably fine. But if it takes a long time to get back into place or if it bounces up and down before settling, you’ve probably got a problem.

Replacing Your Suspension Can Cost A Fortune (But It Doesn’t Have To)

If you’ve taken your vehicle to get its worn-out suspension fixed, the repair estimate might have stopped you from making some desperately-needed repairs. Remember: driving on bad shocks isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. Bad shocks make it more difficult to handle your vehicle and they increase stopping distance. Accidents are much harder to avoid on bad struts and shocks.

But sometimes fixing a suspension is just unaffordable. Replacing an OE strut can cost more than $250 in some vehicles at the dealership. And once one goes, the rest are likely to follow. Thankfully, you do have other options.

Since 1999, Strutmasters has provided an affordable alternative to costly air suspension configurations and now we are offering standard replacement struts for non active suspensions. Rather than having to disassemble a strut to reuse the spring and mount Strutmasters EZ-Struts come fully assembled and ready to install. Just simple mechanical resistance from precision-engineered and perfectly tuned coils on sturdy, dependable struts.

EZ Struts Make the Job Even Easier

Over the last 20-plus years, our customers have fallen in love with the quality they get in their suspension replacement kits. They also love how relatively simple and easy they are to install, allowing for DIY home installations or a quick and inexpensive trip to the shop.

The new EZ Struts line takes that even further. We’ve been able to assemble all the components of our kits into ready-to-go strut and shock replacements. They might require a few minor adjustments out of the box, but beyond that, they’re ready to go. That makes installation even easier and much more hassle-free.

And you’ll love this part: our EZ Struts kits offer the same incredible value as our standard kits. You can replace all four of your shock and strut assemblies for less than $400, depending on your vehicle. That’s less than half of what you’d pay to replace your suspension at the dealership.

Even those of you who don’t usually like to wrench your own car might find this project falls within your wheelhouse. But if you do decide to take it to the shop, you might want to just wait around–installation will take no time at all. That translates into much lower shop fees.

These kits are made with the same rugged materials as our traditional kits. They employ the same Glide Ride technology that gives you a smooth ride that compares to or even surpasses your original ride, and they come with a 1 year warranty.

Our engineers have been working overtime to make sure we’ve got an EZ Strut solution for your vehicle. That’s why we currently have over 350 applications ready to go. Here are just a few of our most popular:

Ready to Fix Your Suspension the EZ Way?

Are you ready to replace your struts in favor of something that’s built to last? Just use the search field near the top of the page to look up your vehicle. Having trouble finding what you’re looking for or just want a little assistance? Just give us a call at 866-676-4457. Our Suspension Experts are standing by waiting to answer your questions and help you get exactly what you need to get your car back on the road safe and sound.

Racing legend Rickie Smith signs sponsorship deal with Strutmasters

Rickie Smith signs with Strutmasters

Rickie Smith knew it was time for a change. The 11-time series champion felt it after the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, NC. Then, at the PRI show in December, he announced a big change.

Smith announced that Strutmasters.com would become his new major sponsor heading into the 2020 season. Along with the announcement, he showed off his brand new Camaro, built by Jerry Bickel.

 

The story of Rickie Smith and Strutmasters

 

Until this point, Strutmasters founder and owner Chip Lofton has been known as “the champion of drag racing’s little guy”. However, he landed a racing legend in Smith.

Lofton is completely aware of the magnitude of this signing. In an interview with CompetitionPlus, he explained that his status as a lifetime racing fan was a big motivator.

“Growing up in the Carolinas and being a Pro Stock fan and a Pro Mod fan, I never thought I could reach this place where I could sponsor him,” said Lofton. “He lives to race and races to live. He’s been one of those guys that have figured out a way to do it.”

Not one to miss an opportunity, Lofton called his fellow Tar Heel and made a plan for him to visit his strut-building facility in Roxboro, about two hours away.

In addition to being the location of Strutmasters’ headquarters, Roxboro is a town with a serious racing history. It’s the place where “Trickie Rickie” cut his teeth as a Modified racer and later became a legend in the Mountain Motor class.

 

Two racing fans working together

 

But it was Lofton’s love of racing and cars that convinced Smith to get on board.

“He’s just a down to earth person,” said Smith of Lofton. “I had no idea what I was getting into as far as knowing what he’d done and what he loved when I first met. It wasn’t hard to see his love for the sport. It was like hitting three home runs in one game to find a sponsor who loves racing as I do.”

Following a visit to the Strutmasters Museum, where Lofton keeps his personal collection of classic automobiles, Smith and Lofton reached an agreement.

“You always want to be involved with somebody who really likes racing, and I didn’t have to talk him into loving racing,” Smith said. “That’s a 200% start right off the bat when the people that you are dealing with love racing. It just makes everything go a lot smoother.”

After spending a day together, the two were left wondering why they hadn’t done this sooner.

“Rickie came and talked to me,” said Lofton. “I just thought it legitimizes my other teams as well, to have somebody successful like that part of our team. Rickie gets television time because he’s a character.”

 

Strutmasters and Smith a winning combination

 

As his career starts to draw down, Smith is happy with the decision to partner with Strutmasters, and not just because of Lofton’s credentials as a drag racing die-hard.

“I’ve had some really good sponsors, but I feel excited about this deal with Chip,” said Smtih. “He owns the company and doesn’t have to call anybody or go get a board meeting or whatever to say, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do this.”

“He’s got the power to make the moves,” said Smith of Lofton. “And that’s the way he likes to deal with things. In automobile racing, you’ve got to make that move at that time. If you wait too long, people pass you up. Chip can make the moves when he wants to make them.”

Smith’s long-held reputation as a bona-fide winner was also a major part of the equation, admitted Lofton.

“It doesn’t hurt that on any given Sunday; he can bring the Wally home.”

Dan Fletcher signs with Strutmasters, brings his 20+ year career to NC

Dan Fletcher signs with Strumasters

After 20-plus years of racing, Dan Fletcher is as happy as ever to still be doing what he loves for a living.

While most of his peers have since retired or stopped racing, Fletcher is gearing up for another season behind the wheel. Fletcher credits Chip Lofton, owner of suspension manufacturer Strutmasters and “the champion of drag racing’s little guy,” with bringing him back for the 2020 season.

“Chip Lofton at Strutmasters has been kind enough to step up and back my Super Stock program, as the major sponsor,” Fletcher said. “And an associate on all the other cars.”

 

Dan Fletcher on the search for sponsorship

 

In an interview with CompetitionPlus, Fletcher highlighted how tiring the grind of looking for sponsors can be.

“I’ve been very, very blessed in my whole career since 1997. I’ve had actual real corporate sponsors, from Valvoline to Summit to K&N to Peak, and now Strutmasters,” Fletcher said. “I’m getting older, and I’m a little bit tired, and sometimes it’s hard to press on.”

With his Super Stocker now backed by Strutmasters.com, Fletcher has plans to compete in 16 national events. His Chevelle with race in big money bracket races. Fletcher is also open to sponsorships for his Nova and ‘69 Camaro Stocker.

 

The move to drag racing country

 

In addition to his new sponsorship, Fletcher also moved his home and base of his operations to the drag racing hotbed of North Carolina. The move brings him closer to his main sponsor and to the racing community in general.

With the Super Stocker sponsored by Strutmasters.com, Fletcher confirmed he’s got irons in the fire for his dragster to race 16 national events, and the Chevelle to race the big money bracket races. His Nova and ’69 Camaro Stocker are open for sponsorship as well.

 

The changing landscape of drag racing

 

In an interview, Fletcher reflected on how much the world of racing has changed since he began his career in 1997. He feels that drag racing is much more competitive than it has ever been.

“It’s not even close. It’s brutal out there right now,” Fletcher explained. “You look down Drag Race Central and in Stock and Super Stock at how well people drive. There’s no easy mark anywhere.”

“Let’s put it this way,” he continued. “If I was 29 years old or 30 years old and going to quit Xerox to go drag racing at this point 22 years later from when I walked out of Xerox, 0% chance [I’d do it ]. Less than zero. There’s no way you can even feasibly even think about doing that.”

Fletcher explained how much modern technology and the internet has had an effect on his sport.

“Don’t take it the wrong way, but I was decidedly better than most of my competition back then,” he said. “Now I’m not. Everyone’s good. Everyone drives. Websites like Luke’s [Bogacki] website teaches people driving strategies at the finish line. Everyone’s cars are good. No one’s cars are junk. Everyone’s cars repeat. I feel like the only way that I can be better than my opponents is to work harder.”

 

Fletcher looking ahead to the 2020 season

 

Last year was the first time in 25 years that Fletcher didn’t win a national event. With his new backing from Strutmasters and a renewed sense of purpose, he feels that 2020 will be different.t.

“I just put in more time,” said Fletcher. “And I don’t even want to say it a lot because then people started doing that too. But I spent an inordinate amount of time studying the live timing and all my opponent’s numbers and trying to just do all my homework on them. And I just try and do every little bit of extra work a man can do to give himself an edge. And it’s just, it’s tough dude. It’s really, really tough.”

Make your Kawasaki Vulcan the ultimate touring bike with one simple mod

Kawasaki Vulcan

The Kawasaki Vulcan is one heck of a touring machine. Celebrated for its handling and performance, the Vulcan has become a favorite among Japanese V-Twin cruisers.

However, one area in which many agree the bike can be improved is rider comfort. As Overdrive noted in its review, “The handlebar-seat-footpeg combination…makes opening the throttle fully a little awkward. Footpegs are adjustable and can be moved forward or backward by an inch though you will need to buy linkage rods for the gear shifter separately. The stepped seat supports the tailbone well but cushioning could have been slightly softer”.

Many Vulcan owners are left with no choice but to either put up with some discomfort, or make permanent hard changes to the motorcycle. Neither of these are great options.

Therefore, the Kawasaki Vulcan community had much to celebrate when Strutmasters released an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension for the Japanese cruiser.

 

Extra comfort for your Kawasaki Vulcan

 

A slightly uncomfortable ride isn’t the biggest problem when you’re going from point A to point B in a limited amount of time. However, as you stay on the bike for longer rides, a slight discomfort can turn into a major pain.

Therefore, everything the Kawasaki Vulcan has to offer as a touring bike is slightly diminished as a result of this discomfort.

That’s one of several reasons why this kit is such a relief to Vulcan owners. Air suspensions are noted primarily for their ride comfort.

Air suspensions are active suspensions. That means they respond to changes in the road by increasing or reducing the air pressure in the air strut. The result is a smoother ride than you ever thought possible for your Vulcan.

The extra comfort means you can spend more time enjoying your bike and less time recovering from road hours.

 

Adjustable height to accommodate all riders

 

The Vulcan, like most cruisers, has been designed to be comfortable and easy to mount. However, it’s designed for the “average” rider and Vulcan riders come in all shapes and sizes.

Many riders who are taller than average find the foot peg placing to be uncomfortable. Shorter riders might find the bike difficult to mount and dismount.

The adjustability of the EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension allows you to put the height at whatever is easiest and most comfortable to you.

Taller riders can gain more leg room for extra comfort on long rides. Shorter riders can drop the bike down to make it easier to get on and off.

This feature also applies to your passengers. While your Vulcan may sit at the right height for you to mount or dismount easily, your passenger is likely not the exact same height as you. You can adjust easily to accommodate them as well.

Whatever the need, an adjustable air suspension will make your Kawasaki Vulcan exponentially more rider-friendly. Because no one is truly “average.”

 

Achieve that lowrider look without sacrificing function

 

There are a lot of practical reasons, including those listed above, to outfit your Vulcan with an EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension. However, the fun reasons also deserve a mention.

Most cruiser owners have at least daydreamed about pushing a lowrider around town. It’s easy to see why. They look incredibly cool.

However, these owners have had the same set of less-than-ideal options to achieve that look. Most involving permanent modifications to the bike.

In addition, when a bike is permanently lowered, you sacrifice a lot of function. Lowrider bikes often need additional routine maintenance. They lose a great deal of cornering capability. In general, they are more difficult to handle and require much more care and concern when driving.

The EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension is fully adjustable. It allows you to drop your Vulcan down when it’s time to skate by and show off the bike. When you’re ready to do some more serious riding, all you need to do is inflate it up to a more practical ride height.

While both kits are adjustable, the Ultimate kit for your Kawasaki Vulcan allows you to adjust with just the push of a button.

 

Ready to convert?

 

You might think that such a revolutionary modification would cost thousands to install. However, the Ultimate kit–which allows for adjustments at the touch of a button–is just $599. The Basic kit costs just $199.

These motorcycle air suspension kits are relatively simple and easy to install. That means you can probably do it yourself at home if you’re handy with a wrench. If not, it should be a quick and inexpensive job for your mechanic.

Once you’re ready to convert, purchase your desired kit online. You can also call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 239-4896 to get more information about the kits and make sure you have the right kit for your needs.

More than a lowering kit | Why an air suspension is right for your Harley

harley lowering kit suspension

Motorcycle lowering kits have become a hot-ticket item over the past few years. And it’s no surprise. Everyone loves a dropped-down motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles especially can’t be beat when it comes to that awesome lowrider look.

However, lowering your Harley usually means some painful and permanent modifications to the bike. But there is an alternative.

Motorcycle air suspensions allow you a greater deal of control when it comes to the ride height of your Harley. They also do so much more than that.

 

Lowering your bike is definitely part of the appeal

 

Before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way: a good motorcycle air suspension does a fantastic job of lowering your bike. If that’s the only reason you’re considering installing one, that’s a good enough reason as any.

A well-built motorcycle air suspension like the EZ Rider system will allow you to drop your bike down on command. They also allow you to control how much you want to lower your motorcycle.

For anyone that’s ever driven a lowrider bike, you can probably imagine some situations where that would come in handy.

If you haven’t, understand that a lowrider bike is going to scrape. As fun as it can be to cruise around dropped down, you put some of your components at risk doing so.

Other lowering solutions, like removing a seat linkage, permanently alter your bike. An air suspension gives you the flexibility to decide when and where to lower your bike.

 

Increased comfort

 

Many of you have experience with an air suspension in a car. These active suspensions do an excellent job of dampening dips and bumps in the road.

The result is a smooth, easy ride that doesn’t wear you out over long distances.

Motorcycle air suspensions are the same. Compressed air allows for greater dampening control versus metal springs.

EZ Rider motorcycle air suspensions also allow you to adjust the firmness of your ride. Different riders have different preferences. This adjustable air suspension allows you to adjust the ride to your own personal comfort preferences.

 

Better performance

 

If you’re the type to put a lot of miles on your Harley-Davidson, you know that road conditions are forever changing. Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to adapt to those changes?

The EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension allows you to do just that. As mentioned earlier, you can adjust both the ride height and the stiffness of the suspension.

Whereas a lowering kit leaves you unprepared for some kinds of riding, this kit allows you to prepare your bike for changes in the road.

Hitting a long straightaway? Soften that suspension up and enjoy a smooth cruise. Approaching some hairpins on a mountain road? Tighten up for more responsive handling and braking.

The ability to adjust your Harley’s relationship to the road means you get to focus more on driving and taking in the scenery. It will also save some of your other components some wear and tear as it lightens the load.

 

So many benefits

 

If you want to lower your Harley-Davidson, you do have options. But as you can clearly see, some of those options are better than others.

An EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension gives you the ability to adjust both the ride height and the stiffness of your suspension.

With that ability comes the ability to greatly improve the style, performance and comfort of your Harley-Davidson. Compare that to other lowering solutions that leave your bike poorly suited for many riding situations.

The best part is that an air suspension doesn’t cost that much more than other lowering options.

For as little as $199 you can purchase this reliable, robust basic air ride kit from Strutmasters. The fully adjustable Ultimate kit, which allows you to adjust everything with the flip of a switch, is available for as little as $599.

Whether you’re looking to add style, performance, or comfort to your Harley, Strutmasters has what you need.

Order online now or call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 664-0252 to make sure you get the best possible solution for your Harley-Davidson.

Strutmasters offers air ride solutions for the Dyna Glide, Softail, V-Rod, Sportster and many other Harley-Davidson models. To learn about even more benefits of EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension, click here.

Strutmasters now has an EZ Rider suspension for your V-Rod, too

v-rod-lowered

Much to the delight of Harley-Davidson V-Rod owners, Strutmasters has released an EZ Rider Suspension made just for the bike.

Already, Softail and Sportster owners are enjoying the benefits of motorcycle air suspension. The ability to adjust the height and firmness of the ride has been a revolution in motorcycle comfort.

Now, V-Rod owners get to enjoy the same privileges as their other Harley-Davidson owner counterparts.

 

No more dangerous V-Rod modding

 

Previously, V-Rod owners who wished to lower their bikes had to make some hard modifications to the bike’s equipment.

Sometimes this meant cutting out a linkage that helped to stabilize the bike. In addition, without the ability to raise them up again, many people who lowered their V-Rod found themselves scraping all the time.

In order to add air suspension, people with V-Rod motorcycles would often install air struts from an American car. This led to all sorts of fitment problems and could drastically alter the bike’s performance.

None of these methods afford the freedom and flexibility offered by the EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension.

 

Air suspension benefits for your V-Rod

 

While a lowered V-Rod looks admittedly really, really cool, there’s way more to it than that.

The adjustable air suspension adds some serious functionality points to your V-Rod.

For starters, shorter riders will be able to lower the bike to make it easier to get on. Taller riders can boost it up to stretch their legs a little more. On a touring bike like the V-Rod, this is a huge bonus for riders who like to log serious mileage.

This EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension also adds additional support to the passenger seat. This means not only will your passenger feel more comfortable, their added weight won’t have as much of an effect on your V-Rod’s handling.

Finally, air suspensions provide unparalleled comfort. You’ll glide over all but the most unforgiving surfaces like a cloud. The additional comfort means you can get more miles in without getting sore and worn out.

The EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension Basic model is available for just $199. The Ultimate version, which allows riders to adjust the suspension with the push of a button, is available for $599.

Easy to install, you won’t have your bike in the shop for very long. Proficient DIY mechanics should be able to install them at home with no issue.

 

Ready to switch?

 

Adding the EZ Rider Motorcycle Air Suspension to your V-Rod will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Once you make the switch, get ready to enjoy being on your V-Rod much more. Your passengers will have more fun, too.

Purchase your kit from our website, or call us at 866-830-5450. One of our Suspension Experts will be happy to guide you through.

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – TV Schedule

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – Lucas Oil Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Round Date Time Channel
NHRA QUALIFYING Sunday, September 1 2:00pm – 4:00pm ET FS1
NHRA SUNDAY LIVE Sunday, September 1 4:00pm – 6:00pm ET FS1
FINALS Monday, September 2 11:00am – 1:00pm ET FS1
FINALS Monday, September 2 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET FOX

Donnie Allison hooked his Harley up with an EZ Rider Air Suspension

Donnie Allison of stock car racing's famed "Alabama Gang" gives a thumbs up with Strutmasters.com CEO Chip Lofton. Allison was getting a tour of the facility while having an EZ Rider air suspension system installed on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Donnie Allison of stock racing’s famed “Alabama Gang” was on hand to tour the Strutmasters.com facility in North Carolina on July 18th. He was in town to have a complete EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension system installed on his personal Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“I am retired from driving race cars, but I still really enjoy getting on my motorcycle,” the 79-year-old Allison said. He is a Miami native who resided most of his career in Hueytown, AL.

“I have heard a lot of good things about the EZ Rider air system from a friend of mine that had it installed,” Allison said. “I really look forward to a more comfortable ride and the ability to raise and lower the bike. That should make it much easier to get on and off.”

Donnie Allison and his amazing career

Allison was a 10-time winner in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. He was also the sport’s “Rookie of the Year” award winner in 1967. He and his brother Bobby Allison were anchor members of the “Alabama Gang.” The brothers got this name from their domination of stock car racing in the South for part of three decades. The Allison Brothers frequently teamed up with lifelong family friend Red Farmer. In later years they joined up with Neil Bonnett.

Donnie Allison was the 1970 Rookie of the Year award winner in the Indianapolis 500. That year he finished fourth driving a Greer Eagle 67 Offenhauser for Ansted-Thompson Racing. Allison is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Strutmasters.com designs and assembles the EZ Rider air suspension systems right here in the USA. The family-owned company has been handling luxury vehicle suspension conversions for more than 20 years.

An EZ Rider motorcycle air suspension is offered for most major brands of bikes and can be found on the Motorcycle page of Strutmasters.com. Installation is available by appointment at the Strutmasters facility in Roxboro, NC. However, the product comes with detailed instructions and can be installed by consumers with proper tools.

Finally! Now you can add an EZ Rider Air Lift to your Honda Shadow, too!

Strutmasters’ EZ Rider Air Lifts have been a revelation for motorcycle owners. These ingenious kits have given riders an easy way to have the comfort and convenience of air suspensions.

Now, Honda Shadow riders have an EZ Rider option of their own.

Why install EZ Rider Air Lift on your Honda Shadow?


There are many reasons people enjoy having an air lift on their motorcycles. Your Honda Shadow experience will enjoy an overall boost when you install one of these kits.

For starters, you’ll see a night-and-day difference in passenger support. The EZ Rider Air Lift ensures your passenger will enjoy the same comfort you do.

However, the benefits don’t stop there. Your new air suspension will allow you to raise or lower the bike with the push of a button. This means shorter riders won’t need to worry about whether they can put their feet down. It also means taller riders can enjoy more freedom of posture.

But let’s face it. A lowered Honda Shadow just looks awesome. Your air lift kit will allow you to achieve that look. Our integrated rubber bump stop means you can ride in style without worrying about bottoming out.

How will your Honda Shadow ride?


Like a dream.

We’ve spent countless hours engineering this kit specifically for your Honda Shadow. Gone are the days of reengineering Chevy parts to achieve an air lift. This kit is made specifically for your bike.

That means you’ll enjoy a ride like you’ve never felt before. You can adjust the firmness of your ride with the push of a button. Once installed, you’ll be able to adjust for differences in terrain and speed.


Place an order once you’re ready to make the switch. However, if you’re unsure, give us a call at (866) 830-5450 and let our Suspension Experts guide you through it.