Towing and Hitches 101 Buying Guide

by Jarred Potter on June 2, 2013

Towing Tech and Hitch Options

Suspension Connection offers a full line of trailer hitches for almost every make and model. Deciding what one is right for your application will depend on some key factors that we will be going over. So sit back and read up from these categories to find the right options for your vehicle.

Hitches

Hitches are the safest way to haul a trailer. Although many people pull from a ball attached to your bumper, they have limited weight ratings and no height adjustment. Installing a hitch give you the ability to adjust the ball height and will allow you to tow heavier loads. Hitches are offered in three different options.

Frame pull

The first option and most common option is rear frame pull hitch. This hitch is the most popular hitch installed on vehicles today. It is the cheapest option and can pull most every kind of trailer built. This style of hitch mounts in between the frame rails bolting to holes in the frame. The rear pull hitches  are tucked up under neath the rear bumper as hidden from site as the manufactures can make them. All hardware is included and offers a durable powder coat finish. All hitches are equipped with safety chain mounting locations and drilled for a 5/8″ ball mount pin. Rear pulls are the lightest of the three hitches, designed to handle loads as light as a bike rack to as heavy as 20,000 lbs. on some applications. Continue Reading Article

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K Source Towing Mirrors

by Jarred Potter on May 14, 2013

Suspension connection newest product line added to our line up is the K Source Towing Mirrors. K Source offers towing mirrors for most vehicles capable of towing. The K Source snap on mirrors are a quality product that will conform to the factory mirrors to extend the site of view behind you trailer. K Source also offers replacement mirrors that will bolt into the factory position, with all the factory options e.g. turn signals, power options & heated mirrors, and will keep you seeing what is behind you while making a lane change. The K Source line is not limited to just towing mirrors. They have other mirror products to aide in the safety of your travels. They have spot mirror that stick on to your factory mirrors, backup mirrors that attach to the rear of your SUV, to see right behind the bumper and even the hard to find, old school tripod mirrors for motorhomes.The Backup mirrors are a great idea for keeping young ones playing behind the car safe, also very effective for backing a ball into a trailer. These mirrors install with a strong adhesive sticky tape. They extend the view from corner to corner of the bumper and from bumper up to 6 ft. out. They are fully adjustable with a 2 point pivot head.

We feel this is a great addition to our site to help you on your way to a safe and enjoyable family outing.

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Aftermarket Sway Bars

by Jarred Potter on March 26, 2013


An anti-way bars main purpose is to reduce body roll by transferring the upward pressure from the outside turning wheel torsionally though the bar to the opposing side keeping the tire in contact with the street for better traction in cornering.  When a car enters into a corner the weight of the car shifts to the outside or away from the turn. This activates the sway bar. As the spring compresses, allowing the body to to dip, the sway bar literally springs into action. When the upward force is Applied to the sway bar the twisting force  placed on the bar forces the opposite side down distributing the weight evenly to all four tires making handling your vehicle easier.
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Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Performance Traction Bars

 

Back to the garage to install and review the Tuff Country performance traction bars for the Dodge 2500 & 3500 Ram trucks and wow do these things work. We wanted some way to show the advantages of having these bars on the truck, so we hooked up a trailer and off we went. As shown in the side by side video the results are drastic. These Dodge Ram 2500/3500 performance traction bars virtually eliminate all spring wrap. These bars are fully adjustable so they can be used on any truck from stock to 6″ lifted models. They are a stout quality bar built to withstand the extreme torque of the diesel motors. Easily installed with only a few holes to drill makes installing these bars a quick and painless Saturday Project.

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Body Lift or Suspension Lift, Which one is right for you?

by Jarred Potter on February 13, 2013

When deciding on a lift kit for your truck or SUV, you will need to consider what it is that you want as an end result for the truck. Maybe you are just looking to clear a larger tire. Perhaps you are looking for more performance off road or just the look of a lifted truck. Here at Suspension Connection We have you covered.

Body Lift:

  • More wheel well clearance for larger tires
  • Factory ride quality
  • Maintains factory shocks
  • Cost effective
  • Great look
  • More difficult install
  • Frame more visible
  • Will not improve off road performance
  • Will not provide any more frame height

 

Body lifts are a lift designed to raise the body off the frame either 2” or 3”. This style of lift gives the vehicle more wheel well clearance to allow running a larger tire without contacting the fenders. These kits accomplish lifting the vehicle using nylon spacers, provided with the longer bolts and all the hardware needed to complete the job. This will ensure the vehicle ride quality will not suffer from the installation of this kit. Installing this kit will not require replacing the factory shocks keeping cost down. Body lifts are a cost effective way to give your vehicle a great look that will stand out in a crowd. Continue Reading Article

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Should I Purchase Suspension Air Bags with a Compressor?

January 29, 2013

It is unquestionable that suspension air bags increase payload and aid in helping stabilize heavy loads. The question at hand is will I benefit by having an on board compressor with in cab controls.   Air bag helper springs & their requirements: Air bags for your Suspension are like your tires in the way that [...]

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Installing the 2009-2013 Ford F-150 3″ Tuff Country Lift Kit

January 24, 2013

Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension recently released a new 3″ lift kit for the Ford F-150 that has quickly become a big hit. We decided to get a first hand look of what was so attractive about this kit. This suspension lift is a great compromise between those who are looking for a little more than [...]

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Tuff Country Toyota Tundra Leveling Kit Installation

January 14, 2013

We recently had the chance to watch an install of a Tuff Country 52070 Tundra leveling kit and review the product. To my surprise this kit was very easy to install. As I watched the techs install this kit I thought to myself this looks like something even I could do without messing up.  Installing this front [...]

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Suspension Air Bags vs Overload Springs

January 10, 2013

Getting ready to tow a trailer or pull a heavy load?  Load support products help increase your trucks level load capacity as well as controlling heavier loads. We are going to compare two popular solution of load support and which one works best for you.  Air bags:                 [...]

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Metric Tire Sizes Conversion

December 24, 2012

One of the first things you look into after lifting a truck is upgrading to a larger tire.  When deciding on a larger tire there is many variables to look at. One of these is choosing metric or standard tire sizes?  All suspension lifts listings on the Suspension Connection web site will have a recommended [...]

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