Loadshare® air helper suspension improves safety and reduces wear

The Loadshare® supplementary air suspension system, available throughout Australia, helps improve the handling, stability, ride and durability of medium-weight trucks with conventional leaf spring suspensions.

The system - manufactured by Firestone and proven in service with some of the world's hardest-working vehicles – is distributed nationally by Airbag Man in association with Firestone industrial product supplier Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd.

Used internationally on utility trucks, concrete mixers, dump trucks, refuse compactors, buses and trucks equipped with lift axles, the Loadshare system fits models of Kenworth, Mack, Navistar, Freightliner, Ford, Volvo, White, GMC and Western Star.

The system:

  • Maintains proper ride height
  • Increases vehicle stability
  • Improves handling and steering
  • Reduces leaf spring wear and drive train maintenance
  • Maintains correct steering geometry
  • Improves ride quality in both conventional and cabover trucks
  • Adjusts to varying load requirements or road conditions with the help of convenient in-cab controls

Loadshare is intended for use on primary front suspensions that have 89 or 102mm (3.5 or 4in) wide leaf springs. It complements the Ride-Rite air helper suspension supplied by Airbag Man for 4wds, vans, utes and lighter vehicles, including recreational vehicles.

Loadshare allows drivers to transfer load onto the front axle with the turn of a knob, permitting tuning of the suspension for the best ride available in both conventional and cab-over trucks. The system incorporates a Firestone Airmount® isolator above each of the truck's front spring u-bolts and the underside of the vehicle chassis, says Airbag Man.

The tough fabric-reinforced Air Springs used in the Loadshare system are identical in construction to the springs used in the most advanced pure air suspensions being used in Australia.

The system is backed by the applications expertise of a network of distributors working in association with Airbag Man throughout Australia, as well as the national service network of Air Springs Supply, which is Australasia's largest supplier of air springs for heavy vehicles and industrial actuation and isolation.

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