Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Install on a Ram ProMaster Van
LoadLIFTER! Add Safety and Comfort With Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 for the Ram ProMaster Van
When you purchase a van or truck for hauling capacity, you’re placing faith in a factory suspension system, hopeful it will be able to handle the job it has been assigned. But what if your vehicle’s factory suspension isn’t up to the task and you wind up with instability and dangerous sway once the vehicle is loaded? Oftentimes, after we buy a vehicle, our hauling and towing needs change, but trading up to a higher capacity vehicle isn't an option. Perhaps we need great load capacity only on occasion.
Air Lift Company has been maximizing load capacity comfort and safety for hundreds of thousands of people since 1949, developing dependable air spring suspension products over the generations. Air Lift’s original product, a rubber air spring inserted into a factory car’s coil spring, was created and patented in 1950. Since that time, Air Lift has been engineering and producing load capacity improvement systems for a wide variety of applications, including pickup and heavy-duty trucks, SUVs, CUVs, and vans. Engineered to fit more than 540 vehicle types, Air Lift load support products are sold and supported around the world. What’s more, these are systems you don’t even have to think about if you opt for the onboard electronically controlled compressor and inflation system.
We’re working with a Ram ProMaster 1500 panel van, which is used to haul equipment for the movie industry, and Mustangs, Etc. in Van Nuys, California, is performing the installation. Although this van wears the Ram name, it is a Fiat-based front-drive unit body van that changes the way we think about vans in North America. Vans have evolved from full body-on-frame to unit body, which means the body and frame are an integral monocoque cage that form a single lightweight, yet stronger, unit. This means manufacturers are building ½-, ¾-, and 1-ton capacity vans that weigh less while delivering the same load capacity. Ram isn’t the only automaker building unit-body vans. Ford and a host of import automakers like Nissan are also building lightweight vans with tremendous hauling capacity. Air Lift is on board for most of them, with air spring systems designed to enhance hauling capacity at an affordable price.
We’re going to show you how to achieve improved hauling and towing from your Ram ProMaster, as well as any other truck or van you happen to be operating. Air Lift offers no-drill applications with self-tapping screws—kits that simply bolt to your vehicle’s frame, which speeds up the installation process. The LoadLifter 5000 kit includes two air springs, brackets, air lines, Schrader valves, and all the hardware needed for installation. LoadLifter 5000 air spring kits are engineered to be installed in less than two hours and include a fully illustrated, user-friendly instruction manual. It is remarkable just how easy it is to install the LoadLifter 5000 system.
Before you begin your Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 installation, please remember safety comes first: use 3-ton-capacity jackstands to support the vehicle at the axle or framerails, check vehicle for stability prior to going underneath, never use a hydraulic or scissor jack as sole vehicle support, eye protection is paramount any time you’re working underneath a vehicle, and disconnect the battery’s negative cable in the interest of safety while you’re working on the electrical system.
The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 offers:Improved braking and steering: When all four tires are firmly on the ground, braking time and steering are both improved. In short, a safer drive.
Less sway: Air springs increase spring rate capacity and improve vehicle stability.
Less bottoming out: Air springs provide adjustable load support to help prevent bottoming out on rough roads.
Headlight aim: Only level and stable vehicles provide safe and proper headlight aiming.
Less porpoising: Even heavy pickups and vans that don’t squat when loaded can begin to “porpoise” vertically when towing heavy trailers or hauling heavy loads. Adjustable air springs dramatically reduce this problem for a safer, more comfortable ride.
More even tire wear: When weight is evenly distributed to all four tires, tires wear more evenly.
LoadLifter 5000 air springs fit easily between the frame and the axle to provide suspension support. Just add air to the air springs at the Schrader valves if you are carrying a heavy load to make sure your vehicle remains level and stable. Then, deflate when riding empty.
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