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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Total Load Control different from other Air Suspension Kits or Air Ride Systems?
How much load can I carry?
How much smoother will the ride be?
Does TLC improve handling, steering and braking?
Is TLC easy to use?
How much air pressure is put into the air springs?
How long does it take to air up the air springs?
Will TLC work in cold weather?

Is TLC easy to install?
Can TLC be installed by an experienced Do-it-yourselfer?
Does installation require modifying the factory suspension or drilling holes?
Can I remove TLC and install it in another truck?

What pickup trucks can TLC be installed on?
Will TLC be available for Ford and other models in the future?

Is TLC a lift kit?
Can TLC be used with a lifted truck?
What is the warranty?
What is in the box?
How much does TLC weigh?
How much does TLC cost to install?
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Total Load Control different from other Air Suspension Kits or Air Ride Systems?
The main difference is that TLC uses 9" air springs – the largest ever used on a ½-ton or mid-size truck. The air springs are mounted directly on the axle, not on the frame, making TLC super strong and super flexible. Most other systems use 6" air springs that are rigidly mounted to the frame or chassis (mounted at the top and bottom).

This means the forces of the truck not only compress the air springs, but can also pull them apart. That's why the air springs can break in other systems. This can never happen with Total Load Control because in some of our models, TLC's air springs are attached at one end only and in the other models, the larger 9" air springs require only 20-30 psi, so they retain their flexibility. Other systems have to use high air pressure to keep the air springs from pulling apart. This makes the air springs stiffer and less flexible.

Another important difference is that in the TLC system, the air springs act independent of the rest of the truck..

How much load can I carry?
The answer is simple: You can carry any load that does not exceed the manufacturer's suggested weight limit of your truck (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating).

With TLC your truck will always be level.

How much smoother will the ride be?
That depends on the truck you drive.

On pickups with leaf springs, TLC can take over once inflated. Since TLC levels loads using only 20-30 psi, the system can absorb road shock and bounce to the point that it can even smooth washboard roads so much they almost disappear. Of course you'll still hit bumps with the front tires, but after that the TLC absorbs the rest of the shock so you feel almost nothing!

Does TLC improve handling, steering and braking?
In many trucks, yes. When hauling heavy loads, if the back end sags and the front tires lift even a small amount, you lose handling, steering and braking control. With TLC, your front tires will always be firmly on the road so handling improves. Even without a load, TLC adds strength and flexibility to your truck and improves handling, steering and braking.

Is the TLC Air Spring Suspension System easy to use?
Yes. TLC includes a dash-mounted gauge and switch. If you get the optional air compressor (or use your own), you can air up the air springs with the touch of a switch – inflate or deflate when you want. Without an air compressor, you can set the air springs at 5-10 psi for everyday driving. When you haul or tow a heavy load, simply inflate the air springs to 20-30 psi from an outside air source to level the load. When you're done, push the switch to deflate the air springs.

How much air pressure is put into the air springs?
Air pressures will vary according to model, type and position of load. Sometimes even road conditions may dictate your specific air pressure. Typically 20-40 psi will level most heavy loads.

5-10 pounds improves the unloaded ride.

How long does it take to air up the air springs?
It usually takes about 30 seconds to add the air pressure needed for everyday improvement. When hauling or towing a heavy load, it may take about 1 minute.

Will TLC work in cold weather?
Yes. The official temperature range of the air springs from Goodyear is -67F to 156F (-55C to 70C). In cold weather, we suggest using nitrogen instead of plain air to fill the air springs.

Is TLC easy to install?
Yes. TLC can be installed in approximately an hour by a qualified technician or even a do-it-yourself mechanic.

The TLC unit ships already assembled and mounts directly to the rear axle. No drilling is required.

Can the TLC be installed by an experienced Do-it-yourselfer?
Yes, an experienced Do-it-yourselfer can easily install the TLC suspension system, though experience with electronics is required in the installation of the optional air compressor (TLC recommends a professional technician).

Does installation require modifying the factory suspension or drilling holes?
No. TLC does not modify or alter your factory suspension and no holes are drilled in the frame, so the factory warranty is not interfered with.

Can I remove TLC and install in another truck?
Yes. You can easily remove your TLC suspension system from one vehicle and install it on another pickup of the same model.

What pickup trucks can TLC be installed on?
TLC currently has models for 1/2-ton Chevy/GMC pickups, for 2009 and later Dodge RAM 1500 pickups and for 2002 and later Dodge RAM 2500 & 3500 pickups.

There are also models for 2002-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups with leaf-spring suspensions and 3/4-ton Chevy/GMC HD pickups (diesel or gas) that are available by special order.

Will TLC be available for Ford and other models in the future?
Yes. There will be future models for Ford pickups and other models. Check the website or check with your TLC dealer.

Is TLC a lift kit?
No. It is not a lift kit. TLC is an aftermarket suspension system that improves the ride, handling and load capacity of domestic full-size and mid-size pickup trucks.

Can TLC be used with a lifted truck?
No not yet. But keep checking in. Adapter parts will be available soon!

What is the Warranty?
TLC has a seven-year warranty on the metal pieces. TLC extends the warranty on the air springs to seven years.

TLC also warrants the air compressor and air compressor components for two years. This substantially extends the manufacturer's warranty of 90 days.

What is in the boxes?
The TLC kit includes two 9" double convoluted Goodyear® SuperCushion® air springs, platforms and mounting plates; tubing and inflation valve, plus all required screws, nuts, bolts, and connectors (shipped in 2 boxes for RAM 1500 or Chevy/GMC 1500 pickups; shipped in 3 boxes for RAM 2500 & 3500 trucks).

The TLC Optional Air Kit includes a Viair® 90C air compressor, custom TLC gauge/switch panel with 0-60 psi round gauge, on-off switch and inflation valve.

How much does TLC weigh?
Each RAM 1500 kit weighs approximately 28 pounds (shipped in 2 boxes).  Each Chevy/GMC kit weighs approximately 41 pounds (shipped in two boxes).  Each RAM 2500 & 3500 kit weighs approximately 47 pounds (shipped in 3 boxes).

How much does TLC cost to install?
That depends on the particular vehicle and is up to each TLC dealer/installer. The unit is shipped assembled and installs easily.