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Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit Review

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Review of the Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit

Today, we're going to take a look at the Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit, part number RAS3611. The Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit is going to help to convert our basic leaf spring kit into a mechanically active suspension. This is going to provide great assist for vehicles with the rear leaf springs without compromising any of their ride quality. It's going to help to eliminate any of the bottoming out or axle wrap that we can sometimes get, which is going to lead to great improvements and road handling. It helps to reduce the sway and the body roll that we often we get during cornering. The Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit works with or without a load. It's going to absorb and dissipate any load force that we might have when our vehicle is loaded, and whether it's loaded or unloaded, we're going to have improved vehicle stability, handling, traction, and control.

Now, when we receive our suspension kit, it's all going to be preassembled, really easy straight forward installation. We've got both sides here. We're going to have our instructions, our warranty registration, and even our spacers so we can fine tune the system. The thinner one, that's going to give us a 25% improvement. The thicker one, that's a 40% improvement. Now, the system itself is going to have a few main components.

We've got our eye-loop strap. We've got our main spring here in the center. This does all the work, and then, we've got our axle brackets here where they'll mount onto the truck. Like I said, really simple installation. We're only going to have to take care of getting one bolt to install it on the vehicle.

Then, we can make our adjustments on our spring. Now, our eyehook, our spring, and our brackets are full epoxy-coated. This is going to offer us up to $800 of salt spray protection. Even if we're using them up North or here in the Midwest, we're not going to have to deal with a whole lot of rust and corrosion. The threaded rod, all of our moving points here, and our bolts are going to have spacers that are fully treated as well, again to help prevent rust, and then, we're going to have some high-quality fasteners here to use as jam nuts to get it all locked into place once we've got it where we want it positionwise. Here on our eyehook, you can see we've got our articulating ball/socket setup. The same thing here on the other side, a rotating bar setup here.

This is going to allow both of our leaf springs full maneuverability, so we'll never have any of those binding situations to where it's kind of bound up or our spring gets caught, anything like that. The axle brackets themselves are fully adjustable to fit a wide variety of vehicles. You want to use whichever one most closely matches your setup. To start our install, we need to take the tires off each side of the vehicle. The way we want to set it up is we want the tires to be up off the ground but we want it to be supported or resting on jack stands. You can use those on each side of the axle and also in the middle on your center differential, they'll instruct you to use a jack. Just follow the instructions, they're going to tell you exactly how to get it set up so you can do the work. Then, we want to take the center caps, each wheel is going to be a little bit different. It might look just like this, it might have a center cover, or whatever, but remove both rear wheels once you got your truck properly set. For installation, we're going to grab the spring pack so that when our hook is oriented toward the back that our main bolt comes into the top part of the bracket. You see there Then, we want our hook to go right around our eye on the back of the spring there. We'll grab a couple of either 3/4" ratchets or 19mm and let's take our bolt out that's here on the end. It holds our spacer into place. Take that on out. Now, what we want to do is get one of our 5 holes so that we can have our bolt and spacer here behind the U-bolt block. To extend this length, what we need to do is hold on to the threaded rod while we turn our spring toward us. Then, we can bring our bolt back in and we go through the arm on our bracket, and of course we want to put our spacer on there. Then, we'll add on our nylon locking nut. You want to be careful if you've got any sensors or any wires or anything like that, that we don't have it pinched in behind there. Then, we're ready to tighten down our bolt. Now, we're not going to tighten our bracket down so much as to where it actually sandwiches our U-bolt here. What we're looking for is to tighten it down enough to capture our spacer so it won't move. That's going to be oriented right there just underneath our spring and all the way back against that block. Then, we'll take the slack out of the system by doing the opposite of what we did to extend it. Now, we want to take another look at our eyehook here. We want that to be centered on the spring pack. Then, we'll feel our spring actually get tight while we're turning it. Right there, it's starting to tension up a little bit. Now you see everything is locked into place and it won't be moving. Now, it's time to make our adjustment. While holding the nut that's located here at the end of our threaded rod, we'll need a 22mm ratchet. We can come to the other end with our 12mm and start tightening our spring. As we turn our small nut or bolt located here on the end, we'll start to see the gaps in our springs increasing. Periodically, we're going to want to take our disc and check. These discs, white as we said is a 25% increase, the black is a 40% increase, and they should barely pass through those rings. As you see right now, they're not and we need to keep going with it. Here you can see our spacer just barely passing through there, so we know we've got it set properly. If we're looking for extra performance out of the system, we can switch from the 1mm up to the 2mm, and we want to follow that same process. Now, we'll head over to the driver side and repeat that same exact process. Now, we'll get our tires put back on here and torqued down to specification, and then, we'll go ahead test out that system and see how it worked. Now that we've seen how it works, how it can help us, and how to install it, that's going to complete today's look at the Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit, part number RAS3611.

Questions and Comments about this Video

John J.

This video does not show the GMC 3500? There is no upper upper helper spring? Will this work on my 2017 3500HD? Is there a video that will show the install?

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Reply from Jon G.

This specific video is a generic review about the Roadmaster Active Suspension (RAS) Kits which is why it doesn't show a direct installation for your vehicle. Attached is a link to our selection of RAS kits that fit your 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 for you to filter through as well as an installation video of the Kit # RAS3611 on a '16 Chevy Silverado 2500 that you can check out.

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