Roadmaster Active Suspension

Operation

The ultimate suspension assist system. 

Simple fitting, no clamps, no welding, no drilling, no maintenance

Roadmaster Active Suspension (RAS) overcomes the limitations of passive suspension by introducing mechanically active suspension to the rear leaf springs thereby conquering the traditional three-way load vs handling vs comfort conflict. Once fitted, RAS has the ability to store, dissipate and introduce energy to the system. Being mechanical its action is immediate, unlike hydraulics or air which take time to react. This immediate action is also variable, working in exact counter proportion to force applied, hence the term active.

Roadmaster Active Suspension kits consist of a set of two very powerful, variable rated, coil springs designed to support and assist rear leaf springs with up to a one ton carrying capacity.

Once installed, loaded tension from the eye-to-axle mounted coil tension springs hold the leaf springs in their original designed bowed position. When strain from load or vehicle weight shift is applied to the leaf springs, the stabilizers come into action immediately, absorbing the force of the load. Being variable rated, the greater the strain, the more counter-assistance force from the RAS unit.

By introducing a powerful ‘load absorbing‘ spring steel coil system to rear leaf springs, RAS greatly assists the carrying capability of the vehicle as stipulated by the manufacturers. RAS absorbs the load that would otherwise cause bottoming out and thereby provides the benefits of a more level and thus safer ride.

Eliminate axle wrap

Axle Wrap- Torque and traction combine to twist the axle (pushing the nose of the differential up going forward and down going backward) by twisting the axle into an "S" shape. The energy is stored in the spring until the tyre slips, and at that point the spring snaps back violently. Sometimes this results in a hopping sensation, hence the other common term, "axle hop." It can be very hard on driveshafts and u-joints.

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Transforming a load resisting system into a load absorbing one

On cornering, RAS reduces body roll by supporting the springs which are taking the increased load. By not allowing these springs to flatten out, the vehicle corners more level with greater contact of all four tyres to the road. Improved traction translates to better control and handling.

When towing a boat, trailer, camper or other heavy equipment, Roadmaster Active Suspension adds strength to the rear leaf springs while absorbing the increased load. The resulting stability and reduced sway are felt immediately.

Improved driver control, stability, safety, load carrying ability

Roadmaster Active Suspension can be independently adjusted to compensate for an unbalanced load such as that of a handicap lift device. As there is no movement on the leaf spring eye bracket or axle bracket, no friction takes place. All movement evolves from the articulating roller on the axle bracket which will adjust itself to any alignment of the tension spring, irrespective of the up and down deflection and reflection of the leaf spring. The coil tension spring, having an articulated connection insures that the axle and coil spring are always aligned in the direction of the force being applied. Because of the mechanical action of the tension spring, which is instant from left rear to right rear and vice versa, the stability of the vehicle is greatly improved.

Roadmaster Active Suspension is designed to eliminate shock on the suspension itself, thus extending the life of the leafs springs, shock absorbers, shackles, and even tyres.

The Roadmaster fits light commercial vehicles with rear leaf spring suspension, Commercial trucks & pickups, Sports Utilities & 4x4’s, Mini bus 10 & 16 seater, Vans, Motorhomes, Older type passenger cars with leaf spring suspension.