Towing is often an uncomfortable and challenging activity. Towing trailers or caravans with the incorrect vehicle setup can cause significant and premature vehicle wear and tear, driver fatigue, and at worst serious accidents.
Tow vehicle GVM upgrades
When deciding to tow, it is critical to give careful consideration to your expected load, terrain, ball weight and stopping power. Unless you're towing occasional light loads, vehicles direct from the factory often provide poor safety and overall driving experience while towing.
Here's an example:
Jim buys a Toyota Landcruiser with a factory GVM of 3350kg. The total weight of the accessories and a full tank of fuel: 755kg. = 145kg OVERWEIGHT, and that's not taking into account the ball weight of the van!
Not only is Jim uninsured at this weight, but his driving experience will also be horrible, he'll fatigue quickly due to the extra concentration required, and his stopping power will be seriously compromised as will his safety and the safety of those around him.
This is just an example of a popular tow vehicle however it applies to most vehicles used for towing throughout Australia. Although in Australia there are a limited number of vehicles that you can upgrade the GVM for, a customised suspension upgrade designed specifically for your Ford, Toyota, Mazda, Isuzu, GM, Jeep, Land Rover, and most other popular tow vehicles will benefit greatly.
We provide GVM upgrades from all the best known and trusted brands so get in touch with us now to arrange an assessment and quote.
Towing with your family
Making your tow vehicle safe and comfortable is probably the most critical thing you can do for yourself and your family.
With over 45 continuous years of experience, The Ultimate Suspension has the capability and know-how to help you build the right setup for your vehicle. Whether you tow once a year, or once a week, rest assured you'll be getting the best advice available to give you the confidence to tow safely and legally.
"The service is carried out in a professional manner, very well organised and proficient. The suspension upgrade I had done by Ultimate Suspension improved the vehicle handling make the vehicle safer and more comfortable in driving." - Peter Kercher
Your vehicle's maximum towing capacity and the capability of your trailer to carry loads. Just like not every vehicle is made the same, every trailer is not. We can help you decide on the best towing option for your needs to suit your budget and requirements.
Test, recommend, install, test again
It's a process we've mastered over 45 years and in our experience when it comes to providing the right setup for your tow vehicle it's the only process to follow. We've all heard the horror stories of the one brand shoe-horn solutions 4WD accessory shops provide.
All the marketing in the world won't change the driving dynamics of a vehicle.
What's required is a state-of-the-art suspension and brake testing machine to monitor how your vehicle performs when loaded. Only then can a custom upgrade be confidently recommended.
Over the years we've built and continue to maintain strong working relationships with all the major suspension manufacturers which means any solution we recommend is a true custom solution best suited to your exact requirement.
Brakes you won't recognise
Upgrading brakes are often overlooked, just like the inadequacies of most OEM suspension, so too are OEM brake systems. Poor braking is, even more, an issue when towing or carrying heavy loads.
A properly built suspension system will carry the weight of the vehicle and control the weight distribution of the vehicle. But what happens when your OEM brakes fade under heavy use and can't keep up with that the extra driving or weight that your vehicle is now carrying.
We use and recommend DBA Xtreme Performance (XP) pads which are a semi-metallic compound. They give you the confidence of a high initial bite and a frictional consistency from low to high temperatures (up to 550oC). DBA Xtreme Performance (XP) are recommended for heavy towing and upgraded 4WDs.
We also provide the option of our unique twin-braided stainless brakes lines, only available at the Ultimate Suspension. If you've never experienced a brake upgrade before then you're in for one hell of a good surprise.
If you do nothing else today get in touch with us now to arrange your brake upgrade.
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