Hi guys. Ben Davis here from Trucks and Toys. Today I just want to show you through a GVM upgrade we’re doing here to RAM 2500 trucks. With the airbag replacement, rear end.
So one thing we’re finding here with the RAM 2500 trucks. The GVM 4490 is your payload around 900 kilos. A lot of people buying these trucks at the moment are doing it for a couple reasons. Either they carry a fair bit of weight, or to tow really big caravans and accessorise the car. So, weight’s starting to become an issue.
This customer for example, he’s got pull ball in the front, long range fuel tank, tows a big caravan, he’s getting right up to his limits of GVM. So, he prefers to make this a bit more legal and give it a higher GVM.
Main way we’re doing this at the moment is Kelderman rear suspension. So this is a full replacement airbag. It’s not airbag assist, like some do think. This is full replacement. So this is a nice, big, strong truck Firestone airbag. As you can see here, this is a Kelderman bracketry go with this airbag that makes it a direct bolt-in replacement. Easy to fit. Pull the rear core springs out. Put this airbag in place. Put self-levelling valves on each side that no matter what weight you put in or take out, it will automatically go to right height, whatever we set that at.
You do have a dump button function, so if you are loading or unloading, or loading up a trolley, you can hit the dump button which goes all the way to the bump stops. But as soon as you start driving or hit the button again, it will come up to right height, which is a nice safety feature.
So that basically gives you a GVM at this stage of at least 500 kilos. We’re trying to get to 700 kilos there which will give most people that extra bit of weight and make them safe and legal whilst driving, towing their big caravans, et cetera.
Another thing with the Ram 2400 is the factory shocks are not great, especially when you start adding weight, especially these are a heavy vehicle as well. Most of you will find as you start doing any rough road driving or towing while carrying large weights, those shocks do lost their shocking capabilities quite quickly. We’ve got two options basically we’re running, we recommend. So, we’ve got the Bilsteins. They’re a great all around shock, especially for the price. These shocks are great for people doing mostly tire driving with a little bit of rough back country roads whilst carrying the weight. They work really well and have really good reports from customers on those ones.
The most popular one we’re doing at the moment, and this is like the duck’s nuts so to speak of shocks, this is the Fox two and a half inch remote reservoir. This is great for people who want to do corrugation and really outback driving with all their weight on their vehicle. It’s pretty much like a lifetime shock, these, because after about 60,000 Ks of rough driving, they’re fully rebuildable. So once you start noticing the shock difference in the drive, we can get these fully rebuilt for you and they’re back at brand new. So they’re really popular at the moment.
So basically a run through guys, that’s a GVM upgrade for the Ram 2500s. Kelderman rear suspension with self-levelling valves on each corner. Better shocks. And you’re right to go to carry that extra weight. Tow the big vans. Put all the accessories on the trucks you’d like to and still be well within the legal requirements of your GVM. Any more information, just contact us here at Trucks and Toys and I’ll be happy to talk you through it.