In 1992 Roadmaster Active Suspension (RAS) located in Charlottte – North Carolina
After testing all other rear leaf Suspension aftermarket products on the USA market, proved that although these products worked as an additional load carrying device, they did very little to improve vehicle handling. In fact most of them actually hardened the ride of the vehicles with or without a load..
Clive Schewitz owner of RAS then set about designing a product that would not only improve load carrying on Pickups, Vans and SUV’s with leaf spring suspension, but would also greatly improve road handling, ride quality, eliminate Axle wrap and make the vehicle a lot safer.
After four years of extensive in-house and on road test development the company perfected the Roadmaster Active Suspension system. The patent was issued in 1996 and that same year this unique aftermarket product was launched in the USA and Canada.
To see how the RAS kits progressed over the years we show the 1st generation from 1996 to 2000, the 2nd generation from 2000 to 2010 and finally the 3rd generation(and present) kit hitting the market in 2010.
As the different vehicle manufacturers and their models changed over the years, so did the RAS kits change. The 1st kits had a lighter coil tension spring and were designed for lighter mini pickups such as the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Rangers and SUV’s. During this period the 1st generation kits were manufactured, most SUV’s had rear leaf spring suspension, which gave the vehicles a hard truck like ride.
When these vehicles in 2000 started changing to rear coil spring suspension, the new 2nd generation kits were introduced. These kits had a larger more powerful coil tension spring designed for ½, ¾ and 1 ton pickups. This kit proved very popular and became the rear suspension upgrade of choice, recommended by four of the major Insurance Companies, who insure thousands of churches and their 12 and 15 passenger vans. RAS was chosen to help make their vehicles safer and less prone to rollover. With the improvement in load carrying, handling and all the other benefits that RAS provides, it has now become the fastest growing rear leaf spring up grade on the US market.
In 2009 RAS was proud to introduce their latest Easy Fit kits. Although these kits do what the previous kits do, the main benefit is ease of installation taking approximately only 45 minutes to install. Without having to interfere with u bolts.