October 1, 2013

TUFTRUCK® NEW Parts at SEMA: See us at Booth 33189

 

TUFTRUCK® is proud to DISPLAY SEVERE DUTY Brake Pads

TUFTRUCK® Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads are made for challenging driving conditions of fleet and heavy duty vehicles. TUFTRUCK® Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads are 100% North American Made.

TUFTRUCK® Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads are formulated for extreme driving conditions. This high carbon content metallic pad is ideal for towing, fleet, emergency vehicles, light to medium truck applications. TUFTRUCK® Severe Duty Disc Brake Pad gives aggressive braking and longer life cycles in high heat environments while maintaining excellent drivability. Backing plates are surface prepared for extreme sheer force and powder coated for corrosion resistance and excellent finish.

Shock parts

Shock parts

Shock parts

 

 

September 27, 2013

TUFTRUCK’s TTC-1223 will be featured in the new product showcase at SEMA 2013 (Booth 33189)

TTC-1223 one-page ad

 

 

September 6, 2013

TUFTRUCK heading to the SEMA Show again this year!

 

TUFTRUCK is very happy to announce that once again, we will be attending the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Our Sales Manager JT Grewal has confirmed that he will be there for the full show from November 5th to November 8th.

The SEMA show always proves to be a great success for us.

This year, TUFTRUCK will be located at booth # 33189.

Make plans to stop by and visit with JT and his staff to check out and discuss many of our products and services.

 

 

August 20, 2013

Super Duty Shocks: Questions Answered!

 

How Can I Tell If I Need New Shocks?

Shocks usually wear out gradually, but some things can happen, especially off-pavement, to hasten their wear. One of the first things to look for is either a nicked or bent shaft, which can easily be caused by flying gravel or debris. Once damaged, the shaft can allow contaminants to enter the oil and destroy the piston seal, which will eventually lead to a leak of the shock fluid.

If not replaced, the shock will eventually lose its ability to function properly. Other signs of worn shocks are excessive bouncing after crossing a dip or bump, rocking back and forth after a stop, excessive body roll around corners, tire cupping, and straight-line braking that isn’t so straight. One of the best ways to determine if a shock needs replacement is to perform the jounce test. Simply bounce the front or rear end of your rig by jumping or pushing up and down on it for a few seconds, then let off. If your rig continues to pogo for more than 1 to 1.5 bounces, you may need to replace your shocks.

What Kind Of Shocks Do I Need?

Only you can answer the question of the type of shock you need, and this is based upon your budget and the type of wheeling you do. You should also talk to some people who have a similar vehicle as your and do the same types of off-roading. However, here are some very basic guidelines.

  • Day to day driver, infrequent off-roader – Try running a twin-tube shock. These shocks offer good bump absorbing benefits while keeping your tires planted firmly on the road and are much cheaper than their more-advanced cousins.
  • Dedicated rock crawler – Opinions differ. A dedicated rock-crawling vehicle doesn’t require fancy shock absorbers because your rig is traveling at a few miles per hour and the rate of suspension cycle is incredibly slow. Save your money for some other cool gadgets and go with an inexpensive shock. However – If you find that you frequently need to travel at higher speeds, possibly over some washboard roads to get to your rock-crawling trails, you may consider upgrading to a gas-pressurized or a mono-tube shock absorber.
  • Medium/High-speed trail runner and/or daily driver – In this instance, if you find yourself traveling at speeds beyond 20 miles per hour on the trail and do a lot of daily driving, you would benefit from upgrading to a mono-tube or reservoir type shock absorber.
  • High-speed racing and/or mudder and/or extreme off-roader – If you find yourself falling within these categories above you should seriously consider a set of bypass shocks or at a minimum a set of reservoir type shock absorbers.

 

 

August 2, 2013

TUFTRUCK Super Duty Shocks are here!

 
The function of a shock absorber is to control or dampen the movement of the spring. A lack of rebound control (shock extension) will cause a floating or bouncy ride, while too stiff of compression damping can create a lack of control on rough terrain and a harsh ride.

Shocks resist motion by using a piston and valves that are mounted on the end of a shaft and moves through a fluid of thin oil or gas (pending on shock design). The fluid must pass through holes, valves, and slots in the piston as the shaft travels in and out. Resistance is created when the oil is forced through the openings on each cycle. TUFTRUCK® has a selection of Super Duty Shocks.

Super Duty Shocks

Cellular Gas or Cellular Foam:
A cellular-gas shock or a shock featuring a foam cell is one that uses a cell or a bag filled with gas or a piece of foam material. The gas bag or foam cell normally hold 10 to 20 psi rather than the 100 to 200 psi of twin-tube gas pressurized or the 250 to 400 psi of mono-tube designs. Some sources claim a gas bag or a foam cell has little effect on cavitation. However, activities such as slow-speed trail driving don’t normally cause cavitation, and many 4×4 builders recommend a low-pressure cellular gas or foam shock for trail rigs because of their lighter damping characteristics.

There are several type of these shock absorber designs:

  • Twin Tube Designs
    • Gas Charged: By adding a low pressure charge of nitrogen gas in the reserve tube. The pressure of the nitrogen in the reserve tube varies from 100 to 150 psi, depending on the amount of fluid in the reserve tube. The gas serves several important functions to improve the ride control characteristics of a shock.
    • PSD (Position Sensitive Damping): Individually tuned, tailoring the length, depth, and taper of these grooves to ensure optimal ride comfort and added control. This in essence creates two zones within the pressure tube.
    • ASD (Acceleration Sensitive Damping): Utilizing a new compression valve design. This compression valve is a mechanical closed loop system, which opens a bypass to fluid flow around the compression valve.
  • TUFTRUCK Shocks

  • Mono-Tube – High-pressure gas shocks with only one tube, the pressure tube. Inside the pressure tube there are two pistons: a dividing piston and a working piston. The working piston and rod are very similar to the twin tube shock design. The difference in actual application is that a mono-tube shock absorber can be mounted upside down or right side up and will work either way.

Reservoir:

The external reservoir is used for storing the extra needed dead air space. They are typically connected to the main shock body via a reinforced flexible hose or a metal tube of sorts. The shock compresses, the extra oil is forced through the connecting tube, into the reservoir body and forced against the pressurized air or nitrogen.

Check out TUFTRUCK® Super Duty shocks and other Heavy Duty applications.

 

 

July 26, 2013

TUFTRUCK® SEVERE DUTY BRAKE PADS Installation Tips

Brake Pads
We recommend getting TUFTRUCK® Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads installed by a professional installer, but here are some Installation Tips:

1. Replace rotors or resurface them with a non-directional finish to ensure even brake pad break-in.

2. The rotor should be washed with a non-detergent (clear) liquid cleanser and warm water. Residue left on the rotor will contaminate the brake pad and can lead to performance and noise issues.

3. Take care not to touch or contaminate friction material. Hands with oil or other contaminates on them can contaminate the brake pads and lead to performance and noise issues.

4. The sliding surfaces and back of the brake pad should be lubricated with brake lubricant. This reduces the possibility of noise and allows smooth and complete activation of the brake pads in the caliper, preventing pre-mature wear, excessive dust and poor braking performance due to excessive heat build-up issues.

5. Brake components should be inspected and worn hardware including pad installation clips should be replaced. Worn hardware can cause noise or prevent smooth and complete activation of the brake pads.

6. Compress the caliper piston after opening the bleeder screw to allow installation of the new brake pads. To avoid pad or caliper damage, the pads should not be hammered into place.

7. The lug nuts should be tightened to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended torque, using a star pattern to prevent rotor warping which can result in a pulsation when stopping.

8. Follow vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for break-in of new car brakes. Do NOT perform a high-speed break-in. Following the manufacturer’s break-in recommendation prevents excessive heat build-up which can result in excessive dust and poor overall braking performance.

Happy installing!

 

 

June 24, 2013

Get special pricing on TTC-1210 Coil Spring Kits this July!

 

Contact your distributor for special July pricing on TTC-1210 Coil Spring Kits!

 

 

May 23, 2013

McAllister Industries: Proud suppliers to the agricultural industry!

Agg Show Brochure

 

 

May 21, 2013

Severe Duty Brake Pads are Coming Soon!

 

TUFTRUCK Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads are made for challenging driving conditions of fleet and heavy duty vehicles. Disc brake pads are 100% North American Made.

Comprehensive coverage for domestic North American Trucks, Vehicles Used for Towing, Fleets, Taxis, Ambulances.

All TUFTRUCK formulations are tested in-house with Link D1900 dynamometer, as well as independent lab test by Link Laboratories utilizing the industries latest testing procedures. So, with state-of-the-art R & D testing facilities, top of the the line 400 ton presses and premium ingredients, it’s no wonder this line of Disc Brake Pads have been out performing competition.

TUFTRUCK Severe Duty Disc Brake Pads are formulated for extreme driving conditions. This high carbon content metallic pad is ideal for towing, fleet, emergency vehicles, SUV’s and light to medium truck applications. The Severe Duty Pad gives aggressive braking and longer life cycles in high heat environments while maintaining excellent drivability. Backing plates are surface prepared for extreme sheer force and powder coated for corrosion resistance and excellent finish.

  • Dual layer friction for maximum sheer strength under severe pressures
  • The ultimate brake pad for life, performance and quiet operation
  • Surface prepared backing plates for extreme sheer force
  • Hardware and wear indicators attached where applicable
  • “TruQuiet” premium elastomer active shim technology for improved noise reduction performance
  • Chamfered and/or slotted for better noise suppression
  • 100% shrink wrapped in the box for appearance and protection
  • Manufactured by a BEEP certified facility
Ford 4×4 Front Rear
F250 (200 5-2013) TT-D1069 TT-D1067
F350 (2005-2013) TT-D1069 TT-D1067
F450 (2005-2013) TT-D1066 TT-D1066
F550 (2005-2013) TT-D1066 TT-D1066
E-350 Super-Duty (2008-2012) TT-D1328 TT-D1330
E-450 Super-Duty (2008-2012) TT-D1328 TT-D1329
     
Dodge 4×4 Front Rear
Ram 2500 (2009-2013) TT-D1399 TT-D1400
Ram 3500 (2009-2013) TT-D1399 TT-D1400
     
Chevy/GMC/
Savannah/Vandura
Front  
3500 (2005-2013) TT52-D784  
4500 (2005-2013) TT54-D784  

 

 

 

April 25, 2013

It’s Playground Time!

Spring is here! It’s been quite the winter in many regions of North America. Do you have young children? Do they enjoy playing on neighborhood playgrounds?

Before the nicer weather arrives and also to support National Playground Safety Week (April 21-25); this may be a good opportunity to inspect the local play areas your children use and make appropriate parties aware of any findings of maintenance or repair work needed.

Below is a check list supplied by the National Safety Council www.nsc.org.

Top 10 Checklist for Playground Safety

  1. Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
  2. Most stationary equipment should have at least a 6 foot use zone in all directions.
  3. Any openings that can trap children (in guardrails or between ladder rungs) should be less than 3.5 inches apart or more than 9 inches.
  4. Guardrails should surround all elevated platforms and should be at least 29 inches high for preschool-age children and 38 inches high for school-age children.
  5. Look for exposed concrete footings, tree roots or rocks that could trip children.
  6. Check for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, like open “S” hooks or protruding bolts.
  7. Make sure your child plays on age-appropriate equipment.
  8. Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.
  9. Remove hoods or drawstrings that can get caught on equipment.
  10. Supervise children while they play.

Soft Surface
Because nearly 79 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, improper surfacing is the first thing parents should watch for when they inspect a playground.

Swings
Swings are the pieces of moving equipment that are most likely to cause injuries to children. Animal swings have caused several deaths and should be removed from playgrounds.

Smooth sliding
Slides should be well-anchored, have firm handrails and good traction on the steps. There should be no gaps between the slide itself and the platform.

Safe seesaws and merry-go-rounds
Spring-loaded seesaws are best for young children. Avoid adjustable seesaws with chains because children can crush their hands under the chains.

Here at McAllister Industries, we manufacturer coil, leaf, and other shape springs for a wide range of industries, one of which being for various playground equipment companies.

Some examples are:

Playground Springs

If you feel the above spring-based playground equipment would be a great addition in your playground contact us and we can put you in contact with some suitable playground equipment companies.