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August 01, 2012 Drivetech SumoSprings: revolutionary new ‘airless airbags’ from Drivetech

The team at Motospecs is excited to introduce a revolutionary new product to the Australian automotive aftermarket: Drivetech SumoSprings, the world’s first and only load assist “airless airbag” suspension system for utes, vans, 4WDs and other working vehicles.

Drivetech SumoSprings transform vehicles fitted with leaf spring suspension and have been designed and engineered specifically to meet market demand for a zero maintenance suspension support solution. Gone are the days of pumping up airbags in order to improve suspension and achieve a level load. Drivetech SumoSprings are a ground-breaking, “fit and forget” product that requires zero maintenance or adjustment once installed.

Zero maintenance

According to Motospecs Category Manager, Ben Lavis, Drivetech SumoSprings were developed in response to market frustration with conventional airbag suspension products.

“Drivetech SumoSprings solve the problems associated with current airbag suspension systems in the market. We continually heard from our customers that they wanted a system that didn’t require constant adjustment via pumping up and down. With Drivetech SumoSprings, there’s no more carrying a 12V compressor in your vehicle or pulling into the servo just to check and adjust your airbags. With Drivetech SumoSprings you simply fit and forget because the spring rate adjusts automatically depending on your load.”

Manufactured using a unique material

Drivetech SumoSprings are manufactured using a highly durable closed cell polyurethane foam. This responsive material provides progressive compression under load and variable road conditions. In simple terms, the more weight you apply, the stronger the spring becomes. Capable of maintaining loads in excess of 2200 kgs, on some models, Drivetech SumoSprings ensure a smooth, comfortable ride whether you have a large load, or no load at all!


Unbelievably durable

Incredibly durable, Drivetech SumoSprings eliminate the frustrations of leaking or puncturing, which are so common in conventional airbags. There is minimal possibility of system failure with Drivetech SumoSprings, as they don’t feature air lines or compressors. The closed cell foam won’t rupture and – incredibly – it can even be punctured without causing any loss of performance! The durability of Drivetech SumoSprings is in stark contrast to that of conventional airbags, which require constant maintenance and frequent replacement.

Indifferent to weather extremes, Drivetech SumoSprings have been deliberately designed to handle the tough vehicle under-body environment. They can withstand extreme conditions including high heat and freezing cold – performance remains unchanged within an incredible -40 to 93 degrees celsius range. Tough and incredibly long-wearing, Drivetech SumoSprings are virtually indestructible and will not corrode even in challenging environments such as those within the mining industry.

Easy to install and cost effective

The performance of Drivetech SumoSprings is matched by their installation ease. Supplied as a bolt on kit allows easy installation with no drilling required. Drivetech SumoSprings can be quickly and simply installed to vehicles with or without existing airbag bracket systems.

“From listening to industry feedback, we designed Drivetech SumoSprings to fit most competitors’ existing airbag bracket systems, with very little or no modification required. If you need to replace damaged or leaking airbags, Drivetech SumoSprings is your leak-proof, maintenance free solution,” says Ben.

“Drivetech SumoSprings are also very cost effective, because of their incredible durability and long lifespan. Once they’re installed, they won’t ever need to be replaced due to puncture/valve leaks etc. Also, you can purchase the whole kit or just the Sumo Bag itself, for installation onto existing brackets.”

Extensive Testing

SumoSprings have been extensively tested overseas and in Australia. In the United States, the US Border Patrol tested the product and as a result of its outstanding performance, all US Border Patrol vehicles are now fitted with SumoSprings. What an endorsement of this first class product! The Drivetech SumoSprings range has now been developed and tested on Australian applications with excellent results.

Enthusiastically received in Australia

Ben says Drivetech SumoSprings has generated a lot of interest whilst displaying “sneak peeks” of the product at various trade shows around the country.

 “We have had a lot of interest from potential retail, trade and commercial customers for the Drivetech SumoSprings product range. Because Drivetech SumoSprings are completely new and innovative and there’s nothing else like them in the Australian automotive aftermarket, potential customers are very keen to know more about them.”

Drivetech SumoSprings will be available for sale from September 2012 . The initial range covers select models from Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Nissan, Great Wall and Toyota.

“We’re adding to the fitments list all the time and plan to double our range by mid 2013.”

For more information on the exciting new Drivetech SumoSprings or your nearest stockist, please call 1800 463 646 or visit

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