MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. is planning to launch a series of installation videos, instruction sheets and other resources designed to help aftermarket distributors and service providers grow their businesses with Monroe suspension conversion kits.
The kits enable technicians to replace expensive air-ride or electronic suspension systems with conventional mechanical systems without activating the vehicle's electronic warning signals, the company said.
“Demand for Monroe conversion kits continues to grow as service providers and consumers discover how expensive it can be to repair a factory air or electronic suspension,” said John Perrin, executive director, product management, North America Aftermarket, Tenneco.
“Our new installation videos and other value-added content are designed to help accelerate this market growth by guiding users through each step of the job.”
Replacing an air-ride suspension with OE-style replacement components can cost thousands of dollars, he said, while the out-the-door cost of an installed Monroe conversion kit can be significantly less. Each Monroe kit is engineered to restore factory ride height and provide stable, comfortable ride and handling performance, he said.
Tenneco offers vehicle-specific kits for the following conversion projects: air spring to coil spring; air shock to Monroe OESpectrum Load Assist shock; self-leveling to standard suspension; and electronic suspension to passive suspension.
These kits cover millions of vehicle applications, including Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Isuzu, Oldsmobile, Lexus, Lincoln and Mercury models equipped with factory air-ride or electronic suspensions. Several new Monroe conversion kit part numbers will be introduced by year-end.