Fontaine extends Simard twin-steer suspension availability across industry

Charlotte, N.C.-based Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has partnered with Simard Suspensions to install and distribute the Canadian manufacturer’s patented AMS twin-steer front suspension products in the United States and Mexico. Fontaine is the first post-production installer to effect a long-term arrangement with Simard, whose tandem steering components can significantly increase a vehicle’s load capacity without impacting maneuverability.INNOV-Fontaine-400

“The AMS twin-steer suspension can add payload to nearly any vehicle, including concrete mixer, crane, front loader and dump trucks. It is designed for heavy-duty on- or off-road use and has proven itself in Canada, the United States, Australia and Latin America,” says Fontaine Modification Vocational Services President Steve Boyer.

Fontaine will offer the full range of Simard AMS tandem suspensions, which includes air and spring designs with up to 46,000 lb. of capacity. The additional steering axle from a Simard AMS tandem suspension helps drivers navigate comfortably in severe terrain on construction sites or city streets. The twin steer offers optimal load distribution while working within the original OEM wheel cut and turning radius. AMS suspensions are designed to be lightweight to reduce wear-and-tear on the vehicle, and serviceable parts are positioned in accessible areas for easy maintenance.

“Fontaine is going to make it much easier for truck users in the U.S. and Mexico to get the most out of their vehicles,” notes Simard CEO David Tremblay. “With a tandem front suspension, customers will safely increase their payload, thus optimizing the return on their investment. This saves money and helps optimize resources.” — Fontaine Modification Vocational Services, 800/366-8246,; Simard Suspensions, 800/423-5347,