SUSPENSION isn't just for looking cool!
.....Your Suspension isn't
just for looking cool. Why is it so important? Well lets begin with a vehicle
that is all original OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or just say it, a plain
old stock vehicle. The manufacturer engineered this vehicle with Weight, HP (Horse
Power) and Suspension in mind for what the vehicle was intended for, mainly as
a passenger type road vehicle. Very rarely do manufacturers engineer a vehicle
to have parts above and beyond the minimum requirements for a passenger type vehicle.
There are exceptions to the rule if you know your specialty cars like for example,
Subaru STI, ZO6 Corvette's, Toyota SUPRA etc...
.....With all sorts of
upgrades that you can do for your vehicle from Lambo door kits to 30" wheels,
200 pounds of stereo and video equipment, suspension raising and lowering kits.
This all plays a roll on how your vehicle will ultimately handle. I am sure you
are asking, why would my new 2" lowering racing springs have to do with making
my suspension more dangerous. It won't if you upgrade them correctly.
.....Well lets begin with braking down the basics of your suspension.
There is a Shock or a Strut and some sort of coiled spring or a curved piece of
metal called a leaf spring. When you hit a bump, the suspension compresses. The
Shock absorbs the energy of the bump, the Spring decompresses the Shock to its
original position but as the spring decompresses its self the Shock slows down
the spring rate. If you take out one of these components it would be a very hash
ride if not extremely dangerous. I know everyone at one time or another has seen
an older car bouncing up and down the road. This is because the Shock has lost
it's dampening power, the spring is just left to bounce the vehicle up and down.
This also goes for people who want a stiffer, lower ride on a budget and buy just
lowering springs, because they believe that lowering the center of gravity and
a stiffer spring rate, will make the vehicle handle better. In fact that they
may have just made the vehicle more dangerous and have less control in corners
and stopping than with their stock or OEM suspension. Why? well with upgraded
stiffer spring rate, your stock or OEM Shocks can not handle the demands of a
tighter and lower spring. Now they bounce all over the road and when you are bouncing
especially in a turn, the vehicle is actually lifting its weight off of the ground
causing your tires to make less contact with the road. Now the vehicle is in less
control than the OEM suspension with a little body roll, staying in control. Lowering
the center of gravity and stiffing your suspension can make quite a difference
in the handling of your vehicle only if the shock and springs are made for the
application you are trying to achieve. If you can not properly handle your vehicle
or your vehicle is not properly handling, then you are not in control of it.
upgrading your vehicle don't forget that you are moving a 3000 pound plus vehicle
at high speeds. When you upgrade, take into consideration what other aspects of
your car might be affected. Also quality parts are always the way to go, buying
cheap parts just might put you and someone else in harms way. Its fine to have
the show and the go, but do it responsibly and don't forget the critical elements
of your vehicle that might have changed when you added your upgrades.
it Real, Keep it Safe, Peace.
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