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Performance / Racing Suspension
Performance / Racing Suspension

High performance, racing suspensions, have many of the same characteristics as standard suspensions, however, they are much more complex and durable. High performance vehicles require tough suspensions, due to their continual hard acceleration, stops, and turns. This type of driving puts tremendous stress on most of the component's on the vehicle's suspension. In order to endure these pressures, most of the suspension's on high performance vehicles, are extremely stiff. Although this is optimal for handling, and vehicle performance, the ride quality for the vehicle's passengers, is likely to be rough and uncomfortable at times.

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Coil Spring - Racing

Coil Spring - Racing
Coil Spring - Racing

Coil springs are one of the most effective and commonly used springs on a vehicles suspension. These springs are subject to large amounts of compression as the full weight of the vehicle is suspended on them. Coil springs are designed as a circular coil that has each of its circles spaced out. This room between the circles allows the spring to compress without all the circles on the coil spring coming together. Since compression amounts can be really high, this style spring has to be made out of extremely strong steel that won’t deform under all the pressure. Besides improving vehicle handling and performance, the coil spring also absorbs allot of the bumps and potholes in the road which can make the ride back-breaking for the driver and passengers inside. Continue Reading -->

Four Link Rear Suspension

Four Link Rear Suspension
Four Link Rear Suspension

A four link suspension is a very common suspension setup that is used on all kinds of cars and trucks. This suspension can accommodate applications ranging from off-roading to drag racing. The reason why this type of suspension can be used for all these different applications is because there are so many variations in which it can be set up. Since there are so many different setups that can be used, it is important to install the right one for your vehicles need. For example, a four link suspension that is designed for drag racing will not perform well on a car that does allot of street racing and cornering. Continue Reading -->

Helper Springs

Helper Springs
Helper Springs

A helper spring is an extra spring that can be placed on top of the vehicles original leaf springs to make them all stiffer so that the vehicle does not sag so much when subjected to allot of weight. This spring is held in place with shackles which are wrapped around the old springs. The effect of the added helper spring will be similar to adding all new springs because of the way it is positioned against the old springs. Helper springs are normally used on vehicles that have worn out springs or on trucks that do allot of towing because these things may cause the back of the vehicle to sag under all the weight. One of the biggest advantages of using a helper spring instead of just replacing the old springs is that it is adjustable so that the ride quality can be better controlled by the driver to suit the need of the vehicle better. Replacing all the old springs is also way more expensive and time consuming than installing a helper spring on each leaf spring stack. Continue Reading -->

Ladder Bars

Ladder Bars
Ladder Bars

A ladder bar is a suspension component that is used to prevent wheel hop on vehicles that incorporate coil springs. The ladder bar attaches to the rear end at the spring perch and is connected to the chassis right in front of the rear tires. When the accelerator is pushed suddenly and the tires begin to get traction, the ladder bar prevents the rear end from wrapping up and allowing the rear tires to hop off of the pavement. It is important to prevent wheel hop because it can cause damage to the rear end and many of the other components around it. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Leaf Springs

Leaf Springs
Leaf Springs

A leaf spring is a type of spring that can be used on some automobiles suspension setups. This type of suspension is one of the oldest ever used and it is still used on many modern vehicles because of its simple design and reliability. The leaf spring takes the shape of a slender arc that is attached to the frame at both sides. Sometimes a shackle may be used to connect the spring to the frame so that the tendency of the spring to elongate when compressed won’t be an issue. These shackles are more common on all terrain vehicles because the suspension will be subjected to rougher conditions which can damage a stationary spring anchor. Once the spring is in place, the axle is connected to the center of it so that the weight of the vehicle can be evenly distributed throughout the spring. Since this spring design is so simple, maintenance of the springs and the components around them is very easy to do. This is also the reason why most people who are looking to lift or lower a vehicle that has leaf springs will do the work on them instead of more complicated suspension components. Continue Reading -->

Leaf Spring Bushings

Leaf Spring Bushings
Leaf Spring Bushings

A leaf spring bushing is a component that is fitted to the end of the leaf spring so that it can be properly secured in place. The bushing is cylindrical in shape so that it can fit snuggly into the end of the leaf spring. This bushing provides some shock absorbing cushion to help make the ride smoother. The material that most leaf spring bushings are made out of is rubber but other materials such as polyurethane have started gaining widespread use. The reason why rubber is slowly being replaced is because it degrades over time which can cause rattling in the suspension, extra wear on the springs/components, and a rougher ride. Many of these new materials that are being used to make bushings won’t break down when subjected to the elements which is essential since the leaf spring are under the vehicle and will get allot of mud and grime kicked up on them. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Rear Axle Locating Devices

Rear Axle Locating Devices
Rear Axle Locating Devices

Rear axle locating devices are used to prevent the axle from wrapping up the leaf spring and bouncing around. This can make it extremely hard or even impossible to control the vehicle which is why it can be considered a safety hazard. The primary function of the rear axle locating device is to keep the pinion angle the same under hard acceleration and breaking. By doing this, there would be no way for the leaf springs to wrap up and affect vehicle performance. Even though these devices are great for any type of leaf spring suspension, they are primarily used on high performance vehicles that use this type of suspension since they have the power and ability to wrap up the suspension easier that a low powered vehicle. Continue Reading -->

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