Suspension in a car plays a crucial role in providing a smooth and controlled ride. It is a complex system of components that work together to absorb bumps, maintain tire contact on the road, and ensure stability. Key elements include springs, shock absorbers, and various linkages.
Suspension design varies between vehicles and can be tuned for specific purposes, like sporty handling or comfortable cruising. Advanced systems may include adaptive dampers or air suspension, adjustable settings in real-time based on driving conditions.
There are many different ways to adjust suspension to cater to the driver of the vehicle.
Lowering springs reduce a car’s ride height for a sportier look and improved handling. They are typically a little stiffer than stock springs, minimizing body roll during turns. Lowering springs can be used with the OEM shocks/struts or even with an aftermarket shock/strut for improved performance. Lowering springs is the most cost effective way to achieve the vehicle looking better than OEM.
Height Adjustable Springs (H.A.S)
Height adjustable springs are an in between option between lowering springs and coilovers. Unlike standard lowering springs, these springs come with the ability to adjust ride height. H.A.S is a great option for those with Electronic Damping Control (EDC) installed from the factory. You retain the OEM shock and features such as EDC, but have the ability to adjust the ride height. Most H.A.S will not throw a service light, or put the car into limp mode for drivetrain malfunction.
Coilovers offer a versatile upgrade for drivers seeking improved handling and performance. Coilovers, a fusion of coil springs and shock absorbers, redefine a car's suspension dynamics. Coilovers are meant for those looking for full control in adjustment in their vehicle’s suspension. Most coilovers offer adjustment in ride height, damping, and camber adjustment.