The Car Geek: Suspension Basics

The Car Geek

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Suspension Basics

The suspension is the portion of the vehicle that connects the wheels to the frame. It's composed of front and rear springs, shock absorbers or struts, anti-sway bars and a system of linkages, such as control arms, torsion bars, 4-links or trailing arms, that suspend the vehicle's "sprung" weight; thereby, controlling its ride quality and handling.
Springs in the suspension are used in sets of four for each vehicle or are paired off in various combinations and are attached by several different mounting techniques. The leaf springs are mostly used in front suspension on some full-size pickups and SUVs; however they may also be used in front suspension. Leaf springs work with hocks to control the vehicle's up and down movement as it moves down the road. Working with the torsion bar are shock absorbers. These suspension components control the up-and-down movement at each corner of the vehicle. Through changing stocks, the vehicle's ride quality and handling can be greatly improved. Use high quality shocks called "dampers" if you want superior ride quality. These parts literally dampen the feel of potholes and rocky roads, giving you a very comfortable ride even in worst driving conditions. For more information on the suspension and other auto parts and systems, you can go to Auto Parts Inner. This site features the best information on anything about cars and the automotive industry. Discover the marvels of automobiles and the automotive world through Auto Parts Inner's Auto Parts Information section.
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