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Suspension Question

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by YangpaNemsay, Jun 1, 2003.

  1. YangpaNemsay

    YangpaNemsay Senior Member

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    My question concerns the different articles of suspension on an car:

    1. What is the difference between Springs and Lowering Springs?

    2. Are Shocks incorporated into Dampeners or are they two totally different things, if they are, how are they "connected" to eachother?

    3. Where is the Strut's location in correlation to the Coilover?

    4. Would Lowering Springs replace the "Springs" on a Coilover?
     
  2. CRX-YEM

    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    1. What is the difference between Springs and Lowering Springs?

    Lowering Springs are typically used to lower a vehicles ride hieght they also usually have a stiffer spring rate.
    It is also possible to use Springs that don't change the ride hieght and have a stiffer spring rate.
    That's the only difference between the two. Lowering Springs and Spring are used synonamously most of the time.

    2. Are Shocks incorporated into Dampeners or are they two totally different things, if they are, how are they "connected" to eachother?

    Shock and Dampers typically mean the same thing. A shock is like a two way damper which controls up and down motion.

    3. Where is the Strut's location in correlation to the Coilover?

    A strut is usually a refference to a Mcpherson Strut assembly. A strut does the same job as a shock absorber.
    main difference is the way they are assembled. They would be in the same location as a coilover.

    4. Would Lowering Springs replace the "Springs" on a Coilover?

    Lowering Springs would replace your stock springs.

    A true coilover is another type of suspension assembly all together.

    Examples of different suspension set ups.
    Three basic types.

    True Coilover (Spring is on adjustable perchs attached to dampers/shocks)

    Spring and shock assembly (has a very similar look to coil overs) used in a dual wishbone suspension

    Mcpherson Strut used in a modern day suspension and is part of the load bearing structure that suports the car as well as functioning as a shock absober

    True Coilover: the spring and damper are one unit.
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    Example of Spring a spring and shock assembly:
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    *note not fully assembled

    Example of Mcpherson Strut
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