Shock absorbers are not just simple arbitrary springs between your axel and suspension – they serve quite a number of purposes on your car, the most important one of which is to keep the tires in contact with the road. Through the absorption of bumps, your shocks and springs keep the vehicle from bouncing around, making for a more comfortable and controlled ride, and in addition reducing wear and tear on the frame. If you are an off-road enthusiast, the payoff for upgrading your shock absorers is even greater, considering the abuse your suspension is being exposed to. In this article, we list four of the general benefits of upgrading your stock shocks to an aftermarket shock absorber.
Safer vehicle operation: Shock absorbers protect your vehicle frame from damaging bumps, holes in the road and from bottoming out over steep slopes, as well as you, the driver, from the velocity differences in stop-and-go movement. All aftermarket shocks are designed to meet specified safety standards specified by the U.S. Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations.
Increased Control: In addition to providing protection, aftermarket shock absorbers provide for more predictable, controlled braking and steering by augmenting the sway motion caused by air turbulence of high speed travel and deflecting the kinetic energy of the road, rather than it deflecting you. This extra stabilization is imperative for racing as well as off road drivers, as the road handling characteristics of the vehicle are greater enhanced.
Increased Carrying/Hauling Capacity: While this isn’t true for every shock upgrade, there are types such as the coil-over shock absorber that are made specifically for increasing the weight hauling or towing capacity of your vehicle. Some models such as the Quick Lift from Rancho also have the added benefit of wireless controlling capabilities so you can make adjustments for comfort or height from the driver seat.
Longer vehicle life: Shocks absorb kinetic energy deflected from tires and the bodyframe to optimize control, ride quality and carrying capacity. In a nutshell, this greatly reduces the chance of damage, downtime, and of course, overall maintenance costs, making for an overall longer lifespan for your vehicle.
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