Suspension modifications can truly enhance the handling of your car. If you use your car as a daily driver, these modifications can make your drive safer, but if you like to take your car on the track, these modifications are absolutely necessary. Before getting any suspension modifications in your car, there are a few things to know first. Most suspension modifications are designed to make your car stiffer, which helps it stay grounded and stable in tight corners at higher speeds, with this in mind, it can be less comfortable than your stock suspension. In addition to stiff suspension, it’s important to have a low center of gravity, which plays a major role in the stability of your car at higher speeds; however, this could get frustrating on the regular roads, as you have to watch out for bumps, driveway, potholes, etc. In the end if you are aware of the things that you have to deal with when you have aftermarket suspension components in your daily driver, these modifications can enhance the stability of your car, as well as the looks of its stance. These modifications can work separately or together, so it could be a nice project where you can start with the simple modifications, and make your way to the more extreme ones. The modifications below will work on any vehicle. Read on to learn about the suspension performance modifications that you can do to your vehicle.
Shock absorbers are critical components to both the comfort of your ride, as well as the handling. The stock shock absorbers on most vehicles are designed to be soft, which helps absorb as much shock from the different road conditions, this way you don’t have to feel it inside the car. Replacing the stock shocks with stiffer shocks can enhance the handling of your vehicle. When you are turning at corners at higher speeds. The best thing for handling is for your car to stay stiff. Soft shock absorbers can allow the car to slightly bounce as the road conditions interact with the speed, which can make the car much less stable, and even dangerous. The stiff shocks forces your car to stay close to the ground without moving up and down at all, which makes turning feel much safer. There is a downfall, however, and that is comfort. The stiffer the shocks, the more you will feel the road under you, so be prepared for that. If you want to race with your car, stiff shocks are a must.
These bars are designed to distribute the weight of the car to the other side as you’re turning. These bars will give you a noticeable difference in swaying at higher speeds. You won’t feel like your car is about to lose control, instead, it feels like your car is much tighter in corners. There are stabilizer bars for both the front and the rear of your vehicle, so add these bars for both the front and the rear to get the ultimate grip. These bars are connected from one side of the frame to the other side. This modification can greatly complement the stiff shock absorbers, which will allow you to corner comfortably at much higher speeds.
The strut brace works very similar to the stabilizer bars; however, this one is on the top of the engine. A lot of track enthusiasts feel a tremendous difference when they add this modification, claiming it makes cornering feel much tighter. When purchasing a strut brace, make sure you get one with no hinges, because it defeats the purpose; and no matter how tight the hinges are, a fast pace track day will make them come looser. Another thing to look out for is the material it’s designed from. Be sure to purchase an aluminum or steel strut brace for extreme durability. This modification isn’t necessary on the streets, as it requires really high speed cornering to start stabilizing. So if your car is a track vehicle, take it one step further with a strut brace.
Lowering the car gives you the best of both worlds. You will get the performance enhancement, and you will get the beautiful, low-stance look. Many drivers lower their vehicles even when they don’t race, simply because it makes it look much better. However, for track vehicles, lowering the car can make it far more stable around tight corners. The lower your center of gravity is, the better your car will handle. There are various ways to lower your vehicle. The cheaper way to lower your car is to buy lowering springs for it. This is a good way to chop a few inches off the stance; however, when you replace the stock springs with lowering springs, you must replace the stock shocks with heavy duty ones, this is due to the pressure and force the lowering springs will give, and the stock shocks will simply not handle it and will end up blowing. The other way of lowering your car is to add air bags suspension to it. This gives you the freedom of raising and lowering your vehicle at your convenience with a press of a button. Although this is the best option for lowering a streetcar, it could add a lot of weight because of the air tank and the batteries need, so it may not be the wisest when it comes to track vehicles.