Suspension Components Bring Fashion and Function Together

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
A lot of drivers fiddle with suspension components with the sole intent of changing their vehicle's appearance. For example, performance springs lower the vehicle to give it a sleeker profile. But what many drivers don't realize is that this fashionable change is also an upgrade.

Reducing ride height enhances performance, as lowered springs consequently lower the vehicle's center of gravity. This increases stability, controlling body movement during cornering, acceleration and braking.

Your vehicle uses a variety of suspension components to function properly. In addition to springs, you have dampers or shocks and anti-roll bars. So if you upgrade your springs to lower your vehicle, you'll want to take a look at what other suspension components manufacturers have to offer—a complete suspension upgrade with parts working together to further enhance performance.

To illustrate the functional benefits to upgrading suspension components, Tire Rack conducted a Real World Road Ride and Performance Track Drive. We compared Original Equipment components with a variety of upgrades from Eibach, one of our prominent suspension component brands. You can read our conclusions in "Installing Suspension Upgrades—When Fashion and Function Work Together."

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