If you’ve been shopping for off-road shocks for longer than ten minutes, you’ve likely run across a set or two that are equipped with external reservoirs. While they undoubtedly look cooler, you may be curious as to why it may or may not be necessary to fork over a premium for the upgrade. Read More
Simply put, a wheel spacer is (hopefully) an aluminum ring that sits between the hub and the wheel of a vehicle, effectively widening the track (distance between the wheels) of the vehicle in question. There are a host of reasons why wheel spacers can make sense as well as a host of spacer options on the market. We’ll break down the basics of wheel spacers with this handy wheel spacer buyer’s guide. Read More
In the early days, things were simple. There were shock absorbers (also referred to as dampers by those wishing to seem sophisticated) and there were springs. Eventually, there were also torsion bars, but we’ll just consider them springs for these purposes. Then, gradually, struts began to appear on the scene and things got a little complicated. Not to worry, though, we’re going to break it all down today. Read More
There are several options for developing a front suspension and one such design commonly found on light and medium duty trucks involves the enigmatic torsion bars. The technology affords the comfort and control of an independent suspension while remaining robust enough for tough truck duties. Additionally, the geometry of a torsion bar system provides ample space for the various other drivetrain components like engines and four-wheel-drive bits. Read More
Once you purchase a Suspension Lift Kit, you may notice that some of the components are not as thick as the lift has been advertised and that you were hoping to achieve. Fret not! In many situations involving vehicles with independent suspension, the thickness of the spacer is not directly related to the amount of lift provided. Let’s take a look a few suspension designs to see why this happens.