The reasons to invest in a new aftermarket suspension system are tenfold. Your stock OEM vehicle manufacturers typically sell upgraded sports suspension packages in their high-end models. They would provide more suspension options in their other models if generating profits wasn’t their chief corporate interest. Enthusiasts of particular vehicles that know how to tweak them for performance are called Tuners. Tuners have long known that suspension upgrades are among the best investments anyone can make in upgrading their ride.
1. No More Underbody Damage
If you take your vehicle off-roading, you know how easy it is to bottom out and get stuck over those little hills that look like fun in your imagination. Upgrading your suspension with a lift kit and softer springs mounted on beefier shocks will absorb all that rough terrain and provide clearance.
2. Reduced Bodyflex
Just about any vehicle can be transformed into a racecar by lowering its center of gravity and fitting it with a stiff sway bar for body rigidity. The vehicle body actually flexes under the centrifugal forces at play in a high-speed turn. The high center of gravity of most vehicles makes it feel like the car is on stilts as it awkwardly bends around a curve. Most Honda’s and VW’s come with a low center of gravity from the factory that makes them favorites among tuners.
3. High-Speed Stability
When you upgrade your ride with stiffer sports suspension packages, it feels like you are only driving at 30mph when you are actually traveling at 70 or 80 mph. All that play in your suspension can make you feel like you are driving a boat in some models as they slide awkwardly and pull. It is difficult to feel the precision of the wheel when you are floating adrift a soft suspension.
4. The Ideal Firmness for Any Occasion
Electronic hydraulic and pneumatic suspension kits offer drivers the option of tuning in their suspension any time they feel like it. If you are driving on rougher roads, why not adjust the suspension to dampen the vibrations. If your vehicle is starting to feel a little sloppy on that long highway trip, a little stiffness in the suspension goes a long way.
5. Accurate Steering
When you upgrade the bushings in your vehicle with polyurethane or firmer rubber like that famously used in the Volkswagen R32 control arms, you can drive in style while others are clumsily moping along on the highways. Clumsy steering is something that contributes to accidents at high speeds on the highway. It is easy to lose control of the steering wheel if you don’t have that firm crisp responsiveness that upgraded bushings provide.
Tuners are able to tweak their vehicle with aftermarket parts to turn on a dime and stop on a dime. Beyond these reasons, the pleasure of driving a well-tuned vehicle is inexplicable.