Month: September 2019

Categories: General

The Need for Quality Suspension

Suspension is a system of connecting the vehicles upper body to its wheels and allows for fluid and relative motion for a smooth ride. This is collectively called as the suspension system. Tires, Springs, Shock absorbers and linkages combine together to carry the whole weight of a car or truck. Each model of vehicle has different suspension to carry its weight all the while keeping the vehicle smooth the entire ride. Even the design of front suspension and rear end suspension of a car can have a different structure. These suspension components are designed in such a manner to support both road-handling and quality which are from each other. 

Purpose of Suspension 

Suspension serves multiple purposes while maintaining the whole balance of the car. While the main aim of the suspension is to protect the vehicle and its inside cargo from any damage, the overall stability of handling, braking, wheel alignment and improves the age of tires as well as internal components too. 

Chassis that holds the cable of the car is attached to the wheel axis and Springs absorbs the weight of the vehicle, simultaneously reducing the excess energy from road shocks. So as the bumps come in your way these suspension parts take all the pressure on themselves, giving a smooth ride to passengers and minimizing the effect of poor road conditions. Suspension brings the stability in controlling the vehicle through wheels by pushing the tire to be in contact with the ground every time resulting in better handling respectively. 

Weight transfer is another technical feature of these suspension systems. When the vehicle makes a turn, accelerate or apply brakes the whole weight of the car changes as per the situation. Distance between wheel centres, the height of the centre of gravity, the amount of acceleration experienced, and the mass of the car or truck are the major factors that define the value of weight transfer. 

Suspensions are different based on the need and requirements of the vehicle. Common passenger cars use strut with single shock absorber, a heavy loaded truck uses leaf springs and pushrod suspension for high speed in case of formulas one cars where comfort is secondary.

Smooth movement of the vehicle along the road prevents the pre-maturing of tires too. Worn suspension can reduce the whole stability of the vehicle resulting in less overall performance. These suspension needs to be replaced with authentic suspension parts to transform the vehicle capabilities to its optimum level. 

What X2 Industries Can offer you?

X2 Industries offers a topmost quality suspension of different type & year models for cars and Truck. We specialize in custom Aftermarket suspension kits & their respective parts for all make and models. Complementary core components like air compressors, airbags, valves, pneumatic airline, brackets switch control boxes, control arms, brackets, air tanks, structs etc are available too. Original Equipment Manufacturer for top models like Audi, BMW, Bentley, Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Hummer, Land Rover, Jaguar, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen are available too. All of these parts are genuine and offer long term permanent solutions for your vehicle. For any more custom requirement leave us a query and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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Categories: General, Suspension

We are getting a lot of customers whom request information on air bagging there classic cars, trucks or just about anything with a straight axle, by removing all but the main leaf spring to create the initial drop. This is called mono leafing your rear suspension, and will provide you with the drop that is needed to air ride your application. Unfortunately this is not a good long term alternative to a drop or 4-link kit, as the single rear leaf spring will become weak and break within a year or two assuming this is a daily driver. If this is a show car then aside from the mono leaf approach looking and performing hokey, it may take a couple more years for the ultimate demise of the main leaf spring. To get an idea of what running mono leafs in any vehicle does, take a look at the images below.

The goal here with air ride is to get the suspension down, down, down if you are looking for a slammed look, and then lift the vehicle to your ride height or above with the newly added air spring and bracket kit. Traditionally this is done with a 4-link kit which allows you to completely delete your leaf springs.

The other more cost effective and easier to install option is keeping your leaf springs completely intact and going with a static drop kit, which in most cases is an axle flip kit or a drop block kit. The above links will provide you a glimpse at the hardware that is needed to make this drop possible. Now in no way is this the correct way to do an air ride instillation but is certainly a better approach then running a mono leaf.

Once your vehicle is at a lowered stance you can then proceed to add the air spring to recover the height you are looking for. This is a much more cost effective way to lower and air ride your rear axle without having to jeopardize the integrity of your leaf spring. If a mono leaf is being used, be sure to stay diligent on inspecting this part regularly. You do not want a leaf spring breaking during normal driving speed as it can be catastrophic.

I hope this helps, clarify some of the questions you may have had with regards to being cost effective and safe with your air ride installation involving a straight axle.

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