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A suspension system is designed to absorb the shocks, vibrations and any impact for making your ride smooth on rough surfaces. Suspensions are an important part of the vehicle with their numerous benefits that allow the smooth movement along the road. To understand the whole structure there are two basic spring and dampening mechanism. Springs absorbs the whole pressure as the vehicle moves along the road with three main types as Coil springs, leaf springs and torsion springs. As the springs absorb energy Dampening mechanism dissipates this energy otherwise the vehicle would move up and down with every bump along with the road. Here are a few of the main types of suspension system available in the market used all over the world in building modern day vehicles.

Dependant Suspension System

In this type of suspension system, the movement of the tire is dependent on each other with beam axle designs. There are basically two axles with one called as live axle has powered wheels and dead axle with free spinning wheels. Movement of the vehicle forces these tires to move in the same angle to each other, not to the surface of the road causing issues in handling.

Independent Suspension System

It is the modern way of using a suspension system in which each wheel has the capability to move on its independently. Today’s car manufacturers prefer this design as the wheel moves up and down with the help of shock absorbers and springs being bolted to a metal frame that connects the suspension to the chassis. This whole structure allows better control of the wheels with their alignment ensuring the smooth operation of the ride.

Double Wishbone is also quite popular with its A Shape design with two wishbones like structure. Connected with the wheel this system comes with two mounting positions. One at the wheel and second at the vehicle’s frame with a specialized coil sprung and shock absorber. This structure is most commonly used in large cars as they aid in minimizing sway in achieving greater consistency while steering. There are multiple types of wishbone mechanism used in cars with Sedan, A4 and A8 Audi etc for a smooth ride with this complex design.

McPherson Suspension struts are a single cohesive unit used by European brands with shock absorber built inside coil spring to act as one complete strut assembly. Trailing Arm suspension is similar to wishbone with separate suspension arms that connect to the chassis of the vehicle with a traditional style system. In Twin I-Beam suspension have combinations of solid beam axle split in two with trailing arm which eliminates issues of the dependent system as a whole. There are also many dependent (solid axle style rear suspension systems) which would require different hardware like trialing arms, 4-link bars, heim joints, notch kits and more. 

At X2 Industries we have the foremost leading company for providing original quality suspension and customized suspension kits for your vehicle along with multiple accessories to complement the comfort in your ride. We cover almost all top brands of cars and truck available in the industry today with worldwide delivery of our products. All types of interiors, exteriors, lighting, suspension and performance parts are available to enhance the vehicle productivity in a remarkable way.

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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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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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Many drivers on the road have contemplated customizing the suspension on their cars and trucks. The overall look and feel of a car, truck, or SUV can be enhanced by adding a lowering kit or adjustable air suspension system to it. However, the operator should remember that only a modest drop will give the vehicle a more stylish look. When considering a lowering option for a car or truck the factory chassis components will need to be checked. Much of the lowering stance limitation comes front the fact that the factory suspension will simply not allow it to drop any further. A good test is to remove any bump stops, and remove any current factory suspension components suspending the vehicle. With this suspension equipment removed a good visual example of the depth of the drop can been seen. A truck can be lowered by using a set of simple accessories or slammed on the ground with additional hardware which we call street scraper kits. There are many companies like X2 Industries, who make it easy for drivers to lower and even slam their vehicles. In addition to providing custom chassis accessories needed to lower specific years, makes, and model of cars and trucks, our store also allows customers the advantage of dealing with experienced suspension professionals. It offers a variety of airbag kits, street scraper air ride kits and lowering kits including but not limited to air shocks, c-notch kits, 4-links, brackets, and custom air struts for the front and rear. While lowering a car, truck or SUV, it is required that the length of shocks be changed to accommodate the latest drop done to the vehicle. You can use the slammed chassis components and air ride products provided by X2 Industries for a more efficient and convenient way to slam your ride.

Rear Street Scraper Sub-Frame assembly for the rear of a full size Chevrolet truck.

Some of the features to lowering your vehicles include helping users with easier access to entering and exiting there car or truck. This is refereed to as an air accessibility system. It’s main objective is only the accessibility of the vehicle and depending on the driver the drop and lift height may be changed to accommodate this feature. These custom air lowering kits also make it easier for drivers to control wheel movement and overall ride comfort. This specific feature can be utilized on very poor roads. The system can then be adjusted to give a softer or more firm ride depending on the conditions. If your adjustments are adequate you will notice that the system can soften the ride while still suspending the vehicle from the ground. The custom aftermarket enthusiasts manly use the adjustable and static lowering suspension for the looks. Slamming anything on the ground, no matter what the reason is a difficult task and can become very involved. Using the right hardware and choosing quality long lasting parts like our street scraper kits, compressors, and valves makes all the difference. When considering slammed Honda, Jaguar, Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford air suspension be sure to ask plenty of questions and have a solid understanding of what will be required for the specific application you are working with. Also, X2 Industries is always here to help with any questions.

In many cases truck air ride suspension kits will require fabrication to complete the installation.
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