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All You Need to Know About 4×4 Suspension Kits
If you own a 4x4 sooner or later, you will be facing the suspension question. Most drivers think that bigger is better when it comes to 4x4 suspensions but unfortunately this is not true.

There are legal limits to conform to and other things to consider before you decide on your suspension kit. Once of the first thing to consider when picking your suspension kit is your lifestyle and the vehicle’s intended usage.

Below is quick guide on everything you need to know about 4x4 suspension kits.

How Suspension Works?

The suspension kit on a 4x4 works exactly the same as a car suspension system. The suspension system kit is designed for comfort and improved handling. The springs absorb the vibration and reduce the impact to the driver.

A good system increases the amount of contact your tyres have with the surface. It is always important that you invest in a good suspension system. MCC has some pretty good suspension systems and MCC Bull Bars are also a great accessory for your modified 4x4.

What is a Suspension System Made of?

The Springs

This is the main component of a 4x4 suspension system. This is what supports the weight of your vehicle and provides motion control to the wheels. There are 3 main types of springs in the market each with different advantages and applications,

1. Leaf Springs: These types of springs are ideal are the best if you plan on carrying heavy loads. The design resembles a leaf and is made up of multiple spring parts.

2. Coil Springs: If your focus is on ride quality and handling coil springs are the best. You can also increase load capacity with the right support.

3. Torsion Bars: Torsion bars are performance boosters. They significantly increase performance off and on-road.

The Shock Absorbers

Technically the shock absorbers don’t absorb any shock. They just limit the spring movement which in turn absorbs the shock.

What are the Different Types of 4x4 Systems?

There are 2 main types of suspension systems,

1. Solid Axle Suspension: These types of suspensions are found on both sides of the differential and joined together using axle housing. This connection makes it dependent, meaning that when one side moves up and down the other side will also be impacted.

Another name used for Solid Axle suspensions is live-axle systems. They are quite durable, and the traction increased is significantly more than the other types of systems.

2. IFS (Independent Suspension Systems): Just like the name suggests IFS does not have a direct connection between the sides.  In the middle you’ll find an axle housing that features a ring gear and carrier live.

Unlike the axle tubes used in dependent systems, IFS use velocity axles so that the movement on one side doesn’t impact the other side of the vehicle.

Having a good suspension system for your vehicle is vital if you plan on taking off-road trips. Make sure to research and ask professionals before investing in a good system.

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