Your vehicle might benefit from a suspension upgrade if you own a 4WD and have found its limitations off-road. Improving the suspension will not only enhance your vehicle’s capability but make it safer and allow you to get even further off the beaten track.
Is your 4WD suspension unsuitable for your needs?
If you plan to go off-road or carry heavy loads in your 4WD, you might soon discover that your vehicle’s standard suspension is unsuitable, mainly when you are flexing it up through deep tracks and holes. The standard suspension is good enough for most terrain, but upgraded suspension leads to all-around better performance. The option to choose the quality of your 4WD shock absorbers is a small modification that can make a mighty difference. Typically, most vehicles will benefit from a heavy-duty 50mm lift suspension kit which will give your vehicle more ground clearance and wheel travel. This will help when you are faced with challenging terrain such as corrugated roads.
What are the benefits of upgrading your 4WD suspension?
- Greater vehicle clearance
- Longer wheel travel (giving better off-road performance)
- Improved on-road handling
- Better load carrying capabilities
- A higher level of balance when towing
If you carry or tow heavy loads, upgrading your vehicle’s rear springs will greatly improve vehicle safety and handling, preventing the rear from sagging and keeping your vehicle balanced. Replacing shock absorbers can improve ride comfort both on and off-road.
What is a lift suspension kit
A lift suspension kit is used to modify a vehicle to raise its ride height. With the use of a lift kit, the vehicle can be enabled for a steeper approach and departure, higher ground clearance, and bigger wheels and tyres fitting. The vehicle’s centre of gravity is raised when a lift kit is installed. The higher ground clearance allows the vehicle to travel over rocky or rough terrain without the fear of causing damage to the undercarriage. In a 4WD, the suspension is usually raised up to 50mm – the maximum legal limit before an engineering certificate is required. The vehicle height is determined by its load-carrying springs. Most vehicles use large coil springs over the front axle and coil or leaf springs in the rear. To improve 4WD suspension, these springs are changed out with replacements manufactured to carry added weight/lift vehicle height. Shocks are installed to control movement and absorb the bumps.
Barossa Brakes & Suspension – keeping you safe on the roads since 1989
At Barossa Brakes & Suspension, we can upgrade your vehicle’s suspension to get you further off the road than you ever have before. Our mechanics are specialists in servicing brakes, suspensions and wheel alignment and balancing for both 4WDs and light vehicles to ensure driver safety, passenger safety and the protection of other drivers on the road. We offer general maintenance on trailers and stock a wide range of 4WD parts and accessories.
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