Are you one of the many, many people who have faced endless air suspension problems? By now, you may have realized that there are huge advantages in ditching that old air suspension and converting instead to mechanical coilover struts. Between the lower cost, greater reliability, and overall simplicity, it’s easy to see why. However, you should be forewarned: you will notice a few new things when you install new struts.
This is normal. You’ve probably been riding around on a bad suspension for quite some time. Long enough, even, that you’ve become used to it. Not to fear. Here’s a quick guide to some things you’ll notice after you convert your car to new struts.
1. Things may feel a little bouncy at first
For the first hundred or so miles after installing your new gear, the driver will notice that the suspension feels a little stiff and bouncy. This is normal and happens primarily for two reasons:
First, a new set of shocks and struts needs to be broken in just like anything else. Though most springs get tested in the factory, most likely your shocks have never had any serious weight on them until the first time you drive on them. This means the amount of “give” in the shocks will gradually increase over time.
Second, a brand-new passive suspension will feel especially rigid in comparison to a worn-out active suspension. Without automatic adjustments for dampening, you will naturally feel a few more bumps here and there. In addition, it is likely that a driver will get used to the soft feeling of the old suspension and notice a significant difference in how a ride feels.
2. You’ll take turns better
Your suspension does more than cushion you from bumps in the road. It is also responsible for helping your car keep all four wheels on the ground when you turn.
On an old suspension, the car may have felt out of control while taking turns. A faulty air suspension will make a car significantly less stable than when it is functioning properly. Once your new struts and shocks are installed, you will notice the car taking turns “tighter” and more securely with less drift.
3. You’ll stop sooner
Another important job done by your suspension is to reduce the impact of braking on your car. Not only do shock absorbers absorb force from uneven road surfaces, but they also observe the force of a heavy vehicle coming to a stop.
Bad struts can increase stopping distance by sometimes as much as 12%. At highway speeds, this can literally be the difference between life and death.
New shocks will help your car braking at ultimate efficiency, keeping you and your passengers safe.
4. Your tires will last longer
The ultimate goal of your struts is to keep all four wheels in constant contact with the road. Repeated bouncing against the road surface causes discomfort and wear and tear on your vehicle. But it’s not just that, it also wears down your tires at an alarming rate.
After installing new shocks and struts on your car, you will notice that over time your tires will wear down more slowly, requiring you to buy new ones less frequently.
5. You’ll notice extra money in your bank account
If you’ve gotten to the point where you decided to change out your suspension, it is likely that you have grown accustomed to opening up your wallet every few months for repairs. After converting to a passive suspension, you should be more or less done with suspension-related costs.
Not only that, but you’ll also be saving money by buying fewer tires, getting better gas mileage, and needing brake service less frequently.
Ready to make the switch?
When you’re ready to start saving money, reducing frustration, and extending the life of your vehicle by installing new shocks and struts, look no further than Strutmasters, the suspension experts. Use the handy search tool on the website to see if a suspension conversion is made for your vehicle, or give us a call at (866) 597-2397.