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4WD'S are among the most modified vehicles due to their flexibility and wide range of uses. From roll cages for those who use their 4WD'S to take part in races, to front bull bars that protect the radiator and the engine from high impact, there are dozens of modifications and accessories you can add to your all-terrain vehicle. One particular and popular modification to an 4WD is the add on of suspension lift kits. In this article we will focus on the suspension lift kit and its benefits. And the Lift Kits can be devided into different types according to different parts they may used for, such as Leveling Kits, Body Lift Kits, Lowering Kits and so on.
WHAT IS A SUSPENSION LIFT KIT?
The suspension lift kit is a modification done to an 4WD to raise the overall height and obtain extra inches of ground clearance. This helps the vehicle's off-road performance by avoiding the obstacles that can be found on the ground. Other advantages include a steeper approach and the possibility to accommodate larger wheels and tyres.
A Lift kit is practically a kit that contains the parts needed to lift a specific vehicle model, and instructions on how to do so as well. The contents of the package depend on the model – some kits only contain parts that are difficult to obtain otherwise (generic hardware can be used to complete the lift), while others include a variety of parts, like new suspension, drivetrain parts, drive shafts, etc.
Except for lift kit, there are other tools important for a vehicle. Shock absorber is definititely one of them.
A shock absorber or damper is a mechanical or hydraulic device used to absorb and damp shock impulses. This is done by converting the kinetic energy of the shock into another form of energy (typically heat), which is then dissipated. Most shock absorbers are some sort of dashpot (a damper that resists motion by viscous friction). Along with smoothening out bumps and vibrations, the key role of the shock absorber is to ensure that the vehicle’s tyres remain in contact with the road surface at all times, which ensures the safest control and braking response from your car.
What Do Shock Absorbers Do?
Shock absorbers essentially do two things. Shock absorbers not only control the movement of springs and suspension but also keep your tires in contact with the ground at all times. At rest or in motion, the bottom of your tires is the only part of your vehicle that comes into contact with the road. Any time that a tyre's contact with the ground is broken or reduced, your ability to drive, steer and brake is severely compromised.
How Do Shock Absorbers Work?
The shock absorbers dampen the movement of the springs by converting the spring's kinetic energy into thermal (heat) energy. Shock absorbers are oil-filled cylinders. When your vehicle's suspension moves, a piston moves up and down through the oil-filled cylinder.