The Type of Shocks You Should Get for Your Car Based on How Smooth You Want Your Ride

Posted by Ben Davidson about 8 months ago

Anyone who has driven their vehicle through rugged terrain can tell you that the right shock absorbers make a world of difference in the comfort and thrill of a ride. Many trucks, Jeeps and cars with a high center of gravity are designed for off roading and high adventure. Without proper truck shocks, the drive can be filled with painful jostling, tossing and turning.

Reduce Bounce for a Smoother Ride

The main purpose of car shocks is to reduce the impact from bearing on your vehicle’s suspension. The shocks absorb the impact reducing the force of the blow to the car and its passengers. Crawling a rock face creates a different level of compression than driving in the sand dunes. Too much bounce can make maneuvering outdoor trails difficult and lead to more time spent with the Jeep winch than actually exploring. Installing shock absorbers based on the vehicles capabilities and functions will ensure the smoothest ride possible.

Gas Versus Hydraulic

Two common distinctions to look for in shocks are gas charged shocks and hydraulic shocks. Each has beneficial features and is designed for specific driving practices. High speed driving is often paired with gas shocks to prevent deterioration by aeration. Hydraulic shocks are known for withstanding greater impact and resulting in smooth all-terrain driving. Shock options can be customized like tire and wheel packages to suit specific driving purposes.

Common Shock Options

A range of shock absorbers commonly found on the market include

  •        Coilovers which may allow for height adjustment based on ride height. This is beneficial for lifted vehicles with electric running boards.
  •         Monotubes get top performance marks from off roaders and offer multiple mounting options.
  •         Twin-Tubes are best for preventing aeration when gas charged shocks are in use.
  •         Piggyback shocks are optimal racing shocks that hold more fluid and stabilize driving.

Each type serves a specific purpose for the driving they will be doing. Research car and truck shocks based on the type of driving a vehicle will be doing. This will result in the smoothest ride. 

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