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Old 07-13-2001, 06:33 PM   #1
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Question Dumb questions about coil-overs

I looked at Ground Controls website and they seem to have a system that "mimics" coilovers. What is the significant advantage and change from a stock suspension setup with the spring resting on top of the strut and coil-overs? how does this GC mimic the coilover performance?
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Really the only thing the Ground Control setup mimics about coilovers is the height adjustability.

A true coilover setup consists of adjustable valved shocks that have a threaded area where the height adjustable lower spring seat mounts. (The Ground Control setup gives you a threaded sleeve that fits over the neck of the strut. This is where the lower spring seat mounts.)



If you look closely you can see that this setup actually has two sets of springs. This is a true progressive rate spring setup. The short thin spring has a lower spring rate and is there to better absorb smaller bumps and make life smooth when cruising down the highway. These initial springs have a softer spring rate. The secondary (longer springs) are for optimal performance when racing or brisk road driving.

Basically the short soft springs are there to soften the ride a little and will let the strut compress a little to soften the ride. The big longer spring is there to keep things stiff when the short soft spring compresses.

This is a very basic explanation of what a true coilover setup really is.

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