AD­JUSTABLE DAMP­ING

Fast Ford - - Suspension Lowdown -

Ad­justable damp­ing is a se­cret weapon in tun­ing your sus­pen­sion. When mov­ing away from the man­u­fac­tur­ers orig­i­nal sus­pen­sion de­sign with harder, shorter springs you will un­der­stand­ably re­quire dif­fer­ent damp­ing forces. But what hap­pens when you then re­move weight from the car or re­quire a dual-pur­pose ma­chine, say for the oc­ca­sional track day or hill- climb and the morn­ing com­mute?

This is where ad­justable damp­ing comes in. The road sur­face and speed car­ried on track re­quires a dif­fer­ent damp­ing force to con­trol the sus­pen­sion move­ment. In very ba­sic terms, by twist­ing the ad­just­ment wheel you are open­ing or clos­ing a valve. This makes it eas­ier or harder for the damper rod to move through the shock absorber fluid, damp­ing the forces with a greater or lesser ef­fect.

Mod­ern cars can adapt damp­ing elec­tron­i­cally, at the push of a but­ton too. BILSTEIN are in­stru­men­tal in the de­sign of sev­eral of th­ese sys­tems for the big man­u­fac­tur­ers. This puts BILSTEIN at a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage when de­vel­op­ing new adap­tive damp­ing so­lu­tions for their cars too.

Mod­ern dampers can be ad­justed elec­tron­i­cally, of­fer­ing mul­ti­ple set­tings at the push of a but­ton!

The Club­sport coil-overs fea­ture 2-way ad­just­ment; blue for bump, and red for re­bound

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