Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. -Wikipedia

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what are the advantages of upside down forks

Recently I have come across many bikes which have upside down front forks. From browsing around the internet , I was not able to get a concrete answer for why it is preferred over conventional ...
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What Damage may Accompany a Broken Axle

I was looking at buying a 98 Honda Shuttle with a broken right side axle, and was wondering what other damage I should keep my eyes open for which might normally be seen together with a broken axle.
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

I have a car that is 7 years old and unfortunately hit a curb which bent the front strut on the drivers side. Do I need to replace both struts? Or just the damaged strut? It is similar to this ...
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How do I get the sway bar link to line up with new strut and spring?

I am swapping the struts and sway bar links on a 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I got the first strut in place and started to put the sway bar link on but it does not want to line up with the mounting hole ...
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What Front End Work Requires an Alignment Afterwards

What Front End Work Requires an Alignment Afterwards and in what case can you take measure to avoid having to do an alignment? For example the Haynes manual says you can mark the strut mount and the ...
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Displacement sensors for car wheel and datasheets

Probably title says it all, but I am on my design work for car suspension and cannot find a good displacement sensor for each of the wheels of the car. I tried to look up for accelerometers, which can ...
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Magnetic Active Suspension or Magnetorheological Damper

GM developed magnetic dampers for the Corvette several years back. What is magnetic active suspension and how does it work? I understand there is a magnetic fluid in the shocks but how, deep down, ...
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How Urgent is it to Replace Worn Out CV Boots

I recently noticed that what I think are the inner CV boots on my 99 Nissan Almera have started coming apart: They were still in one piece this past August when I took the car for inspection, so ...
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Identifying Suspension Parts on my Mazda 626

This is a continuation of my question regarding What to Check When Replacing Struts, but specific to my 98 Mazda 626 2L. I want to make sure: I've correctly identified the parts What is their ...
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What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?

I'm unfamiliar with car shocks. In motorcycles many rear shocks are charged with nitrogen which acts like a spring. I've seen motorcycle shocks that I've rebuilt have the correct amount of nitrogen ...
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Wheel Positioning - Camber and Toe

I have a baseline of information regarding camber and toe. Why would I add more or less camber to my wheel unless I'm a NASCAR drivier making only left hand turns and want better traction for that ...
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1988 Jeep Wrangler - How do I do a DIY alignment?

Have a friend with a '88 YJ. He wants us to tackle an alignment job on it. It's pulling to the right. We can see the rear axle is not aligned and tire rubs on one side. It looks like it might be ...
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1968 Beetle Front Shocks (Koni)

What are the correct size Koni front shocks for a 1968 Beetle at stock height? I purchased the (red) Koni D 80-1787 which Koni's site recommended as a stock shock replacement. My mechanic says ...
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Load on bed of pickup for extended period of time

I just got a Toyota Tacoma 2012 Sport long bed. I'm an artist and I make driftwood horse sculptures. I have two horses on the bed of the truck currently which comes to about 500 lbs. I intend to ...
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Differences between pullrod and pushrod suspensions - Pro's and Con's

Can someone please explain the differences between a pullrod and pushrod suspension and provide the pro's and con's of each configuration? Typically these suspensions are used on open wheeled ...
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Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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How to remove front forks on motorcycle

I've got my motorcycle up in the air about to pull the frame up off the engine but I need to remove one last thing. I got everything taken apart except this center bolt holding the front forks on. ...
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Terminator 2 1990 Harley Davidson Fatboy FLSTF technical information

I am doing a project for class about the Harley Davidson Fatboy, and I need to find the values for the spring constant of the bike used in Terminator 2, and whether or not it used a custom suspension. ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I replaced the passenger side front shock on my 2009 Mazda 5 almost a year ago. It has been making noises, and upon inspection I see the coil is rubbing on the nearby metal. I don't know how to ...
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How involved (crazy) is it to lift my Pontiac a couple of inches?

I'm a pretty experienced DIY-er, but I'm not familiar with the process for lifting a car. How involved is the process for just 2-3 inches, and can it be done for a vehicle that doesn't necessarily ...
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Fixing vibrations caused by replacing springs?

I am slowly restoring a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 97K miles to use as a winter/light towing vehicle. I had some sag in my coil springs and leaf springs and the shocks were shot. So I had my ...
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Coil Spring Load and Ride Quality

Is there a difference in coil spring load between different engine options for the same model truck? For example, I have a 1993 C1500 with a 5.7L. Can I use coil springs from another 1993 C1500 but ...
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How can I increase the ride height of my vehicle?

2001 Buick Regal It already has a naturally low ride height, And I feel like I've lost some over the years. The suspension is stock with the exception of new shocks I installed about 6 months ...
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Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Does “bumping” up and down a kerb damage my car?

My driveway does not have a dropped kerb, so every day I have to bump up and down the kerb. Does this do any damage to my suspension or tyres doing this every day? If I do it quickly (say at 5mph), ...
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Is it safe to lower the S550 (2015+) Mustang by 1" in the northeast US?

I have seen 5.1" and 5.9" listed as the ground clearance on the S550 (2015+). I don't know which is true, but I would like to lower the one I have ordered by 1" to improve handing. Is this safe to do ...
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How to make ride less bouncy?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, the ride is really bouncy. Whenever I go over bumps in the road, it feels like I am almost out of control. It is generally a bouncy car, but it this one seems to be worse than ...
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05 jeep wrangler rear sway bar connection is broken

05 jeep wrangler .The link that connects my rear sway bar to the rear end housing. What's it called. where can I buy a replacement. To be welded or fit in.
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Car pulls to right when letting go of accelerator?

I'm driving an old Grand Voyager minivan temporarily, and notice that when I accelerate then let go of the accelerator, the car pulls slightly to the right, and I have to correct it by steering a ...
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Repeated rear bearing hub assembly failure

('04 Cavalier; 120K miles) I'd been having a whining noise on (highway) left turns. I found significant play in the right rear hub assembly, which I replaced. In less than 200 miles, the same ...
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severe tire shake at highway speeds under acceleration

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 201000 miles. At speeds above 60mph there is a heavy vibration from the front wheels. It is gets worse when accelerating and will smooth out immediately upon lifting ...
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Crackling/popping when wheels move at slow speed (e.g., rolling forward in drive)

My suspicion is that there is something loose (pebble, rock, or some other small, foreign object) behind the hub cap, but I hear a crackling or popping sound (almost like Pop Rocks or Rice Krispies) ...
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Which cars are more comfortable? [closed]

If you're driving for around 4 hours continuously which types of car would stand out in comfort? For example sedan or suv, or any other type. Definition of Comfort: Less noise Ease of getting in ...
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When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
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turn-sensitive road noise

'04 Cavalier, 115K. Tires are decent, and don't seem to be wearing unevenly. Low-pitch droning noise at highway speed. Originally, this was only when steering left; but now, also when going ...
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Rust underneath rear of car (Toyota Mk1 MR2)

I have recently acquired an old (1989) Mk1 Toyota MR2 and took a few photos of the underside rear of the vehicle. There seems to be a fair amount of rusting on the rear axle and gear box: gear ...
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Suspension broken - attempting triage

My wife's Honda Jazz hadn't been driven for a few days, and on driving out of our street yesterday there was a large clang and the front right corner dropped an inch. Turning the wheel lock to lock I ...
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New struts on a 2000 model year car with 225k miles, replace coils?

Should the suspension coil springs be replaced on a Toyota Celica that is 15 years old and has 225k along with the struts or do the coils never really go bad? How about the top bearing plate?
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What are the Advantages of a Single Side SwingArm on Motorcycles?

I have noticed that Ducatis , Honda and Triumph have bikes with a Single Sided SwingArm Much like most of the scooters. Are there any advantages of following this design , if so why are not all ...
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Do the front wheels turn a little bit on potholes and bumps?

I just replaced the inner and outer tie rods on a vehicle, and some time later was thinking about the linkage. I don't recall if the inner ball joint was at the same location as the inner suspension ...
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Does briefly flying in air hurt my car?

I drive a big SUV (infiniti qx80). I was going down a steep hill at slightly above the speed limit (around 45mph), and the road had a bump like this: My car flew briefly in air and then landed. I ...
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Fork tube seals Suzuki sv650

So I recently inherited a 2002 Suzuki sv650... It was garage kept for about 6 years and needs some love. I noticed that the rubber seals on top of the fork shock tubes won't stay with the tubes... ...
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Bent front fork on a bike

There's a previously owned 2009 YAMAHA FZ16-S that I'm thinking of picking up. It has a slightly twisted and bent fork (plausibly caused by an accident). It's only apparent when you ride it for a bit. ...
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My motorbike handle gets a hit when I hit a bump or pothole

My 2 month old bike is a 200CC Bajaj Pulsar (made in india) with only 2000kms on the odometer. I have ridden it carefully. I touched 100km/h accidentally on a drag race with my friend, just one time, ...
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Is Honda Shine Rear-Suspension claimable on Warranty\Extended Warranty [closed]

I own a Honda Shine (125cc) bike which started giving a less cushioning problem on its rear suspension since it was near to its second service (1200 km, 5 months from purchase). Though I told the same ...
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Clicking noise when starting from low speed, going over bumps

I have an '04 Echo that had the sway bar link replaced. However, a new annoying sound has developed. It usually happens when I'm starting from a dead stop, or going over bumps at low speeds. The sound ...
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'04 Echo shock mounts, Type A vs Type B

So I'm noticing quite a bit of rust on my strut and near the mounts, and I was thinking about doing this myself. So when I dig into the service manual, and possibly ordering parts, I found a not so ...
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Why would I feel disbalanced or thrown around when riding a motorcycle

I have a Yamaha XJ600N, and at various points of time when riding around in the city at 50 to 60 kph I have had this strange feedback from the wheels or suspension that makes me feel either slightly ...
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How to improve suspension on my bike TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model

I ride a TVS Star City 110 CC 2012 Model bike weighing 109 Kgs. I am feeling uncomfortable with the bike suspension. When I checked with my mechanic, he said it is fine. I can feel it is jumping even ...