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Replacement Suspension Kit Information
Choose from top brands including: Bilstein, Eibach Springs and Hotchkis Performance.
A suspension kit is a complete package of parts that can be used to improve or repair the suspension system of a car. These parts usually include shock absorbers, springs and sway bars, as well as other components that improve the car's suspension. The suspension system has two purposes: to improve how the car handles in turns and braking, and to protect the vehicle and its passengers from shocks due to bumps in the road. Most suspension systems rely on passive springs to cushion the impact of a bump, along with shock absorbers to control the motion of the springs. (Some systems, notably those in Citroen cars, rely on a hydro-pneumatic suspension instead.) Most systems also have sway bars, which connect the left and right wheels and prevent the vehicle from rolling over during turns. Another function of the suspension system support the load carried by the vehicle (as well as the weight of the vehicle itself) and to prevent the inertia from the weight of the load from detrimentally affecting the handling of the vehicle. For example, the suspension of a truck or other load-bearing vehicle is typically adjusted to bear a heavy load. If there is no load, passengers may find that the truck is uncomfortably bumpy. Vehicles made primarily to bear passengers, such as luxury cars or taxis, often have a "soft" suspension that better protects passengers from jarring due to bumpy terrain. Suspension kits are usually sold to improve a suspension system on an existing vehicle. The kits are usually tuned to improve a specific aspect of driving performance, such as resistance to rolling, enhanced ability to turn corners at high speed, or increased stability. "Lift kits" are specifically engineered to raise or lower a vehicle. Lower vehicles are used in racing; their low profile improves wind resistance. The lower profile is also considered more attractive to some drivers. Raised vehicles can accommodate larger wheels, which is important on vehicles such as "monster" trucks that have oversized tires.
A vehicle Bilstein Suspension Kit has all the parts you need for updating the suspension parts that secure your vehicle's body to its frame.
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Pros: Anodized Al shock body is lightweight and fits like factory
Good spring rates selected, firm but still retains the comfortable Lexus ride.
Cons: expensive compared to other Japanese options, but no gimmicks here.
Non-adjustable damping, but can be revalved easily by Bilstein dealers in the USA.
Don't permit hella drop, but can get maybe 2.0" lowering from them.
*Note: the stock upper spring perch and rubber bushing musy be removed and reused to complete the shock assembly.