I've asked this question early last year but no one seemed too interested. Would anyone be interested in doing a write up on suspension components? I don't mean a how to, I mean a detailed description and a few photos describing and showing each component of a suspension. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to suspension and I'm sure I'm not the only one. It seems like a lot of companies like Pedders, Nolathane, whiteline have alternative names for certain components. I want to learn the difference between tie rod ends and radius rods and link pins and control arms etc.
I can clearly see a few bushes in the front end of my car are stuffed and I want to be able to get under there and be able to determine which bushes are which. This would be a good reference to those of use that feel too stupid to even ask the question. Anyone?
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Don't be stupid. Power isn't measured by the size of your tacho
I dont have any detailed pics but i can tell you what is what.
The sub assembly consists of a 'K' frame- the piece that is bolted between the chassis rails and runs under the sump. It is bolted in place at 4 points.
From the 'K' frame extended out to the wheels is the lower control arms(LCA) which pivot on a singl bolt through a bush.
The outer end of the LCA is attached to the suspension upright or 'strut' with a ball joint.
There are Tension/radius rods attached to the LCA that prevent back and forth movement. these are attached to the front of the 'K' frame under the chassis rails. They have bushes.
There is a sway bar attached to the upright which has a couple of bushes.
The sway bar is attached to the chassis rails with a 'D' shaped clamp and bush.
The tops of the uprights have rubber insulators which often appear sagged and allow the castor to be out.
Hope this helps.