Springs! If you're not going mega low and your
original shocks are in good nick then spring only kits can be used. They
are available in many different ride-heights ranging from 20-60mm drops.
Don't forget, that if you go for something like a 60mm drop, the ride will
suffer, as they will be set harder than standard springs. However, you'll
feel like your driving a go kart when you're taking corners. My Chassis
Dynamics ones (which are the same as Ecosse springs), were £45 for 2 Pug
GTi 60mm springs. Not bad at all!
manufacturers produce uprated standard length and shorter shock absorbers
for use with very low springs. Many are available with adjustable damping
which enables you to alter the stiffness as and when you need to.
Adjustable damping comes in handy when big rims are used and are close to
the arches. Some cars except double posh coil-overs, which allow you to
slam the car and raise the ride height as the spring platform screws up and
down the shocks body. Tailor made kits with matched shocks and springs cost
from about £270 for the Spax kits raising to £400-500 for a lovely set of
Torsion Bars! Torsion bars are a very old technology but plenty of
froggy cars use them to good effect. This type of suspension twists a
straight bar to produce the spring effect. This system is obviously only
used on the rear of the car. Lowering is done by removing the bars (one on
each side), lifting the suspension slightly and then the bar is relocated a
spline or two further round. On the 205, one splines drop is nice; two
looks awesome but gives a very harsh ride. Also, you better make sure that
your rear bump stops are in good nick as the rear suspension arms will
probably hit them over large bumps.
ADT: EURODYNAMICS - 0171 228 8565
AVO - 01933 270504
BILSTEIN - 0181 9565049
DE-CARBON - AVO 10933 270504
MOTORSPORT WHEELS - 0181 7789730
JAMEX - 0181 901 2900
JR - 01932 788805
KONI - 01252 543900
LEDA - 01376
/DEMON TWEEKS - 01978 664466
POLY SPORT -
SACHS BOGE -
SPAX - 01869
TERRA - 0181
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devices help keep the car level while cornering. There are usually two
steel bars, one front and one rear, which connects the left and right
suspension together. When a wheel's pushed up into the arch during
cornering, the bar pushes the opposite wheel up too, thus keeping the car
more level. Most cars have anti-roll bars as standard but firms like Eibach
supply uprated aftermarket jobbies, which are thicker than standard.
Bushes? Most car manufactures use robber type
mounting bushes for its comfort and quietness. However, these tend to wear
out especially on modded chariots. This is were polyurethane bushes come
in. They differ because they are stiffer and come in lovely colours. There
rigidity enhances the steering response and also the handling.
are made of steel or alloy (the former being mush cheaper as it's heavier).
They are mounted between the front and rear shock tops. They add rigidity
through the car and increase handling. They also look the business in under
the bonnet as well. (especially polished silver).