Have you ever seen a lifted or lowered truck? No matter the brand –
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc. – they always look cool and are sure to
turn heads. If you’re thinking of giving your pick-up this star
treatment, you should be aware that it requires some suspension work as
well. Check out this automotive FAQ about truck suspensions for some fast
answers to the most pressing of questions. Or, if you would like to speak
with a professional automotive performance specialist in Houston, feel
free to call
281.231.9950 to connect with HP Motorsports. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is
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Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Suspensions
Lift or lower – what’s the difference?
Modifying your truck’s suspension is literally a give or take situation.
You can beef it up with a big lift, or tighten the springs via lowering.
If you want to traverse even the meanest of unbeaten paths and control
your lane with dominance, raise your truck. If you want to drastically
improve handling and get a sleeker look to your truck, lower its center
Does adjusting the suspension affect the alignment?
In so few words, yes. In so many more, the reasoning isn’t quite
clear-cut. Basically, if you are going to adjust something as critical
to your handling and steering as the suspension of your truck, you should
expect that the alignment could be altered inadvertently. And consider
this: it never hurts to have an alignment check performed.
The bed of my truck seems higher than the front – is that a suspension problem?
Nope. Most trucks intentionally have a taller tail end so when you load
the bed or trailer up with cargo, furniture, and mounds of dirt, it won’t
slam to the ground. This is known as forward rake, and it should be taken
into consideration when you’re going to get the suspension system modified.
How low is too low for truck suspensions?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t let anyone tell you
that your truck is “too” low. However, the tighter and shorter
a suspension spring you have in place, the bumpier your ride will get
as the suspension has less room to spread out and absorb shock. You will
need a professionally installed, and possibly custom made, suspension
modification to avoid this “too low” scenario.
Why do I get wheel wobble now that I raised my truck?
Dramatically raising your truck without a complete lift kit and suspension
adjustments can cause frequent and annoying wheel wobbling or shimmying
due to a change in handling. Using properly-installed steering stabilizers
can reduce the wobble and make your ride smooth again.
Will my truck’s warranty be affected if I mess with the suspension?
Great question for any sort of modification! Aftermarket parts that are
properly installed to your vehicle shouldn’t void out your warranty
automatically, but dealers can have special clauses that say otherwise.
For the most part, a dealer will only say the warranty is void if a problem
comes up later that can be linked directly to the alteration. Check with
them before modding your truck if this is a concern.
How can I avoid shock fade?
The shocks in your suspension system rely on a highly-viscous oil that
both dampens the heat of friction and makes hydraulic pressure resistance,
i.e. absorbs impact. The more you use, or abuse, you put into your suspension,
the more likely that oil is going to wear down and start failing. Thus,
shock fade and a bumpier ride. Talk to our specialists about oil reservoirs,
twin-tube systems, or shock replacement to find the solution that works
best for you and your truck.
Someone mentioned camber to me – what is that?
Tinkering with your suspension isn’t technically the only way to
lower your truck. By tilting the tires inward, so the top hides significantly
inside the wheel well, your truck will have a “negative camber”
and ride lower than if your tires were totally perpendicular to the road,
as they normally are.