Finally, after way, way, way too long, I replaced the shocks on my car. I would have done it sooner if I had known just how busted my old ones were and how much better the new ones already seem.
The 2017 Ford Raptor is all big turbo engine, enormous body, and the beefiest Fox Racing shocks this side of a baja truck. That suspension is damn near all the fun in the Raptor, and this what it looks like when it’s actually being put to work.
Out of all the wearable components on a motorcycle, I would wager a bet that the most overlooked system is the bike’s suspension.
In the first installment of a new series called Cool Tech In Boring Cars, let’s look at all the wacky front suspension designs that made their way into U.S.-spec Ford Rangers from the start of production in 1982 until the truck’s death in 2011.
“What’s so bad about a little broken suspension?” you ask. This. This is what is very bad about broken suspension.
“This is one of our most stupid things that we have ever done,” the kindly Finnish man who runs the Hydraulic Press Channel says before smushing a spring out of a Toyota Corolla. “Do not do this at home or anywhere else. This is fucking stupid.”
So much work goes into each part of a Formula One car that it’s a little mind-boggling when you start to think about it. Even the mundane parts you rarely think about have to come from somewhere. Case in point: the life cycle of a seemingly ordinary suspension bolt.
You know that shocks are what control how your car rides, but what’s actually going on inside the tube of a high-performance off-road shock? I took some apart and put them back together (with some engineers who know what they’re doing) to find out.
You’ve got to tread carefully any time you mess with key components of your car, but these five suspension mods can be particularly perilous. If you don’t know what you’re doing, please consult a professional. Forums don’t count.
This is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s new 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Formula Drift car. It has 900 horsepower, an independent rear end, and it likes to hit the three wheel motion.
HRL Laboratories has figured out how to replicate the rapid stiffening and softening of human muscle in metal. The technology could be used to create the ultimate automotive suspension, or give a robot the strength and sensitivity of a person.
Racing in rallying means dealing with shit that any sane driver would avoid: jumps, stumps, rocks, ruts, all taken flat out. Over the years, rally suspension has grown to be about the best suspension in racing, and here’s a video explaining how it all works.
You’ve been eyeing some bypass shocks for your truck because you heard “they’re good,” but some colorful gif distracts you every time you try to read more. Help is here short-attention spanned friends; I found some neat quick videos that break down how bypass shocks will make you faster off-road.
Anyone can stick a beam axle and some springs on a car. But some automakers try things differently.
This is what a complete strut tower failure looks like. Or, you know, what it would look like if your suspension did its best Alien chest burster impression.
According to Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer, Kurt Busch has been reinstated by NASCAR and will be eligible to participate in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The fact that no criminal charges were pressed over the domestic assault allegations against Busch was a key factor in NASCAR's decision.
NBC Sports reports this morning that Kurt Busch has signed NASCAR's terms and conditions for the series' consideration of his reinstatement as a driver following his indefinite suspension. The suspension still holds in the meantime, however, there is the possibility that Busch will return to the grid.
A suspension wasn't the only thing spawned by the Kurt Busch protective order ruling last week. Pit stall vandalism, regrettable tweets and even an IndyCar statement have been among the fallout from NASCAR's decision to suspend Kurt Busch indefinitely. Here's a rundown of everything you may have missed.