Soft or Stiff Springs – What’s The Best Suspension?

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Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two.

Suspension systems serve a dual purpose, contributing to the vehicle’s roadholding/handling and braking for good active safety and driving pleasure, and keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and a ride quality reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps, vibrations,etc.

What’s The Best Suspension – Soft or Stiff Springs?

But is it better for a suspension to have soft coil springs or stiff springs? A softer suspension will offer more mechanical grip as it will do a better job of keeping the tires on the ground vs a stiff suspension when it comes to depressions, bumps, and surface irregularities in the road.

But then why do race cars have such stiff suspensions? This video explains the design philosophy behind race car suspensions.

Check it out!

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