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Coilovers Vs. Shocks

by Tom Gresham

Coilovers and shocks are parts of the suspension system on automobiles. The major difference between coilovers and standard shocks is that coilovers afford drivers much more control over a vehicle's suspension system.


Coilover and shocks are both used in vehicles to manage the suspension springs, which bounce a vehicle up and down as it runs over bumps and holes. Coilover arrangements include shocks in them; coilovers are coil springs that are wrapped around a shock absorber.


One area where the increased control of the coilover is beneficial is in the ride height of a vehicle. A coilover also enables drivers to manage weight distribution from the driver's seat. This control allows for the driver to create the ideal suspension in a vehicle, depending on the circumstances and terrain.


Shocks are standard in vehicles, while coilovers are not standard. Adding coilovers to a vehicle also can be expensive, though the process is relatively simple, according to Eurotuner magazine. Coilovers typically are added to high-performing vehicles, off-road vehicles and show vehicles.

About the Author

Tom Gresham is a freelance writer and public relations specialist who has been writing professionally since 1999. His articles have appeared in "The Washington Post," "Virginia Magazine," "Vermont Magazine," "Adirondack Life" and the "Southern Arts Journal," among other publications. He graduated from the University of Virginia.

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