The StanceWorks archives are full to the brim with articles, stories, and helpful pieces, each with history and heart, but many of them fall forgotten to time and the depths of the website itself. Today, we’re diving into the StanceWorks Archives, bringing you one of our favorite how-to articles to date. We’ve always sought to teach our audience something with every article, and our “How-Tos” give us the rare opportunity to focus on such an act.
Earlier this year, we took a dive into the information behind springs, looking at everything from how they work to developing a better understanding of how to pick a proper spring for your application. Springs are, of course, a vital component in any suspension system, but a good spring is nothing without a good damper, or as most folks know them: shocks.
Spring rate, pre-load, progressive rates, tender springs… what does it all mean?! Across the web, there’s a heap of information, some right, and some wrong. Today, we’re taking a dive in on basic spring tech to cover the most common and important aspects of spring technology and vernacular. A few years ago, we took a look at H&R Springs’s manufacturing facility in Lennestadt, Germany, to learn how springs are made, from raw material to finished product.
It was all the way back in 2013 that we posed a question with an open discussion: when it comes to coilovers versus air suspension, which one is right for you? Better yet, is one objectively better than the other? It’s a fiery debate that has burned for years and years, at times peaking as a community hot topic, and at others, smoldering with intense heat in the background.
Coilovers are typically pretty familiar territory for the StanceWorks crowd. For folks like us, they’re often the first, second, or at worst, third modification we make to any car. From improved handling and ride quality, to absolute height control, they typically offer everything the layman asks for, and then some, and with most cars having an off-the-shelf application, installs are usually something any weekend warrior can accomplish in their driveway or garage.