Anyone who has restored or upgraded any hot rod build knows that suspension is key. That smooth, perfect ride is what we all strive for. That being said, there are quite a few options out there for suspension upgrades. So, of course, it can get quite overwhelming. While the classic suspension was good for its day and age, the advancement in technology has created a variety of new, better bolt-on options for simple upgrades. Lucky for us, the experts at Aldan American are here to help. We asked them for their top 3 suspension upgrades, and here they are.
“Traditionally, muscle cars use gas shocks and coil springs. While these setups are great, they aren’t the best option when upgrading your vehicle. Whether you are doing a big-block swap in a classic Mopar muscle car or running bigger wheels on a classic Ford, you can enhance the build by running a coilover shock.”
Why choose this option? Well, “a coilover shock combines a shock and spring and offers the new ability to adjust ride height. This means you can raise or lower your vehicle to achieve the height you are looking for. By being able to raise and lower your vehicle’s stance you are not only able to eliminate fender gap, but also lower your car’s center of gravity. Thereby improving your vehicle’s handling capabilities.”
“With coilover shocks, you also gain the ability to control the speed that a shock operates. By controlling the rebound or compression of the shock you control the speed that the coilover reacts to cornering, launching, and cruising. Coilovers offer you the ability to tune your ride quality to your personal driving preference.”
“Do you want to have more control and responsiveness from your suspension set up? If so, then a good set of adjustable shock absorbers is just what you need. Since OEM Ford, Dodge, and GM suspensions use a basic gas shock and a hot wound coil spring, a fresh set of adjustable shocks will make a world of difference in how your car handles.”
“One of the biggest selling points of these adjustable shock absorbers is that you are able to set how firm or how soft you want your shocks. This lets you control how responsive your vehicle will be under cornering, take off, or simply just cruising down the road.”
You can check out the full line of Aldan American adjustable shock absorbers here.
“We recommend a full-on suspension packages that use coilovers for the front conversions and adjustable shocks that work with the factory leaf spring set up for the rear.” – Aldan American
“The perk of these kits is that in the front you are replacing OEM shocks with a fully adjustable set of coilovers with cold wound springs and adjustable ride height that offer the ultimate upgrade in ride quality and handling, In the rear, you’re replacing your basic gas shocks with an adjustable shock offering better stability and performance to give you a quality ride. Aldan’s front coilover kits are designed to work with OEM control arms as well as the tubular control arms that are so popular in today’s market.”
You can shop the whole list of suspension kits here.