Summer holidays in Australia are the time for vacations and long-distance travelling, especially camping and 4WD trips. Your vehicle’s 4WD suspension needs to be optimal and if you’re planning on travelling with a heavy load or taking your vehicle off-road, then it’s a great time to consider upgrading your suspension.

4WD Suspension Explained

4WD Suspension refers to the system of springs, shock absorbers, tyres, tyre air, and linkage parts that connect the wheels to a vehicle and allows motion between the two. Suspension systems must support both the quality of the ride as well as the handling of the vehicle on the road. It requires a balance between these two considerations. Suspension:

  • Keeps the wheels in contact with the surface of the road as much as possible.
  • Protects the vehicle and its cargo from damage.
  • Optimises vehicle performance in an array of conditions.

Most 4WD vehicles are sold new with a suspension that is tuned for driver and passenger comfort on smooth roads above all else. It may be great for cruising on the road or for carrying only very light loads, but once cargo or accessory weight is added to the vehicle, or if conditions on the road deteriorate, the reliability and performance of the vehicle can be diminished with standard, manufacturer-issue suspension systems. This is where, even on a new 4WD, a suspension upgrade can be a great idea.

High-quality aftermarket suspension upgrades result in better overall performance of your vehicle – and for off-road driving or heavy loads, the standard suspension may not be adequate.

Benefits of a 4WD Suspension Upgrade

  • Better vehicle clearance
  • Better on-road handling
  • Better off-road performance
  • Longer wheel travel capability
  • Better load capability
  • A higher level of balance when towing
  • Enhanced ride comfort

Suspension upgrades for 4WD usually involve raising suspension by up to 50mm. Standard springs are replaced with customised springs and these depend on factors such as the presence of a bull bar, constant rear weight, and winch. Shock absorbers are also installed for better results.

What is a Lift Kit?

A suspension Lift Kit is used to modify a vehicle to raise its ride height. This improves the performance of the vehicle when taken off-road, however, it can also be installed for aesthetic reasons. With the use of a lift kit, the vehicle can be enabled for a steeper approach and departure, higher ground clearance, and to allow for fitting of larger wheels and tyres. The centre of gravity of the vehicle is raised when a lift kit is installed. The higher ground clearance allows the vehicle to travel over rougher or rocky terrain without any fear of causing damage to the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Suspension Products at ARB Maroochydore

We are proud stockists and suppliers of Old Man Emu suspension systems. Old Man Emu 4WD suspension provides systems that are matched, tuned and integrated for the ultimate in control, load capability, safety and comfort. The range incorporates suspension fitting kits, spring liners, centre bolts, U bolts, springs, shock absorbers, bushes, and trim packers – in other words, everything you need!

Contact Us at ARB Maroochydore

We are the largest supplier of 4WD parts and accessories on the Sunshine Coast. The team at ARB Maroochydore offer personalised, expert service and they are well-versed in all aspects of 4WD and outdoor adventuring in Australia. Please give us a call or, better still, come to visit us instore to explore our full range of 4WD and camping accessories and to have your queries answered. Contact us today.