Ride Hight & Droop

Always run your car as low to the ground as you can without the chassis hitting or scraping when running. On road cars can be as slammed as you can get away with, but I off road it’s a balancing act between giving enough ground clearance, and the car’s shocks completely bottoming out. Ride height is usually adjusted on the preload collars of the shocks and through their physical position on the shock towers.

Ride Hight

The term droop describes the amount the wheel can drop relative to the chassis or the amount the chassis is able to lift from its normal ride height until the wheels lift off the ground. When cornering weight is transferred to the outside wheels lift off the ground. When cornering weight is transferred to the outside wheels. Without any suspension droop travel, as soon as we corner the inner wheel would lift off the ground, a wheel that’s off the ground can’t generate any forces for cornering, braking or acceleration.

Droop

Most cars have droops screws of some sort and droop is normally adjusted by altering the screws on the lower or upper wishbone. By screwing out the screws, this adds more droop, and yes you guessed it, by screwing in the screw offers less droop. The amount of droop travel available is most important for off road cars, when we ride over bumps in the truck without any drop travel the wheels would follow the cars body. We need the droop travel to allow the wheels to drop helping keep the tyres in contact with the track as much s possible, so we can keep the power down more of the time.

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