If you’re thinking about modifying the suspension on your off-road Jeep, one of the choices you’ll need to make is whether to install a standard spring and shock suspension or put on a coilover suspension.
Suspensions that include coilover shocks are highly desirable for some great reasons; however, before making that kind of investment, it’s a good idea to understand what they are, how they work, and what benefits they offer.
What Is A Coilover Suspension System?
A coilover suspension system is a suspension upgrade that comes with coilover shocks as opposed to standard shocks and coil springs.
The system includes two shock absorbers that absorb impact, each with a big, thick coil wrapped around it to further absorb some of that impact.
Designed to work together as a single unit rather than independently like a standard shock and coil system, coilover systems are available in various sizes from the most common 2 to 3 inch width with travel lengths between 10 and 16 inches.
How Do Coilover Shocks Work?
Coilover shocks work differently than standard shocks in a way that makes them more efficient, durable, ;and produces a more comfortable ride.
Where regular shocks and coils each absorb impact, compress, and extend individually based on the degree of impact, coilovers work so the coil absorbs most of the impact energy and generates the rebound while the shock dampens it all for a smoother compression and rebound.
What Are the Benefits From Coilover Shocks?
Although there are definitely a few disadvantages to doing so, there are also some great reasons why most off-roaders prefer to upgrade their Jeeps to a coilover suspension system when the time comes to modify because of:
- Improved Handling - Compared to a standard shock and coil suspension upgrade, all things considered coilover systems work more cohesively, offering a softer, more comfortable ride, and better handling which frequently suffers when the suspension is changed.
- Adjustable - Coilover shocks can be easily adjusted for height unlike standard shocks and coils which cannot.
- Lift Range - Coilover suspension systems can be used when adding a lift as little as 3.5 and as much as 6 inches in height.
Keep in mind the other side of the coin when using a coilover system, though the disadvantages are minor in comparison to the advantages:
- Expensive - By far, the main reason why people do not choose a coilover suspension upgrade for their Jeeps is simply the cost, as these systems are considerably more expensive than standard shock and coil systems yet are generally worth that cost.
- Required Maintenance - Because coilover shocks are more complicated than standard shocks, they can be affected by things like road salt, water, and dirt. They require disassembly and cleaning to keep them working properly, sometimes a few times a year depending on the amount and type of use they get.
Is A Coilover Suspension System For You?
If you’re already going to replace your Jeep’s suspension with a more durable one for off-roading or are want a functional lift, chances are you won’t go wrong with a coilover system.
The bigger questions are twofold: will your Jeep budget allow for one and will you actually do a proper cleaning as often as necessary.
If both those answers are yes, go for it - the better ride and added height will make you glad you did!
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