favorite - strut/shock/spring combo?

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Wed Jul 9 16:22:18 PDT 2008

There is but one optimum, “critical” damping for a specific combo of  
spring rate and unsprung weight!
Bilstein‘s marketing strategy is to over damp all stock applications,  
so the dumb customer can feel a big difference and thus feel good  
about his poor application and thin wallet. Obviously, I don’t like Bs.

Konis can easily be and often are also adjusted to an over damped  
condition (read 2B). Damping has little to do with ride quality,  
Spring rate controls ride quality. Damping controls the suspension’s  
response to dynamic bump inputs, the timing for shortest, optimum  
return to SRH.


On Jul 9, 2008, at 3:09 PM, Ed Kellock wrote:


> I really don't like the HDs.  They are not compliant enough over  
> minor road
> irregularities and the ride is jiggly and harsh.  Based on prior  
> discussion,
> I believe I am clearly in the minority in this area however.

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