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What's the difference between a firm and soft suspension?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ToeKneeSock, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Apr 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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    ToeKneeSock

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    Hi all,

    I'm interested in upgrading my suspension to run bigger tires and wheels for a more aggressive look/stance, something like 275/65R18 (32") or even 33", but unsure what set-up would be good for my application. I don't do any off-roading unless you considering driving thru dirt/grass to a hiking or camping spot as off-road.

    I have a 2014 DCSB 4x4 and the set-up I'm considering are:
    Old Man Emu and Bilstein 5100 w/ Ebachi.

    I hear folks say the ride quality is good because suspension A is firmer then suspension B. What does that mean? if I was going over a speed bump or banking into a turn, how would a soft or firm suspension feel?

    Thanks, Tony
     
  2. Apr 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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    Anyone? I want a ride that's not so bouncy as stock when going over speed bump or a pot holes.
     
  3. Apr 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM
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    I think whatever you do it's going to give you a stiffer suspension. OME (which comes with its own shocks/struts) and the Bilstiens with new coils are obviously good choices based on popularity, and both, paired with a new leaf pack or AAL will give you an appropriate amount of firmness to feel more like a truck. No need to go with the 886 coils with a stock front end or pre-loading billies on a higher setting than 0.. you're gonna get more stiffness than you bargained for.

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    oh and to answer your question, a "firmer" suspension means that you're just going to have less "give" in your suspension. what is GOOD about this is that if you're offroading, you'll keep your shocks/truck from bouncing around and hitting something you dont want to, just a lot like going over a speed bump too fast in a car and slamming your front of your car into the pavement.
     
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  4. Apr 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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    Thanks, your info is much appreciated. Now I just need to decide on one haha.
     
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