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Spax PSX Adjustable Shock Absorber – Adjustable Front Top

Spax PSX Adjustable Shock Absorber – Adjustable Front Top

Spax PSX Adjustable Front shock absorbers are uprated, shortened, 28 stage on-car adjustable dampers designed to give your car a handling performance advantage.Spax engineers have developed these dampers to produce maximum control and handling. The PSX dampers are uprated, shortened and pressurised with Krypton gas. This produces not only superior low speed ride quality, but also high speed performance that is ultra stable, fade free and therefore significantly improved. The result is maximum cornering speed and traction, minimum braking distance and roll. Optimal handling results in better driver control and shorter stopping distances and this leads to a safer and more enjoyable drive.PSX dampers are ideal for fast road applications and occasional trackday use because they have a wide range of on car damping adjustment with no dismantling. You can transform your car’s handling from daily-driver to trackday machine in about a minute!Spax PSX dampers are designed and manufactured to the strictest German TüV quality standards, using the latest technologies and methods. Each and every PSX damper is fully Dyno Tested to ensure you get 100% performance and quality, guaranteed. PSX dampers are epoxy powder coated and oven cured for second to none looks and extra long life.Sold individually.View more

$155.28

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Spax PSX Adjustable Shock Absorber – Adjustable Front

Spax PSX Adjustable Shock Absorber – Adjustable Front

Spax PSX Adjustable Front shock absorbers are uprated, shortened, 28 stage on-car adjustable dampers designed to give your car a handling performance advantage.Spax engineers have developed these dampers to produce maximum control and handling. The PSX dampers are uprated, shortened and pressurised with Krypton gas. This produces not only superior low speed ride quality, but also high speed performance that is ultra stable, fade free and therefore significantly improved. The result is maximum cornering speed and traction, minimum braking distance and roll. Optimal handling results in better driver control and shorter stopping distances and this leads to a safer and more enjoyable drive.PSX dampers are ideal for fast road applications and occasional trackday use because they have a wide range of on car damping adjustment with no dismantling. You can transform your car’s handling from daily-driver to trackday machine in about a minute!Spax PSX dampers are designed and manufactured to the strictest German TüV quality standards, using the latest technologies and methods. Each and every PSX damper is fully Dyno Tested to ensure you get 100% performance and quality, guaranteed. PSX dampers are epoxy powder coated and oven cured for second to none looks and extra long life.Sold individually.View more

$143.78

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KYB Ultra SR Shock Absorber – Front Right

KYB Ultra SR Shock Absorber – Front Right

The KYB Ultra SR shock absorbers are mono tube gas shock absorbers, struts and cartridges. Assembled at the factory and then inspected to be sure they are exact you can be sure you are receiving a product that will consistently delivered a better than new handling and ride comfort feel.The Ultra SR shock absorber has been specially designed to compensate for the accumulated wear and tear on other parts of the suspension system, the Ultra SR is able to do this by using a patented valving with nitrogen gas system that is able to completely eliminate foaming, this is usually what causes shocks to fail even after a few minutes of operation. These are then able to provide a better ride and better steering response. The Ultra SR has been designed to give maximum safety for users who have high demands on road handling.Ultra SR is specially designed for excellent driving stability with maximum safety for the ambitious sports driver with high demands on road handling. Gas filled MacPherson.For the sports driverExcellent driving stability with maximum safetyHarder damping force enables stable road holding and steeringHigh performance when used with steel belt or low profile tyres Completely eliminates foaming and performance...View more

$128.75

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KYB Ultra SR Shock Absorber – Front Left

KYB Ultra SR Shock Absorber – Front Left

The KYB Ultra SR shock absorbers are mono tube gas shock absorbers, struts and cartridges. Assembled at the factory and then inspected to be sure they are exact you can be sure you are receiving a product that will consistently delivered a better than new handling and ride comfort feel.The Ultra SR shock absorber has been specially designed to compensate for the accumulated wear and tear on other parts of the suspension system, the Ultra SR is able to do this by using a patented valving with nitrogen gas system that is able to completely eliminate foaming, this is usually what causes shocks to fail even after a few minutes of operation. These are then able to provide a better ride and better steering response. The Ultra SR has been designed to give maximum safety for users who have high demands on road handling.Ultra SR is specially designed for excellent driving stability with maximum safety for the ambitious sports driver with high demands on road handling. Gas filled MacPherson.For the sports driverExcellent driving stability with maximum safetyHarder damping force enables stable road holding and steeringHigh performance when used with steel belt or low profile tyres Completely eliminates foaming and performance...View more

$128.75

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KYB Gas A Just Shock Absorber – Rear Right

KYB Gas A Just Shock Absorber – Rear Right

The KYB Excel-G shock absorbers are twin tube gas shock absorbers, struts and cartridges. Assembled at the factory and then inspected to be sure they are exact you can be sure you are recieving a product that will consistently deliever a better than new handling and ride comfort feel.The Excel-G shock absorber has been specially designed to compensate for the accumlated wear and tear on other parts of the suspension system, the Excel-G is able to do this by using a patented valving with nitrogen gas system that is able to reduce aeration and foaming as this is usually what causes shocks to fail even after a few minutes of operation. These are then able to provide a better ride and better steering response.Sold individually.View more

$65.67

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KYB Gas A Just Shock Absorber – Rear Left

KYB Gas A Just Shock Absorber – Rear Left

The KYB Excel-G shock absorbers are twin tube gas shock absorbers, struts and cartridges. Assembled at the factory and then inspected to be sure they are exact you can be sure you are recieving a product that will consistently deliever a better than new handling and ride comfort feel.The Excel-G shock absorber has been specially designed to compensate for the accumlated wear and tear on other parts of the suspension system, the Excel-G is able to do this by using a patented valving with nitrogen gas system that is able to reduce aeration and foaming as this is usually what causes shocks to fail even after a few minutes of operation. These are then able to provide a better ride and better steering response.Sold individually.View more

$65.67

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KYB Excel-G Shock Absorber – Front(Right)

KYB Excel-G Shock Absorber – Front(Right)

The KYB Excel-G shock absorbers are twin tube gas shock absorbers, struts and cartridges. Assembled at the factory and then inspected to be sure they are exact you can be sure you are recieving a product that will consistently deliever a better than new handling and ride comfort feel.The Excel-G shock absorber has been specially designed to compensate for the accumlated wear and tear on other parts of the suspension system, the Excel-G is able to do this by using a patented valving with nitrogen gas system that is able to reduce aeration and foaming as this is usually what causes shocks to fail even after a few minutes of operation. These are then able to provide a better ride and better steering response.Sold individually.View more

$152.82

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Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Rear Left

Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Rear Left

Heavy Duty Track 4 x 4 shock absorbers by Koni are the ideal all-terrain option when gravel, dirt and dust are too tempting. This shock absorber will deliver optimum road holding and comfort both on and offroad. These shock absorbers have been specially developed for 4wd's and sport vehicles, tested under extreme conditions.Advantages:Optimum handling, road holding and gripAdjustable rebound forces for all on and offroad conditionsSpecially developed, high quality materials for maximum performanceBetter driving characteristicsRugged constructionLong lifespanSold individually.View more

$162.96

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Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Front Right

Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Front Right

Heavy Duty Track 4 x 4 shock absorbers by Koni are the ideal all-terrain option when gravel, dirt and dust are too tempting. This shock absorber will deliver optimum road holding and comfort both on and offroad. These shock absorbers have been specially developed for 4wd's and sport vehicles, tested under extreme conditions.Advantages:Optimum handling, road holding and gripAdjustable rebound forces for all on and offroad conditionsSpecially developed, high quality materials for maximum performanceBetter driving characteristicsRugged constructionLong lifespanSold individually.View more

$202.68

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Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Front Left

Koni Heavy Track Shock Absorber – Front Left

Heavy Duty Track 4 x 4 shock absorbers by Koni are the ideal all-terrain option when gravel, dirt and dust are too tempting. This shock absorber will deliver optimum road holding and comfort both on and offroad. These shock absorbers have been specially developed for 4wd's and sport vehicles, tested under extreme conditions.Advantages:Optimum handling, road holding and gripAdjustable rebound forces for all on and offroad conditionsSpecially developed, high quality materials for maximum performanceBetter driving characteristicsRugged constructionLong lifespanSold individually.View more

$202.68

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Koni FSD Single Shock Absorber – Rear Right

Koni FSD Single Shock Absorber – Rear Right

The Koni FSD Rear Sport Shock Absorber is the first shock absorber to offer superior road holding without comprimising comfort. FSD stands for Frequency Selective Damping. This new technique combines the benefits of both type of ride characteristics in one perfect shock absorber.This smart suspension system adjusts automatically to road conditions as well as driving style, and in a fraction of a second. Firm for sporty driving on even road surfaces and comfortable for a smooth ride on uneven road surfaces. FSD guarantees greater stability, greater control and thus greater driving pleasure.They are not suitable for use with aftermarket sports lowering springs.View more

$183.85

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Koni FSD Single Shock Absorber – Rear Left

Koni FSD Single Shock Absorber – Rear Left

The Koni FSD Rear Sport Shock Absorber is the first shock absorber to offer superior road holding without comprimising comfort. FSD stands for Frequency Selective Damping. This new technique combines the benefits of both type of ride characteristics in one perfect shock absorber.This smart suspension system adjusts automatically to road conditions as well as driving style, and in a fraction of a second. Firm for sporty driving on even road surfaces and comfortable for a smooth ride on uneven road surfaces. FSD guarantees greater stability, greater control and thus greater driving pleasure.They are not suitable for use with aftermarket sports lowering springs.View more

$183.85

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Shock Absorbers

For the smooth running of your car, a lot of action goes on underneath. Taking center stage in your car’s hydraulic system is what we call dampers or in other words shock absorbers. But what makes them such a fuss for your vehicle’s needs?

Role of a Shock Absorber

Simply put, a shock absorber is a hydraulic device that absorbs impulses from your car’s suspension and spring. It reduces the recoiling factor that occurs when driving on a bumpy road.

Contrary to belief, a shock absorber doesn’t aid in weight support. It, however, is in charge of maintaining wheel contact on the road at all times. Your damper does this by resisting upward motion through viscous friction.

How shock absorbers work

In its basic form, a shock absorber works like an oil pump located between the wheels and the car frame. The upper mount of the damper joins to sprung weight (car shell supported by the springs) while the lower mount connects to the unsprung weight (wheel axle).

In the conventional twin-tube shock absorber (a design that features two tubes in the hydraulic fluid chamber), the upper mount contains a piston rod that is connected to a piston located inside the hydraulic fluid chamber. This chamber consists of a pressure tube (interior chamber) and a reserve tube (outer chamber).

During bumpy drives, the upper shock mount forces the piston rod down pushing the piston further in the pressure tube. The tiny opening in the pressure tube let out small amounts of hydraulic fluid under high pressure into the reserve tube. The resistant flow is what brings about the slowdown of the damper hence a stop in the spring oscillation.

A shock absorber thus converts the kinetic energy generated by your car's spring constant expanding and contracting into heat (thermal) energy. It then disposes of the heat energy to the atmosphere through heat exchange.

A shock absorber works in two cycles: compression and extension. During compression, the piston moves down while in extension state, it moves up the pressure tube. With that said, the compression cycle is in charge of the movement of your unsprung weight (wheel effects during a bump) while the extension cycle is left to handle the motion of the sprung weight (your car’s body).

Types of Shock absorbers

Today's shocks are design with motion-sensitive capability – how fast your spring action is and the resistance your shocks need to provide. This advancement makes shocks adjustable to different road conditions thereby controlling unwanted motions that result from bouncing, swaying, braking, and accelerating.

The types of shocks available also differ mostly in terms of design and application. They include:

  • Standard Shock: It's the conventional oil-filled damper that can last for 100,000 miles before needing replacement. This shock, however, features no special effects. It's commonly adorned by 20th-century cars.
  • Gas Shock: It’s often used on smaller vehicles. It relies on oil for cushioning while the pressurized nitrogenous gas found inside is used to keep the oil from foaming or thinning out when cooling the shocks.
  • Coil-over/overload Shock: Highly used on off-road cars such as drifters and drag racers. They mostly feature coil spring fixed around the shock cylinder.
  • Heavy Duty Shock: Used on trucks, passenger buses and any vehicle that carries extra weight. They come with reinforced attachments points, larger diameters, and bigger center shafts.
  • Automatic Lever Control Shock: Found on high-end cars. Comes with electric operated air pumps that automatically adjust in case there is added weight.
  • Air Shock: It's an aftermarket shock that's generally installed in the rear tires of trucks and vans. Comes with an air inlet that pressurizes the shock for a raised vehicle. Unlike the automatic control shock, this must be manually inflated.
  • How to identify a damaged shock absorber

    After years of use, your shocks tend to wear out. When they do so, they are certain alarms that you need to watch out for, they include:

  • Oil leaks: Oil stains are alarming. If noted, it’s best to change your shocks asap.
  • Rocking and rattling: Worn out shocks can cause a bouncing effect making the ride very uncomfortable. The constant rocking also affects wheel contact with the ground. Driving under such conditions makes maneuvering difficult.
  • Swerving and nose dive: Your shocks keep your car steady during brakes and accelerations. If damaged, your front tends to dive when braking while the rear squats during acceleration. Your vehicle’s stability may also be compromised during turns. The car’s body may feel like its leaning towards the bend.
  • Long stopping distances: Damaged shocks can increase your stopping distance by 20%. As you continue to accelerate the longer the distance, it will take to stop when suddenly braking. This is quite dangerous in case of an accident.
  • Uneven tire wear: As mentioned earlier, shocks keep your tires even on the ground. If damaged, uneven road contact is established, and the result may be fast wear-outs on some tire parts. This may result in punctures or hydroplaning.
  • Vibrations: One major red flag is the clucking sound normally heard when driving. The vibrations can also be heard when steering.
  • If your car is experiencing these indications, it might be time to replace your shock absorber with a new one.