What does my Porsche Suspension do?
The suspension of your Porsche was precision engineered by Germans to dampen bumps in the road to smooth out the ride of your Porsche and to bolster cornering ability. Traditionally, most Porsche models have utilized a spring working with a shock absorber to both keep the body of the car from coming into contact with the tires and to smooth out the ride while driving. Your Porsche has nothing but the finest in German Engineering equipped, so bearing that in mind, it's worth saying that how the suspension is configured will vary dramatically from Porsche to Porsche.
What Suspension Brands does modbargains offer for Porsches?
Wondering where to buy Ohlins Shocks for your 911? Need to find the H&R Suspension or Vogtland Springs Sport Springs you want for your Cayman? modbargains offers the finest brands in handling performance for everything from 996 to Cayenne, including H&R Suspension, AutoTech, Eibach, Koni Suspension,KW Suspension, ST Suspension, BC Racing, Vogtland, Ohlins and more, and have a full line of upgrades including sway bars, chassis bracing and other specialty parts unique to the suspension of your vehicle. We have a full line of products from each manufacturer, from Bilstein PSS10s to KW Street Comfort Coilovers. Our Modification Experts have the knowledge and talent to set you up with the best suspension for you – if you just want to lower the car or make more serious alterations to the handling characteristics of your vehicle, we can recommend the best options for you.
What suspension upgrades are there for my Porsche?
Most people choose to upgrade their suspension in one of several categorical ways - listed below is a quick reference to give you an idea of what the parts of your suspension system are.
Lowering Springs or Sport Springs
These lower the car's ride height (how high the car sits off the ground) and improve handling. Lowering springs replace your OEM springs to lower your vehicle’s ride height. Sport Springs, on the other hand, are more conservative than lowering springs in the amount of drop and aim to improve handling over aesthetics, focused on improving the vehicle’s ride and handling characteristics.
Sport Springs are ideal when you want to improve handling without resorting to a more expensivecoiloversetup. Sport Springs or Lowering Springs should be paired with a lowering shock that can compensate for the reduction in ride height to best retain ride quality. If you want a comfortable daily driver with a conservative drop, Sport Springs/Lowering Springs are probably the best choice for you. If you want your car’s suspension to stay relatively close to stock, Sport Springs are the right choice for you. If you’re on a budget and coilovers seem out of reach, lowering or sport springs are, relatively speaking much less expensive than coilovers and more attainable.
Performance Shocks or Struts
Typically used in conjunction with Sport Springs improve vehicle handling characteristics by replacing the OEM shock or strut with a stiffer or adjustable rate unit. Usually, you'll find a performance strut packaged together with Sport Springs because Springs and Shocks work best when done as a "paired" upgrade of both shocks/struts and Springs. We offer struts from AutoTech, Eibach, H&R and many other fine manufacturers. Go to Porsche Shocks.
Coil-Over Strutsaka "Coilovers"
These upgraded units replace the OEM shock and coil with a special shock unit that is housed inside a performance coil spring. ACoilover, also referred to as aCoil-Spring-Over-Strut, is shock with a coil spring, assembled as a unit before they’re installed, as opposed to the spring and strut being separate. Coilovers usually allow the greatest drop in ride height (short of airbags) and are the ideal solution if "maximum handling performance” is the goal of your build. Go to Porsche Coilovers.
Generally speaking, the primary benefit of coilovers setups is the adjustable ride height, which is changed using a threaded spring perch to lower ride height, and many feature knobs to adjust damping. Coilovers are not just for track use – they have excellent street and applications - As a matter of fact, KW Suspension even offers a "Street Comfort Coilover" that's more more gentle than the stock ride, should your passengers not be fans of a stiff suspension. It's worth saying that not all coilover brands are equal – be cautious of lesser devices from no-name manufacturers that may not perform or ride as well as a quality coilover. modbargains only offers coilovers from quality manufacturers such as BC Racing, KW Suspension, Eibach, and Ohlins.
If you want to drastically lower your Porsche statically, want superior handling performance or just want the ability to "dial in” or adjust your suspension,Coilovers are an ideal solution for you.
Can I raise my suspension with Coilovers?
No. While specialty "lifted” RALLY coilovers that do not lower the car exist for off-road and rally-cross applications, and lift-kits exist for the purpose of increasing ground clearance, this is not what the majority ofcoilovers are designed to do.
Do I have to buy Camber/Caster Plates to use Coilovers?
No. While Camber/Caster plates do allow you to really "dial in” your suspension, you do NOT need them in order to run coilovers – in fact, most applications are just fine without them. Unless youtrulyneed 5 degrees of negative camber, you really do NOT needCamber Caster plates. Some Coilovers, such as race-oriented Eibach models, even include their own Camber Caster plates so you don't need to buy them.
What do Sway Bars/Anti-Roll Barsdo for my Porsche?
The Sway bars tie together the left and right sides of the suspensionto help reduce body roll during hard cornering or over bumps in the surface of the road. Aftermarket sway bars also typically include new sway bar mount bushings to ensure that overly-soft OEM bushings do not interfere with the new sway bar. Sway bars are one of the best things you can do for your car as for bang-for-the-buck performance. The Sway Bars reduce body roll during fast cornering, or over irregularities in the surface of the road. See Sway Bars for Porsche models. While most sway bars have set spring rates, some are adjustable by increasing or decreasing the length of the lever arms (sway bar endlinks). Sway Bars for Porsche are available from Eibach.
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Can modbargains Install My Suspension?
Yes we can! If you need a set of coilovers installed or just need fresh brakes and tires, we've got you covered. If you’re local to Southern California, we’re located in sunny La Habra, CA, just 15 minutes or so away from world-famous Disneyland. What's more, since we're not your average automotive repair shop- we can install aftermarket products that other shops just don't have the experience of expertise to handle correctly. We can install coilovers, lowering springs or even air suspension if you want to ‘bag your car.
Give us a call today at(714)582-3330to upgrade your Porsche's Suspension, or chat online to request a quote and set up an installation appointment.