Your car’s suspension system is responsible for maintaining a smooth ride and keeping the car in control. Specifically, it maximizes the friction between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and proper handling. The suspension system is made up of several components, including the chassis, which holds the body of the car. The springs support the vehicle weight and absorb excess energy from road impacts, along with the shock absorbers and struts. Finally, the anti-sway bar shifts the movement of the wheels and stabilizes the car from side roll. Setting up the car with the required rebound, compression and spring rates will provide you with a perfect ride. To recap, these components are responsible to:
- Control spring and suspension movement
- Provide consistent handling and braking
- Prevent premature tire wear
- Help keep the tires in contact with the road
- Maintain dynamic wheel alignment
- Control vehicle bounce, roll, sway, drive, and acceleration squat
- Reduce wear on other vehicle systems
- Promote even and balanced tire and brake wear
With over 50 years of combined track & race experience, the 11Tenths team knows the importance of good wheel alignment. Having the suspension & steering on your car properly aligned can dramatically affect a vehicles performance. This is critically important in a racing environment, yet it is equally as important for daily street driving where an emergency lane-change at highway speeds can be the difference between life and death.
Items that may indicate the need for an alignment:
- Un-even tire wear
- Off-centre steering wheel location
- Loose feeling steering
- Wandering/drifting side-to-side while driving straight
Cars equipped with height-adjustable suspension components (coilovers) are eligible for corner balancing services. Corner balancing is the process of shifting the carried weight of each wheel by adjusting the suspension’s spring height. The goal is to get the diagonal weights even, meaning the right-front and left-rear corners will carry 50% of the vehicle’s total weight and the left-front and right-rear corners will carry the other 50%. If these cross weights are not equal, you could compare the suspension to an unstable table with uneven legs. In a car, this translates to turning one direction better than the other.
If you are in need of an alignment, corner balancing and or have any concerns regarding your vehicles alignment status please contact us! We work with the best in the industry to ensure your vehicles alignment are within spec and catered to your driving needs.