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Quick Tech: Upgrading Suspension Parts Can Improve Braking Performance

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When we do brake jobs, we often concentrate on replacing or upgrading our brake pads and/or rotors only.

But when we do that, we ignore an important part of brake system performance. High-quality suspension components can maximize the effectiveness of any brake job.

What does suspension have to do with braking? Simple answer: Everything.

Suspension components eliminate “lag” and maintain proper vehicle geometry, which reduces braking time and braking distance.

Today’s vehicles have improved equipment and increased safety features which add to the overall weight of the average vehicle, and modifications made by modern performance enthusiasts often increase vehicle weight further.

These modifications are usually aimed at increasing horsepower. This combination of increased horsepower and weight put an extreme load on the braking systems, especially on the front end.

How does this affect your braking? Nose dive. Not only can it create an uncomfortable ride, it can also cause uneven and premature wear on the front tires, costing you money intended for other modifications.

Companies like Nolathane offer complete suspension lineups to combat these issues. Their polyurethane bushings and control arms (in various applications) help keep the vehicle level. Their high-performance bushings have great memory and responsiveness.

How does this translate to better braking? A level car and more-responsive suspension allows all four tires to stay in contact with the road.

Increased tire contact = decreased stopping distance/time. Plain and simple.

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