This is a discussion on newb question within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; So shocks and struts are the same thing right???? I hear some ppl say strut, some say shock......
01-26-2006, 09:30 AM #1
So shocks and struts are the same thing right???? I hear some ppl say strut, some say shock...
01-26-2006, 09:40 AM #2
Shock absorbers are physically separated from the car's springs. A strut, on the other hand, is a shock absorber with a spring that fits around it.
01-26-2006, 09:44 AM #3
Sometimes struts are also called "Coilovers".
02-10-2006, 04:12 PM #4
I'm impressed. Very few people actually know the difference between shocks and struts. A lot of people just say they're different. And no, I'm not being sarcastic.
02-10-2006, 06:39 PM #5
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Actually a shock with a spring around it is not a strut. it is just a coil over. A strut is actually a part of the suspension system. A strut takes the place of the upper control arm. This is a quote from Monroe's website.
"Struts and shocks are very similar in function, but very different in design. The job of both is to control excessive spring motion; however, struts are also a structural component of the suspension. Struts can take the place of two or three conventional suspension components and are often used as a pivot point for steering and to adjust the position of the wheels for alignment purposes"
02-10-2006, 08:04 PM #6
Well, let me remove my foot from my mouth.
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