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Improving Vehicle Handling

by John Eastwoodon January 04, 2021

How your car responds to turning, cornering, and swerving is referred to as handling. Many factors affect your car's handling when it is at higher speeds and navigating sharp turns and various terrain. There are also many ways that you can make adjustments to your vehicle to improve handling.

Improving Vehicle Handling

Suspension

The amount of space between the top and bottom of the suspension is known as "suspension travel" and handling issues can occur when this distance does not measure correctly. This factor's precision is essential for keeping your tires on the road when driving over dips and bumps.

Tread

Tire tread is very important in bettering the handling of your vehicle. The more tread on your tires, the better your traction and, therefore, the better handling. The original tires included when you buy the car are often not ideal. Luckily there is a market for tires meant for better performance, which can make a big difference in car handling.

Shock Absorbers

It's important to make sure that your shock absorbers are working correctly. Shock absorbers control rebound. When they're not working optimally, this can result in poor handling.

Accessories

There are many additional items you can add to your car to improve performance and handling. Strut bars reinforce your car's chassis to prevent alignment from changing during the pressure of high-speed cornering and hitting bumps.

Ditching rubber bushings for polyurethane can improve your ride as well. Bushings provide cushion during your ride, but rubber is not durable and wears out quickly unlike polyurethane.

Lighten the Load

Lightening your car helps to improve handling as well. You can also improve the aerodynamics by adding a spoiler and removing racks from your car's top.

Wheels

There are many reasons to upgrade your wheels. They can make a real statement in changing the look of your car as well as enhance performance. Choosing new wheels correctly can also positively impact handling as you drive. Larger wheels and tires mean wider tread and, therefore, better handling. Choosing your wheel upgrade size involves understanding the principle of balancing wheel diameter with the tire sidewall.

At Suncoast Wheels, we go the extra mile to ensure that you are getting the best wheels for your car. We understand how upgrading your wheels affect the handling and performance of your vehicle. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with the best choice of new wheels for your car or truck. If you have questions, give us a call 941-213-5704 or email scott@suncoastwheels.com.

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