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Suspension design and engineering are extremely complex. So much so that it has been said that it would take several encyclopedia-sized volumes to cover it all, and even then there may not be more than a dozen engineers on the planet who would understand it all. That said, we can still learn a great deal from an examination of the basics; and with a firm grasp of those basics and a little testing and evaluation, almost anyone can build a decent working coilover suspension. The aim of this series of articles is to help you towards that goal.
Over the years, drag racers with door cars have gone through all sorts of suspension arrangements. Lift bars, slapper bars, Super Stock springs, leaf links, ladder bars, three-links,four-links, and torque arms (there may be others too, but it’s a start). Of all of the systems, the most common you’ll see today is the equal length four-link, probably followed by the ladder bar.
To complicate things, there has been quite a bit penned over the years regarding suspension setup–some right and some wrong (some very seriously wrong). That has led to all sorts of misinformation, which in turn is bad news for the racer. What we’ve done here is cut through the maze of information (good and bad) and we’ve gone straight to an established expert on the subject–Jerry Bickel.
It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that Bickel has built more than his fair share of championship winning race cars, and he is certainly no stranger to tuning suspension systems. What you’ll see below is Bickel’s personal take on ladder bars and four-link setups.
Math was never exactly our strong suit in school.
That’s unfortunate because, as you know by now, there can be a substantial amount of math involved in hot rodding, racing, and general automotive mechanics. Luckily for folks like us, there are a number of automotive calculators around to help make this motorhead math simpler. Here, we’re going to share 13 essential calculators you should know about to make some of your future projects simpler and quicker.
We only included 13 because that’s as high as we can count. We’re just that bad at math around here (well, maybe not that bad). There are other automotive calculators available, but these are the ones we felt would have the most appeal. You may want to save or bookmark this page for quick access. And while you’re at it, you might want to check out our 13 Key Automotive Formulas Every Gearhead Should Know post, too.