The Best Suspension Systems
The ultimate buyer’s guide to suspension systems – 2018
In this article we round up the best performance suspension systems, lift kits and shock absorbers including some of the highest rated yet affordable suspension and handling brands on the market. In a quest to answer one of the most frequently asked question, ‘What is the best performance suspension system?’, we review the top brands and their most popular performance products.
Although this list is compiled in an effort to provide the most comprehensive overview of suspension systems, lift kits, and shocks, it is by no means 100% exhaustive as there is a sea of suspension manufacturers offering hundreds of thousands suspension products for the American car, truck and SUV owner.
So here is a “brief” list of the best suspension brands on the market. We carry each and every of these suspension and handling brands, so if you have a favorite one, you can simply click on it and find your part.
- AFE Power
- Air Lift
- Energy Suspension
- Fox Shox
- HSD Coilovers
- KW Suspensions
- Megan Racing
- NEO Motorsport
- Old Man Emu
- Pro Comp Suspension
- Rubicon Express
- Southern Truck
- ST Suspension
- Swift Springs
- Tuff Country
Do you really need an aftermarket suspension system?
Yes, if you actually want to dramatically improve ride quality, handling and overall performance. As we all know, factory suspension systems are notoriously ineffective of delivering the complete package, that is, a comfortable ride, enhanced handling and easy adjustability. Purchasing aftermarket performance kits, on the other hand, means investing in high quality shocks, springs and sway bars that will not only add some custom stance to your vehicle, but will also reduce body roll without compromising ride quality.
The benefit of purchasing a complete suspension kit is that it will come with carefully assembled suspension parts designed to work in perfect unison with your vehicle model, year, and make.
The Best Suspension Kit
Whether you want to raise your four-wheeler for extra big tires, give your ride a jaw-dropping look, or just upgrade its performance on the trails, you definitely need a lift kit! Covering almost every truck, Jeep, and SUV on the road, some of the best suspension kits offer easy installation and a lifetime guarantee to give you a peace of mind. So no matter if you are a daily driver looking to improve ride quality or a professional track racer on a grand quest to upgrade your rig’s handling potential while reducing body roll, a well-chosen lift kit will provide the ticket.
The best suspension kit for you will depend on vehicle’s model, the specific height you want to create and, finally, your specific budget. Fortunately, there is a great variety of suspension kits for all budgets, so with a little research and comparing, you can achieve the perfect balance between price, ride comfort and sheer performance.
Suspension lift kits by default are designed to lift both the body of your truck and the suspension system. The best kits for your vehicle will depend on what you are looking to improve on:
- Daily driving
- Towing and hauling
- Street performance
- Custom height adjustability
Some of the best lift kits for 2018
- Bilstein lift kits
- Eibach lift kits
- Fabtech lift kits
- Pro Comp lift kits
- Rancho lift kits
- ReadyLift lift kits
- Skyjacker lift kits
- Tuff Country lift kits
These lift kits are rated the best on the market because of the carefully selected, high-quality components they include, such as shocks, struts, coilovers, sway bars, bushings, etc. The kits allow you to either lower your vehicle to the ground or raise its body up to 6” to equip larger tires and revamp its look for a more aggressive stance.
The most popular suspension kits are:
- Body lift kits
- Coil spacer kits
- Torsion bar kits
- Lifting coil spring kits
- Lifting leaf spring kits
- Rear block kits
As we can see, the most popular suspension kits are body lift kits. Custom made lift kits come with parts specifically engineered to raise up the front or rear of your truck or SUV. Lift kits allow you to dramatically boost performance while revamping your vehicle’s stance. The kits are available with a number of options.
- Spring over axle (SPOA) lift kits
- Shackle reversal lift kits
- Shackle lift kits
- Lifted spring suspension lift kits
- Coil suspension lift kits
Listed below are some of the best suspension brands designing and manufacturing suspension lift kits for a variety of vehicles.
Leaf springs combine the power of air bags, shocks and sway bars. They absorb load pressure at the rear while supporting its suspension system. Most high quality leaf springs are engineered to easily attach to the body or frame of your truck. Well-designed wheel springs will reduce sway, sag and wheel hop while simultaneously smoothening handling.
Add-a-leaf kits add extra leafs to your vehicle’s spring set in order to provide some extra load capacity. Add-a-leafs are ideal for light duty trucks, utility vehicles, mini buses, vans and motorhomes in need of extra load carrying capacity at the front or rear springs. Add-a-leaf kits are easy install as you only have to insert the additional leafs into your existing leaf system. An example of such kits are Fabtech’s Add A Leaf.
Benefits of leaf spring kits
- Boost ability to handle heavy loads when towing
- Reduce sway, sag and wheel hop
- Smoothen handling
- Superior flexibility and wheel travel
- Improve control under heavy load
- Add extra height or restores a vehicle’s previous height
- Easy installation in the factory position
The best leaf springs on the market are courtesy of Tuff Country, ReadyLift, Skyjacker, Pro Comp, Hellwig, Rancho and Fabtech.