More Vehicles Using Aluminum Suspension Components

More Vehicles Using Aluminum Suspension Components

From 2012 to 2015, aluminum consumption for new vehicles increased by 28 percent in North America. While a lot of the aluminum has gone into the body recently, aluminum is finding its way into suspension systems too. The reason for this is strictly practical.

From 2012 to 2015, aluminum consumption for new vehicles increased by 28 percent in North America. While a lot of the aluminum has gone into the body recently, aluminum is finding its way into suspension systems too. The reason for this is strictly practical.

For every 10-percent reduction in vehicle weight, there’s a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement in fuel economy. Since 1990, vehicles have been getting “fatter” – thanks to airbags, structural components and convenience features – forcing suspension components to go on a diet.

Here’s where aluminum comes in: Aluminum not only reduces weight connected to the suspension system but also provides noise- and vibration-dampening properties.

For more about aluminum – and what to look for in your shop – read “Aluminum Suspensions: Knowing Is Half the Battle” by Andrew Markel in sister publication Tire Review.

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