Benefits of aftermarket suspension upgrades


Benefits of aftermarket suspension upgrades

Most modern cars’ and trucks’ suspensions are carefully designed to ensure adequate performance under a variety of conditions. Still, every suspension represents numerous compromises, as manufacturers must design their cars for a variety of needs and conditions while ensuring that most customers’ expectations about ride and handling are met effectively and safely. And of course, cost matters, whether the manufacturer is charging fourteen thousand dollars for a Kia or two million for a Koenigsegg. But your needs, and budget, may not match what the manufacturer had in mind for his or her particular model, and in that case, you may consider upgrading the suspension with aftermarket parts. If you are looking to install aftermarket parts on your vehicle, we encourage you to let Pfaff Tuning do the work. You can’t beat the experienced technicians and state-of-the-art equipment at our facility. In this blog, we share some information about the benefits of aftermarket suspension upgrades for your driving needs. 

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Tires are part of the suspension, and changing tires can have a surprisingly significant effect on handling, road-holding in various conditions, and even ride. Some tires offer a dry “grip” that’s superior to the OEM choices, others offer a tremendous improvement in winter conditions, and it’s even possible to find tires that give a quieter and more comfortable ride or improved fuel economy. In many cases, the main tradeoff is that the best tires wear out fastest.


In contrast to tires, wheel choice is usually an aesthetic decision. In theory, a larger wheel and correspondingly lower-profile tire can improve handling but in practice, the effect is minimal or nonexistent. Some aftermarket wheels offer weight improvements but many are actually heavier, not lighter, than stock.

Sway bars 

Installing a thicker and therefore stiffer sway bar, often with more rigid bushings, can improve a car’s handling by reducing its tendency to lean to the outside of turns. Matching the front and rear sway bars can also change the car’s tendency to “oversteer” or “understeer.”

Lowering kits 

Some drivers install aftermarket “kits” to lower their car’s ride height. These kits take varying forms, and may include new springs and spring mounts, new shock absorbers or struts, and sometimes even hydraulic (fluid) or pneumatic (air) systems that allow the driver to change the height while driving. In theory, a lowered car may handle better, more safely, and be somewhat more aerodynamic, but in practice, many drivers also prefer the appearance of a lowered car.


Aftermarket springs are often part of complete suspension kits or at least paired with new shocks. Replacement springs may be either stiffer or softer than stock; stiffer springs can improve handling under racetrack-like conditions at a cost in ride comfort, while softer springs might be employed to improve an off-road vehicle’s ability to traverse rough terrain.

Camber kit

Drivers who have installed aftermarket wheels with increased offset, meaning the tires project farther from the car, often find that the camber (wheel tilt inward or outward) is adversely affected; installing a “camber kit” may allow correct alignment.

At Pfaff Tuning, we can handle your aftermarket parts installations. It is always advisable to bring your aftermarket parts and your vehicle into a professional facility like Pfaff Tuning for installation. For more information about the benefits of aftermarket parts installation at our facility, or about our services, we encourage you to continue browsing through our website. 

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