THE TORSION BAR
by Kyle McFadden
Torsion bars provide spring action for the front suspension from the twisting of a metal bar. Torsion bars are anchored to the frame at one end and attached to the lower control arm at the other. The weight of the vehicle along with the movement of the control arm causes the rod to twist. The twisting of the metal rod provides a torsional spring that reacts in a similar manner to the coil spring. Ride height is controlled through use of an adjustable arm at the frame mounting point for the torsion bar.
AUTOMATIC LEVEL CONTROL
Automatic level control provides automatic adjustment of a vehicles ride height to compensate for load or driving conditions. Components consist of a level controller, air pump, air shocks or air bags and ride height sensors. The system works by using sensors to input information about the ride height of a vehicle to the controller. The controller then supplies air from the air pump to the air shocks or air bags, as necessary to adjust the vehicles ride height as needed.
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