Before we can dive deeper into how suspension works — including when, why, and how to adjust shocks and other more complex topics — you need to know more about the shocks. In this first FOX Academy video, we go over the different parts of a shock so that you know what they’re called. This will act as a “translation guide” of sorts so that it’s easier to follow along in future videos.
We divide shocks into two categories: springs and dampers. Springs store and release energy. Dampers absorb and dissipate energy. When springs and dampers work together, you’re given control of your vehicle.
At their core, shocks convert the motion of the vehicle to heat inside the shock. Then the shocks dissipate that heat into the atmosphere. Energy doesn’t disappear, it gets converted.
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