Platinum Wheels have a full suspension fitting and tuning service..
Suspension is hands down the best ‘bang for buck’ modification you can make to any vehicle.
Your suspension is the thing that connects the body of the car with the wheels/tyres and the road. Behind wheels and tyres it is the single most important factor in the safety, performance and drive-ability of your car. As your car ages the suspension components wear out, however unlike a tyre there is no easy giveaway that something needs to be replaced. You can see a worn tyre or an engine oil leak, where a worn bush or shock may not be so obvious to you. Over time as components begin to fail more often than not we simply adjust our driving style to suit the wear, however this can leave a whole myriad of un-resolved issues with your car.
Here are some important considerations with your cars suspension:
In our opinion the single most important factor in how well your car handles. From brand new a factory shock has an allowable lifespan of somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 KMS. Your shocks are a critical part of the suspension system, they work to keep the ride comfortable and firm. Worn shock absorbers will increase braking distance, fuel consumption and understeer. Platinum Wheels are proud dealers of KYB, Monroe, PowerDown, Dobinsons (dobi) Koni and Bilstien Shock Absorbers. Platinum Wheels have the latest technology digital shock tester,
Call past the shop today and have your vehicle shock tested for just $29
Your suspension has rubber bushings that work to reduce the bumps in the road and give better feedback to the driver. As bushings are made up from rubber (which is perishable) over time they wear out and your vehicle will gradually begin to handle worse. A worn bush is grounds for a WOF failure and it’s important that they are inspected and replaced before failure! As well as factory replacement Platinum Wheels can supply upgraded suspension bushings, from reputable companies such as Whiteline, Nolathane and Super Pro. These upgraded polyurethane bushings can greatly improve the handling, by reducing body roll and movement within the suspension system.
Lowering your vehicle is one of the best ways for you to increase the performance (and handling) of your car. By lowering the centre of gravity you increase the cars ability to take corners, and reduce the amount of body roll created as your car corners. This will reduce under steer and help to make the car feel more stable on the road. We can also supply a raised spring for some SUV and 4X4 vehicles, this is great if you are going off road or are towing heavy loads. We are dealers for the following spring brands, King Springs, Dobinsons Sport (Dobi), Tein, B&G, H&R, Vogtland, and Cobra. Chances are we will have a solution for your vehicle!
Camber, Castor and Toe Adjustment
When it comes to getting your wheel alignment perfect having the right wheel alignment settings all comes down to the setup and wheel position. From factory not all vehicles come with adjustable camber and castor arms. For many of the popular models on the market we can supply aftermarket bushings or arms (vehicle dependent) which will give you extra adjustment come alignment time. This will allow us to dial in more grip and traction into your car. Platinum Wheels are dealers for Nolathane, Super Pro, Whiteline bushings, as well as Truhart, Hard Race and Whiteline Adjustable Arms.
Sway bars are without a doubt the best bang for buck handling improvement you can give your car. Sway bars work by helping to reduce the body roll (left to right) when cornering, again this reduces understeer and increases the grip on the road. Your tyre contact patch remains locked to the road throughout cornering as the body is not lifting the wheel. Whiteline are the industry leader in this field and Platinum Wheels are proud to be dealers of these solutions. Whiteline produce enhancement and performance suspension components that deliver significant gains in vehicle balance, steering precision, grip levels and outright driving performance. Consisting of adjustable sway bars (also known as Stabilizer Bars or Anti Roll Bars), chassis bracing, alignment products and chassis control bushing kits, they are the complete solution to ‘making one component work with the next’ that complements your spring and damper/ shock absorber set up.
Coil over Suspension
Considered by many enthusiasts as the aftermarket ‘bench mark’ An aftermarket coil over setup replaces the factory shock absorber and spring setup with a much firmer strut and spring setup that drastically reduces body roll, while improving grip and traction. This is often the ‘go to’ modification for most people who are considering upgrading to bigger wheels and tyres. Most models will give you adjustable ride height, spring rate and pre-load, damper (shock rebound) and front camber adjustment. Platinum Wheels are dealers of the following brands, OZ Racing suspension, BC Gold Suspension, D2 Racing Suspension, Tein (Japanese made) Koni and Bilstien.
If you are considering upgrading the suspension to your car don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss your options.
Suspension tuning is really a combination of putting the right components into your vehicle, and then setting up the weight distribution and wheel alignment so that it is all working in synergy with one another. We have the latest equipment to test, measure and improve your cars handling, right down to a corner weight service whereby we can balance the car as close to a 50/50 weight distribution with you in the driver’s seat!
Email us and book online today to secure your suspension tuning!