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Item Number: CARTECH-SA137P
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Publisher: CarTech Inc. / SA Design
Softcover: 144 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.3 inches
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Author Trenton McGee, 4x4 suspension expert and former host of Outdoor Channel's Off-Road Adventures, explains 4x4 suspension systems in an easy-to-understand manner. He gets specific on types of suspensions available from all the major manufacturers including Jeep, Toyota, Ford, GM, and Dodge. He goes into a great level of detail on every different model, including early and modern systems.

The book covers front and rear solid axle, twin-traction beam, and independent suspension systems, as well as coil springs, leaf springs, shocks, and more. This book has it all. If it's not covered in here, it doesn't exist. Also included is a glossary of suspension terms and a comprehensive source guide.


Chapter 1: 
  • Suspension Basics 
  • Read this First! 
  • Whaty Lift Systems Affect 
  • Common Misconceptions Regarding Lift Systems 
  • Determining Which Lift System is Best for You 
  • What to Look for in a Lift System
  • The Domino Effect
Chapter 2: 
  • Suspension Theory
  • What Goes on Behind the Scenes 
  • Suspension Geometry 
  • Alignment Explained 
  • Leaf Spring Tech
  • Coil Spring Tech 
  • Shock Absorbers 
Chapter 3: 
  • Solid Front Axle with Leaf Springs 
  • Basic Anatomy 
  • Steering
  • The Specifics 
  • ’69–’91 Chevy Trucks 
  • ’41–’95 Jeep CJs and Yjs 
  • ’99–’04 Super Duty Trucks 
  • ’79–’85 Toyota Pickups 
  • Other Applications 
Chapter 4: 
  • Solid Axle with Coil Springs 
  • Shocking Matters 
  • In a Bind 
  • The Infamous “Death Wobble” 
  • Coild vs. Coil-overs 
  • Ford Trucks
  • Jeep Vehicles 
  • Dodge Trucks 
Chapter 5: 
  • Twin-Traction Beam (TTB) 
  • How It Works
  • Lift System Basics 
  • Alignment Matters 
  • Steering Straight
  • Tire Wear 
  • Radius Arms 
  • Choosing the Right Spring
  • The Bottom Line
Chapter 6: 
  • Independent Front Suspension (IFS) with Torsion Bars
  • How It Works
  • Suspension Basics
  • The Bracket Method
  • Knuckle Method 
  • Control Arms
  • Differential/CV Axles
  • Skid Plates
  • Torsion Bars 
  • Steering
  • Controlling Suspension Travel
  • Other Issues 
  • Shorter Lift Systems
Chapter 7: 
  • Independent Front Suspension with Struts
  • Suspension Basics
  • Lift Systems Basics 
  • Traction Control: New Challenges 
  • Knuckles and Subframes
  • Strut Matters
  • Shorter Lifts 
Chapter 8: 
  • Rear Suspension 
  • Leaf Springs: The Gold Standard
  • Coil Springs 
  • Axle Wrap 
  • Driveline Vibration
Chapter 9: 
  • Custom and High-Performance Suspension Systems 
  • Ready-Made High Performance 
  • Tube Tech Chassis 
  • Other Suspension Designs
  • Racing Inspiration
  • The Domino Effect
Appendix A: Suspension Glossary 
Appendix B: Source Guide