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News   October 2, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Category Focus: Suspension parts

Recently released products in the undercar and suspension space include:

– new Mercedes suspension from KW;

– Rear Air Springs for the 2010-2018 Lexus GX 460 from Arnott;

– XL Wide Universal Crossmembers from American Powertrain ; and

– Magnetic shock absorbers from Dorman.

Welcome to Auto Service World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers, and distributors.




Magnetic Shock Absorbers

Dorman says it is the first in the aftermarket to offer an affordable replacement option for magnetic shock absorbers – as a direct replacement for advanced OE parts. The company says its magnetic shocks restore suspension performance and ride quality to original specifications.

They are made with 100% new parts, with no core charge or return.

They install like any standard shock absorber with no set-up, programming or adaptation to perform, restoring vehicle safety, performance and comfort, especially when towing or hauling heavy loads.

The new magnetic shock absorbers maintain the value of vehicles originally equipped with this high-performance technology, and are available at substantial savings over dealer prices.

Magnetic shock absorbers use a special fluid filled with tiny iron particles. When an electric charge is applied to a magnet built into the shock body, the fluid changes its viscosity, allowing for a change in ride and handling characteristics based on the immediate need. Sensors in the vehicle send signals to an on- board computer that can vary the amount of magnetic charged delivered to each shock every 1/1,000 of a second.



American Powertrain has added XL Wide Universal Crossmembers to its X-Factor product offerings. This new X-Factor crossmember, available in silver or black, adjusts from 40″-46″ wide for wider full frame cars and trucks. The crossmember fits Tremec 5-speeds T-5, TKO and all Tremec 6-speeds using a GM mount.

Made in the USA using modular construction, this X-Factor crossmember is constructed from steel and aluminum making them incredibly light, exceedingly strong, and perfect for street or track applications. Each model is adjustable to fit a wide range of transmissions and vehicles. All X-Factor crossmembers come with a lifetime warranty against breakage.

American Powertrain, a TREMEC Elite Distributor located in Cookeville, TN, manufacturers, and sells ProFit modern overdrive transmission systems, Science Friction clutches and flywheels, Hydramax hydraulic clutch systems, X-Factor crossmembers and thousands of powertrain accessories for muscle, sports, street rod and race cars.


Rear Air Springs for Lexus

Arnott, a leader in aftermarket air suspension products, has introduced new aftermarket replacement air springs for the 2010-2018 Lexus GX 460, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and 4Runner.

Arnott’s new rear air springs, A-3331 (Rear Right) and A-3332 (Rear Left), for the 2010-2018 Lexus GX 460, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (J150) and 4Runner (N280) feature a ContiTech OE-quality air sleeve, CNC machined aluminum top, formed steel piston, heavy-duty crimping rings and protective dust cover. The Arnott replacement Lexus and Toyota air springs are designed, assembled and tested in the U.S. and are backed by Arnott’s industry-leading warranty.

Mercedes suspensions

The Variant 3 coilover release suspension kit from KW Suspension, features an approved lowering of 30 – 50 millimetres at the front axle and 25 – 50 millimetres out back.

KW manufactures the stainless-steel struts and Inox coated shock absorber bodies in Germany. This latest release is suitable for the W177 Mercedes Benz A-class including all 2WD, 4WD and IRS vehicles with electronic ADS adaptive dampers.  Part number 3522500J brings together all of KWs many years of suspension know how to offer the perfect road suspension with just enough adjustability to make it usable for the occasional track day as well.

The almost infinite adjustability of the Variant 3 solution means it can be tailored to suit spirited driving or relaxed supermarket meandering whenever the road demands.




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