Many coilovers in today’s market offer a package that is focused on drive-ability and handling. They are concerned with street driving and the dynamics that street driving poses. More often than not, this suspension setup works for street at low to moderate speeds, but at higher speeds unstable handling, the dizzy effect, and low rear ride takes place when at full weight. This can be attributed to the low ride and high spring rate commonly found with these setups. To solve these issues, there is a new type of coilover hitting the market and it is known as the “Triple S Coilover”. This coilover has claimed to enhancing handling and comfort while protecting the shock absorber from damaging the piston rod.
In regards to springs, they provide an important function which relates to supporting, bearing, and holding in different forms. The spring must be able to support and hold the weight of the car. The springs must also bear the vibrations and impact between the road and the car through flexibility in the springs. With that said, knowing what the K value (kilograms) of your springs are is important. If we were to say front 7 rear 6, you should know that means the front can support 7 kilograms of weight and the rear can support 6 (this is typically displayed as 7kg:6kg). But what is most important is to understand that this is based on kg/mm – kilograms per millimeter. So in the above example, a 7kb spring essentially means that you need 7kg of weight to lower that spring 1mm. The lower the kg rating, the softer the spring, and the higher the kg rating, the stiffer the spring, because it would take more weight to compress the springs. Finally, if you take the millimeters of compression and multiply that by kg rating, you get the total load weight of the spring. When that value surpasses the designed load rate of the spring, the spring will suffer. What you can take from this data is the K ratings greatly impacts and largely determines the comfort in your ride. Too soft will cause a bouncy ride, while too hard will provide too much response from the road and cause a stiff ride.
Most Triple S springs utilize a barrel design. This design is used to help reduced spring deflection. Spring deflection is a sure way to experience inconsistent spring rates and contact with the shock body which will typically cause damage to the shock adjusting perch thread. Some Triple S coilovers will try to solve this issue by using more coils in the spring but this causes other problems such as decreased spring rate which will ultimately cause declined performance in other suspension components. When utilizing the “Triple S Coilover” spring you will notice an instant upgrade in ride quality and an increased amount of traction. Not only will you notice these advantages but triple S springs are lighter and more durable by utilizing SAE9254 which is a silicon aluminum alloy material which will help reduce tire temperatures and wear.
Triple S springs are offered in metric measurements as well to help reduce confusion and considering how widely used metric is.