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With current 4 team drivers, Team ACMA have been achieving tremendous results in local motorsports scenes. In addition of securing podiums finishes at Autotest events, they have also secured 1st Placing at the recent race held at Malacca International Motorsports Circuit. Believe it, they are serious in making full use of their daily driven cars.

But, can motorsports-grade modifications make a car better? Yes, they can. Two of the most crucial components, the suspension and the tyres can make a big difference to anyone’s drive.

With no preference to any brands of suspension kits, or starting an argument on which absorber is good, it is always great to share some simple suspension information and you never know, it may be handy to the driver during an unforeseen time.

The actual role of the suspension is to maintain proper contact between the tires and road surface as much as possible, optimising the tires contact patch. A good working suspension provides not only comfort and smooth but also safer ride during the travelling.

However, should the suspension of your car is worn and in terrible condition, be prepared to experience irregular bounce and reduction of wheel contact with the road surface, which eventually reduce the control of your vehicle when cornering, braking and accelerating.

So, what would drivers really encounter and experience with worn suspension kits? Well, let’s go a step into the basic. As much as we try to avoid, drivers will experience an understeer effect, a longer braking distance which decreases the safety allowance between the vehicle ahead.

No longer able to support the weight transferring to the front, driver will also experience a reduction in rear brake efficiency, hence, stress built up on the front brakes during braking or emergency, makes controlling, steering and stopping of the car difficult. Situation may not be optimistic if behind the wheel is a less experienced driver or driver who didn’t experience any defensive driving course on the mentioned effect or worse, during the wet weather.

Every drivers like their suspension kits to last forever, well… we can carry on and dream about it. Most or in fact all suspension kits are metal-built, their durability and performance are very much subjected to the drivers’ behaviours as well as the nature elements like rain, dirt etc on the roads. Therefore, when the mechanic advises you to replace the suspension kit, replace them as soon as possible. You will never know that these few hundred dollars for a replacement may save you from other unnecessary expenditure when the components fail.

In case you do wish to know the recommended check for your suspension kits, you may follow a simple rule of thumb, every 20,000km for regular visual check and every 80,000 to 100,000km for kit replacement. Or if time allows, drop by ACMA Engineering Works & Trading Pte Ltd for a complimentary check.

Tires, the contact point between the vehicle and the ground, providing important feedback to the person behind the wheel, allowing the driver to understand, respond and adjust to the road condition, gripping performance, comfort level etc. However, all these feedback is not possible to be transferred or received by the driver solely based on the tires, that’s why vehicle’s suspension (the link between the wheels and the steering), the crucial structure should always maintain in tip top condition or replaced (if due to wear and tear) to carry out the postman job!

ACMA is located at 5 Soon Lee Street #06-20 Pioneer Point. The workshop is open six days a week, from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with extended opening hours from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To find out more about ACMA Engineering Works & Trading Pte Ltd, you can call 90994321 / 67107654, or visit www.acma.sg. You may follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACMAENGG for the latest updates.

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