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Why are struts better (or considerd better) than upper control arms?
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I've been thinking the same thing so I've asked a few suspension specialist and they say they are not better.
They are in new cars beacuse it is cheaper for the manufactures.
A double arm wishbone set up like we have in our early cars apparantly is more stable and more precise than a strut set up although they all agree a rack is better than draglink/steering box set up.
Not sure if all this is correct as I'm still doing my homework so any other replys would be good.

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As previously stated, struts are lighter and cheaper to build. They replace the upper a arm, ball joint and shock. The down side is cornering forces that act on the strut. Shocks just compress and extend. Struts have to compress and extend as well as withstand cornering and braking forces all at the same time. Not good when braking and turning on an uneven road.

This is the reason the F-body and Honda's went from struts to a-arms.

Struts are good for 1g acceleration. Double arm wishbones are good for 1g turns


This info dated to when the 4th gen F bodies came out so if it's wrong, update me.


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Thats good, and thanks for your help.

Now i have a new question, are coilover shocks better than your standard sping/shock setup?

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