Text: Francis Pallarco / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted December 12, 2015 01:27
Finding the right suspension for your pickup and SUV
When it comes to four-wheel drive vehicles, shock absorbers are regarded as a vital component of the suspension system. By greatly influencing the vehicles’ overall handling and performance, the shock absorber must be able to perform well on and off-road. This creates a unique set of requirements that it must possess, such as providing adequate damping for cornering, a comfortable ride quality and longer shock travel for optimum suspension flex.
Having developed a full range of off-road shocks and suspension components for more than three decades, Profender utilizes only the latest in shock absorber technology. Operating with an ISO 9000 and TS 16949 standards, Profender shock absorbers are built with the highest level of quality and materials. Focused on developing more advanced 4x4 suspension products, Profender’s shock absorber technology has progressed from the simple hydraulic or gas filled dampers towards Nitrogen-filled, multi-length, long-stroke shocks with adjustable height and damping options.
Since its inception in 1976, Profender has established its own suspension research and development department. With Thailand ranking as the second country in the world with the most picks-ups and SUVs, Profender is able to perform actual testing of their products on a wide range of vehicles of various makes. And because most of our local vehicles come from Thailand, this makes their product more attuned towards the needs and demands of the local market and well-suited for our driving conditions. When it comes to buying a new set of shock absorbers, there are many different models and options available that can be quite confusing to the uninitiated. This is the main reason why Profender offers their off-road shock absorbers in three different stages, based on the most popular applications on the market. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for stock or OE applications to lifted suspension systems; Profender has the right shock absorber for your vehicle.
Profender Adjustable Shocks Series Stage-1
Profender’s Adjustable Series is designed to maximize the handling and control of pickup and SUV’s. Manufactured to offer utmost durability and total damping capability, the shock body is powder coated yellow with a durable blue rubber dust boot. A 35mm bore allows for a smooth and comfortable ride and a corrosion resistant 18mm shaft insures maximum strength. It also comes with a removable 2-inch aluminum spacer on the spring perch to accommodate vehicles with a 2-inch lift kit. But its best feature would be its 4-step adjustable damping force. A simple turn of a knob could either firm up or soften the damping force of the shock absorber depending on road conditions and weight loads. Highly practical for those who use their vehicle’s on and off road and occasionally carries extra loads.
Profender OEM Performance Series Stage-2
Profender’s OEM Performance Series is based on a Monotube, high-pressure Nitrogen Gas-filled design. Utilizing a 46mm piston and a 20mm rod ensures outstanding valve control, resulting in improved ride comfort and handling on and off road. The front shock absorbers are coil over units with a threaded spring perch. This allows for infinite height adjustability making it suitable even for vehicles with a progressive 2.5-inch lift kit. Its robust 52mm outer shell is protected against corrosion with a chrome +3 finish in red or blue finish that’s similar to the look of anodized aluminum. The top and bottom mounting points come with a self-lubricating ball bearing joint that’s suited for heavy duty use that’s been tested in competitions. What’s even better is that this high performance shock absorber is repairable. Each shock is made from the highest quality materials to provide excellent performance and is 100% quality tested.
Profender Straight Monotube Series Stage-3
Profender’s Straight Monotube shock absorbers are designed to take extreme off-road performance to the highest levels. Using high-pressure, Nitrogen gas-charged, Monotube construction allows for a very smooth transition between the response for either comfort and control. A specially-designed piston made with high precision machining provides ultimate performance even under extreme loads. The polished shafts are chromed, which adds more strength to endure all road conditions and heavyduty use. The front shocks come with a fully threaded spring perch to allow for infinite height adjustability with special aluminum collars to lock in the desired coil spring height. The outer casing is nickel-plated chrome with a blue colored rubber dust boots protecting it against corrosion. Suitable for vehicles with 4 to 6 inches of lift or with an aggressive drop kit, this shock absorber screams extreme heavy duty.
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