Drivetech 4x4 Supashock - High Performance 4x4 Suspension
Drivetech 4x4 Supashocks
There is nothing else like it on the market!
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock dampers are designed, manufactured and assembled to stringent Automotive OEM and defence standards. The product has been developed to the highest level, providing unsurpassed durability and performance.
The dampers operate unlike any other product on the market and feature world leading technology that provides the owner with off-road capability not available anywhere else. Drivetech 4x4 Supashock Dampers are designed with automotive, mining and defence expertise, manufactured from aerospace and defence grade materials and assembled and tested in a world class facility, all under one roof in Adelaide SA. It is truly a unique product.
Australian designed, tested, manufactured and assembled
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock dampers are designed, tested, manufactured and assembled at Supashock’s world class manufacturing and test facility in Adelaide, South Australia by a highly experienced engineering team. With a focus on delivering optimal ride quality and performance, the dampers were developed using the best of proven Supashock technologies from racing, mining, military and performance vehicles.
The Drivetech 4x4 Supashock suspension lift kits combine the expertise and experience of Supashock and Drivetech 4x4 in the development and production of vehicle specific kits.
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock Inverted Strut Technology
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock’s Inverted Strut Technology, developed in motorsport and mining applications, provides each damper with superior strength and durability. Its strong, durable and rigid construction means that the Drivetech 4x4 Supashock is able to generate a huge amount of force without buckling or bending.
The 64mm diameter main shaft is constructed using high quality aerospace grade alloy. The main shaft and outer casing provide incredible resistance to bending and buckling when carrying heavy loads and during large impacts. The system also incorporates a redundant sealing system which acts as a second seal preventing the main seal from being damaged by rocks, mud, water or other corruptive ingress material. It also eliminates hydraulic fluid loss and maximising service life.
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock High Displacement Pneumatic Bump and Ride Control
Supashock’s High Displacement Pneumatic Bump and Ride Control system provides additional load bearing capacity, reduces harshness and acts as a pneumatic bump stop. The system, developed for mining vehicles to minimise operator injuries, uses an innovative design to build pneumatic pressure where is it needed and soften the harshness generated by road inputs.
During high wheel articulation events, the system also acts as a pneumatic bump stop, providing a cushioning effect on hard landings and regulating the stress transferred into other components on the chassis, extending their service life.
Drivetech 4x4 Supashock Input Response Technology
The most significant performance characteristic of the damper is Drivetech 4x4 Supashock’s Input Response technology. This technology gives each damper ultra-fast reaction times as soon as the shaft starts to move. As the wheel goes over a bump, the damper responds instantly, controlling the motion. Similarly, when turning, the reaction of the tyre on the road surface is transmitted to the steering wheel with minimal lag, providing extremely precise handling.
The overall benefit of this technology is that the valving on a Drivetech 4x4 Supashock damper can be a lot softer than other products to provide a comparable level of vehicle control, because the damper is able to control wheel and chassis motion faster. Softer valving reduces harshness and stress on the chassis and the internal components of the damper, increasing their service life.
Tuned Damping and Operating Window
Each Drivetech 4x4 Supashock suspension lift kit is tuned specifically to the application and the variety of road conditions it will be exposed to. The dampers have been designed and tuned so that they do not require external adjustment, providing a wide operating window and unrivalled performance on the market.
The key component is Supashock’s proprietary piston and valve assembly design. Developed in-house and currently used in top-level circuit racing, off-road racing and mining, these components provide linear oil flow and efficient flow control to maintain consistent damper performance in all conditions. The damper can cope with large and rapid shaft displacements while still being able to soak up smaller bumps without causing harshness. The high response of the damper transmits steering inputs to the tyre instantly and ensures the tyre has maximum contact with the road surface for traction, giving the driver confidence, razor-sharp handling and an extremely stable vehicle on sealed or unsealed roads.
Most high-performance products on the market utilise external adjusters to change the damping forces. This is needed because they have a narrow operating window. This is due primarily to the adjustment orifices generating additional flow restrictions and turbulence in the oil. This promotes cavitation (aeration) and thermal degradation (damper fade). The result is a vehicle that has inconsistent handling performance in varying conditions and has poor control of the wheels, causing them to lose contact with the ground more frequently.
Supashock’s Patented Shell Reservoir System
Each damper features Supashock’s patented Shell Reservoir system which provides the performance benefits of a monotube damper packaged into the same space as twin tube damper, without the need for an external canister.
The Shell Reservoir system has a floating piston that separates the pressurised gas from the oil and allows for a larger oil volume than most remote canister dampers on the market, making it extremely thermally efficient. There is also no need for external brackets to be mounted for canisters or additional hardware.
The bushes used in the dampers are manufactured using a specially designed material compound developed in Australia for mining vehicles. The material has extremely high resistance to cracking and hardening and can carry extremely large loads. The stiffness characteristics of the material have been tuned to maximise service life and minimise harshness.
The dampers are manufactured from aerospace alloys and the highest quality hard chrome rods. Surface coating technology developed in mining and defence provides extremely hard and durable surfaces on every component, giving them the ultimate resistance to sand, mud, rocks and fluids.
Adjustable Spring Pre-load & Stress Relieving Seat
All coil-over-type front struts have adjustable spring seats for ride height adjustment. The adjustment system features a stress-relieving seat that allows for easy adjustment and eliminates torsional spring stress during damper compression, providing consistent performance and extending the life of the spring.