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What's the difference between a shock and a strut?:confused:
 

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a strut just has a knob on the end you put into that lower control arm. And a shock has little legs there or something i dono how to explain it. Thats what i think
 

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From what I understand, if a shock doesn't have a spring around it, it's a shock. If it's inside of a coil spring, it's a Macpherson strut.
I'm not 100% sure on that though. I know that a MacPherson strut setup is where the strut is inside of the spring between the control arms.
 

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Eric F said:
From what I understand, if a shock doesn't have a spring around it, it's a shock. If it's inside of a coil spring, it's a Macpherson strut.
I'm not 100% sure on that though. I know that a MacPherson strut setup is where the strut is inside of the spring between the control arms.
Coilovers are like that though. A shock mated to a spring.
 

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What I read is that a strut offers structural support as well a dampening properties, whereas a shocks only purpose is to dampen bumps and stuff.
Hope this helps.

Russ
 

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A shock system is an independent suspension using long and short A-arms. The MacPherson strut (typically only a lower control arm) suspension differs in respect to operation. During the compression and rebound strokes of the coil spring, the top of the wheel does not move in/out; or has very limited movement. With an independent system, the top of the front wheels change position under different vehicle loading. The major difference is in the manner in which the springs are mounted and the name and number of parts used.
 

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Thanks!

Thanks guys! It's all becoming clearer now.:)
 
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