A new video series and digital story book detail KYB's Strut-Plus component and Excel-G impact performance test.
KYB has launched a new video series and digital storybook, detailing the performance tests of KYB's Strut-Plus components and Excel-G shock absorbers, comparing them with worn-out original shock absorbers and two popular competitors For comparison.
A pair of independent third-party professional test drivers used two matching 2015 Chevrolet Equinoxes for testing, each with a mileage of just over 95,000 miles. Before the test, both vehicles were equipped with new brake pads, rotors and rocker ends, and were fully aligned with four wheels. New tires and a full tank of fuel were added before each test to provide consistent, controllable results. The only difference between the vehicles is the shock absorber and the strut.
Day 1 involves testing higher mileage OE shock absorbers and shock absorbers against a new set of low-cost load struts and shock absorbers. Each vehicle is equipped with electronic data acquisition equipment to measure vehicle performance. Braking and slalom tests are conducted on test tracks in wet and dry conditions. Riding and handling characteristics were evaluated on the 7-mile loop on public roads and highways.
At the end of the day, one of the test vehicles was fitted with a set of new load struts and shock absorbers from high-end competitors, as well as a set of new tires. The second test car is equipped with our completely correct KYB Strut-Plus components, Excel-G shock absorbers and a new set of tires. Each car also received complete four-wheel alignment, and the fuel tank was full.
Day 2 includes repeating all the tests and conditions performed on Day 1. Both vehicles are now equipped with new products from KYB and competitors.
"The real difference between shock absorbers and front shock absorbers is how they perform on the vehicle," said Aaron Shaffer, marketing director of KYB. "We organized this test and decided to film it to illustrate that there are very real differences in the on-board performance of our products compared to worn OE devices and other available products," Shaffer added.
The test results and the entire video story can be seen on www.kyb.com/performancetest.
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