Do shocks/struts change the ride height?

KMinAF

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I am in the midst of a debate over whether or not a shock absorber will change the ride height of a vehicle and would appreciate input from the Supra community. Please if possible support your response i.e. SEMA reports, engineering articles, manufacturer statements etc.

The basic statement is this; springs support the vehicle weight and shocks/struts absorb the "shock" from irregularities in the road.
 

Nick M

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No.

A shock is really a damper, not a shock absorber. It controls spring oscillation. Stiffer shocks, less body roll. Softer shocks, more body roll against the spring.
 
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Ma70.Ent

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Nick M;1734073 said:
No.

A shock is really a damper, not a shock absorber. It controls spring oscillation. Stiffer shocks, less body roll. Softer shocks, more body roll agains the spring.

^This.
 

Poodles

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Depends. Most pressurized dampeners will affect ride height somewhat simply because they're pressurized (i.e. if you're replacing one that's so blown all the fluid is leaking out of it).