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    I am aware this may be a total newb question, but is there any difference between the two? I ask because I am looking at suspension kits and they all have dampers, whereas my BMW has shock absorbers
     
     

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    Two names for the same thing, mate.
     
     

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    They are dampers. They do not absorb shock at all but stock the spring oscillating by absorbing the energy in the coils, thus "dampening" it's movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu In Blackpool View Post
    They are dampers. They do not absorb shock at all but stock the spring oscillating by absorbing the energy in the coils, thus "dampening" it's movement.
    'dampening' is to make wetter.

    What dampers actually do is 'damp' (not 'dampen') vibrations.

    Damping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's a small difference but one that always annoys me!

    And to the OP: As above, they're the same thing.

     
     

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