Springs, dampers, and all the hardware that goes with them are a subject of endless discussion among everyone from career race professionals to weekend auto crossers and garage mechanics. An incredible number of factors affect ride and performance, and texts like this try to make heads or tails out of the lot. The Shock Absorber Handbook is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ official library, which is about as good as seals of approval get, but it does mean the book’s expensive.
The SAE themselves retail the book for $110, or $88 for SAE members. Amazon, the everyman’s source, has it for $96, or $78 if you don’t mind buying a used product from an online retailer. A fair price, to be sure, but careful attention to this book’s principles will turn you into the neighborhood suspension guru. Just the thing for breaking the ice at dinner.