Leaf Spring Resetting
Leaf spring resetting service available on site and performed within our workshop. Resetting is ideal especially for newer spring leaves and vehicles that may require additional spring leaves so as to assist with constant loading and greater load carrying.
Ape suspension supplies and installs lift kits to most 4×4’s. We are able to provide you with a choice from over 20 different brands and likely over 50 combinations of brands customizing your lift to perfection!
2″is the legal limit for any lift to include wheel and tyre height in Western Australia. Any vehicle wishing to go higher than this must be swerve tested by a suitably qualified engineer where the vehicle undergoes a ‘swerve test’. Ape can organise this for you at extra cost if required and give you appropriate advice as necessary.
Remember that any vehicle on WA roads modified to be over 2″in height will not have insurance cover unless it is approved or certified.
Ape Springs and Suspensions provide an under vehicle suspension diagnostic check of your car, utilty or 4wd vehicle.
We strive to provide you with an honest and straight forward vehicle inspection and able to provide you with an estimate for associated works. This inspection is visual however may require further detailed inspection which we will may advise you of at the time.
Should you require an inspection please call us first so that we may be prepared for your visit. In the event of an emergency then no booking is usually required however at peak times we may have a small delay.
*Please note that inspections are chargeable usually around $25.00 rising to a full diagnosis inspection at extra cost. Any charge for an inspection will be CREDITED against any parts or repairs required.
Suspension Parts & Accessories
We are able to supply you with practically any suspension parts and accessories available and already ship parts all over Australia!
We have a lot of experience from our busy workshop and have discovered which parts or brands are the best. We have already made the mistakes? Why not take advantage of our experience by trusting us to supply you with the best suitable part for your car, ute, or 4×4?
We are able to organize local courier delivery or send out parts using Australia Post or other road freight companies around all of Australia.
After the fitment of suspension parts your vehicle will perform best after a wheel alignment.
At APE we have the experience of aligning many vehicles and are very well known for aligning specialist or customized vehicles.
We use German ‘Beissbarth’ Equipment.
Alignment is one of the key maintenance factors in getting the most wear and performance from your suspension and tyres. Wheel alignment provides:
- safe, predictable vehicle control for steering and braking
- a smooth and comfortable ride free of pulling or vibration
- improved fuel consumption
Today’s modern suspensions require a precise four-wheel alignment that can only be achieved through a modern alignment system. This applies to both front and rear wheel drive vehicles.
Aligning a car or truck involves the adjustment of the vehicle’s suspension, not the tyres and wheels. The direction and the angles that the tyres point in after the alignment is complete are critically important.
There are five factors involved in setting the alignment to specification: caster, camber, toe, thrust and ride height.
Use the following guide to better understand the process and spot potential problems.
Caster is the angle of the steering axis (the part of the suspension that supports the wheel and tyre assembly).Viewed from the side of the vehicle, an imaginary line drawn between the centres of the upper and lower ball joints forms an angle with true vertical; this is defined as caster. The illustration to the right shows whether this angle is referred to as positive or negative. Caster is important to steering feel and high-speed stability.
Viewed from the front of the vehicle, camber describes the inward or outward tilt of the tyre. The illustration below shows whether this tilt is referred to as positive or negative. The camber adjustment maximizes the tyre-to-road contact and takes into account the changes of force when a vehicle is turning. Camber is the one adjustment that can be set according to driving habits. Generally, if you drive more aggressively when cornering, more negative camber can be set. If you drive on highways and do very little hard cornering, more positive camber can be set.
Viewed from above the vehicle, toe describes whether the fronts of the tyres are closer (toe-in (+)) or farther apart (toe-out (-)) than the rears of the tyres. The illustration below shows this relationship. Toe settings vary between front and rear wheel drive vehicles. In a front wheel drive vehicle, the front wheels try to pull toward each other when the vehicle is in motion, which requires a compensating toe-out setting. A rear wheel drive vehicle works just the opposite, necessitating a toe-in setting. Stated differently, toe is set to let the tyres roll in parallel (at zero toe) when the vehicle is in motion.
Ride height is simply the distance between the vehicle’s chassis and the road. This is the reference point for all alignment measurements. Vehicle customizing very often will include raising or lowering the vehicle. Don’t forget to have your vehicle aligned afterward. Also, this rule applies if you put a taller or lower tyre on your vehicle.
For any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 08 9302 6648