|Hydraulic shock absorbers
||The dampening action of a hydraulic shock absorber comes from transferring oil, under pressure, through valves that restrict the oil flow. Resistance to motion is low when the piston moves slowly, and high when its velocity is high.
|Gas-pressurized shock absorbers
||Shock absorber 'dissolve' can be reduced by pressurising the fluid with nitrogen.
|Load-adjustable shock absorbers
||The rubber air cylinder in the load-adjustable shock absorber can be pressurized to assist suspension springs that are under load. Changing the pressure in the cylinder can alter ride height, and the stiffness of the suspension.
|Manual adjustable-rate shock absorbers
||In a manual adjustable-rate shock absorber, the position of the valves in the piston can be changed, to vary the number of restrictions the oil has to pass through, and to vary the force needed to open the valves.
|Electronic adjustable-rate shock absorbers
||The electronic adjustable-rate shock absorber has a rotary solenoid that can alter dampening rate by changing the number of restrictions the oil must pass through, and varying the force needed to open the valves.
|Automatic load-adjustable shock absorbers
||Automatic load-adjustable shock absorbers maintain vehicle ride at a pre-set level, according to the load placed over the rear axle.