Shocks -- What You Need To Know And Why Photo Gallery
3 The mounting of the front shock some distance from the ball joint on the lower control arm creates a motion ratio. This means that the shock moves at a speed slower than the wheel. Here we see the shock mounted inboard of the ball joint and the sway bar arm mounted inside of the spring. The sway bar has a different motion ratio than the shock. The angle of the shock also creates a motion ratio that makes the shock motion slower still than the wheel movement.