Electronic damping force controllers.

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 Remember way back at the top of the page I mentioned that some dampers allowed you to change the damping rate by altering the size of the constriction hole? That’s all very well and good but you have to stop your car, get out and twiddle a knob or screw on the top or side of the strut each time you want to make a change. In 2005 the aftermarket saw the first appearance of an EDFC - electronic damping force controller.

The premise is really simple. Four servo motors (the four smaller boxes in the picture here), one for each strut, each one designed to replace the manual screw adjuster. A control unit mounts inside the car and allows you to change the damping force of the shocks front and rear without leaving the drivers seat. The way it works is dead simple. When you first install the system and power it up, all the servos spin clockwise for a few seconds. This ensures the adjusters are screwed all the way in on all four struts. From that point, you can dial in any number from 0 to 20 on the control unit. When you do, the servo motors spin a certain amount - the same as you getting out of the car and spinning the adjuster with your finely calibrated fingers. The units currently have three memory settings so you can store motorway, city and track-day settings (for example), and recall them at the push of a button.
Installing the current-generation EDFCs is pretty simple - about the most difficult thing you’ll face is running the wires from each servo back to the control unit inside the car.
There’s a few different companies selling EDFCs right now. This link will take you to a googlesearch for further info.
 
Picture credit: TEIN