The lowrider-car-hydraulics automotive subculture has always been difficult for me to fully understand, although it's certainly not the strangest automotive subculture in existence (Dekotora, I'm lookin' at you).
Nevertheless, I do get a kick out watching them do their thing, preferably from afar. My favorite is a specific sub-subculture that I believe peaked in the '90s, called "bed dancing".
Here we have a dashcam-recorded meeting in the wild:
Hydraulic leg truck turning assist - video
1967 Economac custom van/truck - photos
Elevating pickup truck topper - GIF
Pickup truck wheelchair conversion - video
You've got to give them one thing though. they are creative. that last video the freak show is an engineering marvel
Popping hopping jumping lowriders were about the only thing the cars of the 80's were good for and not really much good for that.
Just because someone figures out how to create a means to add hydraulic cylinders and air bags to the suspension using high pressures and high volume pumps to create extreme rapid deployment, doesn't mean that any part of the vehicle was designed to take the abuse.
I retired from 26 years in pump manufacturing company and got the opportunity to be involved with some of the prototypes. The guy with negative camber problem was result of system failure most likely busted hose causing suspension to bottom out. When my daughter got married 25 years ago, one of the guys loaned me his 64 chev lowrider to escort them from church. I was afraid to even touch the control pendent that had about 20 toggle switches.
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