Shock Towers for suspension mounting and alignment are traditionally made from a series of steel stampings welded together during vehicle body fabrication. With die casting, Contech, Portage, Mich., reduced the number of assembly components and dropped shock tower weight by 40%. Contech used a new casting technology called High-Q-Cast to produce the lighter weight aluminum casting. The heat-treated aluminum shock towers have thin walls, yet give manufacturers the ability to weld and rivet the castings to other components.

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