Titan Suspension opened its door in the year 2000 delivering its first customed made shock absorbers to automobile industry in Malaysia. For more than 2 decades ever since, Titan Suspension has been offering high performance and high quality factory replacement shock absorbers for the exclusive comfort of Rolls-Royces to trackday ready Protons, power-driven Ferraris to families with Toyota minivans and anywhere in between.
To provide custom shock absorbers and coilovers to enthusiasts who appreciate, understand the benefits and insist on the best, by offering monotube suspension for their vehicles.
How Titan Suspension came to be is similar to many other successful companies: hard work and the kind of perseverance that stems from passion.
IN THE BEGINNING
Passion is what drove Richard How, founder and sole-proprietor of Titan Suspension, to consider providing custom-made suspension for a growing market. His humble story begins back in 1980, when he was just an regular car mechanic. Back then, Richard owned and drove a 1st generation Mitsubishi Lancer, taking it to work and back on a daily basis. It had a very soft suspension from the factory, which he lived with day in and out.
One day he found himself repairing an Alfa Romeo Alfasud, and as he was finishing up he decided to take the Alfasud out for a test drive; a test drive that would spark his passion for proper suspension and change his life forever. Even back then the Alfasud was a remarkably advanced car, with factory-equipped mono-tube shock absorbers. This was incredibly different from Richard’s Mitsubishi Lancer, which only had twin-tube shock absorbers.
The vast difference in ride and handling truly opened Richard’s eyes at the time. Running on the same tires the Alfasud could hold its grip far better than the Lancer could; yet over undulations it was more comfortable as well. After this comparison, Richard could see the potential in the mono-tube design and how it trumped over his conventional twin-tube shocks.
A NEW FOUND PASSION
With his newfound passion, Richard set off to find the perfect shock absorbers for his car as well. However after modifying his twin-tube shock absorbers countless times, the way they rode could never match the consistency of mono-tube shock absorbers. As disappointed as he was, his passion to find the perfect shock absorbers still burned strong.
Towards the late 1980s, the workshop where Richard worked closed down. By 1995, Richard found himself as a manager in a mass-production exhaust factory. He found that he had a natural urge to optimize things where he could, whether it was improving designs for car exhausts or finding a more efficient way to recalibrate jigs.
But even as he was made the company more efficient, his boss did not like the way he worked. His enthusiasm meant he would make changes and improvements first, then update them after it was done. Even though the company was profiting as a result, his dissatisfaction in working there soon led him to leave the job and become a machinist.
FROM PASSION TO REALITY
Regardless of what job he Richard held, he kept his passion for suspension tuning burning through competition. Richard had 2 main hobbies: radio-controlled cars & motocross bikes. Between 1990 and 1995, Richard took 1st place in each annual RC car competition he joined, as well as podium spots in motocross competitions. The secret to his success was proper suspension setup for both his RC car and motocross bike which allowed him to gain position with ease.
While competing in a motocross event in 1998, Richard got into a bad accident which forced him to work from home while he healed. But instead of being idle, Richard began to think of opening a shop that would cater to people just like him: people in search of the perfect suspension setup.
Over a span of 2 years, Richard pooled resources together to open up Titan Suspension. The idea of Titan Suspension was simple: have a shop that catered to people looking for custom suspension, which would be tailored to suit their cars and application. In 2000, Titan Suspension was finally established, opening doors to those who were looking for the best shock absorbers or coilovers for their cars: regardless of make, model, and background.
Richard’s design for Titan’s shock absorbers were simple in concept, but difficult to execute. Before the year 2000, nobody had offered custom inverted mono-tube suspension for the mass market. However Richard was still convinced it was the way to go; he had studied the benefits of inverted mono-tubes years before while disassembling other inverted mono-tubes and trying them out on various cars. The major benefits with inverted mono-tubes were their much stronger oversized piston rods under hard cornering, more consistent damping through better heat dissipation, and of course a more comfortable, yet firmer, controlled ride thanks to the extra capacity of oil & gas retained in the mono-tube.
For over a decade now, we here at Titan have been offering the same services that Richard was once looking for: custom suspension design that outperforms and outlasts inferior products, at a reasonable price for all makes and models. For more information on our products, do refer to the product section. Our FAQ section answers most of the commonly asked questions from our customers.