What is Bump Steer?

What is Bump Steer?

Posted by Jake Miller on Feb 28th 2023

Bump steer is a term used in the automotive industry to describe the unwanted movement of the front tires when they encounter bumps or irregularities in the road surface. Specifically, bump steer is the change in the angle of the front wheels relative to the vehicle's body as the suspension moves up and down. When a car hits a bump, the suspension compresses and the wheels move up and back. If the steering linkage is not properly designed, this movement can cause the wheels to steer slightly to the left or right, even if the driver is not turning the steering wheel. This can make the car feel unstable and unpredictable, especially at high speeds. It can be minimized through careful design and tuning of the suspension and steering systems, and is an important consideration, not only, for high-performance and racing vehicles but for recreational vehicles as well. 

What makes a Bump Steer Delete Kit effective on a UTV? 

A Shock Therapy Bump Steer Delete Kit is a product that can be installed on a UTV for the purpose of correcting geometry in the factory steering system. This is done in order to reduce or eliminate the negative effects of bump steer. The effectiveness of a bump steer delete kit on a UTV depends on a few factors: 


A well-designed bump steer delete kit will be tailored to the specific make and model of UTV, as well as the desired level of performance. The kit will include high-quality components that are designed to work together seamlessly. A full Shock Therapy Bump Steer Delete Kit, for example, can include high quality billet aluminum tie rods and will always include either stainless steel or high carbon steel BSD spacers (depending on the application). 


A good bump steer delete kit will offer a range of adjustability, so that the UTV owner can fine-tune the kit to their specific needs. In a Shock Therapy Bump Steer Delete Kit, for example, this adjustability includes options for adjusting the height of the steering components at the spindle. 


The quality of the components used in the kit is also an important factor in its effectiveness. The components should be made from high-quality materials and be durable enough to withstand the rigors of off-road driving. When properly designed, installed, and adjusted, a bump steer delete kit can help to improve the handling, stability, and performance of a UTV, especially when driven off-road. It can help to keep the wheels pointed in the right direction during rough terrain, which can help to improve traction, reduce tire wear, and reduce the risk of accidents. However, it's important to note that a bump steer delete kit is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and the specific design and adjustments will vary depending on the UTV in question. Shock Therapy's patented Bump Steer Delete (BSD) Kit is designed to fit your needs, is the highest quality product on the market, and checks all of the boxes; Design, Adjustability, and Quality. All of our Bump Steer Delete products can be found and purchased here: