Could someone explain to me what the difference is between the wishbones and the pullrod/pushrod?Are they different types of suspensions or what?
In the particular suspension type usually used in high-performance cars, the wishbones are the parts that hold the wheel - one above and one below. In modern F1 cars they easy to distinguish because they are very triangular when viewed from above.
The pull-/push-rod is the part that transmits the wheel's up and down motion to the dampers and springs which are located inside the car's chassis. Very basically, if they go from the lower wishbone to the top of the nose, it's a push-rod (they push the rocker). If they go from the upper wishbone to the bottom of the nose, it's a pull-rod (they pull the rocker). In the pull-rod version, the dampers, springs, etc. are mounted a bit lower down in the nose, achieving a lower center of gravity.
Edited by KnucklesAgain, 22 February 2012 - 12:20.