Originally Posted by Gangplank
Huh? Not a great example. More like comparing two different rubber mallets. If you hit hard enough to fully compress the rubber mallet... Then theoretically one that is more absorbant would transfer less force than one that is less. If you put on a different shock with a stiffer spring it will transfer mire force. If it stiffer and very progressive... It will absorb, sure but it will also transfer more forces than less stiff and less progressive up to the point of bottoming out. At bottoming the one that is fully compressed transfers more.
If it's not fully compressed, it's not bottoming.
that's the point of stiffer springs, after all.
There is a big difference between running out of force to continue to compress a spring, and running out of compression. In the first instance, deformation of hard parts will not occur at the same point as it will on a softer spring that bottoms.