Success is always sexy. No wonder, therefore, that after finishing tenth in their debut appearance in 2013 and fifth last year, suspension expert BILSTEIN and the Aston Martin Racing works team are planning to join forces again for the 43rd edition of the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (14 to 17 May 2015). Unlike the last two years though, the blue and yellow Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with the new BILSTEIN 4-way MDS motorsport suspension is targeting overall victory this time around.
In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, the average age of cars on the road is increasing. The TÜV Report 2014 shows that one car in seven has defective suspension. According to Dekra, 20 per cent of all technical defects which lead to an accident are still attributable to the suspension. For this reason, suspension specialist Bilstein recommends that shock absorbers be checked regularly and replaced when necessary in an auto workshop. To restore 100 per cent driving safety, shocks and springs should always be replaced in pairs on each axle.
Suspension manufacturer Bilstein says that shock absorber damage remains “underestimated”, and suggests that the change of season gives European drivers the ideal opportunity to inspect the state of their car’s suspension. Technical inspection organisations in Germany, like TÜV Süd, work on the assumption that up to 15 per cent of all vehicles have defective shock […]
Bilstein, the Ennepetal-based shock absorber, suspension and spring specialist, has added roughly 220 new part numbers to its B1, B3 and B4 universal spare parts product lines. The company added more than 70 applications to its Bilstein B1 range of accessories in the latter half of 2012; 90 parts numbers were added to the Bilstein B3; and an extra 50 new applications were also added to the Bilstein B4 range.
A team from KYB, the supplier of shock absorbers, coil springs and suspension mounting kits, completed the Three Peaks in 24 Hours Challenge, raising the outstanding amount of £2,000 for BEN, the automotive charity.
SKF has launched an innovative new integrated monotube seal, designed for use with motorcycles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs), including quad bikes and snowmobiles, where it can replace multi-component seal assemblies on rear wheel shock absorbers.
German suspension manufacturer, Bilstein has announced that it will make its OEM-quality air suspension modules available to the independent aftermarket with immediate effect. The latest application, the B4 air suspension module, is a direct replacement for all C350 models of the Jaguar XJ. The company says the decision was made in response to the increasing market popularity of air springs.
TRW has extended its vehicle spare parts line-up with the introduction of a shock absorber range. This addition to its “TRW PrOEquip” line-up, on the market in Europe since March 2009, offers coverage for 94 per cent of the European truck market. Manufacturers covered by the TRW PrOEquip range include BPW, DAF, Evobus, Fruehauf, Hendrickson, Iveco, Kässbohrer, MAN, Mercedes, Neoplan, ROR, RVI, SAF, Scania, Schmitz Cargobull, Van Hool and Volvo.
Brakes, steering and suspension products are already included in the TRW PrOEquip range and therefore the addition of shock absorbers is a logical development. The products are manufactured in the company’s European aftermarket factories.
ArvinMeritor and TRW Automotive have laid out plans to form a joint venture for the distribution of aftermarket shock absorbers in Europe, with the planned operation covering all light vehicle shock absorbers both companies’ produce for the region. Operation and distribution through the joint venture is planned to commence in January.
TRW’s vice president for aftermarket in Europe and Asia Pacific, François Augnet, said in a statement that “by combining the strengths of ArvinMeritor’s engineering and manufacturing competencies and the Gabriel brand name with TRW’s extensive sales and distribution network, we are confident that we can roll out successful shock absorber programs for the European independent aftermarket.”
(Akron/Tire Review) Rancho has introduced a new suspension system for 2004-07 Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, which the company said will “deliver exceptional on- and off-road performance and ride quality.”
“We’ve engineered a system that offers the SUV owners a no-compromises approach to performance suspension for their Armada or Infiniti,” said Joe Pase, Rancho’s general manager. “Plus, we’re utilizing an engineering design that is ideal for one of our shock packages like the new RS9000XL series rather than spacers.”
The new system for the Armada and Infiniti that includes a two-piece, high-clearance front cross-member and extended-length steering knuckles. Compatible with either the auto-leveling and non-auto-leveling editions of the Armada and Infiniti, Rancho utilizes a bolt-on rugged sub-assembly in the rear suspension.
Rancho said the new system is compatible with any of Rancho’s shock absorbers, and is delivered complete with detailed and illustrated installation instructions. No drivetrain or exhaust modifications are required. The system is fully compatible with stock tyre/wheel packages, Rancho said.
Shock absorber manufacturer KYB has mounted a campaign to find the UK’s ‘most shocking’ road. It sounds like a bit of fun, but it has a serious point, as KYB is keen to draw public attention to the state of Britain’s roads and the damage being inflicted on the nation’s vehicles. Many roads are full of potholes and often have cracked tarmac and excessive traffic calming measures – speed humps especially are a major cause for complaint, particularly from drivers of low slung or heavy vehicles. Other hazards such as sunken or upstanding manhole covers also pose a threat to road users.
The Rodeo, Isuzu’s new, robust 4×4 vehicle, is fitted with KYB shock absorbers as original equipment front and rear. As well as enhancing off-road performance on any type of terrain, the suspension system is designed for high levels of comfort, driver control and handling. KYB has OE contracts with numerous vehicle manufacturers and the company says that one in every four new cars is fitted with KYB shock absorbers as original equipment.
KYB has introduced a new coil spring catalogue specific to the UK market, giving details of the company’s K-Flex coil spring range, which is manufactured to OE specifications. The 190-page catalogue lists over 1,900 part numbers, including many new vehicle applications and springs for commercial vehicles. KYB recommends that, as coil springs are a vital part of a vehicle’s suspension system, they should be replaced every four years or 50,000 miles and where possible changed at the same time as shock absorbers.
Kayaba, who claim to be the world’s largest supplier of OE shock absorbers, has further strengthened its relationship with Renault by supplying front and rear shocks for the new Clio. The shocks fitted to the front are struts, while twin tube shocks are fitted to the rear.
Mr Hajime Sato, MD of Kayaba Europe, said he was “delighted” to be continuing Kayaba’s relationship with Renault, adding: “Our on-going aim is to provide excellent levels of safety, comfort and handling to meet the needs of both the vehicle manufacturer and the motorist.”