Braces Patents (Class 267/66)
  • Patent number: 9751370
    Abstract: Discussed herein is an adjustable control arm that includes a first arm and a second arm that may be independently adjustable relative to one another. The first arm and the second arm may have intersecting axes that pass though the kinematic center of joints located at both ends of each arm. The control arms are adjustable allowing for variable positioning of the joint located at the intersection of the axes. The control arms may pivot relative to one another at the intersection of their axes. The connection of the control arms may also house a ball joint minimizing the height of the connection with the ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NIWOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jesse Aaron Weifenbach, James Roger Frens
  • Patent number: 9315222
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for adjustably aligning the bushing pin of a hanger bracket to which a lift arm of a lift axle suspension system is secured. The adjustment mechanism may also be used for adjustably aligning the bushing pin of an auxiliary axle which is of the non-lift type. The adjustment mechanism may also be used for adjustably aligning the bushing pin of a primary axle. More particularly, the invention relates to an adjustable alignment mechanism of the type described which includes an improved pointer device which visually indicates the alignment position of the bushing pin. Even more particularly, this invention relates to an improved means for securing the bushing pin in its aligned position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: LINK MFG., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael S. Wetter, Joel D. Van Den Brink
  • Patent number: 8955830
    Abstract: A piston assembly includes an outer shell, an end plate and an attachment column. A first flowed-material joint is disposed between and fixedly attaches the end plate and the outer shell to one another such that a fluid-tight seal is formed therebetween. A second flowed-material joint is disposed between and fixedly attaches the attachment column and the end plate to one another such that a fluid-tight seal is formed therebetween. A gas spring assembly and method that include the piston assembly are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen C. Street
  • Patent number: 8632060
    Abstract: A bumper includes a supporting member, a base, a flange, a connecting arm, and a resetting assembly. The base is fixedly connected to the supporting member. The connecting arm has a rotating portion rotatably positioned between the flange and the supporting member. The resetting assembly includes a resisting member and an elastic member. The resisting member is slidably connected to the supporting member. The elastic member is configured for producing an elastic force to drive the resisting member to resist the rotating portion of the connecting arm. One of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a receiving groove, and the other one of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a restricting protrusion rotatably engaging in the receiving groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Xin Wang
  • Publication number: 20130313764
    Abstract: An air spring according to this invention enables easy and reliable adjustment of a space between stoppers. Specifically, an upper member (3) and a lower member (4) are secured to upper and lower ends of a bellows (2). Stopper faces (5) and (6) that come in contact with each other to limit the amount of displacement of the upper member (3) are formed on the upper member (3) and the lower member (4). A movable body (7) that can move vertically to adjust the height of the stopper face (6) is provided in the lower member (4). A holding body (8) is provided that holds the movable body (7) in a manner that enables vertical movement thereof. The movable body (7) is capable of relative rotation around a central axis (18) with respect to the holding body (8). On at least one of the movable body (7) and the holding body (8), tapers (32) and (41) are formed that are capable of sliding with respect to the other of the movable body (7) and the holding body (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicants: KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD., TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Fujimoto, Takehiro Nishimura, Keiichiro Kamura
  • Publication number: 20130277898
    Abstract: A safety device withholds an elastic support associated to the top end of the stem of a motor vehicle shock absorber. The device includes a safety member configured for engaging a metal reinforcement of the elastic support. The safety member includes a metal structure provided with a coating of elastomeric material, so as to close completely and in a fluid-tight way the cavity in which the stem of the shock absorber is received, thus also reducing noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Giorgio VARTOLO, Alessandro MESSINA
  • Patent number: 7798503
    Abstract: A V-configuration torque rod includes an apex joint assembly which includes a cast apex joint housing. A pair of solid rods are threadingly received by the cast apex joint housing and an end joint assembly is attached to the end of each solid rod. A retention system in the form of a clamp or jamb nut secure the solid rods to the cast apex joint housing. A length adjustment mechanism can be incorporated between the solid rods and the end joint assemblies if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Pullman Company
    Inventors: Ronald McLaughlin, Frank McCarthy, Matthew Wieczorek, Brent Johnston
  • Publication number: 20090302514
    Abstract: A cooperative mounting arrangement for an end member or spacer of a gas spring assembly includes a recess formed into one of the end member and the spacer. A projection is provided on or along an associated structural component. The recess receives the projection such that lateral forces acting on the end member of the gas spring assembly can be transferred to the associated structural component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: BFS DIVERSIFIED PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Grabarz, Stephen C. Street, Pradipta N. Moulik
  • Patent number: 7588129
    Abstract: A limiter bracket, for restricting the stroke of a hydraulic cylinder, is formed from a U-shaped member having a central base portion and two opposing sidewall. The base has a semi-circular retention slot extending from an off center position centrally located detent within the base. The opening of the slot is asymmetrically located at an off center position along an edge of the base so that the rod of a cylinder is both horizontally and vertically displaced during positioning within the limiter. Once the rod is located in the detent of the limiter, a pivot pin is inserted through a connector at the end of the rod and the aligned attachment holes in the sidewalls securing the limiter to the rod. The end of the cylinder body will contact the base of the limiter during retraction of the rod thus limiting the overall stroke of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: David G. Cockrell
  • Patent number: 7565955
    Abstract: A motorcycle brake and suspension system comprising: an outer tube, having an upper end and a lower end, a mainspring mounted inside the outer tube, a brake line traveling through the central axis of the outer tube and looped to allow slack, and a braking system actuated by the brake line. The brake line actuates an integrated padlock caliper disk brake, and is protected by a flexible plastic cover. A fender bracket is mounted on the brake caliper. The integrated padlock caliper disk brake system has integrally formed brake fluid passages in the fork leg, which are hydraulically operative inside the load bearing portion of the fork leg. An adjustable push rod supports the mainspring by adjusting its neutral position length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Inventor: Vincenzo F. Costa
  • Publication number: 20090079113
    Abstract: Suspension protection devices and methods involve a suspension mount engagement member configured to contact a suspension mount of a vehicle, a tire engagement member configured to contact a tire of the vehicle, and a rebounding assembly coupled between the suspension mount engagement member and the tire engagement member. The rebounding assembly can include a support, a first rebounding member, and a second rebounding member, wherein the first rebounding member is more compressible than the second rebounding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffery Martin
  • Patent number: 7497307
    Abstract: A motorcycle brake and suspension system has an outer tube, a mainspring mounted at least partially inside the outer tube. The mainspring has a smaller diameter than the outer tube, a pushrod mounted at least partially inside the mainspring. The pushrod has a smaller diameter than the mainspring. A brake line is mounted at least partially inside the pushrod. The brake line has a smaller diameter than the pushrod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Vincenzo F. Costa
  • Patent number: 6945548
    Abstract: A non-torque reactive air suspension exhibiting excellent roll stability characteristics is shown to include frame hangers mounted to frame rails extending longitudinally on opposite sides of a vehicle. Longitudinally extending beams are connected to the frame hangers at one end and extend parallel to the frame rails. At their other ends, the beams are joined by a crossbrace extending laterally across the vehicle centerline. In a central portion thereof, the beams have an axle pivot bore to which an axle clamp assembly is connected, the axle clamp assembly clamping a drive axle housing for the vehicle. The axle pivot bore is generally aligned with the drive axle. A control rod assembly is connected to suspension or frame components. Together with the beams, the control rod assembly forms a parallelogram configuration wherein the beams form the lower linkages of that configuration and the control rods included within the control rod assembly form the upper linkages of that configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ashley Thomas Dudding, John Wayne Stuart, Jason Steby Thomas
  • Patent number: 6805215
    Abstract: An assembly that includes a mounted component that is suspended from a mounting component by a novel suspension-system in such a manner that relative movement between the mounted component and the mounting component is allowed only in certain directions and only within certain ranges. The novel suspension system comprises a travel-limiting link that is engaged to the mounted component at one connection point and also engaged to the mounting component at another connection point. The travel-limiting link is pivotally engaged to the mounted component at its connection point thereto and/or is pivotally engaged to the mounting component at its connection point thereto. The travel-limiting link comprises a first snubber that cooperates with a first bump-stop structure of the assembly to limit the rotation of the travel-limiting link relative to the mounted component and/or the mounting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin S. Puterbaugh
  • Patent number: 6336625
    Abstract: A shock-absorber mounting structure includes a base frame holding two parallel rails vertically, a top carrier and a bottom carrier moved along the parallel rails in the base frame, a screw rod rotated by a hand wheel to move the top carrier along the rails relative to the bottom carrier, a hydraulic system controlled to move the bottom carrier along the rails relative to the top carrier, and two shock-absorber holders respectively installed in the top carrier and the bottom carrier and adapted to hold a shock absorber therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Tsai-Tien Liao
  • Patent number: 6250613
    Abstract: A spacer for an air spring assembly includes a substantially cylindrical body having a substantially planar mounting surface. The body includes a central hub, an outer rim, and a plurality of structural arms connecting the outer rim to the central hub. The central hub includes a pair of concentric hub walls with a plurality of spoke ribs disposed between the hub walls. The outer rim includes an annular groove in its upper surface as well as a plurality of support ribs. Each of the structural arms has a T-shaped cross section. The spacer has five bolt holes that are configured to work with a single center mount, two point, three point, or a four point mounting pattern. The spacer is fabricated from a non-metallic material such as a high strength, lightweight plastic or fiber reinforced plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul P. Koeske, Mohamad Taghizadeh, Pradipta N. Moulik, Todd M. Ziems, Andreas Peickert
  • Patent number: 5354041
    Abstract: A device used to increase the spring rate of a torsion bar spring commonly used in front suspensions of automobiles and light trucks. Consisting of at least two main parts this device is clamped around the torsion bar with screws and held firmly in place at determined intervals. The intervals being such that the friction generated at the clamped sections is sufficient to transmit the torsional loading of the torsion bar through the device effectively increasing the torsional resistance of the overall torsion bar. Since friction is used to transmit the torsional loading no modifications to the torsion bar are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Roger W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 4764321
    Abstract: A process for producing an aluminum nitride ceramic body having a composition defined and encompassed by polygon ABCDEFGH excluding line DE of FIG. 2, a porosity of less than about 10% by volume, and a thermal conductivity greater than 0.70 W/cm.multidot.K at 25.degree. C. which comprises forming a mixture comprised of aluminum nitride powder containing oxygen, an Ln oxide selected from the group consisting essentially of erbium oxide, holmium oxide, a mixture and solid solution thereof, and free carbon, shaping said mixture into a compact, said mixture and compact having a composition wherein the equivalent % of Ln and aluminum ranges from point A up to point E of FIG. 2, said mixture and said compact having an equivalent % composition of Ln, Al, O and N outside the composition defined and encompassed by polygon ABCDEFGH of FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Irvin C. Huseby, Carl F. Bobik
  • Patent number: 4441593
    Abstract: In a vibration damper arrangement for vehicles, an axially extending vibration damper of the piston rod-cylinder type is mounted in a receptacle in a vibration damper support. The damper includes an axially extending jacket tube which is removably secured in the receptacle by a fastening device attached to one end of the tube. The fastening device exerts a tension force on the damper causing a stop surface on the jacket tube to be biased against another stop surface on the receptacle. At least one of the stop surfaces extends obliquely of the jacket tube axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: Fichtel & Sachs AG
    Inventor: Ludwig Axthammer
  • Patent number: 4282945
    Abstract: A combination traction bar chassis lift and suspension modifying device for four-wheel drive off road vehicles having leaf spring suspensions is provided comprising a longitudinally extending beam adapted to be clamped between the vehicle leaf spring and the axle of the vehicle for lifting the chassis of the vehicle. The beam comprises a plurality of longitudinally extending flexible leaf spring members. One end of the beam engages the vehicle leaf spring preventing wrap-up of the vehicle axle about the vehicle leaf spring during rapid acceleration or deceleration and stiffening the spring rate of the vehicle leaf spring during large suspension deflections. The beam is provided with means for engaging the vehicle leaf spring comprising a bifurcated member secured to the beam, the bifurcated member having first and second upstanding ends encompassing the sides of the vehicle leaf spring and first and second vertically spaced elastomer rollers for encompassing the top and bottom of the vehicle leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1981
    Assignee: Grand Rapids Spring Service Co.
    Inventor: Robert L. Bessey
  • Patent number: 4267896
    Abstract: A method of aligning the rear suspension of an automobile is practiced in connection with an apparatus for adding linear adjustability to the pivotal connection between the lower control arms and the rear axle housing of an automobile. The linearly adjustable connection comprises a pair of cam plates adapted to be affixed to opposite sides of a rear axle housing bracket. The first end of the lower control arm is installed in the rear axle housing bracket intermediate the cam plates and a threaded pin is inserted through aligned elongate slots formed in the cam plates and housing bracket to hold the lower control arm in position with respect to the rear axle housing. The elongate dimension of the slots is oriented parallel to the fore/aft axis of the automobile. A pair of circular cams are eccentrically mounted on the threaded pin in such a manner that they move in unison with the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Inventor: Errol C. Hendriksen
  • Patent number: 4108267
    Abstract: An articulated ladder-like type traction device for selectively stabilizing the load and torque characteristics for use in the rear suspension system of a vehicle. The traction device includes a lower frame member adapted to be pivotally connected at one end to a vehicle chassis and pivotally connected at the other end to the rear axle of the vehicle. A second frame member is fixedly attached to the first member adjacent the first pivotal connection and extends at an angle in a generally vertical plane to the first mentioned frame member, and terminates in a pivotal connection to one end of a turn buckle type link arrangement. The turn buckle type link is pivotally connected at its other end to the rear wheel axle. An upstanding member fixedly connects the frame members adjacent the second pivotal connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Robert Michael Valerio