Lateral Control Arm (i.e., Suspension Arm) Patents (Class 280/124.134)
  • Patent number: 10974775
    Abstract: An aerodynamic cover of a suspension device of a vehicle includes an upper horizontal portion that is located on an upper side of the arm member and extends in a horizontal direction, a lower horizontal portion that is located under the arm member and extends in the horizontal direction, an engaging portion that is provided on one of the upper and lower horizontal portions and engaged with the arm member, and a bolt receiving portion that is provided on the other horizontal portion and bolted to the arm member. The engaging portion includes an arm portion extending in the horizontal direction, and a claw portion provided on a distal side of the arm portion and engaged with the arm member. A rib provided on the arm portion extends in a direction of extension of the arm portion, and protrudes in a vertical direction with respect to the arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kitashiba, Yasuyuki Yokozawa, Takashi Tomita, Seiichiro Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10953922
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes: a front subframe; left and right suspension lower arms swingably supported by the front subframe; and a steering gearbox supported by the front subframe. The front subframe includes left and right longitudinal members extending in a fore-and-aft direction, a cross member extending laterally and joined to the longitudinal members, and a front lower arm support and a rear lower arm support provided on each longitudinal member to be spaced from each other in the fore-and-aft direction and swingably supporting the corresponding lower arm. The steering gearbox includes a laterally extending rack shaft and a pair of joints provided at either end of the rack shaft and joined to ends of respective tie rods. The longitudinal members extend obliquely so as to approach each other toward rear, and each front lower arm support is positioned more rearward than the steering gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sakai, Kosuke Matsushita, Hiroshi Imanishi, Takehiko Koshiishi
  • Patent number: 10953577
    Abstract: A vehicular hybrid suspension arm includes a suspension arm body made of a steel material, and an insert molding inserted into and coupled to the suspension arm body, providing a suspension arm having reduced weight and high rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ILJIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Keun Lee, Hyun Woo Kim, Tae Sung Kwon, Byong Suk Yu, Se Woong Jeong, Hyuk Kwon, Ig Jin Kwon, Young In Yoon, Min Kook Park, Soon Chan Kwon, Dae Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 10899388
    Abstract: An arm cover comprises a main part and a front part. These parts are configured such that when the rear suspension takes a standard vehicle-weight position, these parts are respectively inclined rearwardly and downwardly, wherein an angle of inclination of the inclined front part is smaller than that of the inclined main part. When the rear suspension takes the standard vehicle-weight position, a front edge of the front part is located at a higher level than a bottom face portion of a under cover, and when the rear suspension takes a rebound position, the front edge of the front part is located at a position which is higher than a level of the bottom face portion of the under cover and close to a rear end portion of the under cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nishida, Yoshiatsu Kuga, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Yosuke Fukamachi, Satoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10882553
    Abstract: A kingpin assembly includes a pin that has a shaft with a spherical member extending therefrom. The kingpin includes a base that has a spherical interior surface which defines an interior area. The interior area includes an open end of the base and is bounded by a closed end of the base. The closed end of the base is opposite the open end. The spherical member is rotatingly disposed in the interior area with the shaft extending away from the open end. The closed end has a torque receiving configuration for receiving a torque applying tool thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SCHAUBLIN SA
    Inventor: Chris Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10864943
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes a vehicle frame and a beam. The vehicle frame has a first side member and a second side member extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and a cross-member extending in a vehicle lateral direction from the first side member to the second side member perpendicular to the first side member and the second side member. A first end of the beam is connected to one of the first side member or the second side member at a location spaced apart from the cross-member. A second end of the beam is connected to the cross-member at a location spaced apart from both the first side member and the second side member such that the beam is angularly offset from the cross-member with an angle of between 35 and 60 degrees defined between the cross-member and the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hartley, Patrick Grattan, Joseph Buratto, Perry McConnell, Michael McGory
  • Patent number: 10780755
    Abstract: It is herein described an oscillating arm for a motor-vehicle suspension having a first rod element and a second rod element. The second rod element is a half-shell rod that provides a cavity. The oscillating arm also comprises at least one insert, made of plastic or fiber-reinforced composite material, which fills the cavity of the half-shell rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Carlo Pavesio, Andrea Crosetti, Sara Di Lisio, Silvano Sandri
  • Patent number: 10759243
    Abstract: A wheel suspension (1) for a motor vehicle, having a wheel carrier (3) which is mounted so that the wheel carrier (3) can pivot relative to a wheel-guiding control arm (4). The wheel-guiding control arm (4) includes a longitudinal control arm section (4a) with a forward body-side bearing (11) and a transverse control arm section (4b) with a rear body-side bearing (12). The rear body-side bearing (12) is designed as a ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Clemens Hacker, Knut Heidsieck
  • Patent number: 10759244
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame and a suspension arm. A bushing is connected to the suspension arm. A lever extends through the bushing. A fastener is fastened to the lever and the vehicle frame. When the lever is impacted by a rigid barrier of a small-offset rigid-barrier (SORB) frontal impact test, the lever breaks the fastener and allows the lever, the bushing, and the suspension arm to release from the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Michael White, Christopher Melgar, Peter Lazarevski, Kevin Stanton Giaier
  • Patent number: 10625550
    Abstract: A control arm and a method of manufacturing thereof is disclosed. The control arm is made of an aluminum extrusion profile with a first end section, a second end section, and a middle section, which connects the first and second end sections. The control arm includes a base, two side walls, which are angled substantially perpendicular therefrom and which are spaced apart from one another on the longitudinal side, with a height H, and flanges, which are angled substantially perpendicular from the side walls at their free end. The first end section includes a first connecting region, the second end section includes a second connecting region, and the middle section includes at least one third connecting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GmbH
    Inventors: Frode Paulsen, Dirk Voigt, Guido Boeing, Stephan Meyer
  • Patent number: 10576801
    Abstract: A transverse control arm (1) of an axle arrangement for a vehicle having two transverse control arm struts (2, 3) and at least three kinematics points (4, 5, 6). Each of the two transverse control arm struts (2, 3) has a carrier hub end (9) and a carriage end (10). At least one of the two transverse control arm struts (2, 3) has a curvature (7) in a spatial direction, and this spatial direction being along a vertical axis that extends generally perpendicular relative to the plane defined by the at least three kinematic points (4, 5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Alexander Neu, Knut Heidsieck, Peter Kontermann, Holger Lohmüller, Nils Mühl, Philipp Grevemeyer
  • Patent number: 10570951
    Abstract: A method of producing a chassis module (1) with a structural component (3) having a through-going aperture (5) into which a ball joint housing (7) is inserted. An outer periphery of the ball joint housing (7) is connected all round to an edge section (9) of the aperture (5) by a first material-cohesive joining (11) without a filler. In order to stabilize the ball joint housing (7) in the aperture (5), the ball joint housing (7) is additionally connected all round to an inner wall section (13) of the aperture (5) at a location spaced away from the edge section (9), by a second material-cohesive joining (15) without a filler. The chassis module (1) is produced by the method, and the chassis module is in the form of a flanged connector (1) or a multi-point link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Eulerich, Andreas Welzel, Guido Kohlbrecher
  • Patent number: 10549632
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle is provided comprising a chassis, four wheels and a passenger compartment that includes a passenger seating structure. The vehicle additionally comprises a drivetrain operatively connected to at least one of the wheels comprising at least one drive shaft and at least one torque transfer device. Furthermore the vehicle includes a prime mover that is mounted to the chassis entirely forward of a front edge of the seating structure and operatively connected to the drivetrain. The prime mover is structured and operable to provide motive force to at least one of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Dunne, Jr., Jon C. Charland, Jared Trauernicht, Hayden Barr, Eric Anderfaas
  • Patent number: 10543726
    Abstract: A lower control arm includes a body including a body portion and an arm elongated from the body portion, and a sleeve having a tubular shape. The arm includes an end spaced from the body portion, a top surface, and a bottom surface opposite the top surface. The sleeve is fixed to the end. The sleeve includes a slit extending lengthwise that is disposed closer to one of the top surface and the bottom surface than to a middle of the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marwan El-Bkaily, Michael Chang, Tushar Kamble, Peter J. Jargowsky, David Lee
  • Patent number: 10457105
    Abstract: An automobile undercarriage component has at least three elongated arms, each including a web and a rib having an inner wall surface. One of the three elongated arms is a first arm having a first one of the ribs and at least one of the three elongated arms is a second arm having a second one of the ribs. For each of the second ones of the ribs, the leading end of the respective second one of the ribs has a width in the direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the arm which is narrower than the width of a leading end of the first one of the ribs, as an inner wall surface is disposed closer to an opposing outer wall surface in the respective second one of the ribs as compared to the first one of the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KOBE STEEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Watanabe, Keita Okada, Hiroaki Hosoi
  • Patent number: 10427482
    Abstract: A link arm for connecting a first unsuspended mass to a second suspended mass, and its manufacturing method are provided. In some embodiment the arm applies in particular to a suspension system for a motor vehicle, wherein the arm is able to equip a wheel suspension by having triangular housings to receive a stub axle of the wheel and two connecting links to the chassis of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the arm comprises housings to receive a first linkage joint to the first mass, and at least a second linkage joint to the second mass, and comprises: a stiffening portion which comprises a first thermoplastic or thermosetting matrix composite material reinforced with fibers and which comprises a peripheral rim of the arm, and an anti-buckling portion interposed in the stiffening portion and extending from the rim over substantially the entire arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HUTCHINSON
    Inventors: Camille Compigne, Jean-Pierre Ciolczyk, Bertrand Florentz
  • Patent number: 10369857
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control vehicle tilt are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a plurality of actuators of a vehicle, where each actuator is to be length adjustable, and a controller communicatively coupled to the actuators, where the controller to vary a height of at least one of the actuators to adjust a tilt of the vehicle to facilitate loading or removal of an object relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10267091
    Abstract: A drilling assembly for use in drilling a wellbore is disclosed that in one embodiment includes a steering unit that includes a tilt device in a disintegrating device and an electro-mechanical actuation device having a force application member that applies axial force on the disintegrating device to tilt the disintegrating device about the tilt device along a selected direction. In one embodiment, the actuation device translates a rotary motion into an axial movement of the force application member to apply the axial force on the disintegrating device to tilt the disintegrating device about the tilt device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Peter, Volker Peters
  • Patent number: 10202012
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a suspension link having excellent reliability in strength or the like of a coupling portion of the suspension link while being inexpensive. [Solution] The present invention relates to a production method for a suspension link (100) having a tire coupling portion (11) that rotatably couples a tire to a suspension and a suspension coupling portion (12) that is coupled to a sub-frame member constituting the suspension, the method including: a bending process in which a plate is bent, a bent portion of the bent plate is formed into a hollow shape, and the hollow shape is used as one of the tire coupling portion and the suspension coupling portion; and an edge bending process in which an outer peripheral edge portion of the plate is bent prior to the bending process. The outer peripheral edge portion of the plate is bent by the edge bending process, the outer peripheral edge portion of the plate including an area from an arm (15) to a bent portion (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: YOROZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Narita, Koji Matsuda, Tomo Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 10166833
    Abstract: An actively adjustable wheel suspension for the wheels of an axle of a motor vehicle, wherein each wheel is articulated on the body side of the motor vehicle via a plurality of wheel control elements, includes for each wheel on the axle a rotary actuator which is supported on the body side and includes a torsion bar. The two rotary actuators can be activated for active adjustment via a control unit, with the rotary actuators and the torsion bars of the rotary actuators being oriented in motor vehicle longitudinal direction. The rotary actuators include each at least one strut, which is oriented in motor vehicle transverse direction, for torque support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Matthias Groen, Joachim Schmitt, Peter Leibl
  • Patent number: 10160275
    Abstract: A suspension member having an arm member and a ball joint section. The ball joint section having an opening receiving a press fit ball joint. The material of the ball joint section having a smaller material thickness than the material of the arm member. The ball joint section connected to the arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Meier, Ivica Papic, Theo Kueppers
  • Patent number: 10150344
    Abstract: An arrangement for attaching a control arm in a vehicle comprising a first attachment bracket, a first fastening means, a first bushing, and a control arm. The first bushing is arranged in an opening of the control arm and the first fastening means is passing through both the first attachment portion and the first bushing. The first attachment bracket comprises a slit arranged transversal to the travel direction of the vehicle and the slit is arranged in a front surface of the first attachment bracket, wherein the first attachment bracket is adapted to release the first fastening means of said control arm when a certain force is exceeded during an offset or small offset impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin Larsson, Martin Svensson, Roger Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10081044
    Abstract: A method for producing a chassis link includes shaping a single-shell main body from a sheet metal blank and deforming the sheet metal blank by deep drawing, which includes pre-drawing during which an indentation is produced on the main body and in which the indentation is trimmed and a bush is attached to a projection on the main body once the indentation has been trimmed. The sheet metal blank is pre-drawn such that the indentation is given a radius that matches the bush to be attached such that there is no further need for a further forming operation on the indentation once the indentation has been trimmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Autotech Engineering Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Kai Haselhorst, Viktor Friesen, Denis Geßner, Carsten Dejok
  • Patent number: 9937764
    Abstract: A press-formed product includes a main body part having a first end part and a second end part respectively on both ends, and a protruded part that protrudes outward of bending from a bent part of the main body part. On a surface of the top plate part of the main body part, a groove part is provided in a domain on the first end part side from a root of the protruded part. A first vertical wall part extending from the first end part of the main body part to the protruded part has a corner part connecting the main body part and the protruded part. An angle that is formed by a part which is on the main body part side from the corner part and a part which is on the protruded part side from the corner part is an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9889715
    Abstract: A suspension member for a motor vehicle including a control arm or transverse link having a ball joint seat for receiving a press-fit ball joint. The ball joint seat including a reinforcement section formed from the material of the suspension member in a region thereof provided for friction or press-fit contact with the ball joint. A method for producing the control arm or transverse link includes increasing the material thickness of the reinforcement section by deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christoph Meier, Peter Kurbel
  • Patent number: 9889885
    Abstract: A suspension member is provided with a torque rod mounting portion, vehicle body mounting portions, gearbox mounting portions and bead portions. The torque rod mounting portion is provided at a vehicle width direction central portion of a suspension member main body. The vehicle body mounting portions are provided at vehicle width direction outer side end portions of the suspension member main body. The gearbox mounting portions are provided at the vehicle width direction outer sides of the suspension member main body relative to the torque rod mounting portion, and at the vehicle width direction inner sides relative to the vehicle body mounting portions. The bead portions are provided at the vehicle width direction outer sides of the suspension member main body relative to the gearbox mounting portions, and at the vehicle width direction inner sides relative to the vehicle body mounting portions, and extend in the vehicle body front-and-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Kondo
  • Patent number: 9878614
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle is provided comprising a chassis, four wheels and a passenger compartment that includes a passenger seating structure. The vehicle additionally comprises a drivetrain operatively connected to at least one of the wheels comprising at least one drive shaft and at least one torque transfer device. Furthermore the vehicle includes a prime mover that is mounted to the chassis forward of the seating structure and operatively connected to the drivetrain. The prime mover is structured and operable to provide motive force to at least one of the wheels. In various instances the prime mover is mounted to the chassis such that it has a longitudinal orientation relative to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle. Additionally, in various instances wherein the torque transfer device is a transmission, the transmission is mounted such that it has a longitudinal orientation relative to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Dunne, Jr., Jon C. Charland, Jared Trauernicht, Hayden Barr, Eric Anderfaas
  • Patent number: 9731573
    Abstract: A suspension arm has an elongated shape. The suspension arm is shaped such that a line defining an outer shape of the suspension arm does not coincide with a line of force transmission, but a line extending through a shearing center point of each of a plurality of cross sections of the suspension arm coincides with the line of force transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tokukatsu Suzuki, Daisuke Fukumori
  • Patent number: 9726250
    Abstract: A self-tightening and wear-compensating suspension mounting system is described herein. The suspension mounting system may include a housing, a hemispherical race, a hemispherical ball, an elastomeric first bushing, two opposing couplings, and a shock absorber. The housing includes two opposing cavities. The hemispherical race is mounted within a first cavity of the two opposing cavities. The hemispherical ball is slidably mounted at least partially within the hemispherical race. The elastomeric first bushing is positioned at least partially within a second cavity of the two opposing cavities. The two opposing couplings are positioned hold the hemispherical race, the hemispherical ball, and the elastomeric first bushing between the two couplings. The shock absorber shaft extends through the two opposing cavities, the hemispherical race, the hemispherical ball, and the elastomeric first bushing. The hemispherical ball pivots within the hemispherical race responsive to movement of the shock absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Fairwind Distribution, LLC
    Inventor: Steven David Lee
  • Patent number: 9616725
    Abstract: A suspension arm member includes a connecting portion configured to connect plural members of a suspension, and a support bar extending and provided with the connecting portion at each end. The support bar is made of a resin material and includes plural lightening hole portions each formed in a shape of a recessed portion. The lightening hole portions include plural front upper lightening hole portions (11) formed in a front upper portion of the support bar, plural front lower lightening hole portions formed in a front lower portion of the support bar, plural rear upper lightening hole portions formed in a rear upper portion of the support bar, and plural rear lower lightening hole portions formed in a rear lower portion of the support bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeru Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9610818
    Abstract: A ring link assembly is configured to securely link a first component to a second component. The assembly may include a first housing defining a first passage having a first center, and a second housing defining a second passage having a second center. The first and second centers may reside in a common plane. A connecting beam connects the first housing to the second housing. The connecting beam may be canted with respect to the common plane. One or both of the first and second housings may connect to the connecting beam through an arcuate transition joint. A cant of the connecting beam and/or a curvature of the arcuate transition joint may be configured to reduce mechanical interference between the assembly and one or both of the first and second components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Dennis M. Mark, Jason K. Trotter, Troy S. Field
  • Patent number: 9555682
    Abstract: A wheel support for arrangement on a motor vehicle axle is disclosed on a multi-link axle having a flange for receiving a wheel hub and at least two receptacles for rotatable coupling to links, the wheel support being coupled to a trailing link by means of thermal joining, which wheel support is distinguished by the fact that the wheel support is configured as a welded component and has a main body region which has at least two sheet metal components which are coupled to one another by way of thermal joining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Detlev Peitz
  • Patent number: 9446645
    Abstract: A control arm base (30) for connecting a control arm (10), particularly a divided control arm, for a wheel (20) to a vehicle, which control arm (10) includes at least two partial control arms (11a, 11b) which can be connected on the one hand to a vehicle-side joint (32a, 32b) and on the other to a wheel-side joint (13, 13a, 13b, 13c). In order to realize a targeted influencing of the longitudinal and transverse rigidity of the control arm with simple conventional joints, the control arm base (30) includes at least two vehicle-connecting joints (31a; 31b) for articulated connection of the control arm base (30) to the vehicle, and at least two partial control arm connecting joints (32a, 32b) for the vehicle-side articulated connection of each of the partial control arms (11a, 11b) to the control arm base (30). The invention further relates to a wheel suspension that includes such a control arm base (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Vogler, Raphael Fischer, Nicole Denzler
  • Patent number: 9421838
    Abstract: A suspension arm includes an upper member and a lower member, and the side plates of the upper member are joined to the side plates of the lower member by welding. A weld line formed by a weld part is bent and terminated near a lower ball joint. A side plate includes a substantially-linear edge and a bent edge, which is bent from an end of the substantially-linear edge and within which the weld line is terminated. The weld line along the bent edge is inclined at a given angle or greater to a stress direction near a weld end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Morino
  • Patent number: 9168801
    Abstract: A transverse link made of fiber-reinforced plastics material for a wheel suspension, which transverse link is pivotable on its bearing elements about a common pivot axis or axes running substantially coaxially with respect to one another, these bearing elements being connected by a single-shell connecting element having connecting arms to a bearing element having a ball and socket joint bearing. The bearing elements and the connecting element are elements of an integral plastics material. In order to produce a transverse link of this type, disclosed is an integral plastics material moulded part produced by extrusion of plastics, the bearing elements having bearing bushes shells surrounded by extrusion of the plastics material. The ball and socket joint bearing have a bearing bush or a shell-shaped sliding capsule, produced from plastics material and connected to the connecting element, the connecting element comprising a centre or transverse web connecting the bearing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Gestamp Umformtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Dicke, Mathias Buchholz, Leslie Leimkuhler, Matthias Kroeger, Ulf Sudowe, Thomas Gross
  • Patent number: 9102205
    Abstract: An ATV is disclosed having a frame, a seat supported by the frame, front and rear wheels supporting the frame, a drivetrain supported by the frame, and an operator's compartment extending generally between the seat and a front enclosure. The ATV includes foot pedals to control the speed and acceleration of the vehicle. The ATV may include a floorboard including a footwell and a dead pedal for locating the operator's foot relative to the foot pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Kvien, Jeff S. Lovold, Timothy S. Wysocki, Russell L. Knochenmus
  • Patent number: 9096111
    Abstract: A coupled torsion beam axle type suspension system may include trailing arms respectively coupled to opposite ends of a torsion beam, a trailing arm bush coupled to a front end portion of the trailing arm, a link bracket mounted in front of the trailing arm bush and engaged therewith in a width direction of a vehicle, and a lower mounting bush mounted outside of the trailing arm bush in front thereof, installed in the link bracket, and engaged with a lower part of the vehicle body in a height direction of the vehicle, and an upper mounting bush offset, with respect to the lower mounting bush, by a predetermined width in the width direction of the vehicle, a predetermined height in a height direction thereof, and a predetermined length in a length direction of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jaekil Lee, Youn Hyung Cho, Seon Pyung Kim, Dong Min Lim
  • Publication number: 20150130159
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a highly rigid and curved suspension arm for a vehicle, which can be manufactured with high productivity without forging or casting. [Solution] A second plate 20 is sandwiched between a pair of first plates 10, and the plates 10 and the plate 20 are bonded to each other by weld bonding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Yorozu Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Nakasato
  • Patent number: 9022403
    Abstract: A vehicle front suspension includes a suspension support structure, a transverse link, a front link breakaway structure and a rear link breakaway structure. The transverse link has an inboard side with a front connection structure connecting a front end of the transverse link to the suspension support at a first location and a rear connection structure pivotally connecting a rear end of the transverse link to the suspension support at a second location that is spaced rearwardly of the first location. The front link breakaway structure is configured to release the front end of the transverse link from the suspension support upon application of a prescribed rearward directed force on the vehicle front suspension outboard of the suspension support structure. The rear link breakaway structure is configured to release the rear connection structure of the transverse link from the suspension support upon rearward rotation of the transverse link about the rear connection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joyce Lam, Ryan Corby, Jeffery Dix, Mark Snyder
  • Patent number: 9010783
    Abstract: A ball joint includes a base body, a ball socket formed in the base body, and a ball pivot having a joint ball which is received in the ball socket. The joint ball is held in the ball socket by a locking ring which has a flange portion bearing upon the base body. The flange portion has an outer periphery formed with a circumferential groove, with a groove flank of the groove providing a welding area. A welding seam running about the flange portion connects the locking ring to the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Meyer, Andreas Will
  • Publication number: 20150097350
    Abstract: A coupling structure includes a hollow rod section formed of a metal pipe and fastening sections formed by plastic deformation of the metal pipe so as to be connected with end sections of the hollow rod section. The fastening section includes a pair of base end sections which are each connected with a peripheral wall section forming a closed cross-section at the end section of the hollow rod section, and are separated from each other, and a bottom wall including a flat surface connected with the pair of the base end sections, and a pair of front end sections including a pair of side walls curving inwards from at least widthwise end sections of the bottom wall on a base end section side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi Shirakami, Masaaki Mizumura, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8985604
    Abstract: A front lower control arm assembly includes a front lower control arm and a bushing attached to the arm. The bushing has a first central axis. A ball joint is also attached to the arm. The ball joint has a second central axis oriented substantially perpendicularly to a plane including the first central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven C Hopson, Steve S Allen, Kanak Soundrapandian
  • Publication number: 20150076783
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heavy-duty trailer (10) in which at least one of the wheels (12) has a MacPherson independent wheel suspension (16). The wheel (12) can be a steered wheel, wherein the steering cylinders (94) of the steering device (40) enclose an angle (?) with the longitudinal direction (L) of the trailer. The transverse control arms (30l, 30r) can also be articulated onto the trailer frame at least in the longitudinal center plane (F) of the trailer (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GOLDHOFER AG
    Inventors: Herbert Swoboda, Georg Maier
  • Patent number: 8973931
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension wheel strut, includes a first bushing; a wheel carrier journaled onto the first bushing; a first bracket at a first end of the first bushing; a second bracket at a second end of the first bushing; and identical damping elements positioned between the first bracket and wheel carrier at the first end of the first bushing and the second bracket and the wheel carrier at the second end of the first bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Leonard Branger
  • Patent number: 8967638
    Abstract: A lift axle suspension system is provided with a frame bracket member connectable to a vehicle frame, an upper control arm, and a lower control arm. Each control arm has a first end and a second end, with the first end of each control arm being pivotally connected to the frame bracket member. The suspension system also includes an axle connecting member connectable to an axle, with the second end of each control arm being pivotally connected to the axle connecting member. A compression coil spring having a first end connected to the lower control arm and a second end connected to the upper control arm serves as a lift mechanism for lifting and lowering the axle connected to the axle connecting member. The compression coil spring may encircle at least a portion of and be substantially coaxial with the lower control arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael J. Gottschalk
  • Publication number: 20150054246
    Abstract: A suspension unit is disclosed having a hanger having a front face with an aperture and a control arm having a front face with an aperture. The control arm is pivotally attached to and depends from the hanger such that the front face of the hanger and the front face of the control arm are opposed one another with the aperture on the front face of the hanger being aligned with the aperture on the front face of the control arm. A jounce spring and a rebound spring are coaxially mounted to a shaft. The shaft is mounted through the apertures and springs. The rebound spring is positioned between the front faces of the hanger and the control arm and the jounce spring is positioned horizontally to one side of both the hanger and the control arm with the shaft in a horizontal orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Parto Rezania
  • Patent number: 8925945
    Abstract: A sheet-metal control arm for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle includes a base body, and two eyelets arranged in spaced-apart relationship at least at one end of the base body. Each eyelet has an opening, with the openings of the eyelets receiving a chassis bearing. At least one of the eyelets has a wall which is provided with a projection which is configured to at least partly bridge a gap to a wall of the other one of the eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Dominik Mohrlock, Wolfgang Seemüller
  • Patent number: 8925944
    Abstract: A control arm for a vehicle suspension is provided. The control arm includes a control arm body having a connector for attachment to a wheel assembly, a horizontal bushing for coupling the control arm with a vehicle frame and a vertical socket for also coupling the control arm with a vehicle frame. The vertical socket has a housing which is press fit into an opening of the control arm body and a stud which extends through the housing for engagement with the vehicle frame. A bearing is positioned within the housing between the housing and the stud. The stud has a rounded outer surface, and the bearing has a rounded inner surface for allowing rotational movement of the bearing and housing relative to the stud. A retainer member is in engagement with the housing and the bearing for retaining the bearing in the inner bore of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Byrnes
  • Publication number: 20150001826
    Abstract: An L-shape vehicular suspension arm includes a unitary body forged from an aluminum alloy. The unitary body includes a web and ribs. The web is substantially planar, and the ribs extend from surfaces of the web at peripheral edges of the web. In cross-section, at least one part of the unitary body has a U-shape, an H-shape, or an inverted U-shape, such that dimensions of the unitary body satisfy expression (1) or (2): 0.05?(H?Hr)/Hr?0.25??(1) 4?(H?Hr)/Hr?19??(2) where H is a total height of the unitary body, and Hr is a height from a center of the web to a lowermost point of the unitary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventor: Hiroaki HOSOI
  • Patent number: 8910962
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension transverse link, including a bearing journal assembly having a pin-shaped portion and an anchor portion that attaches to a connecting point on the link. The anchor portion has an unrounded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Meier, Theo Kueppers