Plural Lateral Control Arms Patents (Class 280/124.135)
  • Patent number: 10406880
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a reinforcing structure of a suspension arm, in which high rigidity capable of withstanding any input from a road surface or the like can be given to the suspension arm. In a vehicle suspension including a plurality of suspension arms, one ends of which being connected to a vehicle body of a vehicle and the other ends of which being connected to a knuckle, a control arm includes a main body and a pair of attachment portions provided at both ends of the main body. Each of the pair of attachment portions is provided with a substantially cylindrical through-hole for connection to the vehicle body or the knuckle. At least one of the pair of attachment portions is provided with an annular reinforcing member for reinforcing around the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Mizumoto, Masaaki Nishi, Hisashi Ishimatsu, Masashi Furuya, Hirokuni Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 10323721
    Abstract: A marine drive includes an output gear including a beveled gear and a hub. A propeller shaft extends through the hub. A first bearing and an adjacent second bearing are located on the hub and support rotation of the output gear. The first and second bearings have inner races and outer races. An inner spacer is located on the hub and sandwiched between the respective inner races of the first and second bearings. An outer spacer is sandwiched between the respective outer races of the first and second bearings. A bearing carrier surrounds the propeller shaft and holds the first and second bearings therein by way of a press fit. The inner and outer spacers and the bearing carrier are dimensionally sized to provide a dimensional preload on the first and second bearings to maintain the output gear in alignment with the propeller shaft during operation of the marine drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua S. Smith, Kass W. Sawyer, Theodore J. Hanes
  • Patent number: 10286954
    Abstract: A device for adjusting camber and/or toe of a vehicle wheel of a motor vehicle, includes a wheel carrier including a wheel-side carrier part, an axle-side guide part and rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part, the rotary parts being supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis, the wheel-side carrier part being rotatable about said rotation axis about an instantaneous center of rotation for toe or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel and supporting a brake caliper interacting with a brake disc of the vehicle wheel; and a torque bridge configured as a torque transmission element which supports the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part when a braking moment acts on the wheel-side carrier part during a braking process, and which when supporting the wheel-side carrier part on the axle-side guide part generates a directed force component with which the wheel-side carrier part is impingable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Thomas Klinger, Wolfgang Schmid, Heinrich Beringer, Achim Glas, Ulrich Voll, Michael Braumandl, Vincent Pourroy-Solari
  • Patent number: 10226977
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension comprises an assembly of a hub carrier and a support arm, the support arm being attached to the hub carrier at two points spaced from each other in the direction of travel and extending inwardly therefrom to a support arm attachment point for fixing to a chassis, and a trailing link extending from the assembly in a direction transverse to that of the support arm, toward a trailing link attachment point for fixing to the chassis. The trailing link preferably extends from the assembly in a forward direction, and is preferably connected directly to the hub carrier. A strut can extend upwardly toward an attachment point for fixing to a chassis, to provide a spring and damper. The support arm can comprise a pair of arms extending divergently from the attachment point to each of the two points. A toe control link extends generally parallel to but spaced from the rear arm, linking the hub carrier to the chassis to provide geometry control under high load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GORDON MURRAY DESIGN LIMITED
    Inventor: Frank Coppuck
  • Patent number: 10106006
    Abstract: In a rear suspension device of an automotive vehicle, a shock absorber is provided perpendicularly to a H-shaped lower arm in a side view, respective axis of resilient bushes of pivotal portions which pivotally support upper and lower arms at a vehicle-body side are configured to be parallel to a standard line which extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction in a plan view, and an imaginary axial line which interconnects respective centers of front and rear connection portions, via which the lower arm is connected to a wheel side, is configured to extend obliquely forward and inward relatively to the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumitaka Andou, Norio Asano, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9731572
    Abstract: A suspension device for an in-wheel motor driven wheel ensures a lever ratio and stroke of a shock absorber without setting the upper end portion of the shock absorber at a high position. A wheel driven by an in-wheel motor unit is suspended on a vehicle body via a suspension structure member and a shock absorber, the suspension structure member including an upper suspension arm pivotally supported with respect to the vehicle body, and a third link. The third link pivotally connects the upper suspension arm to the wheel while having a shock absorber connecting portion to which the lower end of the shock absorber is connected. Further, the shock absorber connecting portion is disposed in the vehicle bottom position lower than an upper end surface of the in-wheel motor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Tamura, Tomoki Hirabayashi, Yutaka Matayoshi, Sakiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9707813
    Abstract: A vehicle having a hub carrier coupled to a body of the vehicle by a camber mechanism, the vehicle having first and second mounting points by means of which the camber mechanism is coupled to the body of the vehicle, wherein: (i) the camber mechanism comprises: a first wing attached to the first mounting point by a first rotationally free joint; a second wing attached to the second mounting point by a second rotationally free joint and attached to the first wing by an inter-wing joint that permits relative motion of the first and second wings; and a tie link attached by a third rotationally free joint to the first wing and running to the vehicle body; (ii) the hub carrier is attached to the first wing by a first hub carrier joint permitting relative rotation of the first wing and the hub carrier about only a single axis, which axis substantially intersects a camber axis; (iii) the hub carrier is attached to the second wing by a second hub carrier joint permitting relative rotation of the second wing and the h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Steven James Randle
  • Patent number: 9623712
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure for a vehicle includes: a suspension member integrally assembled to a vehicle body; a first arm member that connects the suspension member to a wheel assembly; and a second arm member that connects the suspension member to the first arm member. The vehicle front structure includes a projection portion placed between a connection portion for the first arm member and a connection portion for the second arm member in a side rail constituting the suspension member and configured to abut with the second arm member deformed due to an input along with a collision caused in a front portion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9579942
    Abstract: A 5-link independent suspension system for a motor vehicle may include a steering knuckle and a trailing link extending along a single axis. The trailing link may be connected to the steering knuckle and be configured to attach to a frame rail of the vehicle. The suspension system may further include an integral link connected to the steering knuckle and configured to attach to the trailing link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Scott Allen, Steven C. Hopson, Joe L. Buchwitz
  • Patent number: 9487234
    Abstract: A system used to control the orientation of a vehicle's suspension. The system includes a control system receiving input data from a plurality of sensors concerning the relative motion, speed, and orientation of the vehicle. The control system is configured to process the input data and actively control the orientation of the suspension system by selecting a suitable driver speed and tilt angle according to external conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Mystery Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Lawayne Matthies, Mark D. Siegel, John D. Nickles
  • Patent number: 9227475
    Abstract: Suspension arm 2 with an air guide 1, wherein the suspension arm 2 has in the installation position a downwardly open cross-sectional profile with a base surface 7 and at least two side webs 8 projecting from the base surface 7, and wherein the air guide 1 has a reinforcement element 3 to be arranged on the side webs 8 and an air guiding element 4 composed of a plastic material, and a method for producing an air guide 1 for a suspension arm 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andreas Ottinger, Hans-Jürgen Langhoff
  • Publication number: 20150061275
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame assembly, a cab frame assembly, a front suspension assembly, a rear suspension assembly, a power steering assembly, and a powertrain assembly, all of which may be configured to lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron D. DECKARD, Adam J. SCHLANGEN, Alex R. SCHEUERELL, Aaron J. NYSSE, Anthony J. RIPLEY, Daniel L. GOFFMAN, Andy T. IVES, Donovan L. FREDRICKSON, Gordon J. STEINMETZ, Keith A. HOLLMAN, Anthony J. KOMAREK, Corrie S. ROYTEK, Shawn D. PETERSON, Dennis J. LUTZ
  • Patent number: 8944204
    Abstract: A snowmobile comprises a chassis with a front portion and a tunnel, and a power train unit supported by the chassis. The snowmobile further includes a plurality of ground-engaging members cooperating with the power train unit to operate the snowmobile. The plurality of ground-engaging members includes a pair of front skis and an endless track assembly. The snowmobile also includes a front suspension operably coupled to the pair of front skis. The front suspension includes a right control arm comprising a first right arm adhesively coupled to at least one right coupler, and a left control arm comprising a first left arm adhesively coupled to at least one left coupler. The first right arm and the left arm are comprised of a first material and the right and left couplers are comprised of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J Ripley, Richard D Kerner, Jeffrey D Conn
  • Publication number: 20140375013
    Abstract: An independent wheel suspension for the driven wheels of a vehicle is disclosed. The suspension includes a wheel carrier for rotatably supporting a wheel of the vehicle. The wheel carrier is connected to a torsion-resistant transverse link. The torsion-resistant transverse link is connected to the vehicle structure via two structure-side link bearings and to the wheel carrier via two wheel-carrier-side link bearings. The wheel carrier also is connected to two additional transverse links, each of the additional transverse links being connected to the vehicle structure and to the wheel carrier. The suspension also includes a carrier spring supported on the vehicle structure and on the wheel carrier, wherein the carrier spring is arranged in front of a wheel center axis and the at least two additional transverse links are arranged behind the wheel axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul ZANDBERGEN, Daniel MAINZ
  • Patent number: 8899602
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension support structure including a lower arm (17) formed by, for example, a lower arm 17 rotatably supporting a knuckle for a front wheel, and a shock absorber attenuating vibration of the lower arm (17), wherein a lower end of the shock absorber is rotatably supported by a support bracket 32 that is welded to an upper face of the lower arm (17) formed by, for example, the lower arm 17, and wherein in the upper face of the lower arm (17), a bulged portion 40 is formed where a weld target portion to which an end of the support bracket 32 is welded is formed to bulge upwards as compared to the periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Mazda Motor Corporation, Hiruta Kogyo Co., Ltd., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yoko Takanashi, Masashi Ando, Toshiyuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 8882116
    Abstract: The present invention provides a passive vehicle suspension system providing optimal camber gain and avoiding the “bump camber” problem. This vehicle suspension system utilizes a conventional sway bar and a kinematic system to rotate the tire(s) of a vehicle in a direction opposite the roll of the vehicle during turning or cornering, for example. The kinematic design allows for adjustability and optimization, providing optimal camber gain. Although an automotive vehicle suspension system is illustrated and described, and, specifically, a racing or everyday automotive vehicle suspension system, the concepts of the present invention are capable of much broader applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Inventors: James Franklin Cuttino, John Stewart Shepherd
  • Patent number: 8870206
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a novel suspension concept specifically designed for handling quality as well as travel and articulation. The foundation for this concept can be viewed as the integration of two different types of independent suspension systems—the double wishbone independent suspension system and Ford's twin I-beam front suspension system. Included in this concept is a novel configuration of two pairs of links per wheel whereby the length of each link in one of the two pairs pair is analogous to the vehicle's track width. Both spring and damping functions for the suspension system are provided by the novel segmented air shock absorber, this shock absorber being disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/854,055. This concept discussed herein is suitable for use on either the front or rear of a vehicle, that uniquely offers the handling quality like an independent suspension system and the travel and articulation capabilities potentially superior to that of a solid axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Scott Bandy
  • Patent number: 8851500
    Abstract: A trailer for a trailer truck, comprising a chassis provided with a central chassis element and at least one axle with independent wheel suspension, which is connected to the chassis, the wheel suspension comprising a first, lower wheel suspension arm that is pivotally connected to the chassis about a first pivot axis that extends substantially in the longitudinal direction of the chassis, a second, higher wheel suspension arm that is pivotally connected to the chassis about a second pivot axis, a steering knuckle connecting the first wheel suspension arm and the second wheel suspension arm, a wheel axle attached to the steering knuckle, on which a wheel is rotatably mounted. The second pivot axis extends substantially in the transverse direction of the chassis, with the second end of the second wheel suspension being spaced from the first end of the second wheel suspension arm, seen in the longitudinal direction of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Transport Industry Development Centre B.V.
    Inventors: Jos Robertus Leonardus Dobbelaar, Johannes Gijsbertus Geradus Van De Ven
  • Patent number: 8827290
    Abstract: Multi-link rear wheel axle for a vehicle connects a wheel support (4) to a vehicle body (5) with link arms in upper and lower link planes (8, 6). The upper link plane (8) has a link arm (18) configured as a track rod and front and rear transverse link arms (14, 18) with articulation points (13, 15) for the wheel support (4) and the vehicle body (5). A longitudinal link arm (16) connects the rear transverse link (14) via an articulation point (22) near the wheel support (4) to the front transverse link (18) via an articulation point (24) near the vehicle body. Front and rear transverse link arms (10, 12) in the lower link plane (6) have articulation points (13, 15) for the wheel support (4) and the vehicle body (5) and form a virtual pole (20) outside the lower link plane (6) and behind the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Achim Schulz, Michael Johne
  • Patent number: 8814186
    Abstract: A steering mechanism of a reverse tricycle in combination includes a structural member including a central opening, two upper openings, and two lower openings; two upper link arm assemblies pivotably secured to the upper openings respectively; two lower link arm assemblies pivotably secured to the lower openings respectively; a shock absorber disposed through the central opening and having both ends pivotably secured to the lower link arm assemblies respectively; and two pivot assemblies wherein one pivot assembly pivotably secured to a hub of one front wheel of the tricycle and an other pivot assembly pivotably secured to a hub of an other front wheel of the tricycle. The steering mechanism causes leaning of the reverse tricycle in the direction of turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Adiva Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Komasato Rinda
  • Patent number: 8800696
    Abstract: A vehicle equipped with a double wishbones and double tandem members suspension system to suspend the vehicle, the double tandem members being operatively interconnected together and adapted to receive idling wheels adapted to support and guide an endless belt thereon to provide significant suspension travel and prevents an endless belt disengagement from the idling wheels. A suspension system and a kit thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: L'Équipe Fabconcept Inc.
    Inventor: Marius Allaire
  • Publication number: 20140203533
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a CVT unit or a power source which requires ambient air. An air inlet for an air intake system coupled to the CVT unit or the power source which requires ambient air may be provided in a side of a cargo carrying portion of the vehicle. The vehicle may include a rear radius arm suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Safranski, Robbi L. Peterson, Richard L. Sunsdahl, Aaron D. Deckard, Louis J. Brady
  • Patent number: 8764040
    Abstract: A quadricycle includes a four-wheel suspension system that is structured to maintain contact between the ground and the wheels when traversing uneven terrain, as well as to permit a rider to lean into a curve in order to facilitate steering the vehicle. The suspension assemblies are relatively wide to resist rollover accidents. Shock absorbers within the suspension assemblies are angled from vertical to provide both a vertical force component and a horizontal force component in order to permit leaning into a curve while resisting excessive leaning. The quadricycle's drivetrain is structured to increase clearance between the ground and many drivetrain components. Smaller components of the spindle and wheel hub assembly are protected by larger components of the suspension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis DeLauter
  • Patent number: 8762003
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle has a frame pivotally connected to the lower end of a shock tower, the pivotal connection defining a frame leaning axis wherein the frame is adapted to lean to a right side and to a left side relative to the shock tower about the frame leaning axis. The leaning vehicle includes an actuator operatively connected to the frame and to the shock tower which is adapted to impart a leaning motion to the frame relative to the shock tower about the frame leaning axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Mercier
  • Patent number: 8740232
    Abstract: An independent suspension for a steerable wheel has a support member that is inclined so that the movement of the wheel as it travels over an obstacle includes a rearward vector. The steering spindle is positioned in such a way that it is not perpendicular to the support member, but is angled to provide the desired caster angle, which may vary between embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Kunau
  • Patent number: 8690177
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle includes a carrier coupled to a portion of the vehicle, and a wheel bearing element mounted on the carrier so as to be rotatable about an axis, wherein a first portion of the carrier is rotatably coupled to the portion of the vehicle by a single link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joe L Buchwitz, John Spencer Rezkalla, David Burgess, Robert Borries
  • Patent number: 8678409
    Abstract: A suspension structure includes lower front and rear links arranged to connect a wheel support member to support a wheel and a vehicle body member swingably, and an upper link located above the lower front link and arranged to connect the wheel support member and the vehicle body swingably. There is further provided a connect bush arranged to connect the lower front link and the lower rear link with each other. The connect bush is located below a connection point between the lower front link and the wheel support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Reo Koide, Keiichi Nakajima, Yoshihiro Kawabe
  • Patent number: 8662510
    Abstract: Wheel suspension for a wheeled vehicle, with a lower rocking lever (12) with an inner end being movably connected to a vehicle frame (14) via a lower arm part (16) of a double armed rocker (18) which is pivotable about a substantially horizontal axle (20) in the vehicle frame, and with an outer end being articulately attached to a lower part of a wheel hub (24), and an upper support arm (28) with an outer end being articulately attached to an upper end of the wheel hub (24), and with an inner end, being articulately connected to the vehicle frame (14). The upper support arm (28) is connected to an upper arm part (34) of the double armed rocker (18) via a coupling link (36), which is articulately connected to the upper support arm (28) as well as the upper arm part (34) of the double armed rocker (18), wherein the lower rocking lever (12) has an inclination obliquely downwardly outwardly from the vehicle frame (14) in a neutral position of the wheel hub (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Assar Christensen
  • Patent number: 8616568
    Abstract: A structure of a vehicle subframe mounted to a vehicle, in which a wheel hub may be connected to a vehicle body through a lower arm and an upper arm disposed below and above one another, and in which the lower arm may be coupled in a traverse direction of the vehicle may include a plate-shaped body mounted to a lower portion of the vehicle body, and having the lower arm mounted thereon in the traverse direction of the vehicle, and a mounting bracket protruding from the body upwards wherein the upper arm may be pivotally coupled to an upper portion of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hwashin Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Min Kim, Dae-Sik Ko, Eui-Keun Jeong
  • Patent number: 8616773
    Abstract: An elastomeric bushing includes an inner component, first, second and third elastomeric or plastic members and an outer component. The first elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the inner component. The second elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the first elastomeric or plastic member. The third elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the second elastomeric or plastic member. The outer component is disposed over the third elastomeric or plastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Pullman Company
    Inventor: Jay W. Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8585068
    Abstract: An independent rear suspension for a vehicle having a chassis and a pair of rear wheels including a pair of IRS units. Each IRS unit includes an X-shaped lower control arm with a forward pivot connection to the chassis in front of the centerline of the driven sprocket and a rearward pivot connection behind the centerline, and a camber link connected to the chassis at a single pivot connection behind the centerline. Each IRS unit also includes a shock absorber coupled with an anti-sway bar to the lower control arm at a mount, and including a secondary spring in series with a main spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Adam J. Schlangen, Jeffrey D. Bennett, Brian T. Utter, Stephen L. Nelson, Louis J. Brady
  • Patent number: 8579310
    Abstract: It is an object to obtain excellent suspension performance and effectively enhance steering stability during vehicle turning, with a simple configuration. A vehicle suspension apparatus comprises an upper lateral link (5) and a lower lateral link (6) each having one end (5a, 6a) swingably mounted to a wheel carrying member (1) and the other end (5b, 6b) swingably supported by a vehicle body, while being installed to extend in a vehicle widthwise direction, and a lower link (7) having one end mounted to a lower portion of the wheel carrying member (1) at a position rearward of a rotary shaft of a wheel, and the other end swingably supported by the vehicle body. The one ends (5a, 6a) of the upper and lower lateral links (5, 6) are mounted, respectively, to an upper portion and a lower portion of the wheel carrying member (1) at positions frontward of the rotary shaft of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Tanaka, Shin Murata
  • Patent number: 8573618
    Abstract: A wheel suspension of a motor vehicle. The wheel suspension includes a suspension arm supported on a linkage point on a car body of the motor vehicle. A transverse leaf spring is arranged along a transverse axis of the motor vehicle and coupled at an end of the transverse leaf spring with the wheel suspension. The transverse leaf spring is supported via a bearing on the car body. An end of the transverse leaf spring is coupled in an articulated manner with the suspension arm and spaced apart from a wheel-side end of the suspension arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Benteler Automobil Technik GmbH
    Inventors: Aloys Schroder, Christian Schnabel, Jurgen Von Der Kall, Rodscha Drabon
  • Publication number: 20130249182
    Abstract: An independent wheel suspension system for a motor vehicle includes an upper strut plane and a lower strut plane. Each of the upper strut plane and lower strut planes includes one longitudinal strut and one transverse strut. Each of the struts has a wheel side end for connection of a wheel holder and a body side end for connection of a body. The wheel-side ends of the longitudinal struts and the wheel-side ends of the transverse struts of the two strut planes are articulatedly connected either directly or indirectly to the wheel holder. The body-side ends of first struts of the two strut planes are articulatedly connected directly to the body. The body-side ends of second struts of the two strut planes are articulatedly connected indirectly to the body via a common coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oliver MOESSINGER
  • Patent number: 8517140
    Abstract: An independent rear suspension kit includes first and second mounting brackets configured to be fastened to a chassis of a vehicle, a cross-member interconnecting the first and second brackets, a differential housing supported by the cross-member, first and second upper control arms pivotably coupled to the cross-member, first and second lower control arms pivotably coupled to the differential housing, a first upright pivotably coupled to the first upper control arm and the first lower control arm, and a second upright pivotably coupled to the second upper control arm and the second lower control arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Heidts Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Vaughn E. D. West, Thomas E. Brown
  • Patent number: 8511698
    Abstract: A suspension system of the present invention pivotally supports a wheel of a motor vehicle. An upper control arm and a lower control arm are cooperable with a spindle, which supports the wheel. A vibration damper is cooperable with the upper control arm. A link interconnects the lower control arm and one of the terminal ends of the vibration damper thereby defining a common axis bisecting the link. The vibration damper moves along the common axis to absorb vibration transferred from a road surface and through the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Radar Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kucinski, Mark Zmyslowski
  • Patent number: 8505938
    Abstract: A sway bar assembly includes a sway bar, a biasing member, and a winder assembly. The sway bar includes a central portion, a left end portion, and a right end portion. The central portion is configured for pivotal coupling to a frame of a vehicle. The left end portion is configured for coupling with a left support arm. The right end portion is configured for coupling with a right support arm. The biasing member is configured to be fixed to a frame of a vehicle. The winder assembly is coupled with the biasing member and configured to facilitate selective movement of the biasing member with respect to the sway bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Darin D. King
  • Patent number: 8474844
    Abstract: A suspension structure is a double wishbone type suspension including a spring damper and is characterized in that, among a plurality of mounting points where an upper arm and a lower arm arranged vertically parallel to each other are connected to a vehicle body, the vertical positions of the mounting points, which are located on the left or right side with respect to a hub assembly, of the upper arm and the lower arm are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Daedong Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung Soo Kwon, Jin Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 8454041
    Abstract: A suspension arm unit for vehicle includes: a pair of profile beams each having a U-shaped cross section with an opening oriented in a horizontal direction and including: a base end part formed on one end side of the profile beam and vertically swingably supported on a vehicle body side about an axis extending in a front-rear direction; and a distal end part formed on the other end side, to which a knuckle arm unit of a wheel is attached. The pair of the profile beams are arranged in the front-rear direction so that the openings face each other in the front-rear direction and a gap between the profile beams becomes larger from the distal end part to the base end part, and the pair of the profile beams are connected to each other at the distal end part and to the knuckle arm unit through a rotary joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Fujii, Shoichiro Kawamura, Yuhei Nishimura, Shinichiro Saji, Kyouhei Hamamura
  • Publication number: 20130127130
    Abstract: Multi-link rear wheel axle for a vehicle connects a wheel support (4) to a vehicle body (5) with link arms in upper and lower link planes (8, 6). The upper link plane (8) has a link arm (18) configured as a track rod and front and rear transverse link arms (14, 18) with articulation points (13, 15) for the wheel support (4) and the vehicle body (5). A longitudinal link arm (16) connects the rear transverse link (14) via an articulation point (22) near the wheel support (4) to the front transverse link (18) via an articulation point (24) near the vehicle body. Front and rear transverse link arms (10, 12) in the lower link plane (6) have articulation points (13, 15) for the wheel support (4) and the vehicle body (5) and form a virtual pole (20) outside the lower link plane (6) and behind the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dr. Ing. h.c.F Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130127132
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle has an upper control arm and an associated lower control arm for mounting a wheel on the vehicle body. A hydro-pneumatic spring is connected between one of the control arms and the vehicle body. A compensating spring is associated with the hydro-pneumatic spring and is operable to act in opposition to the force exerted by the hydro-pneumatic spring as the hydro-pneumatic spring approaches full extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Sean Timoney, Colin James Anderson
  • Patent number: 8444160
    Abstract: A suspension device in which a knuckle for supporting a wheel is supported by arms and a damper is connected to the knuckle. A suspension device (10) is configured in such a manner that the intersection (73) between a line extended from an elastic kingpin axis (68) of a rear wheel (31) and a road surface (72) is located on the rear side, relative to the vehicle, of the ground contact center (74) of the rear wheel. The elastic kingpin axis is tilted forward relative to the vehicle and is disposed below the rotation center (32) of the rear wheel in the vertical direction. A lower connection section (81b) of a damper (18) is provided on a line (33) drawn in substantially the vertical direction from the rotation center of the rear wheel. A damper axis (84) is tilted inward in the width direction of the vehicle and tilted forward relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimio Okamoto, Hajime Kajiwara, Masanori Watanabe, Masatoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8408568
    Abstract: A suspension apparatus includes a first suspension arm having a front end section pivotally supported on a vehicle body. The first suspension arm extends toward a rear of a vehicle from the front end section. A second suspension arm has an outer end section and an inner end section. The outer end section is attached to the first suspension. The inner end section is disposed at an inner side of the outer end section in a vehicle width direction and is pivotally supported on the vehicle body. An elastic joining section is provided on the second suspension arm and connects the second suspension arm to the first suspension arm with a plurality of elastic bodies disposed substantially in parallel in the vehicle width direction. A knuckle is supported by the first suspension arm and the wheel and is supported between the plurality of elastic bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Yanagida
  • Patent number: 8403082
    Abstract: A vehicle equipped with a double wishbones and double tandem members suspension system to suspend the vehicle, the double tandem members being operatively interconnected together and adapted to receive idling wheels adapted to support and guide an endless belt thereon to provide significant suspension travel and prevents an endless belt disengagement from the idling wheels. A suspension and a kit thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: L'Equipe Fabconcept Inc.
    Inventor: Marius Allaire
  • Patent number: 8398102
    Abstract: A swing arm for a suspension of a vehicle comprises a substantially transversely outer arm portion having a free end for mounting of a support for supporting a wheel of the vehicle and a substantially transversely inner arm portion with a first branch and second branch. The first branch is substantially aligned with the outer arm portion and has a free end for mounting of a first connector for connection to a body of the vehicle, and the second branch extends along an arched path towards a rear part of the vehicle and has a free end for mounting of a second connector for connection to the vehicle body. A single-sheet metal piece includes a main portion having an open section and at least one secondary portion arranged in an edge zone of the swing arm, having a closed section, and formed by at least one strip of the metal piece folded onto the main portion and firmly secured with a free edge of the strip to the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sistemi Sospensioni S.p.A.
    Inventors: Piero Monchiero, Stefano Lo Giudice
  • Patent number: 8382130
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system includes a vertically reciprocally movable suspension arm assembly having a minimal number of component parts and configured to be light in weight. The suspension arm assembly includes a lower arm portion including a plurality of arm members which are operatively connected together via a plurality of hinge joints. The arm members are operatively associated with each other in a manner so as to permit vertical reciprocating movement of a wheel, and are interconnected in a manner so as to permit a shock absorber to make a stroke motion, where one end of the shock absorber is attached to a portion of a vehicle body, and another end of the shock absorber is attached to one of the arm members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8376078
    Abstract: An agricultural application machine (10) comprising a pair of wheels (11, 12) each having an associated wheel support structure (22) is provided. Each wheel support structure is mounted to the chassis (60) by a transversely extending support shaft (29; 49) which is slidably mounted within a bearing block (50; 80). The provision of bearing blocks allows the transverse separation of the wheels to be varied with minimal sliding friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: AGCO Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Joris Hiddema
  • Patent number: 8356826
    Abstract: A suspension system of the present invention pivotally supports a wheel of a motor vehicle. An upper control arm and a lower control arm are cooperable with a spindle, which supports the wheel. A vibration damper is cooperable with the upper control arm. A link interconnects the lower control arm and one of the terminal ends of the vibration damper thereby defining a common axis bisecting the link. The vibration damper moves along the common axis to absorb vibration transferred from a road surface and through the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Radar Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Kucinski, Mark S. Zmyslowski
  • Patent number: 8328212
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to a suspension system for use on a vehicle that includes a knuckle, a first trailing arm structure, a second trailing arm structure, an upper arm structure, and a lower arm structure. The first trailing arm structure and second trailing arm structure can be configured to extend in a frontward direction from the knuckle to a connection at a forward portion of a vehicle frame. The upper and lower arm structures can be configured to extend substantially transversely with respect to the vehicle longitudinal axis and connect to a rearward portion of the vehicle frame. The second trailing arm structure can cross underneath the lower arm structure as viewed from a direction normal to a plane defined by the central axis and horizontal axis of the knuckle, such that the second trailing arm structure is located closer to the travel surface of the vehicle than the lower arm structure at a location where the second trailing arm structure crosses underneath the lower arm structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher Brian Dundon
  • Patent number: 8302710
    Abstract: A suspension system adapted to receive an endless belt drive is provided, the suspension system comprising a first wishbone adapted to be secured at a first end thereof to a frame of a vehicle a second wishbone adapted to be secured at a first end thereof to the frame, a hub connecting the first wishbone and the second wishbone at second ends thereof, a tandem member pivotally secured to the hub, and at least one pair of wheels attached to the tandem member, the at least one pair of wheels being adapted to contact the endless belt to support the vehicle. A method of using same and a kit providing same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: L'Equipe Fabconcept Inc.
    Inventor: Marius Allaire