1962-01-01

Rear Suspension Isolation — Its Effect on Ride and Handling 620075

This paper discusses rear suspension isolation requirements of leaf spring and coil spring suspensions, covering in the latter both body frame separate and body frame integral designs.
In the transition from a leaf spring to a coil spring suspension and further to the coil suspension of an integral body and frame structure, isolation element sizes have increased. They have introduced problems in handling and shake control due to increased flexibility, and in ride and noise isolation resulting from insufficient flexibility. The resultant element design is thus a compromise, such as that covered here through the development of the Oldsmobile suspensions of the past few years.

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