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Suzuki Saves Weight With Extruded Suspension Arm

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Charles Murray
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Re: Weight reduction and low cost, too
Charles Murray   3/8/2013 6:58:58 PM
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From the automakers point of view, I don't know if aerodynamics or weight reduction is more important to the future of fuel efficiency, VadimR, but I can assure you that automakers are working furiously on both. I can barely get through a conversation with auto engineers these days without multiple references to CFD studies.

William K.
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Re: repairs, replacing a crimped bushing
William K.   3/8/2013 9:33:15 PM
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The very expensive control arm replacement may not be needed. Removing the failed bushing could be done by squeezing it moore, after pushing out the failed rubber portion. Then squeeze until it will pass through the hole in the arm. IT should be possible to crimp the replacement enough to hold it in place , even if the job is not as pretty as the original. Of course a replacemnt bushing could also have threads and a retainer nut, because it would still be a lot cheaper than a new assembly. But probably they won't license anybody to make repair parts.

bobjengr
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EXTRUDED SUSPENSION ARM
bobjengr   3/14/2013 5:05:04 PM
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 Excellent Article Dave.  To me, the most important aspect to this article is--Suzuki management gave the design team the necessary TIME, software and resources to get this project accomplished.  ( I have to assume that's the case.) I would love to know the time frame involved and if they did use CFD when working the problem.  Again, great post.

anelinamartin
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Its a good step
anelinamartin   4/18/2013 1:48:30 AM
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Suzuki is one off those companies which can set new trends in a new way. When i ride on suzuki it make me feel reliablity and trust . Suzuki motorcycle accessories are also have the same condidtion. Your article is quiet good. i rec it while i am thinking that new motorcycles are stuck but now i acn say wait and watch.

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