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Video History-Suspension 3
Video History-Suspension 4
Video History-Suspension 5
Video History-Suspension 6
Video History-Suspension 7

Video Undercarriage 1
Video Undercarriage 2
Video Steering Wheel 1
Video Steering Wheel 2
Video Steering Lock
Video Steering
Video Safety Steering
Video Rack Pinion Steering
Video Steering Ratio 1
Video Steering Ratio 2
Video Steering Ratio 3
Video Ball Steering
Video Worm Roller Steering
Video Hydraulic Power Steer. 1
Video Hydraulic Power Steer. 2
Video Electr. Power Steer. 1
Video Electr. Power Steer. 2
Video Electr.-hydraulic Pump
Video Torque (power steer.)
Video Electr. Stab. Program
Video Finger Steering
Video One-piece Track Rod
Video Four Wheel Steering 1
Video Four Wheel Steering 2
Video Four Wheel Steering 3
Video Dry Joint
Video History
Video Suspension control 1
Video Wheel positions
Video Suspension
Video Spring systems
Video Electr. Air Suspension
Video Center of Gravity
Video Oblique/lateral drift angle
Video Elasto-kinematics
Video Elk Test
Video Wheel Bearing 1
Video Wheel Bearing 2
Video Wheel Bearing 3
Video Wheel Bearing 4
Video Ind. pulse sensor
Video Wheel sensor 2
Video Transversal Axis
Video Suspension Carrier
Video Below View
Video Adj. suspension
Video Stabilizer 1
Video Stabilizer 2
Video Double-wishbone 1
Video Double-wishbone 2
Video Double-wishbone 3
Video Air suspension truck
Video McPherson Strut 1
Video McPherson Strut 2
Video McPherson Strut 3
Video McPherson Strut 4
Video Trailing Arm
Video Twist-beam Rear Axle
Video Space Arms
Video Multilink Axle
Video Semi-trailing Arm Axle
Video Rear-wheel Drive
Video Electr. Stab. Program
Video ABS/ESP-Hydr. Unit
Video One-arm Swing. Fork
Video Formula-3 Racing Car
Video Pend. Wheel Suspen.
Video Torson Crank Suspen.
Video DeDion Axle 1
Video DeDion Axle 2
Video Rigid Axle 1
Video Rigid Axle 2
Video Rigid Axle 3
Video Rigid Axle 4
Video Rigid Axle 5
Video Self steering axle
Video Track rod joint
Video Springs
Video Coil Spring 1
Video Coil Spring 2
Video Coil Spring 3
Video Leaf Spring
Video Torsion Bar Spring
Video Rubber Suspension
Video Hydropn. Suspension
Video Air Suspension 1
Video Air Suspension 2
Video Shock Absorber 1
Video Shock Absorber 2
Video Shock Absorber 3
Video Shock Absorber 4
Video Shock Absorber 5
Video Single-tube Damper 1
Video Single Tube Damper 2
Video Double-tube Damper
Video Shock Absorber Piston
Video Friction Absorber
Video Tyres
Video Wheel Positions

Video Tyre Calculation
Video Inch -> mm
Video Slip
Video Axle Load Distrib.
Video Payload Distrib.
Video Roller Resistance 2

Video Wheel suspension 1
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Video Wheels 1
Video Suspension 1
Video Suspension 2
Video Suspension 5
Video Steering 1
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Suspension Trailing Arm

Longitudinal and torsion beam- rear axles - click to enlarge (except trailing arm)!


The trailing arm wheel suspension (here as a twist-beam axle) should guide the non-driven rear wheels in a particularly simple, space saving manner and be reasonably priced. A connecting beam makes costly bearings in the vehicle base unnecessary and can partially substitute for a stabiliser.

How it works

There are, as well as individual guides for each rear wheel, also those which are joined by U- or L-shaped beams. Single güides can be swivel-mounted on a diagonally lying, tubular connection beam. Trailing arms provide for constant camber and track (but not wheelbase) spring compression. They are mostly supported against the construction through suspension struts (coil springs with integrated oscillation damper. Due to the fact that these often take up a lot of space in the rear wheel housings, there are also constructions with separate, low-lying, horizontal coil springs and/or horizontal shock absorbers or shock absorber struts. More seldom, are constructions using torsion bar springs. A welded, connecting beam (see figure 4) functions with one-sided spring compression, as a torsion bar spring and completely or partially takes over the function of the stabiliser. Then, however, an additional stabiliser is also possible in certain types (see figure 4). The rubber mixtures in the pivot points of the trailing arms, often have, front and rear, seen in the direction of motion, differing elasticity. Thereby, the countersteering of the rear axle when cornering is possible.


During the installation of rubber bearings in the suspension, the mounting direction must be observed (see figure 3). 09/09               Top of page               Index
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