Mercedes Benz Suspension Tuning, A Quick History

May 2, 2013 – 09:28 pm
John Olson Mercedes Benz Sport SpringsAll suspension systems are a compromise in the quest for good handling and a pleasant ride. Early 1950s Mercedes 300 sedans included an electrically activated torsion bar to keep the rear level regardless of ‘payload’. 1960s solutions became a bit more sophisticated. The leveling devise became hydraulic — mounted over low pivot,swinging rear axles. The 1960s also brought Mercedes-Benz‘s first full-fledged air suspension with no springs under the car. This used to spook mechanics,but compared to today’s cars 1960s models are a walk in the park,deserving mileposts in the history of suspension technology.

Springs have advanced too. Most significant has been wide adoption during the 1980s of progressive rate springs. This is a great example of less-is-more: only one part accomplishing a friendly ride on the boulevard while becoming firmer as the spring gets more compressed. This is made possible by asymmetrical coils: measuring from the center,one half of each spring has more loops than the other half. More loops require more wire. The longer the wire,the less its strength. The softest portion compresses first becoming stiffer as the middle and other end get compressed.

Mercedes Sport-Spring

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Go look at your car again.

2002-09-05 10:17:20 by Boxter_A_Porche

It's "Boxster." It's parked next to your Ferari and your Lambergini. You're quite the expert, eh??
Speed doesn't make it a Porsche. Who designed it and what it was originally intended for has a lot of say in what it is. Look up the history of the 914 or the 924. As to the Boxster that you fantasize about owning, it's a Porsche. However, the original poster was discussing an "old Porsche" that he bought to fix up. I doubt that he's discussing a Spyder or a 917, or even a 911 so I assume it's either a 356, a 912, or a 914. Anything to add, or would you prefer to keep making "Brmmm brmmm" noises while you pretend to drive your "Boxter"??

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