Modern, Traditional and Classic & race car suspensions.

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Updated 19th August 2020

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Suspension Supplies Ltd works with owners, specialist car companies, car restorers, competition car preparers and other manufacturers to design, develop and provide suspension parts, systems and services.

 

This includes coil, torsion and leaf spring design, damper characteristic development, multilink suspensions and road testing & adjustable Armstrong damper valves.

 

Current projects include classic cars, race cars, three wheelers & endurance offroad 4x4 as well as previous Aero Morgans and the new Plus 6..

 

Production and aftermarket suspension springs and upgrades for Morgans.

Dan White and his 2014 Morgan fitted with the Production SSL RS and SSL 5L front and rear suspensions.

Peter Ballard with the 1980's 2.0L 4/4 the initial development car for the RS and 5L front and rear suspensions.

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Suspension Supplies Ltd supports many activities in the classic and specialist car industry for rod and race.

 

Dan & Peter have between them over 80 years of experience in the automotive industry from spring design & making, designing innovative suspension systems, setting up race winning race & rally cars, developing optimal damper (shock absorber) characteristics, working with damper manufacturers and rig & road  testing.

 

Are we lucky to be working on the cars and technology we love?

 

We strive to pass on this knowledge and enthusiasm to our customers who turn into friends!

Dan White  Director Suspension Supplies Ltd.

Dan has driven Morgans for many years and currently has a 1600 Sigma 4/4, which of course is now fully equipped with the RS up front and the 5L at the rear. This car has already done well over ten thousand miles.

 

In the 1970s Dan worked with Maurice Owen at the Morgan Motor Company to develop various new suspension ideas and supplied most of their suspension production parts.

 

A qualified engineer and apprentice trained spring maker, he has spent nearly forty-five years working on suspensions.

 

He has worked with ICI and Formula One teams and the McLaren Can-Am programme to introduce and develop titanium suspension springs.

 

Dan created the company SSL to support the classic car market's demand for advanced and durable suspension systems. Dan works closely with UK and European spring manufacturers who design and make springs using the latest techniques and methods to suit even the most challenging applications.

Peter Ballard CEng MIMechE. Director Suspension Supplies Ltd

Peter drives a 2.0L 1984 Morgan 4/4 and is very enthusiastic about Morgans but felt that some aspects of the suspension needed refinement.

 

Initially he collaborated with Dan White to optimise and release the RS front suspension kit. To complement the RS front suspension kit, Peter designed a new five-link rear suspension with ‘coil overs’ that incorporated a novel system for progressive roll stiffness. It is a system that can easily be fitted to a standard chassis with no welding or drilling. The end result being an assembly of parts that can be easily fitted once the leaf springs and damper hoop are removed and could, if required, be returned to the original leaf spring setup. So the SSL 5L (Five Link) rear suspension system was born. The end result is no less a Morgan but is one that is both comfortable and fast and a pleasure to drive.

 

Peter has, in his varied career, worked for Leyland Trucks, Lotus

Engineering as Principal Engineer, Team Lotus F1, Avon Rubber automotive and with a major defence company as head of testing and development of advanced military vehicle suspension.

 

Below is Peter's current project a new Buckland B3 Mk2 made by PSS, final fettling in process getting ride and handling suitable for making good progress on UK roads. Many are used in competition so need different settings.

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Friction damper material with NO STICTION! No more juddering and creaking!

Damper now responds to degraded road surfaces and allows the car to flow over undulations and level itself out after a corner. Significantly enhances the feel of the car, whether a light or heavy car.

Rebuild service for replacment discs. Specials like Bugatti taken on too!

 

Top image shows Bugatti Type35A damper and the lower image late Austin Seven front dampers.

 

Contact SSL for prices and availability!

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Armstrong adjustable damper valves. Replacement valves supplied or fitted as a service, limited number available.

As used on many British cars to keep them original but better damped for road or race! Morgans, MGBs, MG Midgets, Austin A35 to name but a few.

 

Contact SSL for prices and availability.

Latest exciting innovative and unique products generating lots of interest!

 

NOW AVAILABLE 

~ PLUS 6 ~

Morgan Plus 6 suspension  upgrade to make this great high performance car more driveable! Increased comfort for long fast trips but also more progressive handling when using all that lovely BMW straight six torque and power!

Adjustable damping but fixed ride height to meet some countries' TuV & EU requirements plus a progressive anti-roll bar characteristic to improve low speed ride and handling. This is a LIBRANDS product.

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The Bugatti Type35A now rides well allowing the leaf springs to work, but then the car settles quickly after a bump, corner or braking as you would expect it to do with hydraulic dampers.

Also incorporated is an adjuster to actually set the friction level of the damper, as std there is a coil spring under preload that expands the shoe that needs to be replaced to adjust the damping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Austin Seven later used this twin damper arrangement. The lack of stiction allows the car to settle after a corner and run straight and true. The car also settles very quickly after a bump as it would be expected to do with telescopic dampers.

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Series 5 those with the outboard front coil-overs and anti-roll bars front and rear. Set of coil-overs, adjustable for damping and spring preload to replicate original ride height or add a bit more for those difficult driveways. New rear anti-roll bar to improve ride and reduce the tendancy to over-steer on lift off. Makes the S5 into a fast comfortable well handling Morgan capable of those long trips in comfort. Two fitted so far at Williams Automobiles, both owners and crews delighted. Five more sets in production for the next owners.

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Suspension Ride and Handling Enhancement.

Series 2/3/4 (S1 please ask) those with the inboard front coilovers and no anti-roll bars. Set of coil-overs, adjustable for damping and spring preload to replicate original ride height or add a bit more for your country estate! Three cars fitted so far at Williams Automobiles, Techniques Morgan and Melvyn Rutters. All coming back for much improved ride. Handling made more progressive with a little more roll for better feel.

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