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.
Current projects include classic cars, race cars, three wheelers & endurance offroad 4x4.
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.
Porsche 356C Competiton car. Road test by preparation company test driver: 500 km on Swiss roads from Motorway to Alpine pass, superb in all conditions from hairpins to 100mph in a straight line. Incredibly smooth, progressive, stable and balanced in all conditions wet or dry, giving great feedback and inspiring confidence.
Secondly, the owner drove the car ’spiritedly’ up a 20 km Alpine pass and loved every minute, the grip is just unbelievable at times. He then competed in the Hill climb ‘Arosa classicar’ and gained confidence and speed with every run. I believe we were the quickest 356 at the event. A very happy customer.
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.
SSL has a lot of interesting projects on this year; ACCobra leaf springs, Lotus 26R springs and dampers, 4x4 off road rapid response truck and a 8 tonne one off Diesel shunter locomotive! AND competiton Porsche 356 race cars, yes cars not just one! Current projects Jensen CV8, Iveco 4x4 special vehicle!
SSL had a great couple of days at MSCC MOG19, lots of orders for the 5L link rear suspension and the RS front suspension.
Dealers and specialists have the price lists, if not they can request one.
SSL advised refitting the rear transverse leaf spring that provides vertical stiffness but does not add rear roll stiffness. This also enables rear camber to be set to make sure the tyres are working well. The low rear roll stiffness reduces the tendancy of the outer rear wheel to tuck under that would induce oversteer.
Dampers chosen by SSL were special Bilstein monotubes, made in Germany so were at home on the Germany piece of automotive excellence!