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Old 9th March 2009, 14:18   #1
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Default Composite Fibre Leaf Springs: Can they be used for off-roading?

Joyeb has installed Composite Fiber Leaf Springs (also caled carbon fiber leaf springs) on his jeep that he is building as his 'daily drive'
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-of...-my-mm550.html

One of my friends (swastikviji) has got these on his Gypsy too and one of his friends already has it on his Gypsy.

So we have 3 people who have these on their 4x4's

Now some questions:
  • How good would they would be on 'off-road' trails? Think mud, gravel, rocks. Think rocks/boulders scraping them and also hitting them at times.
  • Why does this company ONLY suggest that these be put in the rear? What could be the possible issues if we put them in front also? Is the weight of the engine etc in front an issue?
  • How will they affect articulation/flex -- if at all? (Very important aspect for me in off-roading)
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PS: I am assuming/taking for granted that ride quality will improve 'on-road'. They are available in Bangalore for 11,500 for a set.

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Old 9th March 2009, 14:56   #2
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hey khan,
I have seen this type of suspension on Scorpio's of M&M dealership in hyderabad. I have no knowledge of this breaking. Infact GM area office vehicle in my building has been fitted with this as a sample. concept wise this looks good.

Why shouldnt this be used in front suspension is still a question?
How does this provide progressive spring rate ?

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Old 9th March 2009, 14:59   #3
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Khan we will test swastikviji Gypsy in all coming OTR's. I witnessed swastikviji Gypsy with 7 people on board and doing mini OTR with no problems. only we need to find out front leaf spring part.
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Many answers I too am awaiting, meanwhile a question added to the present ones. Unless they come with varied thickness for different tension grades, there seems no way we can set the tension (like in the regular leaf springs either by moping or adding or removing one leaf spring).
Durability is a major factor to consider.
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Hi all i gone for this leaf springs after checking with my cousin he has fixed them on his toyota qualis it run with that setup almost 80K Kms, khan sir they are making the same leafs for front also because of engine weight my gypsy is not bouncing on front, but rear OE its just a horse ride i am talking about our 91 MG 410,again because of price factor i temporarily considered going for rear only.
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what iam really interested is in the fact that they increase the tyre life to 1 lakh kms. Thats the thing written on the sumo.

1.Tyre life min 1 Lac Kms
2.Suspension overall (probably they meant overhaul) after 1Lac kms
3.Balancing alignment reduced by 75%
4.Feel as a car

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Mr krishna tyre life of 1 Lakh kms in a sumo? by installing a leaf spring ? if we can get a tyre life of almost double, in todays tyre prices 4 tyres cost approximately 20k means we can pay 11k for the leaf spring and still we save 9k check out weather tyre life are spring life, the dealer told me that he gives warranty of 1 lakh kms are 1 year
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Dear vijay,
Yes. 1Lac Kms is what they have on the sumo.
Thats the reason i was quiet interested. Dont know technically how it helps enhance the tyre life. Iam facing a weired situation where iam not able to take a screen shot of that.
For reference, directly jump to 14:03 on the video timeline. You will find the details there.

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Does the person fabricate these fibre leaf springs to order? What happens to body roll?
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Does the person fabricate these fibre leaf springs to order? What happens to body roll?
I think he does fabricate to order.

From the video, there is no evidence of any body roll -- both in SUMO & Endevaour. And they both were driven quite fast on farmland and turns.
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I had a long chat with the person who deals with them in Bangalore and here is the summary:
  • They can fabricate as per your suspension needs
    • soft: for regular road usage -- a replacement for the stock leaf setup
    • stiff: this is for folks who go rallying etc.
The 'soft' ones are available of the shelf, where as the 'stiff' ones have a lead time of 2 months.
  • They don't advise to put thesein the front, as for some reason there seems to be a wobble in few vehicles where they have put it. They want to investigate this and fully test it out before recommending it for the front of the vehicle. They don't want to recommend/sell for the front just for the sake of it.
    • However, if someone insists they will fabricate as per requirement
  • These have been tested extensively and for past 4 years these are in use in various vehicles. Absolutely NO complaint so far. He even mentioned that many Ford Endeavors sold by Lathangi get this setup done.
  • He mentioned that it has enough flex & even somehat similar to wringing of clothes type of flex is possible and the setup won't fail/break
  • In off-road, even if hits a rock etc, it will not break/fail. At most, if it is hit by a razor sharp thing(maybe a razor sharp rock/edge), it might get bruised/defect -- but that also he said should not happen as per his experience. Even in that case he mentioned free replacement.
  • I have asked him if he can bring his Gypsy/MM's that have this setup to some of the OTR's that we do. That way we can test/see it in off-road action and then come to some conclusion on how it is shaping up. He is ok with that.
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How much does this cost? 11K per pair / per piece as swastikviji mentioned?
If this can soften the harsh ride of a Bolero, i'm interested. Hope the softness doesn't come with excess body roll.

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How much does this cost? 11K per pair / per piece as swastikviji mentioned?
I think it is 11.5K for a pair (both leaf springs for rear). Don;t know if prices are different for different vehicles

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If this can soften the harsh ride of a Bolero, i'm interested. Hope the softness doesn't come with excess body roll.
Do see the video. There is no body roll -- atleast in SUMO/Endevaour.
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Interesting. I wonder how the Xenon's ride is and whether this might make a diff if the ride isnt good.
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Do see the video. There is no body roll -- atleast in SUMO/Endevaour.
The video was done on gravel / loose sand. Definitely not the best place to judge body roll.

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