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What is a Transverse Leaf Spring?
« on: July 14, 2003, 09:25:44 AM »
I read a buyer's guide and saw that the description of the new Corvette's suspension: independent, unequal length control arms, transverse leaf spring. I'm just curious on what is a transverse leaf spring?

Hope some gurus can answer my curiousity. Thanks a lot! :)

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Re:What is a Transverse Leaf Spring?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2003, 11:25:06 AM »
With this setup, the leafsprings that control the Corvette's double-wishbone (or short-long arm) suspension are perpendicular to the length of the car.  The springs are not made of steel but some type of fiberglass or composite.

It's kinda hard to decribe in detail.  I suggest you search for Corvette enthusiasts websites and try to locate an exploded view, see-thru or cut-away picture for better understanding.

It's unorthodox but works very well for the Corvette.

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Re:What is a Transverse Leaf Spring?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2003, 11:56:40 AM »
imagine a bow ( bow and arrow type of thing) where it is arched over the rear differential and control arms. each end of the bow is connected to the control arm on that particular side. the middle part of the bow, the rigid part is secured to the rear suspensions subframe and as with a bow, there is a coil spring effect on its ends that controls the wheels and control arms up and down movement. unconventional "spring" design but novel.
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Re:What is a Transverse Leaf Spring?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2003, 03:42:02 PM »
Hi Guys!

Thank you for your replies! I can now imagine what transverse leaf springs look like! :)

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