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Suspension Analyzer v2.4

Computer Program for 3-D Double A-Arm (wishbone) Suspension Analysis. Standard Version 2.4 offers front suspension analysis of Double A Arm (double wishbone) or McPhearson Strut suspensions. Full Vehicle version combines front and several types of rear suspensions together for full "roll couple" analysis, or analyze front or rear separately for rear roll steer, pinion angle change, anti-squat, etc.  Full Vehicle version also includes push rod and pull rod springs for double A Arm suspension.

for Windows 98, Me, XP, 2000, NT, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

  for a list of the Full Vehicle versions added features.

We also have the Full Vehicle with Data Logger Options version.  One of its main features lets you import data from our DataMite III and DataMite 4 data loggers, or ASCII data files from other popular data loggers.  

  for a list of all this version's extra features.

 

for the Suspension Analyzer Comparison Table to compare this program with our other Suspension Analysis programs.

 

Typical Rear Suspension screen analyzing a 4 link rear suspension with a panhard bar.

The Windows (98, Me, XP, NT, 2000, Vista, Win 7) 3-D Suspension Analyzer does a complete double A-Arm (wishbone) suspension analysis, including bump steer, Ackerman, caster gain, Anti Dive, tire scrub, Camber Gain and much more. Complete graphs and reports are included, and several new features not found in other programs:

The Shim menu where you can shim the upper A-Arms up/down/in/out and see the effect on Camber & Caster.

Another feature is letting the program find optimum settings automatically with its Optimize feature. First, tell program what you want to change, and what you are looking for during what type of suspension motion. The program finds best solution and asks if you want to keep it. Using the graph features, check how much better the "optimum" setting is compared to what you started with.

The ability to change Ride Height either by Jacking on the Spring, Changing Tire Size, or Changing Spindle Drop.

Detailed determination of Wheel Rate and Roll Stiffness.

Build user designed reports and graphs for most calculated results at various levels of Dive, Roll and/or Steer.

Some of the calculated results available include:

Spring/Shock/Sway Bar Motion Ratio
Camber, deg
Caster, deg
Caster Trail
Toe In, deg and inches
Tire Scrub
Ideal Ackerman Toe In, deg
Ackerman Error, deg
King Pin Angle, deg
Scrub Radius
Spindle Angle, deg
Instant Center Height
Instant Center Left
Roll Center Height
Roll Center Left
Roll Stiffness, ft-lbs/deg
Anti Dive, %

Most all these parameters can be checked statically and dynamically as Dive, Roll and/or Steer change.

Other features include:

View car from front perspective or rear (driverís) perspective.
View suspension from front (or rear), top and side.
Simulate Rack and Pinion or Pitman Arm/Idler Arm/Center link steering systems.
Draw Extension Lines to see how Instant Centers and Roll Centers are derived.
Zoom in on the suspension layout drawing, or move the drawing up, down, left or right.
Automatically calculate and display Camber Gain, Caster Gain, Toe Gain (bump steer) as measurements and locations are changed and updated.

The Full Vehicle version adds these important features:

Add (or analyze separately) several types of rear suspensions, including:
Double A Arm (wishbone) 
MacPhearson Strut 
4 Link (angled links) 
3 Link, top link Right side w lateral locator 
3 Link, top link Left side w lateral locator  
4 Link with lateral locator 
Ladder Bar with lateral locator 
Truck Arms with lateral locator 
Gen III (63-82) Corvette 
Rear IRS w Lower 
H Arm (T Bird, Mustang Cobra, etc) 
Solid Axle w Leaf Springs
Two styles of "lateral locators"
Panhard Bar (J bar)
Watts Link
Roll Couple analysis including:
Calculating traditional Front to Rear Roll Couple
Calculating splits of Front Lateral Load Distribution (a more detailed and accurate Roll Couple analysis)
Calculating how to change roll bar rates, Spring Rates and roll center locations to achieve desired splits of Front Lateral Load Distribution (to "balance" your car's handling)
More spring options for front and rear, including:
Leaf Springs (on rear solid axles only)
Torsion Bars
Rocker Arm (spring inboard of the arm pivot point)
Pushrod with a bell crank
Pullrod with a bell crank
Coil spring mounted to upper A arm
Calculations associated with the rear suspension (or these rear suspension types) and how these parameters change as you go through dive and/or roll:
Pinion angle
Pinion U joint angle
Transmission U joint angle
Driveshaft Length
Anti Squat
Binding Error (the amount of distortion in the mounting hole locations on the frame to allow the suspension to move in the desired fashion)

 

The more advanced "Full Vehicle with Data Logger" version adds these important features:

Animate from data logger data lets you import data logger files containing shock and steering travel, RPM, distance, etc to show you how the suspension is operating out on the track.  This is truly a power full feature to analyze your data logger data.  The Suspension Analyzer can even draw your track map from vehicle speed data and left and right acceleration data.  to view a movie on how this works with our own DataMite data loggers.
Display 2nd order coefficients for graphed data.  Some users have applications which need 2nd order curve fit coefficients (A + B*x + C*x^2) for camber curves, bump steer (toe change), etc for use in other data files.  Click on Format in the graph screen, then 2nd Order Coefficients for these numbers to be displayed on a text file.
Import tabular data for suspension measurements in X, Y and Z coordinates (like data obtained from a Faro arm system).  
Adjust or change the front A Arms based on standard NASCAR measurement standards.  NASCAR teams use a standard rig for determining Arm Length (horizontal or on the installed angle) and Offset (distance ball joint is ahead of the center of the arm).
"Ball Joint Wizard" screen for "calculating" where the exact ball joint location is from various easily measured points on the ball joint (like end of the threaded stud) and the installed angle.  We've also preloaded measurements for popular ball joints (K 727, K 772, K 719, K 6141, K 7025, K 6145, K 5103, K 6117).  See figure below.  (We made this standard in all 2.4 versions.)

Suspension Analyzer Full Vehicle with Data Logger version's Ball Joint Wizard screen.  Now standard in all versions.

 

 

Major New Features Added in V2.0, May 2006

Here are some of v2.0's new features:

Metric inputs, and automatic conversions between English and Metric units.
Front Lateral Load Distribution (FLLD%) is now calculated and can be optimized.  FLLD% has a strong influence on vehicle "balance", or the amount of oversteer and understeer.
Several new Optimize features have been added, including the ability to "optimize" FLLD%.
New Suspension Options like Watts Link instead of a Panhard Bar, and Solid Axle with Leaf Springs.
Other new spring options like Torsion Bars, Rocker Arm Springs (coil overs mounted inside of the A arm pivots), and coil overs which can be mounted to the upper A arms.
New Animate features to read more types of Data Logger files, like data from Pi, Motec and AIM.  for info on this feature.  (Only available in the "Data Logger" version.)
And many more

for the User Manuals PDF file discussing just these New Suspension Analyzer Features added for v2.0.

 

Major New Features Added in V2.4, February 2010

Here are some of v2.4's new features:

Several new rear suspension types added, including:
Torque Tube Live Axle
Torque Arm Live Axle
Trailing Arm and Semi-Trailing Arm Independent
5 Link Independent
Decoupled Live Axle (bird cage)
Added several 4 Link features so you can specify all holes in your brackets and sort through all the combinations for best anti-squat or roll steer.  See below.
Added "Virtual Scales" so you can watch corner weights and cross weight change by jacking on springs, changing tire size or moving weight around.  See below.
Now all versions include the Ball Joint Wizard shown above.
You can now draw the suspension layout drawing much larger.
You can now click on a point in the suspension layout drawing and have that input highlighted in the input grid.

for the User Manuals PDF file discussing just these New Suspension Analyzer Features added for v2.4.

4 Link Screen to Pick Combos
4-Link-Picking-Anti-Squat-Roll-Steer.gif (43107 bytes) click image to enlarge it

Corner Weights Virtual Scales
Corner-Weights-Virtual-Scales.gif (41720 bytes) click image to enlarge it

 

Accessories:

Want Help Setting Up Your Car Using Suspension Analyzer:

Ed O Hayre Motorsports specialize in measuring your car, showing you how to use the Suspension Analyzer to adjust your car, and giving recommendations on shocks and springs.  Ed has help lots of teams shave tenths off their lap times.  Contact him through his website at:  www.edohayre.com

Want Help Measuring Your Suspension:

Unijig (tm) makes a measuring system which can greatly help in measuring out your suspension.  Click on this link for more info:  Uni Jig

 

 

What You Need:

Computer with Windows 98, Me, XP, 2000 or NT, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8. 

 

What You Get:

Program CD with 120 page manual in PDF format on the CD. Several example suspension files preloaded in the Example library for you to start with. You get 2 license keys (code numbers) to have the program on 2 computers at the same time.  Additional sites can be added at a nominal charge.

 

More Information, Download Demo:

to go to our Demo Downloading page to download a FREE Suspension Analyzer Demo.

 

More Information, Watch Demo Movies:

to go to our Demo Movie page to watch Suspension Analyzer Demo Movies, including sending data to the Suspension Analyzer program.

for the Suspension Analyzer Comparison Table to compare this program with our other Suspension Analysis programs.

to see Readme.doc file, or to view a PDF file of the latest improvements. to see Readme.doc file, or to view a PDF file of the latest improvements.

 

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To Order:

Suspension Analyzer v2.0 Standard:

Our DOWNLOAD ONLY option. If you only want the unlocking code and DO NOT want a CD shipped, click on Add to Cart below. You will not be charged shipping.

$249.00

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If you want a CD shipped to you, click on Add to Cart below. There will be shipping charges added to your order. You can still download the demo and get your unlock code sooner with this option.

$249.00 plus shipping

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To order a CD with a PRINTED manual, click on Add to Cart. Manuals are included on the CD's but in PFD format. You can still download the demo and get your unlock code sooner with this option.

$279.00 plus shipping
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Suspension Analyzer v2.0 Full Vehicle:

Our DOWNLOAD ONLY option. If you only want the unlocking code and DO NOT want a CD shipped, click on Add to Cart below. You will not be charged shipping.

$399.00

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If you want a CD shipped to you, click on Add to Cart below. There will be shipping charges added to your order. You can still download the demo and get your unlock code sooner with this option.

$399.00 plus shipping

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To order a CD with a PRINTED manual, click on Add to Cart. Manuals are included on the CD's but in PFD format. You can still download the demo and get your unlock code sooner with this option.

$429.00 plus shipping

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Call 248-473-9230. Visa, MC, Am Exp, Discover or COD accepted.

for more price and ordering info.

 

 

 

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