Finding the proper bushing is important, but it’s not the only thing to consider when developing the best bearing system. Correct mounting is just as vital in order to allow the busing to properly function and for maximum efficiency.
When it comes to ATV and off-road vehicles, bumps in the road are expected – and even sought out. However, their toll on the suspension system needs to be kept in check. Traditionally, a stabilizer link is added to maintain a smoother ride for the on or off road riding experience.
A bushing design that experiences frequent start-ups and shut-downs can lead to premature wearing – or even failure. This also happens when a bushing runs too dry, for example when there is a sudden loss of contact lubrication, an aggressive contamination influence or simply an under-designed mating shaft.
One of the chief difficulties in traditional bushing design is lowing friction and preventing premature wear, despite lubrication. This lifecycle concern comes as no surprise given that efficient machines run around the clock and typically produce varying degrees of heat profiles within the operating systems. A secondary lubrication source, such as a costly grease or oil, should be avoided but may need to be considered to help manage the destructive heat influences.
A bushing’s load and dynamic speed condition create heat through high surface interaction that generates friction. Heat, if not properly adjusted, will cause a bearing to fail.