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Re: Busy fall/winter




Bob,

I spent 20 years as a research engineer for Kenworth and Peterbilt truck
companies(PACCAR Inc).  FYI, within the state side heavy duty trucking
industry what you are calling an "idler" is commonly called a "Walking Bar."
This term might make the function clearer to some people.  I can't think of
a better way of expressing its function than what you did in the attached
e-mail.  The bottom line is that the walking bar helps maintain a more even,
or constant, load on each of the springs as the vehicle (each wheel) goes
over a bump.

Thanks for all you do.

Art Brown


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Schimmel" <bpschim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: Busy fall/winter


> Hi Mike:
>
> Maybe I didn't make it very clear in my previous email, but the idler is
> the triangular fitting that fits between the front and back springs and
> is the device that allows the front axle to "walk" over a bump and
> transfer the load to the rear axle, so it can "walk" over the hump as
> well.  This way the the weight is transferred smoothly from the front
> axle to the back axle. This it what makes the ride smoother than two
> independent axles.
>
> --
>
>
> Kind Regards
>
> Bob Schimmel
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