The MacPherson suspension design is widely used in modern vehicles due to its simplicity and low manufacturing cost. In MacPherson suspension designs, strut mounts connect the vehicle’s suspension system to the vehicle body, and are located between the strut and the chassis at the upper strut attachment point. For the front fitting applications, the mount includes a bearing that serves as a steering pivot. Because these are load-bearing, worn strut mounts can affect a vehicle’s handling and safety.
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- Center Sleeve Design - This design features a metal sleeve that is vulcanized to the rubber bushing. The advantage to this design is that stability is increased for side to side movement. Upper and lower retaining washers are required to prevent the stud from pushing through the mount.
- Spacer Bushing Design - This design has a separate inner bushing. The bearing is pressed in the plate and is centralized around the stud. The combination of the bearing, washer or cup, and upper plate retain the strut rod. The bearing is not serviceable, and mount failure is not visual.
Strut mounts, sometimes referred to as bearing plates, are a vital link in the suspension as they connect a vehicle's strut system to the body of the vehicle.Strut mounts have two main purposes; they function as vibration dampeners to reduce in cabin noise and they allow the suspension to pivot when the wheels are turned. Strut mounts must be flexible enough to handle slight angle changes yet be able to transfer vehicle load to the coil spring.
Mevotech engineers conduct extensive application research to understand what installers need. As a result, Mevotech strut mounts are designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications and include many features that improve the durability of the unit and reduce installation time. Some of the many features of Mevotech strut mounts include:
- premium rubber to reduce noise and vibration
- high-grade plate steel to resist corrosion wear and deformation
- low-resistance bearings to allow for easy steering effort
- full mounting hardware kits, bearings, bushings, and brackets to reduce installation time and costs