NOVI, Mich. (Sept. 10)—The Cooper-Standard Automotive group of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., and Lord Corp. have teamed up to co-develop a more economical and durable dampening device for General Motors Corp.'s new midsize car platform. The dampers, based on Lord's Surface-Effect technology, contain no damping fluid. Instead, their damping capabilities come from shearing of a proprietary grease within the component. SE dampers typically weight 40 to 60 percent less than their steel and hydraulic oil counterparts, are quieter and offer a wider range of tunable damping forces, Cooper said in a release. SE dampers also can be oriented in any position—horizontally or vertically—to accommodate installation in tight spaces under the hood, Cooper said.
Cooper, Lord team up on dampening products for midsize GM platform
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