The new, Monroe RideRefine Hydraulic Compression Stop (HCS) improves ride comfort and body control by enabling a better trade-off between ride height and end-stroke compression damping. It significantly reduces impact forces transferred to the vehicle body structure near the end of a damper’s compression stroke. By controlling peak end-stop force, this technology helps manufacturers reduce the structural requirements of vehicles that typically carry heavier loads – including battery packs – and/or have limited ground clearance. It also is ideal for vehicles equipped with larger tires, such as Sport Utility (SUV) and Crossover models, which can generate higher end-stop loads.
The cost-effective RideRefine HCS subassembly is one of several add-on modules that can be easily integrated with Tenneco’s standard piston valves and double-tube damper assembly processes. HCS works quickly and smoothly, significantly reduces bottoming load and filters out noise and harshness experienced in high-impact road events that can occur when driving over curbs and potholes. Testing on a leading luxury SUV platform showed a reduction in bottoming load of up to 30% compared to dampers without HCS.