LIQUID A KIT is formulated with synthesized base stock and blended with a nano particle friction reducing additive called “NANO7”, in Santa Cruz California. Developed with stringent shear and viscosity index requirements. Liquid A Kit was developed by Click Suspension and some of the best Tribologist in the world.
With higher lubricity and less friction your bushings and seals will last longer. You will noticed improvements in small bump sensitivity and cornering traction .
The science of friction reduction:
One of the most overlooked aspects in suspension performance is friction reduction. Static friction (or stiction) is dependent on two things. The first is the coefficient of friction, which is dependent on materials, surface preparation, component condition, etc. The second is the perpendicular force applied to the surfaces in question. If a fork seals and internal sliding parts did not apply pressure to the fork tubes there would be no friction.
Let’s think about what happens to a fork as the wheel impacts an object. The force of contact is directed radially from the point of contact to the axle. The impact compresses the fork and also tries to bend it. There is an inherent amount of flex built into the fork and it does bend momentarily until the force is relieved. This bending applies force to the fork bushings and creates friction between them and the inside of the outer tube. This is one reason bushings wear and keeping bushings fresh is so important. On big bump or splayed jump landings the frictional force created can be greater than the damping and spring forces combined. The internal components of the damping system also have several points of friction, but let’s keep it basic for now.
The rear suspension of the modern, linkage equipped, motorcycle has several points of friction as well. Not only do we have to take into account internal components of the shock, but also the multiple pivot points associated with the complete system.
On the rear shock one of the main areas of friction is the internal piston. The piston has to seal band on the OD of the shock piston that slides on the interior of the shock body. This seal band is critical as to allow the valving system to manage internal pressures. If the seal band was inadequate, oil would bypass the valving and not allow it to do its job. Just as in a fork, the perpendicular and horizontal forces applied to the shock create large amounts of friction in this area. You also have the compounding friction of the shaft seal and bushing.
Along with the shock we also have to deal with the multiple pivot points involved with the linkage system. On most bikes there are at least seven bearing points that need maintained for the rear suspension to function properly. It is worth the time to maintain these areas. Not only to maintain peak performance, but future cost savings as well. Have you priced all the bearings needed to rebuild the linkage and swing arm? It is an expensive and time consuming job.
So what can be done to combat these areas of concern?
Liquid A Kit suspension fluid additive has been based on two main principles – Fluid introduction of boundary layer slip particles and oil attraction coating. The NANO7 particles are designed to redistribute (float in oil ) and reduce sliding friction as bushing loads increase . Reducing sliding friction at a nanoscale level requires lubricant molecules which are nonvolatile, oxidation and temperature resistant. This leads to the secondary tribology of NANO7. The additives secondary feature keeps the oil in place under the high sliding and shearing forces of your suspension. The low friction can be related directly to the bonding strength and cohesive strength of the NANO7 formula. The nano particles behave like Jello. The NANO7 molecules rearrange themselves into the original state after they have been disrupted by a rubber seal and bushing contact. This necessarily means that the molecules have a high mobility. But high mobility implies that the molecules cannot be chemically bonded to the surface. Hence, it has low bonding strength. Therefore we have a contradicting phenomenon of strong adhesive force and self-reparability. The solution is NANO7 with it’s unique mixed molecular structure in which one type of molecule bonds chemically and the other species are allowed to move freely on the metal surfaces of your suspension components.
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