Would you mind sharing your background? Just curious to how you came up with this. I don't think an average internet fabber could even come up with something like this lol.
Just being a problem solver. A little bit of art, a little bit of science. I tend to look at systems rather than items, this allows for some decent innovations. For example, for suspension most people look at shocks if they want a better ride. I race ATV's, I look at anything between the ground and my feet and hands as being a possible area to absorb shock. I developed an antivibe handlebar mount that works on three axis. ATV's are unique in how they convey forces as opposed to dirt bikes, this considers those forces. I also developed a handlebar mount with over three inches of travel in it, great for arm pump issues and reducing the amount of work your body does. Observation, solution, repeat. Don't be satisfied with the status quo. Oh, if you're into motors, I did a motor that can take power off of top dead center and a wind turbine that doubles the efficiency of vertical axis wind turbines. Observation, solution, repeat...from a systems perspective. If I can pull down a few dollars with this, I have an extreme terrain vehicle to build which will do for the SxS industry what this suspension does to standard shocks. Then I'm switching gears and seeing if I can change society for the better, I have ideas... To say I have a squirrel problem is an understatement .
I ask "why?" and "how?" a lot.
The Cross Link Suspension started as a custom ATV build and I was looking for more wheel travel constrained by width and length and a host of other constraints. I came up with the triple shock solution but still had issues with articulation. Why did I do a triple shock solution? I knew I had to control sway and a sway bar is nothing but an uncontrolled spring, so I made a controlled sway bar by making it rigid and adding a coilover shock to it at the same time made it responsible for half the wheel travel which means it had to be twice as strong as the outer shocks as it had to handle the full hit on the front end. This also gave the benefit of a higher progression and shared loading. It is a cross between a straight axle and IFS. Speaking of a cross, the rear suspension I did was an IRS on a swing arm...triple shocks, the center one being twice as strong. It looks different, but acts exactly the same way as the front. Cool stuff, 18" of front wheel travel and 20" of rear wheel travel but still didn't have full articulation. A part of this process was going through what I call mechanical logic. What is the state of the suspension in different scenarios and how do you want it to respond? In order to get it to respond a certain way, how to you link it up to achieve that? Observation, solution, repeat...from a systems perspective.
All it took me was taking what I had on the front, and instead of going across the front, going diagonal front to rear. This took away the movement dependency of the front left to the front right. It also gave all kinds of other advantages which leads me to believe it is the correct solution for a vehicle. In exploring this further, I came up with a multitude of configurations ranging from a 7 shock set up to a single shock set up, from 4, 3 and 2 wheels. Pros and cons with each configuration, it's a matter of choosing the one that has the attributes best suited for your application. Exactly what those attributes are is the subject of a lot of R&D, years and money. I'll leave that to the vehicle and shock manufacturers, I have an extreme terrain vehicle I want to build.
You can thank Cole Potts for this, seriously. During the 2017 Vegas To Reno, I was racing my ATV and he went though heavy dust, he didn't see me and took me out at about 70mph, lucky if I was doing 20 in the dust. Results were not good. During my recovery I was thinking about all of these things I had developed that weren't doing any good to anyone. What impact did I make on this world? During that accident, there were any of 100 things that if they happened differently, I wouldn't be here...what was my legacy? When I felt I could actually manage a project again, early this year, I started this business to move the Cross Link to market. Bottomline, you never know when your card is going to get pulled, so do what you can to leave a positive mark. I was supposed to be retiring, that's not working too well. Ha! But I'm having a lot of fun making a go of this thing and it will make a difference to a lot of people, especially if I can get it into the auto market. Of course there is the performance aspect of it, but with suspension, any improvement in performance is also an improvement in safety. What was once an out of control situation is now in control.
Does that answer your question? Or were you looking more for the resume type of answer? I don't do "normal" well.