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Our policy of producing steering and suspension parts for the latest models, matching O.E. quality and terrific value for money has proved a winning formula. We offer one of the very best ranges in Europe, a true “all makes” programme for European, Japanese and Korean passenger cars and light vans.
One of FAI’s key Core values is best quality. In order to achieve this there are many quality processes in place with the manufacture of the parts that FAI supply. Let’s consider the aluminium parts. The aluminium is tested for the correct hardness and tensile strength to meet the requirements for the application and challenges of our roads and terrain . All wishbones and control arms are measured during machining at regular intervals to ensure dimensions remain consistent and in line with a detailed technical drawing. The swing angle of the ball joint is checked along with a torque test.
Matching OE specifications and strength is key. A push/pull test of the ball joints on link rods and tie rod ends is performed on both the FAI part and the matching OE part to ensure that the results and quality are both the same. Link rods also experience a vibration test with a minimum of 1 million cycles to replicate the performance of the link rod on a vehicle.
All FAI Steering and Suspension parts follow a rigorous quality programme and significant investment has been made to improve quality including additional robotic technology, completion of 5 different welds in one operation and hydraulic aluminium drilling for a faster, higher quality finish
All parts are cataphoresis coated. This is highly technical paint process used by FAI factories following OE practice. Paint is attracted to the metal by the movement of charged paint particles towards the metallic surface to be painted. This reaches parts missed by spraying and offers better paint adhesion than dipping thus minimising the risk of corrosion. The salt spray test used by FAI factories exceeds most OE standards by 30%.
FAI has continued to develop and increase its industry leading Steering and Suspension range through regular research and development by our product specialists. In the last 12 months, over 500 new part numbers for some of the most modern vehicles in the UK and export marketplace have been added to range; all of which are in stock and available to order. The range extension covers a wide variety of Steering and Suspension parts with particular emphasis on anti-roll bar bushes and strut mounts. These ranges are something that have been well received by customers and now contribute to a large portion of sales.
The table shown below illustrates the number of vehicle types now covered by our Steering and Suspension range. Our brand coverage is second to none, we are always making additions which can be viewed in our New To Range section of the website.