20th November, 2014

Old Man Emu is bringing racing technology to every day applications with the game changing BP-51 suspension range. Bred from our racing heritage, BP-51 (Bypass 51mm diameter bore) shock absorbers feature revolutionary, patent pending technology developed to deliver unparalleled on and off road performance for your 4×4.

Developed and extensively tested under the harshest conditions in Australia, these big bore, position sensitive bypass shock absorbers with remote reservoir are designed to bolt onto your vehicle without any vehicle modifications and combine considerable ride comfort around town with significant amounts of end-zone damping for exceptional chassis control and handling off road.

The damping performance is easily adjustable across a wide range in both rebound and compression, resulting in significant changes to the ride performance of your vehicle, enabling a custom tune to suit the conditions and vehicle setup. The body, reservoir and components are all made from 6061 T6 aluminium, Type 3 40 micron hard anodised ensuring exceptional heat dissipation, corrosion resistance and resistance to stone damage.

Not only designed, developed and tested entirely by ARB’s team of Old Man Emu ride engineers, all BP-51 shock absorbers are manufactured in-house by ARB. In order to achieve this, significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art machinery and hard anodising equipment, allowing ARB total control of the manufacturing process to ensure the highest possible quality.

OME engineers were set a challenge to design a high performance shock absorber for the modern day vehicle. With more and more vehicles moving to an independent front suspension set up, the challenge grows as you have limited travel and restrictions to what you can actually fit within a coil over strut set up. With traditional velocity sensitive shock absorbers, achieving exceptional ride quality and the balance between comfort and control tuning requires a great deal of time and effort, with many valving changes required to get the balance correct. You still end up with a compromise with either a slightly firmer controlled set up or softer comfort orientated result.

Bypass technology exists to overcome some of these ride quality challenges but presents a new challenge as traditional multiple bypass tube products simply won’t fit inside a coil over independent front or many rear shock absorber applications. Other areas that had to be considered were corrosion, heat dissipation, durability and how do you cater for individual ride preferences or vehicle loading scenarios. The product also needs to easily bolt into a large range of vehicle applications without modifications to the actual vehicle

After 4 years of extensive design, development and testing the challenge has been met and it’s called BP-51.