Motorsports Solutions

Kaman Self-Lubricating Bearings for Motorsports
Low friction, high load and high stiffness solutions to stay ahead of the competition

For over 40 years, our engineers have solved the most demanding bearing and driveline application challenges, delivering solutions that allow our customers to stay ahead in any industry. Today, KamaticsRWG self-lubricating & rolling element technology increases performance by offering low friction, high load and high stiffness solutions. Our solutions can be found in Formula One, Indy, and Rally Cars around the globe in the most demanding racing applications such as steering and suspensions, including wishbones, push rods, and stabilizer bars.

Kaman Self-Lubricating Bearings for Motorsports
Technologies

Self-Lubricating Bearings

Motorsports

Our self-lubricating liner systems have been utilized in Formula One, Indy, and Rally Cars for several decades, offering high performance, long life, and reliable bearing solutions in critical steering, suspension, and other automotive system locations. Whether the bearings utilize our high-performance KAron machinable liner system or our industry-leading Fraslip fabric liner system, each solution can be tailored to your specific application needs.

Our onsite, full service Test and Development Lab can support most development or qualification tests that may be needed for your application. If your test requirements fall outside of our internal capabilities, we can utilize our network of trusted, third party test facilities to provide the performance data that you require.

Features & Benefits

  • All liner systems:
    • High dynamic and static operating load capacity
    • Low, consistent friction at ambient, reduced, and elevated temperatures
    • Can be applied to a variety of metallic and non-metallic substrates, including lightweight aluminum, glass or carbon composites, and titanium.
    • 100% maintenance free
    • Long life in a variety of dynamic conditions (anti-fretting, oscillations, rolling, or sliding)
    • Different levels of bearing torque or clearance on spherical bearings possible
    • Tested and qualified to SAE AS81934, AS81820, AS8943, and AS85560 self-lubricating bearing standards (see Technologies section or Engineering Resources for details on specific liner qualifications and capabilities)
  • Machinable KAron and Katherm liner systems:
    • 100% bond, non-peelable
    • Can be applied to complex geometry
    • Liner thickness can be varied over a wide range
    • Allows for post-installation reaming or honing 
Kaman Self-Lubricating Bearings

Metal to Metal Bearings

These bearings are traditionally used for high load applications and/or severe environmental conditions such as high or low temperatures. Different types of construction and various coatings, platings and lubricants are available to ensure the best performance under almost any conditions.

  • Very high load rating
  • High tolerance to impact loads
  • Numerous materials possible
  • Cryogenic temperatures
  • High temperatures up to 800°C
  • Constructions:
    • SFormed outer ring
    • Outer ring with loader slot
  • Split ball design
  • Vacuum compatible

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Metal to Metal Bearings

Wear Strips

Kaman offers multiple types of Wear Strips with each providing unique characteristics to prevent metal to metal wear and fretting damage from sliding or rubbing surfaces. Our Wear Strips are designed to be bonded onto surfaces as a protective barrier, and are available in standard sizes or custom cut profiles.

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Kaman Specialty Bearings Wear Strips for Motorsports