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Prepare competition vehicle suspension

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: March 2019

This unit applies to individuals who test, dismantle, inspect, reassemble and adjust the suspension of a competition vehicle in the motorsport environment.

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to test, dismantle, inspect, reassemble and adjust the suspension of a competition vehicle.

It requires the technical ability to determine competition vehicle suspension requirements and the effects of making changes to variables.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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Inspect and service suspension systems


Repair suspension systems (light vehicle)

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently:

interpret and apply team requirements, controlling body and category rules and supplementary regulations

correctly apply and use safety equipment and personal protective equipment

follow task instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:

minimise the risk of injury to self or others

prevent damage to competition vehicle or equipment

achieve required outcomes within team time and quality standards

correctly prepare suspension on a minimum of two (2) competition vehicles in situations involving each of the following:

calculations to determine spring rate and spring pre-load

determination of component selection within constraints of known factors

configuration of dampers and springs

adjustment of suspension components/settings

work effectively with others

modify activities to cater for variations in workplace context and environment and within tolerances.

Context of, and specific resources for assessment

The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated environment that reflects as far as possible the actual working environment.

Assessment is to occur using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements, including specified Australian standards.

Where applicable, reasonable adjustment must be made to work environments and training situations to accommodate ethnicity, age, gender, demographics and disability.

The following resources should be made available:

access to competition vehicles

associated assembly tooling

computing, operational and inventory support systems

materials and equipment

information on work specifications

team requirements

organisational procedures

safety procedures and regulations

quality standards.

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of this Training Package.

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of Required Skills and Knowledge.

Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on Required Skills and Knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application.

Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process.

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances.

Competence in this unit may be assessed in conjunction with other functional units which together form part of the holistic work role.

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally sensitive and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

Required skills include:

technical skills to the level required to use workplace technology related to determining requirements for the preparation of competition vehicle suspension, including tooling, measuring devices, equipment, calculators and computers

communication skills to the level required to communicate ideas and information to enable clarification of requirements, coordination of work with supervisors and other workers, and to report work outcomes and problems

literacy skills to the level required to collect, organise and understand information related to preparing competition vehicle suspension, including team requirements, manufacturer specifications, plans and safety procedures

numeracy skills to the level required to use mathematical ideas and techniques to complete measurements and calculations required during the preparation of competition vehicle suspension

problem-solving skills to the level required to use pre-checking and inspection techniques to anticipate assembly problems in order to work efficiently and effectively

team skills to the level required to work with others to foster the team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise workflow and productivity

planning skills to the level required to plan and organise activities, including the preparation and layout of the work area, and the coordination of equipment, systems and materials to avoid backtracking, workflow interruptions or wastage

Required knowledge

Required knowledge includes:

team requirements/job specifications, supplementary regulations and component supplier specifications

competition vehicle suspension component types, function, applications, limitations and configuration considerations

suspension-related calculations

safety in relation to repair of suspension components and assemblies

damper disassembly, inspection, repair/modification, assembly, re-oiling, bleeding, re-gassing and bench testing techniques, suspension components/settings configuration

record keeping techniques

procedures for reporting equipment faults and component defects

workplace guidelines regarding acceptable tolerance levels

OHS policies and procedures

applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice, including OHS, personal safety and environment, relevant to complex fuel systems

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Competition vehicle suspension components

Competition vehicle suspension components may include:



suspension/swing arms/joints

pivot locations/pickup points

lateral control devices

travel limiters

anti-roll bars

weight jackers

Dismantling, repair/modification and assembly of dampers

Dismantling, repair/modification and assembly of dampers applies only to:

non-sealed dampers (manufacturer/component supplier safety recommendations must be observed at all times)

Factors and calculations for determining suspension requirements

Factors for determining suspension requirements

may include:

regulatory constraints

team budgetary constraints

load and speed characteristics

terrain and climate conditions

driver/rider preferences

When determining suspension requirements calculations may include:

wheel rate

spring rate

linkage and leverage ratios

spring pre-load

vehicle weight

sprung and unsprung weight

anti-roll bar rate

Determinations can be confirmed through the use of:

shock dynamometer testing

track testing and data analysis

software simulation

OH&S requirements

OHS requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

hazard and risk control

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

manual handling, including shifting, lifting and carrying

emergency procedures

team insurance requirements

material safety management systems

controlling body requirements

manufacturer/component supplier specifications

local safe operating procedures

Legislative requirements

Legislative requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice, and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian standards

Australian Design Rules

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


duty of care

health regulations

Tooling and equipment

Tooling and equipment may include:

component supplier specified tooling

jacking equipment

measuring devices

hand tooling



data acquisition systems

Information and procedures

Information and procedures may include:

controlling body rules, category rules and supplementary regulations

event scheduling and location details

team procedures and standards related to:

preparing competition vehicle suspension

reporting and communication

use of tooling and equipment

emergency service contacts and team persons emergency contacts

team emergency and event procedures for accidents or injury

work instructions, including worksheets, material safety data sheets (MSDS), assembly procedures, plans, drawings, designs and checklists

manufacturer/component supplier specifications and application procedures for test equipment and material

Australian Design Rules (where applicable)

safety body publications

environmental, hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods legislation and local requirements relating to the disposal and use of fuels, lubricants, coolants and cleaning agents

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Use controlling body and category rules, supplementary regulations, component supplier specifications and team instructions to specify task requirements, including design, quality, material, equipment and quantities 
Examine regulations, specifications and tolerances for competitive advantage 
Observe occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, including regulatory requirements, equipment and system isolation requirements, and personal protection needs, throughout the work 
Check specifications for required operating conditions and seek clarification, where required 
Calculate suspension requirements according to known factors 
List component requirements and communicate to appropriate persons 
Check tooling and equipment for safe and effective operation 
Clean and lay out work area for job requirements 
Clean vehicle and prepare for initial measurement 
Measure existing suspension settings and document prior to component removal or adjustment 
Report problems with the work area or the operation of the equipment to appropriate persons 
Identify methods for removing and dismantling dampers according to team procedures and manuals/specifications 
Test, dismantle and clean dampers and check tolerances/wear against manufacturer specifications 
Inspect components for functioning and quality 
Make decision to retain, replace, repair, adjust or service component according to team policies and procedures 
Carry out repairs/modifications to dampers in accordance with manufacturer specifications for methods, equipment and tolerances 
Re-oil, bleed, bench test and re-gas (if required) dampers 
Identify methods for removing and dismantling springs according to team procedures and manuals/specifications 
Document dimensions before disassembly 
Disassemble and clean springs and check rates/tolerances against specifications and retain or replace according to team policies and procedures 
Test replacement springs for rate and wear 
Inspect removed suspension components quality and readiness for installation 
Use installation sequence and techniques 
Install sub-assemblies and tension fasteners to manufacturer/component supplier specifications 
Check to ensure accurate and complete fitting during and after installation 
Inspect associated components, sub-assemblies or structural elements of vehicles that may affect suspension configuration for serviceability and repair, where necessary 
Configure suspension components/settings within tolerances 
Maintain tooling, as required, and return to storage 
Tag and shelve/store surplus components/consumables 
Remove surplus material from work area 
Clean up spillage from work area and vehicle 
Complete team/component supplier documentation 


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