Spring Hangers followed their own evolution. As in the case of mountings, early spring hangers had very stiff, tall, unstable springs and it was not unusual to sell hangers with 0.375"(10mm) deflection. Spring Hangers contained no rubber for high frequencies and the first improvement was the introduction of a rubber washer. This was normally located under the top of the box, or later on against the spring cup on top of the spring.
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A steel washer over the rubber washer spread the load to the outside of the steel spring so a cheaper steel cup could be used. When the rubber washer was located under the top of the box or over the steel spring, the design was still extremely poor as there was nothing to keep the rubber washer centered on the steel cup. Thus, the steel hanger rod would rub the steel cup or the steel hanger box and short circuit the action of the rubber. This was not recognized as a worry in that era, so the next step was to increase the deflection. Since spring stability was not clearly understood increased deflection was accomplished by making the springs taller, but not necessarily larger in diameter. The springs could not collapse or fall over because the lower hole in the box continued to be conveniently small. When the spring tended to topple, the rod would hit the side of the box and stop. Of course, the rubber continued to be short circuited and often the rods would lock vertically (especially if they were fully threaded) so that the springs were bypassed as well