Astro_Al Posted January 28, 2008 Share Posted January 28, 2008 Ok, no in-box thinking permitted. Lets get it over with: Yes yes, its for my vapour build. Get over it. Its slow, but it won't be vapour forever. Right. I'm trying to have a bit of fun with it and try something a bit different. I wanted to keep a relatively short wheelbase - around 90". This will be a far cry from your regular land rover stuff. I am seriously considering independent suspension. Bear with me. There are many advantages of independent suspension, along with a few for live beam axles: cost for production cars is less, axle 'lifts itself' out of the way when one side goes over a bump, and 'possibly' more sideslope stability. Apart from those (and cost in my case is not a factor, cos its all got to be made anyway), indy is usually superior. Now, before we get too far in - are there any advantages to live beam that I've missed? Indy seems to solve a lot of issues: * reduces the unsprung weight as the diff can be fixed in the chassis. * means I can either run no rear prop or a very short one as needed between the transfer box and diff - so I can shift the engine/boxes backwards for better weight distribution, and put the front diff in front of the engine (propshaft to be cleared by custom sump). * since there is no need to allow propshaft bump clearance, I can run the engine/boxes lower in the chassis to make it more stable. I'm looking to run Mog portals on the indy - for a bit of a different flavour. I haven't worked out the angles yet, but it could be pretty good clearance even with full bump. The only real issue I'm having is the possible need to have forced articulation (selectable?) in case the 'self lifting' properties of a live beam are needed. Running against that is the added weight which I'd like to avoid. If it could rival the live beam plus add the advantages of indy, that'd be the ideal goal. So come on, this is a bunfight thread - lets hear anything and everything! Cheers, Al. Experimenting. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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