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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here\'s a good BASIC explanation of how 4x4\'s work

I go to this site a lot to read about how stuff work and I'm generally impressed with the explanations an animations on the site. You can almost find out the basics on anything you want, from how toilets work to differentials.
I found this on there today and thought some of you may enjoy reading it...or picking it apart.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/four-wheel-drive1.htm

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Re: Here\'s a good BASIC explanation of how 4x4\'s work

That site is my new favorite site!! it's got SOOO much info!

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That's a great site.
Been using it alot lately.

I want a Diesel!

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It's a great site... I picked up an Omnibook 5700 for cheap as it had no display... well one little trip to "How Stuff Works" not only diagnoissed the problem.. but told me where to by the parts. $15 later the Omnibook was nice and bright again... Ya gotta love the InterNet!

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Re: Here\'s a good BASIC explanation of how 4x4\'s work

I'll have to go take a look. A guy I worked with years ago told me that the only reason four wheel drive worked is that there is a significant difference between the front and rear axle ratios. My CJ is not that way. Did I get a lemon?[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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And here I thought a 4x4 worked by just twisting that little knob on the dash that said "2wd, 4wd and 4wd low"!

Wait a second, both my 4x4s have a lever on the floor, not a knob! Uh-oh!

Actually, that's a good site. Interesting!

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My CJ is not that way. Did I get a lemon?

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You've definately got a lemon. There is a solution, though. You just need to drop it off at my house and I'll take it off your hands. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] Heh heh ........ actually, the GI 4X4's and 6X6's I drove on our ranch as a kid feeding cows in three feet of mud DID have a higher ratio in the front axle differential. If not for that, they would not track straight on a crowned, muddy, sloppy road surface. Of course they wouldn't go ten feet on hard stuff without getting some serious gearbox bind. American GIs; driving the famous "Red Ball Express"; who didn't shift out the front drive when they got to hard stuff often dropped drivelines along the road because of the strain. The WWII truck mechanics just about went nuts trying to explain to the GI drivers why they shouldn't do that.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] I personally think it's a BAD IDEA to tell people how FWD works. I feel as though any day now, Detroit is going to make a FAKE FWD for the pavement-only SUV crowd, and too much info might get them looking too closely. I heard of a case where a guy had a 2WD Cheorkee with the straight blank tube front axle and SWORE that his SUV had "All Wheel Drive". The Jeeper he was talking to soon recognized that it was futile to continue any explanations and just smiled.........[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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Dave,

They DO MAKE FAKE 4wd's!!! Toyota calls them "prerunner." I call them "missing a transfer case."

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I believe the full account of the story CJDave is speaking of is here in the SWB. It's pretty humorous. Good luck finding it though.

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