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Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

I was wondering can you just turn one around and mount it in the rear, of course there is the steering portion but I mean as far as placing the axel so it will function.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

You would look really funny trying to stear with two stearing wheels. Maybe you could get someone else to stear the rear wheels.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

I've seen it done up close in show rigs which never see dirt, and I know it has been done on trail rigs too. Full hydraulic steering is usually used in the rear, however this won't go over well in most states. So, unless it's a trailer queen and never sees the blacktop you may want to reconsider. You're going to have to be concerned with caster angles, cutting/turning of the knuckles might be necessary. You'll also have to find a way to lock the rear wheels straight ahead if you plan on driving it on the road. This is not something you want to have break at even 20 mph.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

I don't know of any front axels that have center drops. You would need to shorten on side and make the other longer.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

This is pretty common here in Norway in competicion rigs. The most used axels are Unimog 404 front axels in both ends. For steering the rear axle, they use a hydraulic witch is driven by a electrick hydralic pump taken out of farming machines. They uses a joystick to steer with, and often have magnetic sensors to senter the steering when driving straight ahead. This is of course plain competicion rigs that is just used in terrain.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

A dana 18, quadratrac, toyota, suzuki, or land rover are some options for transfer cases with offset rear outputs that would line up with a steering axle in the rear.
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Re: Mounting a front end in the rear for 4wheel steer

It is a trailer Queen, I wanted to explore the option I have a buddy that has 4 wheel steer, but he did not build it, front steers with normal wheel, rear with a 2 way valve. Thanks for the input.
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