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Re: Sj410 axle q\'s
Shawn - I've already got a spool in the rear, but because the Nivas originally full time 4wd, there's no front hubs ( and no way to convert to them, I might add) If I cant find some way of cramming a locker, or LSD in there, I'd been considering fitting some of the Subura caliper shte Zuk crowd uses for rear conversions, and using the 'e-brake' fittings to make a cutting brake traction assembly.
on a far wilder note, I even measured up to see what'd happen if I was to, say, grind & graft the Sj410 front knuckles onto the 410's rear tubes...sure enough, it'd give a 60" wide assembly to match the Nivas rear end....hmmmm, now how bad do I want a SAS on a Niva 8^D the idea has potential, but because of the Nivas tight front end design, it'd be a hell of a lot of work to fit. ( suspensions OK, but the steering would be a royal PITA)" why" - 'cause the small pumpkin would then match my rear end, and it' dHAVE to be small to clear the oilpan on the diesel....biggest tires I could get, even with say 3" lift over the current height would be ~31's, so the smaller the pumpkin, the better. flex would be great though - full 4 wheel long travel coils, and I can run up to 40" locating arms if I make a central bracket. anyone on here ever grafted knuckles across like this? how did you rig up the flex joint ( I think you guys call this thing a birfield? looks like a bootless CVJ to me) I figure if I try it, I'll be cutting down the existing rear shafts as the 'inner', and adding the birfield to the ends somehow - probably just get a shop to taper the ends, and weld the shafts together? just a 'though exercise' at this point, but frankly, its the best SAS idea I've ever heard of for Niva's! ( all the others have suggested adding a second chassis, and ~10" lift to accomodate a bigger pumpkin) I know you guys dont know niva's, but any thought/s experience on the SAS concept would be appreciated.
I'm still just blown away by how well the parts all match up!!