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4wd front driveshaft angle

Old 09-11-2023, 01:52 AM
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Default 4wd front driveshaft angle

Asking here because I don't see any solid reference to this topic.

I like to compare car geometries between brands and saw a noticeable difference in the front driveshaft sweep. I see front driveshafts are usually swept backwards while rear driveshafts are swept frontwards.

There are some brands with the front driveshafts close to being straight and others with a lot more backwards angle.

Do you know guys how does the front driveshaft angle affect to the cars behaviour? How do the forces apply?

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Old 09-11-2023, 03:46 AM
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I'm sure the theoreticians will say that the swept-back front driveshafts will give better bite under braking.

But in reality I expect it is all to do with packaging. There is limited space in a modern 4wd chassis layout. You may need to move the front gearbox around to get the weight distribution/wheelbase/steering geometry you are looking for.
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The effects of drive shaft angle

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