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Old 11-25-2007, 08:59 PM   #113 (permalink)
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05-26-2006, 01:06 Pm

DAX suggests welding the differential to create a "spool" and going 1-wheel drive with the big motor.


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Thanks DaX.

So it is possible. Interesting. I can't picture how a "spool" would be set up, since I don't really know how a diff works in the first place, but I'm sure I can figure it out. (Until I pulled the pressure plate off the motor this morning, I never had a clear understanding of clutch operation either. I had it all backwards, thinking the clutch plate was attached to the pedal...)

And regarding loss of traction, does that apply if you don't have a LSD? If I put a wheel on ice and one on pavement, the car won't go anywhere - the ice wheel just spins. So, no change there.

One thing I was wondering about was if it would affect handling - ie. would the steering "pull" all the time? Just when accelerating? Would it behave oddly in tight turns? (In one direction, the motor would run faster than the opposite turn.)
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