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Triumph TR6 - Live axle

Gents I have what many would probably consider a silly question but I have no idea of what the difference between a live axle and a fixed axle is. Are there advantages to either? My auto expertise pretty much stops at the gearbox.
J. L. Stein

A live axle is when the diff, half shafts and hubs are all contained in one large [heavy] casting, usually suspended from cart springs [ie TR3 & MGB] and more rarely on coils on LBCs anyway.
Don't know what a fixed axle is unless it's an American expression for the same thing.
Ron
R. Algie

I would guess they're the same thing.
Tom

Solid and live axles refer to the front and rear suspensions respectively. Solid axles date back to the Model T and the I-beam and tube versions are still used today on hot rods. Otherwise, the solid axle is a dinosaur having been replaced by wishbone and strut setups.

Rick O.
Rick Orthen

Thanks guys. Gotit.
J. L. Stein

This thread was discussed on 24/08/2004

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