Originally Posted by the_experience03
There is also always the posi-lok cable actuator option at about $100 per end.
that sounds very interesting! Have to see if i can find info on that....
I had to work until after dark at my real job today, so i just did some mock up to get a better understanding of the fabrication involved in driving the rear axle.
Below is what the basic layout will look like when completed...it's obviously missing the bearings to hold the shafts in place, and still needs a sprocket off of the driveshaft....My gut tells me to use #60 rollerchain instead of the #40 which i just happen to have laying around. The plan is to use #40 in a double configuration.
Max working load for double #40 is 1,620 pounds
Min Tensile (breaking) strength = 6,250 pounds
It seems unlikely to me that i will exceed these working limits
Max working laod for #60 single = 1,980
tensile strenght = 7,030
To attach the sprocket to the yoke and ensure it's square (or whatever the proper term is)
I'm first screwing a nut part way onto the bolt attached to the yoke
That allows another bolt to screw onto the nut keeping everything perfectly square
The sprocket should look something like this when assembled (if you look close enough you'll see that the hub for the sprocket in this photo is actually bigger than the bolt...i'll buy the correct sprocket hub tomorrow) Once everything is in it's proper place, i'll weld the sprocket to the yoke. I'm actually going to use 2 sprockets for a double chain design.
The end result:
I still need to cut off the excess drive shaft pointing towards the rear of the truck. It would be extremely simple to install a PTO shaft off the end of the driveshaft, but i can't think of any sort of power equipment i can connect it too....other than a winch...... hmmmmm.....Since it is a front axle, it comes with an electric actuator to lock/unlock the "hubs". If i unlock the axle with the flip of a switch, i can spin the driveshaft without moving the truck making the pto winch a viable option... This also gives me the option (don't know why you'd want to) of driving with only front or only rear wheels. Even with only the front wheels spinning, i think this truck would go lots of places most 4x4's cannot.
I have to work 24 hours on sunday, I'll get back to the truck on Monday.