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Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:02 pm

First attempt that ends in tears...




But he is pretty good at keeping the back end light...



And the crowd goes wild
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Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:04 pm

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Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:58 pm

Seen that one a few years back, that's got to have a welded diff on the back, it stays way too level and doesn't just spin up the inside wheel. I love it!!

Living proof that the Hijet is a fantastic drifter. I found mine drifted OK when it rained just a little bit, but if you get too much angle it would spin out and if you rolled the weight over in the slightest the inside wheel would just spin out. I've been hunting for LSD options but got nothing. Mines having a chain driven solid back axle like a dune buggy/autograss car/quad bike/kart - this will also give me an anti roll bar type effect because it will be built off a trailing swinging beam type affair.
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Post by rich the mechanic on Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:31 pm

I've said it before and still haven't had a stick of inch's near the van or a Mk1 or 2 escort back axle but I think it will go in and give you not only 108mm PCD but a huge choice of diff ratio's and LSD options if you were to stick to a live axle and you could also use a watts linkage/5 or 6 link system.
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Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:44 pm

Aye, on a similar line of thought I researched suzuki samurai/SJ/Jimney back axles as they are the narrowest live axle I could find that I could buy various LSD's for - I have had a tape measure out on my old hijet mpv, and I went round a few breakers yards measuring stuff because I was gagging for an lsd for my mpv.

My thoughts roll like this:- by the time i've bought into a decent LSD (£500 plus), and done a load of prop shaft engineering onto the axle and motorbike gearbox - then the first big trampdrift day I do it blows the LSD up - i'd cry at all the money i'd soaked into it. Also it would mean the bike engine would end up off centre in the van to make up for the offset from where the sprocket is on your average bike engine. I would also like to get the engine as very far back in the chassis as possible, to help get some weight over the back wheels.

I've also had this really nasty feeling that these old skool live axles won't last very long handling 200-300bhp, doing full steam ahead launches down the drag strip, and sideways round the drift course. But this is only my little unexperienced pea brain ticking. I've never tried to build anything like this before.

Thanks for the "watts linkage 6 link system" reference, I didn't know what that setup was called, seen it on mk1/2 escort rally cars but not know anything about it or its name.
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Post by rich the mechanic on Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:17 pm

Live axles are real tough look at any old skool drager and it'll have a live axle, independant is for ride quaility.

You could go for a welded up diff if it's not for road use and if you are sticking with leaf springs the just go for the watts so you don't get any lateral movement when drifting.
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