Originally Posted by hytenor
they are out there but they ain't cheap.
the cheapest upgraded outer joints (but utilizing OE shafts) are the CV-Unlimiteds at around $700/pr
. Alpro has some with upgraded shafts for a little more.
next come the custom axles at around $1500ea. and they go up from there.
but like others have noted...you'll start exploding your front diff if you get the axles too beefy.
I do appreciate the replies, and believe that there is a rule of physics that says there is no such thing as a free lunch. Want to play harder, pony up because its gonna cost to modifiy something and do it right. Every time the design parameters are exceeded, failures start to occur left and right, and today "just enough" strength is the way things are designed and produced.
I have thought a bit about portal axles, and they are a durable/ reliable way to go, monster trucks with 1500+HP and ton's of torque run them for the same reasons, big tires and boat loads of torqe and horsepower and the need for some reliability.
I saw an interesting buggie a while back with hydrolic "L" shaped suspension arms, it had something like 4 feet of up and down motion as well as the ability to increase or decrease the wheel base as well. While obviosly not street legal, it was interesting to watch it move over rocks, changing wheel base length. I think it had something like 7 feet total of articulation front to back and 4 feet side to side. Is this the next break through in design? I dunno? I am open to new technology
I am far from an engineer, but enjoy reading about design, theory, whats new, and whats coming out. Most importantly, just getting out and doing it.