What is this...and why?

Pthorpe84

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#1
So I was watching Artecs walk around video and I don’t completely understand the Center Axle Disconnect. Seems like a horrible move and the part is in an area that gets the crap beat out of it.

Is this supposed to act similar to lock out hubs?




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Artec

Supporting Vendor
#5
Thanks Artec, but what exactly does it do?
It is a central axle disconnect , What it does is there is a electronic servo that slides a fork over connecting the 2 piece axle shaft on the passenger side . making it so the front driveshaft does not spin and outter on passenger side doesn't spin creating less drag. AKA thank Uncle Sam for requiring Fleet averages with Cafe standards and fuel economy .

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Pthorpe84

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#6
It is a central axle disconnect , What it does is there is a electronic servo that slides a fork over connecting the 2 piece axle shaft on the passenger side . making it so the front driveshaft does not spin and outter on passenger side doesn't spin creating less drag. AKA thank Uncle Sam for requiring Fleet averages with Cafe standards and fuel economy .
Thanks Artec for the clarification. Yeah you have to love these damn regulations.

Seems like this would create a serious weak point in the axles shaft. Not to mention I would imagine this will cause havoc when someone finally tries to do a Junkyard build.


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Artec

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#7
Thanks Artec for the clarification. Yeah you have to love these damn regulations.

Seems like this would create a serious weak point in the axles shaft. Not to mention I would imagine this will cause havoc when someone finally tries to do a Junkyard build.


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Im sure Yukon, RCV, and others will have a upgrade for it , Along with Reid for the Aluminum Knuckles. I am happy its not the horrible Vacuum system of the YJ era !
 

Brian

Jeep Fanatic
#8
Thanks Artec for the clarification. Yeah you have to love these damn regulations.

Seems like this would create a serious weak point in the axles shaft. Not to mention I would imagine this will cause havoc when someone finally tries to do a Junkyard build.


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The weak point will be there no doubt, especially with larger tires. But even worse, in my area, that will get dunked in water full of sand and mud. Over time it will break from internal damage, with a guard or without. When you need 4x4, someday it will not happen. KISS is no longer. I have to ask, why not just do auto locking hubs like the F250/F350 Fords. Easy to repair when needed and are proven. They would do the same thing.
 

Artec

Supporting Vendor
#9
The weak point will be there no doubt, especially with larger tires. But even worse, in my area, that will get dunked in water full of sand and mud. Over time it will break from internal damage, with a guard or without. When you need 4x4, someday it will not happen. KISS is no longer. I have to ask, why not just do auto locking hubs like the F250/F350 Fords. Easy to repair when needed and are proven. They would do the same thing.
The ram powerwagon has had it for a few years with no issues Mopar does have an upgrade from what I've heard last night
 

Brian

Jeep Fanatic
#10
The ram powerwagon has had it for a few years with no issues Mopar does have an upgrade from what I've heard last night
But what about 5 to 10 years from now? Also, why would Mopar already have an upgrade for it? Failing on the Powerwagon already? Automatic with manual locks for hubs has been out forever... Just do that.
 

Artec

Supporting Vendor
#11
But what about 5 to 10 years from now? Also, why would Mopar already have an upgrade for it? Failing on the Powerwagon already? Automatic with manual locks for hubs has been out forever... Just do that.
the eletronic cad has actually been decent on the rams powerwagons have been out since 2005, But yes lockouts would be better but cost more
 
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#12
Unfortunately, I doubt we will ever see locking hubs again as most of today's society (Jeep's target market) is too lazy to get out and turn them.
 

Brian

Jeep Fanatic
#14
Unfortunately, I doubt we will ever see locking hubs again as most of today's society (Jeep's target market) is too lazy to get out and turn them.
Ford still has them and you can manually lock them or let them automatically lock.. :) Jeep had to invent something else to take its place... AND there is more turning with the Jeep design than with normal hubs like Ford uses..
 

FC4X4

Jeep Owner
#16
The fix will be fairly simple. Yukon and others will make a one-piece axle shaft for it and a blank-off plate for the actuator. YJs required the same patch.
 

Pthorpe84

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#17
The fix will be fairly simple. Yukon and others will make a one-piece axle shaft for it and a blank-off plate for the actuator. YJs required the same patch.
That may be true, but I bet the dashboard will light up like a freaking Christmas tree! And if it’s like a JK, the damn brakes will start grabbing or go into complete limp mode.


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