Wish bone Suspension vehicles with a separate Chassis
Here the diff is mounted up in a cradle or as part of the engine and Transmission and allows the axles to move up and down with the suspension The suspension has lower control arms that suspend lower than the axle making them the lowest part to the ground, hence reducing the vehicles ground clearance. The clearance at suspension remains at approx 240mm with the motor and the transmission moving up and down changing clearance between 210mm to 260mm.
Remember as the suspension moves up and down the chassis moves up and down also, reducing its clearance. Under hard bounce or load, the suspension lower arm clearance remains the same, but the diff along with everything else drops / bounces lower. Typical vehicles with this setup are the Toyota Hi Lux Surf, Nissan Pathfinder, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
This setup is similar to the above except the body and transmission sit lower to the ground The suspension has the lower control arms. The diff and transmission mounted on a cross member which is mounted to the body. These are normally your AWD vehicle and ride at approx 180 to 200mm reducing with bounce and load. These vehicles are raised mainly through the fitting of large tyre sizing.
Vehicles with this setup are Subaru Outback / Lancaster, Mitsubishi Outlander. The larger 4wd with a similar setup is the later models for Mitsubishi Pajero, Challenger, Toyota Highlander, Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Pathfinder.
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