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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Thanks to everyone who helped me over the last few days with my 1991 Metro automatic trans question. I have thus decided to go with a manual trans for my project.

I have just one more question: I will be picking up a early 1990's manual trans metro. I plan to mate the trans to a different type of motor. This will ultimatly be for a 6x6 all terrain vehicle much like an Argo 6x6. My question is if I brake stear (skid steer) like a bull dozer or excavator... can this transmission do it? I think each wheel can be applied force and have it turn at different speeds independantly (thus going arround turns and one wheel slipping on ice, etc). Does anyone see a major problem with this idea before I go forward with it?

Thanks to any and all for your input!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:51 pm 
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Well it does have a differential, so if you disabled the normal steering, tacked three metro drivetrains together to make some hideous six-wheeled monster, and then found a way to apply braking independently to each side of the contraption (but evenly on each wheel in a side) then it would indeed turn in the direction of the braked side...

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While it concerns me that you are even asking this question before you start building a Mad Max movie prop that will require half of it to be built from scratch, I am sure you can build whatever you want to if you have enough time, patience, and tools. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:04 pm 
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Uh... not sure where you are going with this...

What i had in mind was taking the entire front clip of a metro and creating a chasis behind it. The two front wheels drive a chain which is attached to the other driven wheels. Thus the brakes for the two front metro wheels have independant master cylinders that are controlled independantly: thus each wheel can have braking exterted to it independantly of the other.. the te other wheels on the same side are connected via the chain.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:40 pm 
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I think you're going to have a horsepower problem trying to drive 6 wheels with a Metro engine.

Ken....


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:38 am 
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There won't be a horsepower problem once he uses sprockets on the chains to knock the final drive down 3:1 or 5:1. I don't think he would want a skid steer with an 80mph top speed and no slow speed ability. :D

From what you are describing, it should work. I've seen similar projects on the internet before....

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