17wheeled suspension systems

The previous chapter introduced us to the principles of steering in wheeled vehicles. Now, we’ll take a look at two topics that are inextricably linked to steering axles: suspending axles and driving them. These interrelated mechanisms are frequently “separate,” yet because they affect the same final element, the wheels, they can be built only in a limited number of combinations. For example, a suspension of a given type will work only with certain steering and drive systems.

Any axle of a wheeled vehicle can be suspended, driven, and steered at the same time. An axle can, of course, do none of these things and merely hold wheels together, but since such an axle is very simple to build, this chapter will focus on ...

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