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    Hi Guys,

    I have a question that are the swing arm suspension and the swing axle suspension same?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Main difference is what plane of travel you're "swinging" in. Swing arms are more often seen in off road vehicles and the plane of motion is located more or less along the length of the car (generally angled a bit).

    Swing axles were mostly used on VW beetles (originals), and thus Formula Vees. Also used on Corvairs. Carroll Smith despised them. The plane of motion for a swing axle runs along the length of the axle.
    Dr. Adam Witthauer
    Iowa State University 2002-2013 alum

    Mad Scientist, Gonzo Racewerks Unincorporated, Intl.

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