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Donut
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« on: June 11, 2018, 04:21:26 PM »

Sorry folks for asking but......

Could a reliant axle take the power of a v8 if i was to have new stronger half shafts made?

Am speaking about 250 bhp ish

Considering next build and what I have lying about!!

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Gary
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 06:49:19 PM »

Hi Gary

The Reliant axle was designed for a vehicle with 39 BHP. Would you want to chance putting 250 BHP through it?

You need something much more beefier.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 08:02:48 PM »

Yes I know it sounds stupid but just wondered if anyone knew if the diff would handle it? know the half shafts would look like spaghetti hence wondering if the diff with strong shafts would work. Looking for the easy route as have an axle with nice wheels
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2018, 08:22:54 PM »

Flog the axle and buy something that will take that amount of "grunt" as its unlikely that the Reliant will, consistently! Morrag
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 10:22:46 PM »

The answer is NO !
Even if the diff and half shafts could take the power the alloy casing and the rivets holding the tubes wouldn't. As Morrag says, find an axle more suitable to your needs.
Ford Atlas axle or a Salisbury from a Land Rover spring to mind if you are looking for a solid axle.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 06:30:13 AM »

Depends on hardtail or suspension ? Solid mounted/shocks/IRS ?
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 07:09:22 AM »

Hi Gary.
I've got a Rover V8 hooked up to a 2 litre Sherpa van axle, but that has low gearing, which suits my tall tyres.
Volvo axles are popular with the V8 crowd.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 06:16:33 PM »

I think Volvo axles died out of fashion years ago Huh
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 07:06:51 PM »

So did Rover V8s Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 09:56:03 PM »

Thanks guys for all the replies but are you poo pooing me now for the V8 idea
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 10:44:41 PM »

Not at all -I've got a Rover motor in my truck Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 10:49:40 PM »

Not at all. A V8 trike is a great idea if that's what you are into. Just that with a bigger engine you need to build everything bigger/stronger to suit.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 06:31:06 AM »

On the contrary methinks ? We all want to see you build it I'm sure ? Mr Olds is correct build it beefy and strong but hopefully with some style and finesse ? (Hopefully no chequer plate /angle iron ? Roll Eyes)Take your time with the design,collect as many parts you can ready for the build..lots of different Axles out there that can take the power of your v8..BMW /Mercedes /jag/Japanese /American ?
Just google images and choose/research ..
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 05:19:25 PM »

Good replies, the reliant is struggling with anything near 100bhp, beyond that no chance.
Now, if I was building a v8 it would be a nice short gearbox - like a bmw, with a sierra diff on it.
Failing that, a volvo transaxle mated straight on via a short tube - sit on the box stylee.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 01:27:01 PM »

Yes a short gearbox would be perfect. If I do a build there would be a lot of stupid questions from me like are you meaning mating BM box to Rover v8?Huh
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