Quote: Originally posted by freeatlast on 18/11/2010
Gosh don't all 4x4s have the ability to run in 2 or 4 wheel drive? It appears I've been spoiled by the reliable Asian offerings.
Yes and no, depends on the 4x4.
the most common (at least it was) is not true 2WD as the half shafts and drive shaft are still attached to the non driving wheels, and only disconnected from drive at the transfer box.
landrover (on the proper ones) you could have freewheeling hubs, which was essentially a dog clutch in the hub turned by a spanner to disengage the wheels from the halfshaft, thus reducing the drag caused by turning the extra drivetrain.
AFAIK, most 4x4s do not disengage the hubs, only the transfer box, so the drag form the non-driving drivetrain is still there, reducing economy.
you could get an extra 2-3mpg out of the freewheeling hubs on a landy...
not sure if I could stomach the shame of a non-4x4 suv if i got stuck on a site.
can you pull me out??.... dont you have a freelander?... yes, but its only 2WD....
Wouldnt think it would affect the MOT, not sure about the DVLA, but imo insurance should be informed as its a modification, I wouldnt think it would affect the premium, but could be used as a get out in a claim.
Post last edited on 13/01/2011 12:21:32