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Rude Robert 01-04-2013 08:41 AM

ww2 jeeps axles, posi or open diffs??
Just a curious ? I wonder if the old 4x4 system is better then the stock jeep of today??

Rude Robert 01-04-2013 08:43 AM

I drove a jeep the last year of my army post. I knew it worked great, but I didn't know anything about 4x4's of any kind... still don't either lol

cosmos 01-04-2013 09:56 AM

They weighed a fraction of what a modern Jeep weighs, that's what made them unstoppable

MikeK46 01-04-2013 10:19 AM

It had a 3-speed + reverse T-84 manual transmission and a 2-speed Dana 18 transfer case.

This thread has some good info:

Also check out this Jeep 4x4 Performance Handbook eBook.

Rude Robert 01-04-2013 05:53 PM

Wow I read the first one, i have to go to work, but were they like posi traction, or basically the same a s stock jeep today? I will read the the second one, tomorrow, but i was tryinig to look for like something saying that how did they compare off road thx

WatchThis! 01-04-2013 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by cosmos (Post 3181479)
They weighed a fraction of what a modern Jeep weighs, that's what made them unstoppable

They were not unstoppable. There was huge support for jeeps during the war and something major had to be done to almost every one every day (replace axle, tranny, etcetera). It was all about having huge numbers of equipment and men to keep it running.

Rude Robert 01-05-2013 08:21 AM

Thanks for the imput, but were they real 4x4 or like the stock jeeps of today

sneck 01-05-2013 10:17 AM

yeah the new jeeps suck, I would avoid them. thats why theres such an avid community behind them. go by a cj if you want to offroad, the yj's, tj's, and jk's are all just pavement queens lol

traitor08 01-05-2013 10:27 AM

There was nothing really special about them.
Unless you look into the pto transfer case and the implement they could use.

They were small, 4wd, light, low geared, easily fixed, and an extremely bad ride. And no they didnt have posi or lsd or bld or anything.

I know I am going to get some bad mouthing from this, but the closest thing to the size and handling as the original jeeps is the samurai.

Raiderfan001 01-05-2013 10:31 AM

Nope. 75 years later there has been nothing better developed. Now where is that abacus at? Stupid calculators suck.

i82much 01-05-2013 10:41 AM

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Go out in the field with the Army at Hohenfels, GE sometime. They actually set up a battalion motorpool in the field to deal with all the broken humvees. I seriously doubt things were any different back in the day with the old jeeps.

Remember you are usually convoying with other vehicles when you are on a mission, every other vehicle had a winch when I was in. And, at least now, there are dedicated recovery vehicles to come get you if you get stuck.

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