For simplicity, a mated setup is probably best. If you have a long enough wheelbase to use a divorced setup, it can open up a lot more options as far as drivetrain setup. For example, you can put the transfer case in the exact center of the rig, so that the front a rear driveshafts are the exact same length and you get the best possible U-joint angle for both. Plus the shafts will swap and you only need to carry one, if you need a spare. Also, you can lower just the transfer case to improve angles, but since it's in the center, you can still keep a decent breakover angle. Naturally you can move the engine and transmission back in a mated setup to gain the centered case, but that can't normally be done in most non-buggy rigs because of firewall issues and interior intrusion of the engine. It's all in what you want, but the intermediate shaft between the transmission and transfer case can be phased properly, just like any other shaft, to eliminate vibration. I have 3 divorced transfer case trucks, and wouldn't trade them for anything. Again, it's personal preference, and both setups have advantages and disadvantages.
thanks for the advice. The rig i am starting to gather parts for to build is an ext cabb s10. Going to be a Mud/trail rig (Bout all their is in central FL (havent seen a real rock since i left NY. ) I know not what most of you here run.
It is going to sit on 44's and one tones, sb for power and an auto.
I am liking the fact that a divorce case put no additional stress on the the tranny, and that i can adjust the drive shaft length like you said.
On say a divorce 205 is their any strength difference than a married.
The divorced tranfer-case is as strong as the married version of the same case. Of course, there are two more U-joints to fail, though they see less force than the driveshaft u-joints as they only see the transmission output torque, not the torque multiplication of the transfer-case low-range.
mostly all dodge divorced 205's are 32 spline inputs and outputs, i like the divorced 205, i am setting one in my buggy now beacuse i want to run a 4.3/4L60 combo and found it easyer to join the two together.
i will simply run a 1350 U-joint on the tail shaft and put 90% of the tail shaft on the slip yoke and join the case's "yoke to yoke", i have it set now but need to move it back a little, i am trying to make it so i have one driveshaft length front and rear, im close but need to tweek it a little, jason.
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