What is a sideshaft?
A sideshaft is a system that transfers power from a differential to the wheels allowing articulation and movements due to steering or suspension travel.
The system has three major elements:
- Inboard Constant Velocity Joint (CVJ) including lubrication and sealing system
- Interconnecting shaft
- Outboard Constant Velocity Joint (CVJ) including lubrication and sealing system
In most applications, the inboard CV Joint is a plunge joint that allows the effective length of the sideshaft to adjust due to suspension movement. In front (or steer) axle applications, the outboard joint must transfer power effectively through a wide range of angles (up to 52 degrees). In rear axle applications, joint operation angles are much lower.
Why use GKN Driveline Sideshafts?
GKN Driveline understands the requirements and characteristics of front-wheel, rear-wheel and four-wheel drive design to meet the varying needs of all types of vehicles from the electrically operated to sports cars, luxury cars and 4x4 vehicles through to light trucks. GKN Driveline appreciates the importance of dynamic performance, noise, vibration, durability, efficiency and weight saving in achieving the vehicle characteristics of power delivery, vehicle handling, comfort and reliability.