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Front Portal Axle

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Up front is a standard 'Mog portal axle with the factory mechanical locker. One of the cool things about portal axles is that they offer incredible ground clearance in addition to their inherent hub reduction gearing. The suspension is bone-stock and consists of coil springs, shocks, track bar, and torque tube. The Unimog suspension doesn't use radius arms or four-link bars on the front and rear solid axles. Instead, they use a torque tube at each axle. These tubes surround the front and rear driveshafts. The result is increased ground clearance and great flex. The steering is mounted high and out of harm's way, and the tie-rod travels on the backside of the axle.

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