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Old 07-20-2014, 09:17 PM
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Back in the old days didn't 4x4 mean 4 speed transmission, 4 wheel drive? So, shouldn't mine be an 8x4?

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Always thought it was 4wheelsx4driven as opposed to 4wheelsx2driven, especially since my dad's old truck only had 3 speeds but 4 wheel drive. Mercedes follows that rule for their Aussie special G63s 6x6



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Yeah, I have always been under the impression the it meant 4 wheel moving as opposed to two
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Back in the old days didn't 4x4 mean 4 speed transmission, 4 wheel drive? So, shouldn't mine be an 8x4?

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Nope... it never meant "4 speed, 4wd".
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You might be thinking of the Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 - 4 barrel, 4-speed, dual exhaust.
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Yeah, I have always been under the impression the it meant 4 wheel moving as opposed to two
It does. Even though technically speaking it's incorrect for most stock vehicles. Even with 4wd engaged you only really still have 2 wheels driving. One on the front and one on the back. This is due to the design of the open differential. Watch a truck in 4wd in a low traction scenario. Usually the wheels with the least resistance will be the only ones spinning. To get tru 4 wheel drive you need lockers.
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