WHAT’S IN A NAME

4 x 4 Australia - - Gear -

BEAM axles, live axles and solid axles are ba­si­cally the same thing. The term live axle stems from the en­tire axle mov­ing through­out the range of sus­pen­sion travel. Solid axle is in ref­er­ence to the lack of con­trol arms or ad­di­tional com­po­nents – the whole thing is more or less one solid chunk of steel. The term beam axle is be­cause, well, they look like a beam.

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