Patent Number: 6,254,196

Title: Axle hub assembly with removable axle shaft

Abstract: A full floating inverted axle assembly having a removable axle shaft. A hub assembly includes an inner race rigidly connected to a wheel body and rotatably connected to an outer race which is in turn rigidly connected to an axle housing to enable rotation of the wheel body relative to the axle housing. A driving member is disposed within the axle housing for driving the inner race and wheel body. A removable axle shaft forms a detachable connection between the driving shaft and inner race. The removable axle shaft is externally removable from the entire axle assembly when the hub assembly is connected to the axle housing. Such an arrangement facilitates a disconnect between the driving member and inner race thereby allowing the wheel body to freely rotate, such as during towing, without having to remove the hub assembly. A brake torque member may be disposed between the inner race and axle housing to allow customized brake arrangements.

Inventors: Gee; Thomas A (Allen Park, MI)


International Classification: B60B 35/16 (20060101); B60B 35/00 (20060101); B60B 27/00 (20060101); B60B 035/16 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018