Patent Number: 6,305,487

Title: Integrated semi-independent suspension and drivetrain system for vehicles

Abstract: An integrated semi-independent suspension and drivetrain system for avehicle including a swing arm with a swing mount for pivotally mountingthe swing arm to the vehicle, an axle carrier for mounting an axleassembly, the axle carrier being rotatably mounted to the swing arm toallow the axle assembly to roll about a suspension roll axis, a drivensprocket substantially centrally attached to the axle assembly forrotating the axle assembly, a drive sprocket for transferring rotationalpower to the driven sprocket, a flexible coupling mechanically linking thedriven sprocket to the drive sprocket to allow transfer of rotationalpower from the drive sprocket to the driven sprocket, a constant velocityjoint centrally disposed on the drive sprocket axle to allow alignment ofthe drive sprocket relative to the driven sprocket, and a CV guide foraligning the drive sprocket with the driven sprocket. The integratedsemi-independent suspension and drivetrain system may also include a brakeassembly where the driven sprocket includes a brake surface. In addition,the integrated semi-independent suspension and drivetrain system may alsoinclude a left axle and a right axle and the driven sprocket may include adifferential gear system to allow the left axle to rotate at a differentrotational speed compared to the right axle.

Inventors: Montague; Martin B. (Lusby, MD)

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Expiration Date: 10/23/2013