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Unread 01-03-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Limited Slip Front Differential for a BBB??

Hi everyone, my first post here but I've lurked around for a while now. I have a 2008 Bad Boy Buggy and was wondering if anyone knows where I could get a limited slip differential for the front axle. The weight distribution is so rearward on this thing that any climb just slightly steep causes the front wheels to spin out, and the rear motor won't push it up by itself. If a limited slip is impossible, what do you think of the ideal of getting longer wheel studs and finding some weights to mount on the front wheels, like the garden tractor weights you see for additional traction. So if that's the case, then does anyone know what size and threading the original wheel studs are, and who might have some longer ones to use for the weights? Thanks for your help. I hope I got this in the correct forum, I wasn't sure where to place it.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Limited Slip Front Differential for a BBB??

Tank, it would seem easier to just add weight to the front end overall. Via heavy push bar or such. Also weight out front would add better leverage than the same weight on the wheels.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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I'd thought about that, but figured it was adding the weight to the suspension more so than the wheels. It seemed to me that by putting it on the wheels themselves all of the weight would be transferred into additional traction weight, plus not taking away from the suspension weight limit and ride that way. Believe me, this thing rides rough enought all ready.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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Default Re: Limited Slip Front Differential for a BBB??

The added weight on the suspension will soften the ride. My 3/4 ton truck rides much smoother with a load in the bed. My main thought was that the weight being a foot or so forward og the axle would add your weight shift that you need without actually adding so much weight. It's all leverage. It won't make any difference if the weight is sprung as far as traction. The weight still is directed to the axle as far as weight to the ground for traction. but more actual leverage as far as unloading the weight on grades.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 10:06 AM   #5
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Default Re: Limited Slip Front Differential for a BBB??

Ok thewskrs, I'll give that a try. Thanks for your help. I guess the market isn't big enough for someone to make a limited slip differential for these things. BBB really needs to make the front cap area bigger so they can put some of the batteries over the front axle. That would make the traction problem disappear. I heard that EZ-Go has purchased BBB now, so maybe some things will improve. Thanks again.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #6
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Moving the batteries forward probably solve the problems. Have fun!
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Unread 01-05-2011, 09:10 PM   #7
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You know, just had a thought. How about putting a little weight up there with a winch? Honey, I just had to do it for safe traction !
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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:16 AM   #8
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Yeah, I've already done that. You should see the steel plate that the fairlead roller is mounted to. I'm thinking now about some sort of skid plate mounted to the front brush guard to add weight and protect the front axle and motor.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 08:47 PM   #9
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Sounds like the ticket.
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Unread 01-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #10
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Default Re: Limited Slip Front Differential for a BBB??

try going to your friendly tractor supply and pick up a water hose to tire adapter and fill the tire with water and some antifreeze. used to be common with farmers.

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