Locking differential with improved tooth meshing configuration

  • US 6,394,927 B1
  • Filed: 10/17/2000
  • Issued: 05/28/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/17/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A locking differential including a differential carrier housing a pair of bevel side gears and from two to five pinion gears which mesh with said pair of bevel side gears, locking means positioned within said differential carrier between said differential carrier and one of said bevel gears, said locking means including locking teeth or splines adapted to engage teeth or splines on said one of said bevel gears to lock the differential, said side gears having teeth in multiples of two to five, depending on the angular positions of the axes of rotation of said pinions with respect to each other, said pinions being mounted on cross shafts, defining said axes of rotation, which are supported by the housing in a fixed position relative to said locking means such that the teeth of the side gears and the pinion gears are substantially optimally meshed whenever the locking means is in the locked position.

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