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IFS: cure or curse?
The question of whether or not to run or replace IFS (independent front suspension) has plagued off highway drivers since its conception in the 80's. IFS can have its benefits. Greater articulation, tighter turning radius, and a softer ride can add a great deal more pleasure to a trail ride. Although, with more moving parts than a standard solid axle, the potential for falure is increased dramatically. But with the axle center section secured in a fixed position, driveline wear is minimized. Also, with the axle fixed, each side can be rebuilt without disturbing the remainder of the truck. For instance, if an axle shaft breaks. On a solid axle, the entire axle from the center out has to be removed. On an IFS, the troublesome shaft can be unbolted and replaced. All be it that I can go on about this for several hours, each side of the fence has working arguments that support both. Neither side of the IFS discussion is right or wrong. But, the rig that IFS should be under cannot be disputed. IFS does not belong under full size trucks at this point in time. Full size trucks are noted to break nearly every time out. The mass in motion is enough overstress the joints of the IFS system. Under a small truck, such as a mini truck, the suspension is more than sufficient. It does have its weak points, but there are parts available as trusses and gussets to reinforce it and prevent breakage. We have not had any issues with IFS personally, and see no need to change it. For more on this subject, feel free to contact us with any questions.