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Rover bolt-on portals...why always after the swivel?

This is sort of a random question, but wouldn't the development of bolt-on portals for the Defender be much easier (and cost less) if the drop box were to be put before the swivel ball? Every design I have seen seems to put the drop box after the swivel ball, which then necessitates the use of proprietary stub axles and much larger wheels.

Unless I'm missing something, it seems to me that the use of a drop box before the swivel ball would allow the use of standard components (including wheels), while only requiring custom axles - and greatly simplify the design of the drop box itself.
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:50 PM
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I think the whole point of portals is more ground clearance. If you dropped down before the swivel it would leave a lot more hanging down low and reduce ground clearance. Plus it keeps all of the steering linkages up out of harms way.
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Volvo C303 axles are the ticket.
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Dont even have to hunt for the volvo portals anymore. Theres a company in the US that is making portal kits. So a write up on them in a truck mag about 6 months ago or so.
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It would change your track width too (although maybe thats a plus for some).

Portals are awesome - I just can't justify the cost to myself, or that would be the direction I'd take over a taller suspension for sure.
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There was a guy at the last Winter Romp that had portals on his truck and it was a taller truck but I dont think that the width was that much more.
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This is true. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of things cheaper than the Galprius.

On the width I meant if you bolted them to the axle tube and had the swivels on the portals. I *think* standard portals fit inside the rim.
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