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Old 10-29-2000, 11:00 PM   #1
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Post Converting AWD to FWD

I read somewhere that taking out the AWD fuse will make the car drive with FWD only.. does this have any negative effects on the engine, transmission, etc., especially if you leave the fuse out for a longer period of time? Also, would there be any power gains (since the AWD setup eats up a lot of HP before it gets to the wheels)?
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Old 10-29-2000, 11:19 PM   #2
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Only works for automatics -- look in the owners manual.

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Old 10-30-2000, 06:46 AM   #3
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Yes it only works on automatics.

My 93 Turbo in FWD is a joke, i spin the tires in every turn. An RS might be less prone as its torque is lower and at higher rpms, but it'd still be very prone to spin.
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Old 10-30-2000, 07:00 AM   #4
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Um its a complete and utter fallacy that AWD eats power. Its simply not the case in modern times with great bearings and U-joints that don't puke. Think about it, you still have to accelerate all that hardware even in FWD mode as the rear tires are still required to move at the same speed. so instead of accelerating the driveshaft by way ot the tranny, you now do it though the ground, and the rear tires.

AWD's do have a much higher rotating mass than a normal FWD, but the fuse trick doesn;t avoid this. AWD's therfore dyno low as they have high rotating mass (a dyno run killer), and AWD dynos have lots of contact losses, as the tires try and deform to the shape of the stupid rollers.
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Old 10-31-2000, 12:37 AM   #5
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I've seen dyno's where the wheels are removed and the machine is attaches to the lug nuts... this would get rid of the loss through the tires. of course it would just be nice to get an engine dyno to see what power we're really producing
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Old 10-31-2000, 11:24 AM   #6
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It can be done with a 5spd car, but it requires the purchasing of another center diff unit for whatever tranny you're using, and welding it. This way, when the tranny is reinstalled, the transfer case can be left off of the car and it will drive as a FWD. Driveshaft needs to be removed in this case, too.
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Old 11-01-2000, 06:28 AM   #7
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When race people on straight roads i do the fuse trick on my auto and it accelerates a lot faster since i lost to a civic si in awd and left him in fwd. But on curvy roads leave it in awd as i almost ended up in a ditch in fwd. And one more thing, in fwd you will burn your tires down easily as of now i got half the tread on the front as i do the back.
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Old 11-01-2000, 07:39 AM   #8
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Doesn't make sense as you shud be able to launch much harder and faster in AWD than a FWD.
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Old 11-02-2000, 07:10 AM   #9
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Thats what i thought but for some reason my auto in fwd will take off faster than in awd at a dead stop but from 20 mph up in awd it will get up and go faster than fwd
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