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 Post subject: People keep mentioning LSD - But what is it?
PostPosted: October 3rd, 2007, 10:01 pm 
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L.S.D - Limited Slip Differential
LSDis a modified or derived type of differential gear arrangement that allows for some difference in rotational velocity of the output shafts.
The main advantage of a limited slip differential is found by considering the case of a standard (or "open") differential where one wheel has no contact with the ground at all. In such a case, the contacting wheel will remain stationary, and the non-contacting wheel will rotate freely– the torque transmitted will be equal at both wheels, but will not exceed the threshold of torque needed to move the vehicle, thus the vehicle will remain stationary. In everyday use on typical roads, such a situation is very unlikely, and so a normal differential suffices. For more demanding use however, such as driving off-road, or for high performance vehicles, such a state of affairs is undesirable, and the LSD can be employed to deal with it. By limiting the velocity difference between a pair of driven wheels, useful torque can be transmitted as long as there is some friction available on at least one of the wheels.
-Please note facts are taken from wikipedia entries-

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