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RE: quattro vs. Syncro

> From: "Barton P. Chambers"  <bartonc@annap.infi.net>
> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 08:24:02 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Re: quattro vs. syncro
> In message Scott Mallett writes:
> > VW Syncro uses a viscous coupling system.  It has a oil based fluid =
> > "can" that has plates with holes that spin.  When you lose traction, =
> > somehow power is tranferred through this and you get traction.  It is =
> > basically front wheel drive until you need the traction.  Quattro is =
> > full time all wheel drive.  It is the same as a front drive setup, but =
> > the rear of the gearbox has a drive shaft that goes to a rear =
> > differential that drives the rear wheels.
> Ooooops, couple of mistakes here.
> My '87 Quantum Syncro has the Audi 5-cyl engine and the 4000 Quattro running
> gear.
> The Ralley Golfs and the Vanagon Syncro used the viscous AWD system you
> describe.
> And in the Quattro system, the drive shaft goes from the tranny, to the center
> differential and *then* back through the hollow primary drive *back* to the
> front differential and thence the front wheels.  The drive shaft from the rear
> of the center differential goes to the rear differential and thence the rear
> wheels.

I shouls have referred to the rallye golfs using the viscious system. 
Thanks for clarifying my mistakes.

Scott Mallett
84 400os quattro