How to determine the type of rear axle design

For som products, it will be crucial if the rear axle is designet with multi-link or twist-beam (also known as compound) design. Unfortunately, it is not possible to find information on the rear axle design any other way than by contacting the manufacturer - or by simply looking under your car. This guide i smade specifically to show you how to determine what type of rear axle design your car has.

Multilink rear axle

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The multilink design is a more expensive rear axle design, which is why you will rarely find this type of rear axle on the cheaper car models. This type of rear axle design is of a somewaht more complex type than what you'll see on other types of rear axles.
Multilink rear axles are ideal for race as this type of rear axle provides better steering features - e.g. for sharp turns.

The multilink rear axle also offers greater comfort. And so it manages the movements of the wheels more precisely, giving you formidable handling.

Twist-beam rear axle

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The twist-beam rear axle is relatively inexpensive to manufacture, which is also why it's likely that you'll find this type of rear axle on the slightly cheaper models. The advantages of this type of rear axle - in addition to the price - are that the driving characteristics and reliability are pretty reasonable.

The twist-beam rear axle is attached to the vehicle body, and serves as both the rear axle and the roll bar.

The verdict = multilink or twist-beam?

When determining whether the rear axle of you car is multilink or twist-beam, you have to lay behind the car and look in between the wheels of the car. Multilink rear axles are constituted of more parts than the twist-beam axle, which very roughly speaking, only has one bar between the wheels.
Check out the differences of the images above (you can click on them to see them in larger size).
  • Twist-beam rear axle = If you're seeing a single unit, when looking between the wheels of the car, then your car has the twist-beam axle.
  • Multilink rear axle = If you're seeing a more complex unit that's consists of several composite parts, when looking between the wheels of the car, then your car has the multilink axle.
If you're still not sure what kind of rear axle your car is equipped with, then the last resort is that you call the car manufacturer and get information on the rear axle from them.