Which is better, IFS or Solid Axles?

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IFS vs Solid Axles:

Even though the common solid front axle setup will have more wheel travel than IFS setups, high-end IFS setups can “flex” harder than solid axles while keeping the superior handling. That being said, these IFS systems are quite expensive and are generally only used on off-road racing vehicles. Hypothetically speaking, IFS setups offer superior performance. However, the live axle’s simplicity and reliability make them the favorite for off-road performance. Here’s a chart that breaks this all down.


Suspension Type Pros Cons
Solid Axles ·       Simple, durable, and reliable

·       Can provide impressive wheel travel

·       Easy to repair and modify

·       On-road, handling is worse than IFS

·       Works best for slow off-roading

·       Outperformed by high-end IFS systems

IFS ·       Superior handling

·       Allows for faster off-roading

·       Can theoretically provide the most wheel travel

·       More expensive than solid axles

·       Harder to work on and repair

·       On average is outperformed by solid axles


Both suspension systems can handle rough terrain in their ways. If you merely care about having a solid and reliable rig, then a driving axle will do exactly fine. If absolute perfection is your goal, then an IFS setup is what you would like.

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