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  1. Clutch

    Clutch cute and cuddly boys

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    What is the difference between a
    In line
    Flat
    or strait
    when it comes to cylinders?
     
  2. miro_gt

    miro_gt Notebook Deity

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    flat, also called boxter, is an engine where half of the cylinders are on one side and the other half are on the other side, where both sides face each other. Much like V8, but with 180 degree angle between the heads.

    in line is an engine with all cylinders positioned on one line, such as most 4 cylinder.

    strait is where the driver is not gay, lol.

    - cars that differ from most include:
    BMWs - 6 cylinder versions - in line
    Toyota Supra - 6 cylinder - in line
    Subaru - 4 cylinder - boxter
    Porsche - 6 cylinder - boxter
    etc

    now you may ask about rotary engines too, but those work little differently - check Mazda RX-7
     
  3. Modly

    Modly Warranty Voider

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    Inline and straight are the same thing.

    Flats/Boxers are also known as horizontally opposed.

    You also have V blocks (which may occasionally be called a Y block with some designs). Most of these are in 60° or 90° formations.
     
  4. dmacfour

    dmacfour Are you aware...

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    There are also W engines. the Bugatti has a W16 engine.
     
  5. Levenly

    Levenly Grappling Deity

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    yeah rotaries are kinda tight. think of it as a cylinder with a rotating triangle inside. that's basically your rotary engine.
     
  6. Colton

    Colton Also Proudly American

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    As you might have seen, V6 and V8 engines are in a V formation. ;)
     
  7. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Napier Deltics, those things have got to be the craziest engine I have ever seen. I saw one in a museum. I have never heard one run though. I would imagine they sound very strange.
    It could be classified as a triangle or a straight depending on how you look at it :p

    There is a good diagram of how it works here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Deltic

    K-TRON
     
  8. stewie

    stewie What the deuce?

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    There is also W (basically 2 V). :D
     
  9. stewie

    stewie What the deuce?

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  10. Colton

    Colton Also Proudly American

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    Triple post FTW. :p :eek:

    Yes, the W formation runs a 16 cylinder. ;) Basically 2 V8's combined.
     
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