posted September 07, 2001 12:15 AM
I'm building a fresh car for next year and I have heard that the metric rear ends can be weak and sometimes drop an axle. My question is ,what can be done with this axle, or is it better to swap in something else?
racer17j Dirt Maniac
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posted September 07, 2001 02:50 AM WAHT ARE YOUR RULE IF POSSIBLE A FORD 9 IN WOULD BE BEST IF YOU MUST RUN GM YOU COULD GO TO A 12 BOLT OR A 8.5 TEN BOLT OUT OF A NOVA THAT HAVE STRONGER AXLES THEN THE METRIC THEY WERE DESIGNED FOR HEAVIER CARS
#23 Dirt Roller
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posted September 17, 2001 09:18 PM
I've read that a 8.5" 10 bolt out of a '73-'77 malibu or cutlass will fit in a metric car. You will have to shorten the upper trailing arms to get the pinion angle right. This rear end is about 3 inches wider than the stock one, so you will also have to run front wheels with greater offset then you have been, which is good because wider is better.