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    Axle on drivers side making a noise

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    I don't know what I was doing before this site. Anyway I noticed before I put my car away that when I turn left without touching the gas that I was hearing a clicking sound on the drivers side rear.
    I was getting a motor vehicle inspection and the GM Dealership passed it saying my car was in top condition but it sounded like the axle starting to wear and that I should just drive it like that until it lets go and that it could take years.

    As soon as I touch the gas the noise goes away and if I drive straight or turn left I don't hear it but it might be because my exhaust is loud.:-)

    I'm not one to let things go but all the bearings are good and the rear end is tight. Is it dangerous to drive it like that? I drive my car on weekends mainly and I might go to the track once or twice in a summer. I do like to to this at least once or twice when I take it out to.

    Would his guess be accurate in your opinion? By reading on this site I know that a lot of you has gone through this already and I trust experience more than a new mechanic at a GM dealership that saw a Trans Am for the first time......

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    use this as a reason to get a 12 bolt or a 9 inch

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 T/A View Post
    use this as a reason to get a 12 bolt or a 9 inch
    Not ready for that now can I drive it like that and how much would a 9" rear end cost for future reference.

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    im not sure i would think it would be ok to drive it like that it depends on what is making the noise i dont know what it would be. and a 9 inch runs around $2300 to $2600 on where you get it from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 T/A View Post
    im not sure i would think it would be ok to drive it like that it depends on what is making the noise i dont know what it would be. and a 9 inch runs around $2300 to $2600 on where you get it from.
    OUCH! How much does it cost to rebuild a stock one and at the same time change the gears to 3:73 I don't race mine very often it's a weekend adreline rush for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    OUCH! How much does it cost to rebuild a stock one and at the same time change the gears to 3:73 I don't race mine very often it's a weekend adreline rush for me
    If you're not planning on ever going to the track with drag radials or slicks and its only a weekend cruiser, rebuilding the stock rear should suit you fine.

    Here's what you'll need, with current prices from Speed Inc and Jegs:

    Strange Alloy Axles: $249.00
    GM 3.73 Gears w/ Master install kit: $274.99
    Mac or TA Girdle: $150 (optional)
    Detroit Trutrac: $375.99 (optional)

    And of course wheel bearings and seals from the auto parts store which should run you less than $30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    If you're not planning on ever going to the track with drag radials or slicks and its only a weekend cruiser, rebuilding the stock rear should suit you fine.

    Here's what you'll need, with current prices from Speed Inc and Jegs:

    Strange Alloy Axles: $249.00
    GM 3.73 Gears w/ Master install kit: $274.99
    Mac or TA Girdle: $150 (optional)
    Detroit Trutrac: $375.99 (optional)

    And of course wheel bearings and seals from the auto parts store which should run you less than $30.
    i LIKE THAT A LOOOT BETTER. Prices in Canada are double that but I'll be ordering from the US and paying duties for that one.

    Detroit True Trac would that be a locker for the rear end cause mine locks all the time when I burn the tires every time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    i LIKE THAT A LOOOT BETTER. Prices in Canada are double that but I'll be ordering from the US and paying duties for that one.

    Detroit True Trac would that be a locker for the rear end cause mine locks all the time when I burn the tires every time....
    yes but it will last a lot longer then the stok flued type. and 12 bolt or 9 inch you can run slick and not worry about it breaking. if all you want is to cruse then yes just rebild the stocker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango View Post
    i LIKE THAT A LOOOT BETTER. Prices in Canada are double that but I'll be ordering from the US and paying duties for that one.

    Detroit True Trac would that be a locker for the rear end cause mine locks all the time when I burn the tires every time....
    The Tru Trac isn't a locker, its a helical limited slip, so it proportions torque to each wheel based on available traction.

    If you already have a good locker though, you won't be needing that.

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    The clicking during coasting while turning left is normal believe it or not. Mine did it brand new. It's called the "can of marbles" noise. Do a search for "marbles" here or on LS1Tech.com and you will see. It is the worm gears in the Torsen diff banging on the side of the case while not under load. Everyone here telling you you need a new rear just don't know what they're talking about. This was talked about alot more when these cars were newer. Do the search and read the older threads on the subject.

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