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Ford Rearend Swap questions

This is a discussion on Ford Rearend Swap questions within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I know very little just buying my first Trans Am have lusted after them for 10 + years now. I ...

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    Question Ford Rearend Swap questions

    I know very little just buying my first Trans Am have lusted after them for 10 + years now. I know the rear is weak and the 2 strongest replacements are a Dana 60 and a ford 9" /8:8.

    What all needs replaced? will one from a mustang work. how much HP will a stock ford rear end take?

    Thanks for the info I appreciate it!

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    2 SS's are better than 1 Jays00ss's Avatar
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    Lathrop, Missouri

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    00 SS / 71 SS Elcamino

    I have a Moser 9" with a Strange pro nodular Third member with a detroit locker and 35 splined axles. Should hold up to 800 hp. I won't come near that but in any case they are strong.

    You are looking at between $2100-2800 depending on options with a 9", and $2500-3300 with a Strange S-60. With the s-60 you will need to shorten your driveshaft or buy a new one. It is pretty much a direct bolt in application in both cases and not too bad of an install.

    With the uniqueness of the f-body torque arm mount, It is very difficult to Fabricate a 9" houseing to work properly. It can be done but ends up costing more, looking like shit and turns out to be a big headache. If you want to try and go with a budget build, It would be best to buy a Houseing and Axle package from Moser, then trying to build a thirdmember with parts pieced together through e-bay. I have herd of guys building a pretty decent thirdmember set up for around $800. So if you are really ambitious you could get away with a 9" for around $1900 doing it all yourself and pieceing it together yourself.

    Whatever your plans are, Do not build or put gears in the 10 bolt, it's a huge waste of money and if you plan on moding your car and raceing it with sticky tires its not a matter of "If it will break, Its when it will break"
    Last edited by Jays00ss; 03-01-2008 at 06:32 AM.
    2000 SS Camaro Heads, Large cam, Fast 90, 9"w/430's and locker, yada yada yada... you get the picture

    1971 SS ElCamino 402 Big Block 550HP

    2006 Silverado 2500HD 496 cubic inches of pure muscle

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