Rear End Swap

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  1. bmcgc

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    I did a search and some surfing and didn't come up with definitive answers.

    I have a 94 GT convertible with ABS and 3.08 gears. I am running 1.5in spacers and 17x8 AR wheels with 245/45/17 tires.

    I want to swap in a 2001 GT rear end with 3.73 gears. I have not seen this rear end in person yet, asking price is $200.

    1. Will the 2001 rear end have ABS?

    2. Will my 1994 brake calipers bolt up to the soft lines on the 2001 rear end?

    3. Will I be able to use my 1994 LCAs on the 2001 rear end?

    4. Are there any problems with this swap?
     
  2. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    1- yes
    2- they should, I would get new bolts and washers anyhow.
    3 - If I remember correctly, the bolt holes are larger on the 99+ rear ends, making it so New edge guys can't use the LCA's from Sn95's, hence why I sold the MM LCA's I had because they wouldn't fit. Unless you press out the bushing and press in a 99+ one. That might actually be a good way to go lol. So you may end up needing some new ones. I'll let someone else answer that for sure.
    4 - This rear end will be a bit wider than your current one. The wheels will stick out further. This is not a problem, but you may end up running a smaller spacer. Think of it as built in wheel spacers lol
     
  3. lwarrior1016

    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    The bolt difference is on the body, not the rear end. You will retain the sn lower control arms with the new edge rear. The front lower control arm bolt is the one that is bigger on the new edge.
     
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    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Thanks for clearing that up. So I must be an idiot for selling my control arms I bought lol.

    Ah well, will replace soon enough haha. [MENTION=17007]RichV[/MENTION] made out pretty good on my blunder ;p
     
  5. RichV

    RichV Well-Known Member

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    This is not correct. The 99-04 LCA axle side bolt is larger diameter than 79-98. I have both rear ends and verified it.
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Thats new to me, I swapped a 99-04 rear end into 2 sn's and used the older control arms. I didnt remember any differences between the axle side bolts.
     
  7. RichV

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    You wouldn't notice because the older, smaller bolts/CA will fit into the larger holes. If you used the 99-04 LCA rear bolt, you'd see it wouldn't fit into the 79-98 LCA bushing. Anywhere you look the LCA is different for the 99-04 because of this. Look at the MM Panhard bars, they use a mounting point in the rear driver LCA and there are 2 kits because of this a well. One for a 79-98 and another for a 99-04 due to the bolt diameter.
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Ah, ok. Im following now. Thank you for clearing that up.
     
  9. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    So I could have just bought new bolts instead of selling you my MM arms lol. O well
     
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    Technically no because you want the right diameter hardware. You could have got the 99-04 bushings however. :p
     
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    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    My loss your gain lol. I was ignorant at the time ;p
     
  12. RichV

    RichV Well-Known Member

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    Whatever. I'll have a Coyote someday... :)