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    Living with low-tech hot rod suspension

    Hi,
    Let me start by answering your (sensible) questions of "Why the hell are you doing it that way?".
    1. Its the cheap option.
    2. Simple to fit, fix etc.
    3. I'm an idiot.

    Building a stupid vehicle. It will have a drop tube solid front axle, a 9" rear with a spool, basically no weight over the rear and about 400hp. Ill be using it on the road.
    Question to owners of something similar, how much of a pain in the a** is it on the road. Can you actually have a bit of fun and get round a corner well enough?

    I have owned and driven plenty of Land Rovers with solid axles, but they were (arguably) built by someone who knew what they were doing, and weighed twice as much with about 1/3 the power.
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    Available traction (er, lack of) is your friend!
    Carburation suck'shttps://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/customavatars/avatar199184_4.gif
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    I have a little home built truck with a blown SBC, traditional front end, goes anywhere. You soon get used to not pressing the accelerator too hard! Go enjoy it while you can
    I may live in East London, I may have a number plate that reads "Chopt", but I do NOT use 6" wheel spacers!
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    Lose the spool and it'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Lose the spool and it'll be fine.
    I plan to get a LSD for it long term, but most of the narrowed 9" i have found for sale have a spool or nothing, so that's likely what it will start out with.
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    I have a good condition Ford 9" center section if you need to replace a spool. €325. I'm in Ireland though. Could be picked up in Cork, Dublin or we could figure out shipping. Obviously it's heavy f*ck to Post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28JWR View Post
    I plan to get a LSD for it long term, but most of the narrowed 9" i have found for sale have a spool or nothing, so that's likely what it will start out with.
    Again pretty much a waste of money in something so light , both tyres will smoke due to lack of weight . Smoke makes you slow
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    My daily driver for 6 years until I stupidly sold it . Tube front, solid rear on coilovers .

    Tell me is it written down somewhere that you MUST have 400 bhp or no one will take you seriously ?

    Seems that all newbys to rodding start by wanting 400 bhp ?? Very few ever do as the torque of a V8 is totally different to a screaming Subaru engine ??
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    Haha, no i dont really care if its got 200 or 800hp, so long as its got a V8 and is fun. Quite happy with the 260hp-ish from my Camaro.
    Only reason i say 400 is because i have a LS1 waiting to go in, which is roughly 350 standard. It will get a nicer exhaust system, and ill probably upgrade the inlet manifold and cam. So with a bit of guessing and rounding up i came to 400hp.

    It may not be super lightweight, again im just guesstimating 1300 - 1500kg. Its a pickup, so none of the weight is where i need it. Smoking the tyres is a requirement though!
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    Cool!!

    Leave the axle and Yule smoke the tyre all day ..

    On a budget !?

    Wanna smoke the tyres? Leave the diff, fit **** remoulds. JD.

    Wanna peal out in style!? Buy a 55 Chevy

    Wanna go fast, minimal smoke, lsd, 4 link
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