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Old 01-26-2004, 11:19 AM
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10 Bolt safty trac rear

Can anyone sugest a way to stengthen my 10 bolt pontiac rear?Iam on a tight budget and I am building a stought 455 and running a muncie four speed............

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Old 01-26-2004, 12:00 PM
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Sure, use a girdle style rear cover that will support the bearing caps when tightened correctly! Read the instructions though, if you tighten to much --you can distort the caps!
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There are 10 bolts in 11 second cars out there. If you have the 4-pinion rear that was standard with our 4 speeds, you are probably in fair shape. Many failures with the 10 bolts have been with the spider gears breaking, and the 4 pinion units are much stronger. I wouldn't get too carried away with big, sticky tires; and wouldn't side step the clutch either. I don't baby the drive train, but I do try to roll on the power and not shock it. The most strain will be at dropping the clutch, and not after things are engaged and the engine is winding out. If your car is original and you value the 10 bolt, I would bite the bullet and buy a beefed 12 bolt now and leave the 10 bolt safe in the garage. Otherwise, run it 'till it breaks and then buy the 12 bolt. Either way, I wouldn't waste the money on aftermarket 10 bolt axles and posi carrier - the 12 stuff is still much stronger and cheaper.
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