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Pre 8 3/4 Chrysler rears?

One site I have seen said Chrysler only produced on size banjo type rear... 8 3/4. Is this the same rear that is in My '52 meadowbrook and '54 New Yorker? A buddy of mine says they are 8 1/4" and to junk it?? From what i understand the 6 cyl cars had some low gears... like 3.73:1? Can you convert the to disc brake easily? i.e. 86ing the press on drums and retaining the nut type axle? Or should I swap to something else and ditch this rear?

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Not sure of the ring gear dia. for them, but I can tell you that a 3.90 ratio was pretty much standard for a 1948 Plymouth. They seem to be a stout rear end, but their drawback was no provision for a parking/emergency brake set-up. The parking brake/emergency brake was accomplished by a drum arrangement on the tailstock of the transmission.
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AAJ sells a kit to install discs on the stock Plymouth rear end with the tapered axles.

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