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Vega rear end, what will fit in a vega

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I have a 1972 vega, i have a sub-frame built, and i would like to know what other rear end will fit in a vega that is stronger than the originall rear axel. I am putting in a 350.

Or if anyone knows the width of the rear axel that would be good to know also.

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I know there use to be a kit for the vega. Its been so long from high school but I belive the monza and there was one other car that came with a v8 in it but can't remember.

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I ran a 327 4 speed vega for years, after blowing up the 3rd Vega rear end, I stuffed an 8" Ford rear end from a Maverick under it. It of course wasn't bolt in, all the brackets from the Vega rear end were transfered from the Vega unit and a hibred drive shaft was built.
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Monza, Vega, Olds-Starfire, and a couple others but I only remember those three off the top of my head.
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If I remember correctly a dana 44 from a jeep can be made to work pretty easy.
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Hello

I have a 1972 vega, i have a sub-frame built, and i would like to know what other rear end will fit in a vega that is stronger than the originall rear axel. I am putting in a 350.

Or if anyone knows the width of the rear axel that would be good to know also.

Thanx

If you had a subframe built, you might as well get a 9 in Ford rear shortened up to fit that. Then, you know that you have a good strong rear for it. Get whatever wheels and tires you want to run too, so you can get it shortened to the proper width.
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i have a fix. the postal jeep dana 44 comes with a trac-loc posi,it measures 52''

the rear end i got has a 8.5 '' gear ratios from2.73 to 5.38 they make two possies, a trac lock(work of tire speed difference) and a power loc(the more power you put to it the more locked it gets) the rearend comes from pj's postal jeeps ther 52" wide and have 30 spline 1.25 axel shafts.remove your stock axel mounts from the axel and tranfer them to the dana 44, the jeep axel has 11"" rear brakes that shuold work with s-10 front. I have pushed a 3450 car on a dana 44 with 35 '' tires and itwas almost tough enough(snap an axel every year or so) I got mine at a junk yard for $23.50 so that my idea.good luck







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One of the vega's I built had bolt in sub frames under the car. Narrowed large pinion 10 bolt with ladder bars for the street. Did not have tubs in it. Ran G60 Caldwell's for bite. Would pull the front end with a mild 327.
I've also used 8.75 chrysler, Dana 60, Ford 8" and ford 9". All of those we had to cut down thou.
You might also look at the factory V8 Vega, monza rear ends, but you will have to add the upper control arms if you're wanting to remain stock.

A ladder bar type suspension can be seen in a couple of pics at www.photobucket.com/v8courier
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If I remember correctly a dana 44 from a jeep can be made to work pretty easy.
If what you remember is true, and you're talking about 87 and newer jeep D44's, then a ford 8.8 would be just as easy, or easier, and can be found with disc brakes, posi, and an assortment of ratios from 3.08-4.10 (or 4.11, I don't remember). I've got the 8.8/4.56/disc/electric locker swapped into my Cherokee, and I bought one with 3.73/posi/disc brakes for $100 to swap into a small truck project I'm building.
The 96 and newer explorer ones are the ones with larger 31 spline shafts and disk brakes. If you get one out of anything else, it'll have the weaker shafts.
On edit-They'll have a 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern.
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Monza, Vega, Olds-Starfire, and a couple others but I only remember those three off the top of my head.
The Monza/Starfire/Sunbird/Skyhawk used a torque arm suspension. The original Vega suspension was a four link. Good luck finding any of those today.
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Thanks for the clarification, even though my post was just over 3 years ago.
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If what you remember is true, and you're talking about 87 and newer jeep D44's, then a ford 8.8 would be just as easy, or easier, and can be found with disc brakes, posi, and an assortment of ratios from 3.08-4.10 (or 4.11, I don't remember). I've got the 8.8/4.56/disc/electric locker swapped into my Cherokee, and I bought one with 3.73/posi/disc brakes for $100 to swap into a small truck project I'm building.
The 96 and newer explorer ones are the ones with larger 31 spline shafts and disk brakes. If you get one out of anything else, it'll have the weaker shafts.
On edit-They'll have a 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern.
The rear end I am describing is a postal jeep rear axel 52" wheel to wheel, no cutting is required, most are limited slip(track-loc)and are3.73 or 3.08 geared,they have 11" brakes and 30spline axels. as far as 4=lil brackets go a plasma and a find hand can do it from the stock rear,of course you'll wan to box them ...
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I'm 99% sure ALL the explorer differentials have 31spline axles, they are approx 59.75" across wheel mounting surfaces.

Also the early broncos (up to 1977 I think) had a 9" rear that was 58" across drums. (but only 28 spline axles, you would want to upgrade to 31 probably, which you can get from suppliers like completeoffroad). A problem is the wheel bolt pattern is 5x5.5"

Both the explorer and bronco axles were available with good gears also. (bronco with a 302 had 3.50 standard with 4.11 optional, 6cyl had 4.11 std 4.56 option).
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I should've been clearer, yes all explorers have the 31 spl shafts, but in 96 or 97 (I forgot exactly which year) they started putting disc brakes on them, that's why I was mentioning the later years being more useful.
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