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Old 03-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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I have a question about rebuilding the factory traction lok lsd in my 91 gt. Would it be worth the $79 for the rebuild kit? Or should I pay $109 for the carbon fiber clutch rebuild kit, or just buy a new traction lok already assembled and ready for install for $179. Also when replacing the diff cover would it be a good idea to get a aftermarket cover like the ones from trick flow, T/A performance? Thanks for the help and the info!
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Re: rebuilding traction-lok lsd

i would get the frpp kit... less room to eff it up. but it depends on ur purposes though. if its primarily a street car, u should consider driveability...and the frpp will typicaly hold up for most steet driven cars on street tires...
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Its the frpp kit, frpp also has a heavy duty carbon fiber kit for $30 more.
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Re: rebuilding traction-lok lsd

i guess im getn behind the times, ive never even heard of a carbon fiber gear kit from frpp... the last time i saw one referenced, it was bout formula1 ..lol.

if u wanna spend it, go for it....
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I have a question about rebuilding the factory traction lok lsd in my 91 gt. Would it be worth the $79 for the rebuild kit? Or should I pay $109 for the carbon fiber clutch rebuild kit, or just buy a new traction lok already assembled and ready for install for $179. Also when replacing the diff cover would it be a good idea to get a aftermarket cover like the ones from trick flow, T/A performance? Thanks for the help and the info!
If you can get a new one for $179 it really isn't worth the effort to rebuild yours.


Yes it is a good idea to replace the stamped steel cover with an aftermarket HD aluminum cover.


I like the aluminum LPW Ultimate cover myself. You can add braces from it to the ends of your axles to further strengthen the rearend.
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If you can get a new one for $179 it really isn't worth the effort to rebuild yours.


Yes it is a good idea to replace the stamped steel cover with an aftermarket HD aluminum cover.


I like the aluminum LPW Ultimate cover myself. You can add braces from it to the ends of your axles to further strengthen the rearend.
soooo wuts da purpose of aftermarket cover, besides bn aluminum...
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soooo wuts da purpose of aftermarket cover, besides bn aluminum...
They are stronger than the stamped steel covers and they have two bearing supports that contact the bearing caps to help prevent cap distortion and add strength.
With the Ultimate cover they also offer "support rods" that you attach to the ends of the axle tubes to help prevent deflection there too.

Oh yeah, they are purdy too.
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They are stronger than the stamped steel covers and they have two bearing supports that contact the bearing caps to help prevent cap distortion and add strength.
With the Ultimate cover they also offer "support rods" that you attach to the ends of the axle tubes to help prevent deflection there too.

Oh yeah, they are purdy too.
how much hp do u need to be making so that the dollars make sense on the purchase...

just making sure its not one of those deals where ppl that r making 250 at the wheels are goin out and doin 31 spline swap and c-clip eminators if u know wut i mean..... u know wut i mean
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They are stronger than the stamped steel covers and they have two bearing supports that contact the bearing caps to help prevent cap distortion and add strength.
With the Ultimate cover they also offer "support rods" that you attach to the ends of the axle tubes to help prevent deflection there too.

Oh yeah, they are purdy too.
To add to that they also have a drain and fill plug.
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how much hp do u need to be making so that the dollars make sense on the purchase...

just making sure its not one of those deals where ppl that r making 250 at the wheels are goin out and doin 31 spline swap and c-clip eminators if u know wut i mean..... u know wut i mean
I know what you mean.
Stock to mildly modded street cars don't really need them.
But if you have a medium to heavily modded car that sees much drag strip time at all they are well worth the money.


While the 8.8 is a decent little lightweight rearend, the cast center section does leave a bit to be desired. The axle tubes are more or less "glued" into place with a couple of spot welds and will move a bit during hard launches. The cast iron center section will move and distort also. The HD covers help stiffen it up, add some support to the bearing caps and the rods help keep the axle tubes in place.


When you consider that some will install a rear end cover just for aesthetic reasons, I think they are well worth the cost even if you don't really need them.


When I'm able to get back to work on my car, I will show you an 8.8 that is built for severe duty, and in line with your way of doing things it will be low buck with me building the bracing and supports myself.
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To add to that they also have a drain and fill plug.
Yes, I forgot those benifits.
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