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Old 05-29-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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86 lx brakes upgrade

I have an 86 LX and after a few spirted cruises in the country with some buddies, I decided i need some brake up grades. I still have a 7.5 rear end and have more work I need b4 I get to rear disk brakes so I'm looking for front brake upgrades for now, but all the performance rotors, caliper, hoses and everything say for 87-93. A few even say for 85-86 with 87-93 spindels. So what is the difference in the 86 spindels and the 87-93?
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Upgrade everything to SN95 Cobra spec and don't dick around with any of the fox stuff. Also get a 8.8" SRA or an IRS in there stat.
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I've been thinking about it, I work at LKQ so I get a nice discount on used car parts. I'm going to see how much it would cost me to get a 95 rear end and spindles. Would I have to get 87-95 struts though? I've heard the 86 struts won't work.
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Is yours a 5.0? If so you have the 8.8. I think it's just the spindles that are different but my 86 is still 4 lug up front
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Not yet, its a 3.8 tbi but im almost done with a 302 im gonna drop in soon. TFS 1 cam, Gt40 heads with 1.94 intake and 1.6 exhaust valves, and a gt40 intake, both P&P. So im gonna need to toss the 7.5 rear end soon!
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At my work (LKQ) I can get an 03 8.8 rear end for $350, but I was told I needed brackets to relocate the calipers though. Why do they need relocated and is $350 a good price?
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At my work (LKQ) I can get an 03 8.8 rear end for $350, but I was told I needed brackets to relocate the calipers though. Why do they need relocated and is $350 a good price?
If you want to keep your stock width in the rear you'll need fox length axles and relocation brackets. If you don't intend on keeping the stock width then you don't need to worry about them, but the 03 rear end is significantly wider than the fox rear. $350 is on the high end of a good deal, do you know how many miles are on it?
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Yeah, they keep records of everything. I can even get a pic of the car it was in. Lol! Do you know exactly how much wider it is? I don't plan on running drag radials, just some nice rims.

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The $350 is also them delivering it to my front door though.
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They are about 1.25" wider on each side. You would probably be better off going with a 94-98 rear end.
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Yeah that's wider than I want. Ill just keep lookin I guess.
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I picked up a 95 gt on Craigslist for 300 bucks one day. It ran, not very well, drove, and everything went into my 86 fairly perfectly. Check your local, and surrounding Craigslist pages. Only thing wrong was it was missing the front fenders, and hood but for what I needed it was perfect.
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Take a look at an IRS swapped fox (pics online since probably don't know anyone in person) and see what it looks like. Pics of those are easier to find and you KNOW for sure its a 99-up rear. I have seen them and it actually looks GREAT. Then again, I personally HATE tucked in wheels so that's me being biased there. They fit and work fine, just gotta see if you like how it looks.

Edit, did a little reading. I have not kept up on foxes much in YEARS as I like SN95s/New Edges much better but looked at a few things.

99-up rears look like this in a fox



I personally think that looks great, the wider the better and if you can get them to not rub then I'd just go with it but that's me. However the owner of this car wanted them tucked in a bit to go with wider rims/tires later so he went with S197 wheels (05-up) that have a different backspacing. This is the result.



So there you have it. If you can get a really good deal on a 99-up rear there is no reason you can't use it. A 94-98 might fit better but if you are going to get new wheels anyway with a 5 lug conversion just get S197 wheels and call it good. Wider=better!
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Upgrade everything to SN95 Cobra spec and don't dick around with any of the fox stuff. Also get a 8.8" SRA or an IRS in there stat.
agreed here, too bad it costs so much though.

I ended up going with the ranger axles in my old car, helps with wider tires in the rear.
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An IRS would be awesome! But wouldn't you have to find a wrecked termi, or trade?

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Would a mark 8 irs work?
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Nope, has to be an IRS out of a 99/01 Cobra or a 03-04 Termie. The Termie one is preferred and you can find either out of wrecks or from guys who have Cobras and swapped over to the SRA for drag racing purposes or just because they like the SRA better for whatever reason.
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The wider your rear track width the better!
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:20 PM   #17
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A buddy of mine is doing a 5 lug swap and said he would sell me his 4 lug rear for $150 so ill prob do that for now then swap the axles later. I don't have a lot of money at the moment. Another buddy is sellinig me sn95 spindles, brakes and struts for $100 if I pull em off the car he's parting out. So ill prob be rocking different rims on the front for about a month. Lol!
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