Re: New differential recommendations for 9"
Big Al wrote:
> ".boB" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>>The guy I purchased the car from installed the 9" and 3.55's.
>>>I should check to make sure that they really are though. I will
>>>most likely reuse the current gears so I'm really just looking for a
>> For your use, the stock Ford rebuilt LSD is plenty strong enough,
>>quiet, works well, and is reasonably priced. You can pay more for
>>something like an Auburn; but why would you?
> It might be strong enough for him, but a stock 9" LSD is about the weakest
> LS unit around.
Sometimes upgrading to a stronger part isn't the best idea. You end up spending
more money and going to more effort with no advantages. For a stock 5.0, a stock 9"
is plenty strong enough to last for 100,000 miles. You could spend an additional
$300 for a stronger diff, but it will still work invisibly for 100,000 miles. You
haven't gained any advantage for the additional expense.
Same thing with axles, springs, shocks, etc. You can spend a lot of money to
get a "stronger" part, but you don't gain anything. No value added. Save the money
and use it for something worth while - like better seats.
OTOH, if future plans call for a stronger motor, drag slicks, or a class III
trailer hitch, then it's worth while to go for the stronger parts now.
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