July 26, 2010 7:45 a.m.

hey there im trying to see if it be good to swap my rear end for a ford ranger rear end. i have a te31 corolla. i want to do the ford swap because im going to add some Cobra wheels on it. i want to learn as much as possible.

mndsm HalfDork
July 26, 2010 7:57 a.m.

I'd use a mustang rear end, personally.

44Dwarf HalfDork
July 26, 2010 9:22 a.m.

That alot of work for no gain other then a bolt pattern change. Yota rear are strong. Add aftermarket axles from Cone or full float from Spence at Dwarf Car Products and it will take alot to blow it up. Ford 8in rear is HEAVY and pinon is in slighlty difrent location too.

te31corolla New Reader
July 26, 2010 9:44 a.m.

what about like a rear end of a toyota pickup or supra. what toyota rear ands are both posi and have disks? In reply to 44Dwarf:

cxhb Reader
July 26, 2010 10:01 a.m.
mndsm wrote: I'd use a mustang rear end, personally.

I second this motion. Ford 8.8.

RossD Dork
July 26, 2010 10:03 a.m.

8.8" IRS from a t-bird?

SupraWes Dork
July 26, 2010 4:38 p.m.
te31corolla wrote: what about like a rear end of a toyota pickup or supra. what toyota rear ands are both posi and have disks? In reply to 44Dwarf:

Mk1 79-81 Supra, you will still have a 4x114 pattern but it has disc's and posi.

pres589 HalfDork
July 26, 2010 4:53 p.m.

Doesn't that 8.8 Explorer axle, or really any of them, weight about as much as a te31 Corolla itself?

I think I'd go with one of the Toyota choices for this.

minimac SuperDork
July 26, 2010 4:53 p.m.

Is there some reason that set a set of wheel adapters wouldn't work? A whole lot easier than swapping a whole rear.

fabron New Reader
Sept. 2, 2010 10:21 p.m.

AE86 GTS axles will swap in are one inch shorter than supra rear end but both have rear discs. And Quaif or Thorsen LSD's are available from the aftermarket. I saw a 2005 Jeep Cherokee Read end that had discs, an aluminum center section, and was 5 lug but it was 5 inches wider than my TE27's rear end.

Sept. 2, 2010 11:08 p.m.
racinginc215 wrote: 8.8 from 93-99 Explorer get the disk brakes and they tend to be cheaper and have the limited slip. and your not fighting Mustang guys for them.

And are stronger, too. 31-spline versus 28-spline

Slyp_Dawg Reader
Sept. 2, 2010 11:38 p.m.

spidertrax Ford 9" housing, then just cut it down to the length you need, weld the axle ends onto the 9" housing, then weld on the bracketry for the links and shocks as necessary?

914Driver SuperDork
Sept. 3, 2010 6:14 a.m.

Wheel adaptors. Much less work than an axle swap.


te31corolla New Reader
Sept. 13, 2010 12:41 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver:

i tryied that but they said they have no 4 to 5 lug yet...plus i want to drop a v8 on it soon. so i rather just switch the rear end to already hold on with the v8. would a toyota truck rear end take the power?

Travis_K Dork
Sept. 13, 2010 4:21 a.m.

Why a V8 in such a tiny car? I dont really see that being very driveable, or handling very well at all. Unless maybe a lexus v8?

Jay Dork
Sept. 13, 2010 6:17 a.m.

Another vote for the early Supra rear end. It's a relatively easy swap, cheap, stout, and there are a LOT of limited-slip options available. I believe the diff itself is the same as some Toyota 4x4s so the off-road guys have filled out the aftermarket pretty well.

914Driver SuperDork
Sept. 13, 2010 7:22 a.m.
Travis_K wrote: Why a V8 in such a tiny car?

Why does a dog lick himself?

Because he can!

Moving the firewall and engine aft should fix that nasty understeer issue.

The local guys that put Wankels into Corolls and the off-road crowd all search out Toyota axles. I thought they were pretty stout.


ScottRA21 Reader
Sept. 13, 2010 8:01 p.m.

In reply to 914Driver:

the stock axles in RWD toyota cars were the 6.7", which is quite a bit weaker than the 7.5 or 8" truck axles.

The truck axles are of course, much wider.

Another option of course, is the Volvo 1030 axle, which is just a Dana 30, and can use all of the LSD options as well. But, different bolt pattern again, but it would be plenty stout, and wasn't horrifyingly wide

eebasist New Reader
Sept. 13, 2010 10:31 p.m.

Stay away from the Jeep GC Aluminum D44. It is a bastard part, no upgrade parts available for it, and not exactly as strong as an old fashioned D44

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