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has anyone thought about or has done a solid akle conversion on their car? just wondering. i was thinking about puting one off of a mk1 in my 84.
 

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???? just wondering why would you want to do that for? Just trying to see where ur coming from
 

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Since a Celica GTS had the same IRS set-up, would not a straight axle out of a Celica bolt right in to the same mount points on the Supra? Sounds too easy to not have seen it around the forums before.
 

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upper and lower control arm brackets will have to be welded to the chassis along with the latteral rod backets.
 

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Check the rear cradle mount locations (four big ass bolts) of the gt and gts. If they are the same then switch the entire cradly assembly AND drive shafts. I think one of them has two piece shaft and the other has a one piece shaft but they should switch perfectly.

I've never tried this but I think it should work.
 

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Why go backwards? Retro rear end? What's next smaller brakes?

There may be a better solution that I will try this winter.
 

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if you want to go really low without the camber this is definatly the easeist way. Probably better for drag racing too, but I don't know if the rear end would be any stronger, hard to say. Definatly go with celica rear if you do it, no point in messing with custom work to put a mk1 rear in. If your going to do all that put something beefier in like a ford or mk3 rear (yes, much more work).
 

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I think that would be sweet for the drags. I wonder if you would get some reduction on drive line loss too? and what is the weight savings if any?

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Live-axle Celicas have a different floorpan to IRS Celicas, so putting a live axle in a Supra won't be easy to do. Personally I can't see the point though; live axle is only good for the drags, and a Supra isn't meant to be a drag car. In every other respect a live axle will be a backwards step.
 

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WHY WHY WHY????? Buy a F-ing Mustang if you want to drag race!!! The celica rear end is a 6.7" it will explode the first time you launch it. If you really insist on ruining your car do it the right way and get a ford 9 inch and have custom axle tubes and brackets made.

Jody Sille the person who has the top turbo drag time here on the messageboard has a solid axle. Though I hesitate even to put it on the list because it isnt a Supra. I would probably bump it if there were 10 other people to put on that list.
 

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yes there would have to be some welding if going with a solid axle but ive thought about it for a long time. i like solid axles better than irs. i can get an axle with disc brakes control arms the whole nine yards for $60 at a local pull-apart. my dad owns a repair shop and im a tech at toyota. so getting it put in will not be a problem. as far as going backwards, i dont see why anyone would say that. the mk1 celicasupras i believe had the 7.5 rearend with disc brakes i used to own one. i was planing on swaping the third member out of my mk2. and if later on, im not happy with it then i could swap in a 4-runner 8in axle with a mk3 third member.
 

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ever heard of Russ Matusevich or Joel Tazman , Vinny Ten, Craig Paisley, and a whole lot more.
 

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the only way for doing a solid axle swap to be really very beneficial for traction would be to engineer a 4 link rear. there is a lot of thought which goes into building a proper drag racing suspension, and you would lose a lot of the nice handling characteristics, etc., that you already have. That said I have a solid axle in my car (MKI) and it handles alright, but the suspension is stock and not really built for draggin'.
 

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If you must go with a solid rear axle go with the ford 9".

Do a Goole search for Strange Axles.
 
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