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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:28 am 
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So I am sure these answers are SOMEWHERE on the site but I can not find them. Links or personal experience would be awesome. So I am getting ready to do a sbc swap into my 79 luv. I am curious what success has been made as far as steering, rear and front suspension as well as which rearend was used. I see a lot of people use the s-10 rearends but they only hold up to about 300hp supposedly and I'm aiming for more in the 400-500 range. Thinking either 12 bolt or 9" I have found a few things on coil overs but nothing specific. Also haven't found anything as far as rear suspension goes. What would be a good spring to have in the rear? Then the steering, I have had 2 luvs before this one and I remember they were really hard to steer. I cant imagine how it will be to steer one with a sbc sitting in it. Thanks in advance.


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Mine steers fine with a sbc. What specifics do you want to know about the suspension? I have just about done it all to my truck. lol I would do a 9" with custom axles if its in your budget. You wont break that and you can get an easy disc brake swap.

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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 3:40 pm 
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Wow just saw this reply. Thanks! Anyone else have something to add? this site used to be a lot more active about 10-12 years ago lol.


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If you've got the budget for a 500 hp v8, a narrowed 9" ought to be gravy...


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lol well my friend is an engine builder so it costs me slightly less than it would.


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I have a 9 inch with ladder bars and a stock front end. No issues at all steering with the small block up front.

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Did you have it cut or buy it like that?


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I back halved my LUV

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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 9:07 pm 
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I mean the rear end.


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Yea, it's tub'ed.

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Did you have it done or bought an already cut 9"?


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Quick Performance...

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How much did it run you if you dont mind me asking.


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I traded out a few nights of crew chief on a sprint car for the 9 inch. It has 33 spline axels, a 9 tru trac
unit. Not sure what it would have cost to have done, it cost me about 30 hours labor of working and setting up a sprint car.

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With disc brakes and a stock center with a Detroit locker about 2400

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Trade out would be awesome lol.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:49 pm 
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the luv steers just fine with a small block. All you need to do is get a little roll going


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