Camaro Differentials:

Installations, information and links to differential and driveline components.

Rear diff and suspension geometry:

CamaroDifferentialSuspension
Gen 1:solid axleLeaf spring
Gen 2:solid axleLeaf spring
Gen 3:solid axlecoil spring
Gen 4:solid axlecoil spring
Gen 5:independent axlecoil spring

The "Third Generation Camaros" require mount points on the differential for the torque arm, trailing arm links, spring pads, panhard rod and shocks. Many aftermarket options exist with all of the appropriate mount points.

The most common GM unit for the 1982 to 1992 Camaro is the Saginaw style 10 bolt Chevy differential.

The "Third Generation Camaros" were available with both rear drum brakes and rear disk brakes. The hand brake is slightly different for each. The throw (distance of pull) is greater for the disk brake. This was achieved by utilizing a different hole position where the end of the cable connects.

Any change from a drum brake system to a disk brake system will require a change to a disk brake based master cylinder and proportioning valve as well as the aforementioned handbrake lever.

Dana Automotive
P.O.Box 1000
Toledo Ohio 43697
(419)535-4500

GM Performance Parts Catalog # 14044853:

Also requires GM part #:
  • 18014954 Disk Caliper (2)
  • 14065768 Hand brake lever
  • 10046472 lever
  • 17980326 Hose
  • 14073080 Cable RH
  • 14077717 Cable LH
  • 18014287 Master Cylinder
  • 25517739 Proportioning valve
  • 17980325 Brake Hose
  • 17980428 Hose
  • 10036870 Bracket
  • 25527167 Retainer


Third Generation Camaro differential swap:

Dana 44, Stainless cover and Herb Adams rear sway bar.

Dana 44 Axle assemblies (GM part numbers):
  • 3.31 ratio: GM# 14044853
  • 3.92 ratio: GM# 14044854
  • 4.09 ratio: GM# 14044855
Dana Spicer 5-436x and 2-94-28x U joint kit included.
Ford 9 inch

Moser 9 inch
(Gen 3 and 4)



Ford 9 inch swap into a Third Generation Chevy Camaro:
Kits available to bolt right in with spring pads, torque arm mount as well as control arms and panhard rod.
Ligenfelter
Gen 5 Camaro: 9 inch independent rear differential
Gen 5 Camaro 9 inch rear diff
This unit handles larger gears and thus has capacity to support more horsepower and torque than the stock unit.


Dual Traction Positrac Units:

Eaton

Cut-away of an Eaton posi-trac rear differential unit showing spring loaded carbon disc clutches. Eaton posi limited slip differential
Eaton also has the "Detroit Truetrac Differential" using helical gears.
Yukon Gear and Axle


Differential Covers:

Zingology
Custom cast differential covers


Full Floating Axle Conversion:

Performance brakes manufacturer Baer supplies a full floating axle "Baer Tracker" conversion kit for Ford 9" and Dana 10"/12" units to provide superior capability to handle lateral forces. Traditional flanged axle designs employ a single axle bearing to support both the weight of the vehicle and lateral forces. During cornering, the flange is levered by lateral forces causing deflection and bending. This often causes the brake rotor to press against the brake pad and a return push of brake fluid.

A full floating axle conversion allows the axle to only provide drive power to the wheels. The support of the vehicle weight and lateral forces are handled by the "Baer Tracker" conversion unit's strudy steel spindle unit. It will improve longevity of the bearings and improve braking predictability.

Also see our brakes page for more info.


Links:


Yukon 12 bolt positraction


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