I have a mini spool in my 28 spline 9 inch. Cant spring for a decent limited slip right now. It hasn't been a problem yet other than an annoyance but I don't want to snap an axle. My tires are 235 Coopers .
No problem.Well, another thing to consider is that both rear wheels are pushing power at the same rate/speed no matter what, so extreme care is needed on wet or slippery surfaces. The car will want to 'push' or continue to go straight when you turn a corner. That means that somewhere along the line, one or more tires will not have optimum traction, be it front or rear, so the handling gets quite squirrelly.
Nice comment..... so prove it. Have you broken an axle? I am smart enough to know that the weakest link of a system will fail first, that is how I make a living. With this question I am trying to gauge how likely I am to break an axle. I am planning on normal driving with 235 wide radials until I have funds to do the rear end again. From what I have read so far this will not be a problem. If you have a story of a broken axle I would love to hear it and consider it as a safety lesson.It is just really hard on everything. You will break whatever is weakest in a short period of time, probably wheel studs or one of the light duty 28 spline axles. It's a real bozo move, don't do it.
Was he running slicks?There used to be a guy at the strip who regularly busted axles and studs with this exact setup --- probably more than paid for a better setup in the first place....especially when the tire cocked and logded up under the wheel well on a hard launch, bent the rear quarter. Name was "One Trick Pony" LOL -- he wasn't kidding !
Thanks, I will make the switch when I can and when I do I want to do it right but my Cougar is kinda low on the funding tree for now and I just want to enjoy it a little and keep it from becoming a permanent driveway ornament. For better or worse I have the spool in there now and have to deal with it, after all it is terrible to drive with an open differential. My purpose with this post was to make sure it wasn't certain death for my axles and I think I got that answered.You stated in your first post that you don't have the funds to buy a limited slip system, and actually there isn't a solid answer as to when or if a problem is going to pop up, so do your thing, DRIVE IT and YOU tell us if an issue occurs.
You know, as most of us do, it ISN'T meant to be a street set up, so save your money and when you can, make the switch.
I wish you well.
Dale in Indy
Most cars do have open diffs true........ how many 450 horsepower cars with a 60/40 weight distribution have open diffs? When I still had the open differential it was just annoying how easily the car would spin the one tire.It is? Why? I see nothing wrong with it besides not being able to leave rubber with two wheels. Probably 95% of the cars on the road today have open differential's.