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    Help Me Pick a Direction

    So I have a '94 SL. My dad and I bought it wrecked and worked together to repair it. It's one of the few times we've done a project together due to his time dedicated to his business and my military endeavors. As is, we don't see each other very much. This car is obviously a salvage title and will not bring in the amount of which I value this car. So I have decided this is one of those vehicles I will most likely never sell, for both monetary and sentimental value.

    So here's the question/scenario. I hate FWD and am looking into fabbing up the necessary components to do a true RWD conversion. Same motor family but different transmission and custom components to mount it to the vehicle. At the same time, I also wonder if it'd be better to just restore it and buy a VR4 and upgrade the drivetrain with SCE TorSen parts. I'm looking for an all around car that does well in drag, autox, road race, street but mainly Rally's (think Bullrun/Cannonball).

    What do you guys think?

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    If anything, do an AWD swap, it will be good all around, and you wont have to cut up the car to do it.

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    Ya Id go AWD Its way cooler.

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    Are the SCE parts any lighter than stock? Part of the reason I wanted to go RWD was to try and cut down on weight as well.

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    carbon fiber driveshaft ftw

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    How are you going to go RWD? Turn the motor 90 degrees?

    Honestly, if you're going to be making power any time soon, I'd just throw in a non-3/S transmission and go RWD. So much fun. I think I've been babied by AWD for a bit too long. I drove my buddy's C5 down the track, and it was fun going sideways doing a burnout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAI View Post
    How are you going to go RWD? Turn the motor 90 degrees?

    Honestly, if you're going to be making power any time soon, I'd just throw in a non-3/S transmission and go RWD. So much fun. I think I've been babied by AWD for a bit too long. I drove my buddy's C5 down the track, and it was fun going sideways doing a burnout.
    Actually, yes that was the plan. Turn the motor 90 degrees and stuff a Corvette drive train in there since most of it is in the rear. It seems like we have more room to play with back there. I don't want to lose fuel capacity though, so it'd take some thinking.

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    I was contemplating something similar recently. Mitsubishi does make a r5m31 transmission that was used behind 6g7x rwd pickups and Pajeros, but it's pretty difficult to find (unless you are in austrailia- http://shop.ebay.com.au/?_nkw=triton+gearbox). There is also a r5m21 for 4 cylinders and possibly an r5m41. That transmission looks large, so fit would be an issue. The corvette drivetrain sounds like a good idea. I say do it for sure. Sounds like a fun project.

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    There are WAY better RWD transmissions out there than Mitsu trannies.

    It sounds like a lot of work, but if I had the ability, I would.

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    Ya rear wheel would be fun for sure, just make sure your ready to see this project through whatever you do. All to often people start a huge build, and then months later there is a part out thread, or a project car for sale.

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