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Old 12-15-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have a LSD installed in the stock 5-speed?

I'm trying to decide what my next major mod will be. I'm torn between more power or more control. I'd like everyones opinion on installing an LSD in the front diff. If anyone has already done this I'd love to hear about it. Also the order you'd do these mods. My order is as follows. 1) Coilovers, 2) Bigger brakes, 3) LSD, and 4) another turbo upgrade along with a front mount. Thanks for the input. I used to feel like I was the only lunatic around modding a Baja. Being unique is great, but being alone with nobody to compare notes with was frustrating as hell. I'm happy to have found this forum and gratefull for everyones help
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have the coilovers, and love em. The Megan Racing units. However, a rear sway bar and endlinks would take it to the next level.

What are you using the car for? Suspiciously, I noticed tires are missing from your list. I'm running my stockers for the winter, and with a stock turbo, stock IC and a temporary stage 2 tune, I get wheelspin in 1st and 2nd just getting out into traffic quickly.

As far as brake ideas: I went with the 4-pots(06-07 wrx) for the fronts using our stock rotors, which balance nicely with our stock rears. Also, I can use 16" wheels which comes in handy for the winter and tire expense. A cheaper conversion is the larger calipers and rotors from the 05+LGT, which with good pads can be quite the stoppers. However, you need 17's to clear em, and snow tires in 17"+ rim diameter sizes can be expensive. Also, they are significantly heavier the rotor alone is several pounds heaveier than our stockers.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:28 PM   #3
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I have two sets of OZ Ultraleggera rims 18x8 (Black). Winter rims run 245 45 18 Dunlop Wintersport M3s and summer rims run Falken FK452s of the same size. I have whiteline front and rear swaybars. No endlinks yet. I plan on going with a 6 pot 4 pot setup from Rotora when I can afford it (hence 18 s in the winter) For now I have factory sive ebc slotted rotors all around with redstuff pads. The "Blue" brake fluid and stainless lines. The Baja is my daily driver, hobby, and favorite toy.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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"I get wheelspin in 1st and 2nd just getting out into traffic quickly."
Almost forgot, watch the wheelspin man. I'm on the second rear diff. It never actually broke, just started to whine at speeds between 62 - 66 mph. Warranty covered it. Even with my PPG trans I refuse to launch my Baja. The trans may be safe.... but I'm not about to break the next weakest link.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:38 PM   #5
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I have not YET installed one on my Baja. Please keep us posted on how it goes. I definitely am in need of one as I get really frustrated when the inside front tire loses traction at all the wrong times.

As far as the rear diff, Mine was replaced for the same reason. The bearings at the snout went away on me and started making a very loud howling noise. It got pretty bad. I definitely think that the 4.44 ratio plus the increased power from the engine increases the loading on the bearings accelerating wear. In fact... I fear mine is starting to do it all over again.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:11 AM   #6
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"Almost forgot, watch the wheelspin man. I'm on the second rear diff. It never actually broke, just started to whine at speeds between 62 - 66 mph. Warranty covered it. Even with my PPG trans I refuse to launch my Baja. The trans may be safe.... but I'm not about to break the next weakest link.
Oh dude, crap. I'll try to take it easy. I wonder how the rear diff will do putting up with a full season of autocross with the r-comps I got....
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:05 PM   #7
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I have not YET installed one on my Baja. Please keep us posted on how it goes. I definitely am in need of one as I get really frustrated when the inside front tire loses traction at all the wrong times.

As far as the rear diff, Mine was replaced for the same reason. The bearings at the snout went away on me and started making a very loud howling noise. It got pretty bad. I definitely think that the 4.44 ratio plus the increased power from the engine increases the loading on the bearings accelerating wear. In fact... I fear mine is starting to do it all over again.
I agree 100%. 4.44 plus the tire size and our torque is a little rough as is. Once the mods start it gets ugly. I'm starting to think I have a U-Joint issue now. My drive home has a 2 mile uphill stretch on the highway. If I roll into boost at 70 and accelerate smoothly I feel a little shudder under the truck. I had similar feedback in my lifted Jeep days before I blew a U-Joint. I'll let you know if that's an Issue too.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:08 PM   #8
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Oh dude, crap. I'll try to take it easy. I wonder how the rear diff will do putting up with a full season of autocross with the r-comps I got....
AX should be fine. I only developed the rear diff whine after a few failed launches (too high RPM and WHEELHOP not wheelspin) the spinning isn't a big deal. Hopping under acceleration is what does damage. Or so the techs at work have told me.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:12 PM   #9
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I wish I would have had the cash for the LSD when I put the PPGs in.....Now after I by the Kazz LSD I have to pay for a remove, overhaul and reinstall of the trans.......AGAIN
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