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 Post subject: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:56 pm 
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Hi Folks

My AU handles like a boat and i think its due for new shocks at least (<140,000km)
i was thinking, why not replace the whole suspension assembly from a BA so i can have IRS and while i'm at it find a BA diff with LSD.

I replaced my disks with new slotted ones because the ones that came with the car were warped. Once again before 2 years, my disks are warped, but its no surprise tho, considering that ford made the AU heavier than the EB with smaller disks!

I could go aftermarket with the break system, but the cost would go through the roof and i don't need that sort of performance.

so my question is, is it worth doing what i propose? in terms of:
Cost?
Benefit?
Difficulty?
Time requirements?

Has anyone out there done this?

Many Thanks!!
Brad

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:10 pm 
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the AU IRS is better.

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:54 pm 
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I got a series 1 AU, good luck trying to get the brakes to not warp, in the whole 7 years i had the car i never once achieved this even with DBA Gold 5000 Series Slotted an cross drilled rotors front and back.

I would change the shocks man, and lower it and it will be alot better, also add a stiffer sway bar. You have to expect it will handle like a boat if its not lowered yet. That's physics my friend. Lowering is not just for looks, it lowers the centre of gravity of your car.

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:07 pm 
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Fairmont_03_5.4 wrote:
I got a series 1 AU, good luck trying to get the brakes to not warp, in the whole 7 years i had the car i never once achieved this even with DBA Gold 5000 Series Slotted an cross drilled rotors front and back.

I would change the shocks man, and lower it and it will be alot better, also add a stiffer sway bar. You have to expect it will handle like a boat if its not lowered yet. That's physics my friend. Lowering is not just for looks, it lowers the centre of gravity of your car.

Can I install the sway bar myself?
Where's the best place to buy the sway bar, shocks and springs?
How much should I expect to pay?
Thanks

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:28 am 
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Most of the time, when my discs are warped its come down to the pads - get stupid pads and they work harder to brake the car. EBC Greenstuffs are great, and if I remember correctly even claim that they can correct small amounts of run-out over time. Ive not warped a disk with EBC Pads, but warped many with Bendix or QFM

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:19 pm 
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Nigel wrote:
Most of the time, when my discs are warped its come down to the pads - get stupid pads and they work harder to brake the car. EBC Greenstuffs are great, and if I remember correctly even claim that they can correct small amounts of run-out over time. Ive not warped a disk with EBC Pads, but warped many with Bendix or QFM

Nigel


yeah i bought bendix- i'm probably about due to service my breaks

EBC Greenstuffs has the same performance?

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:24 pm 
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EBC Greens are Exceptional Pads. If you want even better you can move up to Redstuffs

Shop around though - the price varies *heaps*

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 Post subject: Re: BA IRS, LSD, breaks and swing arm assembly in AUI
Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:11 pm 
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AU1 brakes are pathetic full stop and if you are spending money on the engine at all you should be upgrading. No matter what discs/pad combo you run they are always going to warp if you drive your car even half a*** due to combination of thin rotors and sfa pad contact area (main reasons).

It isn't that expensive to do an upgrade to a later model, I got quoted $330 for all parts required to run AU2+ brakes, then you can get bf xr8 front brakes for $650/750 from FTG. Close to the same cost as an exhaust and will make your car faster around a track guaranteed. Not sure what the laws are in WA but here you just need it signed off that everything is mechanically okay and a brake efficiency test done afterwards (any brake fitment that isn't an option on your model car).

As for BA/AU IRS either way will require welding. I think AU is fairly straight forward, not sure about BA (have seen it put in other cars: I think BA would be easier to put in where it isn't meant to belong, whereas AU will be easier to put in an AU/E series). I haven't driven an AU with live axle but love the way my AU (IRS) drives, and it has towing springs in the a*** end! In reality though you will need to get this signed off on by an 'approved person' or equivalent depending upon what state you are in.

 

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