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 Post subject: Wagon Tailshaft - Commodore
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:14 pm 
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Hi guys, just trying to work out what the best thing to do regarding my tailshaft on the wagon is. Will have to have a chat to a tailshaft place, would like to get a few ideas first though

My wagon is an EF XR6, with 1.5" lowering blocks in the rear. With just be in it, its fine, but with 3+ people and camping gear, it has a real issue with tailshaft rub. Hard acceleration in first gets tailshaft contact, and you really have to drive around the problem.

What I am thinking is that the 90's commodores had 2-piece tailshafts. They had the same manual gearbox and diff as an E-series, therefore the rear flange and front spline must be the same. The only issue I can see is length, and I am pretty sure a diff place could change the lenght of one of the sections to suit.

Has anyone had any experience with this kind of thing, or seen it done? Thoughts?
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Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:51 am 
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Ausedwagon has a 2 piece shaft in his car. Might be a Commodore item. Check his build thread.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Wagon Tailshaft - Commodore
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:55 am 
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You need better springs....ones where the spring rate goes up as you put more gear in.

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:29 am 
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evxr6 wrote:
Ausedwagon has a 2 piece shaft in his car. Might be a Commodore item. Check his build thread.


Thats right, I remember when he got it, I looked it up in his build thread just then. He said he doesn't know what it was, it does look like a commodore tailshaft to me though.

cjh wrote:
You need better springs....ones where the spring rate goes up as you put more gear in.


True that would be another fix for it. I do have XR6 springs in it though, which already have an extra leaf in them. There may be other choices that would fit it, if anyone has suggestions on harder (and/or progressive) springs that fit the wagons, that would be appreciated.
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Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:40 am 
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What about air shocks?
Are they suitable for cars? I had a set in my F100 and they worked a charm.

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:45 am 
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rainoffire wrote:
evxr6 wrote:
Ausedwagon has a 2 piece shaft in his car. Might be a Commodore item. Check his build thread.


Thats right, I remember when he got it, I looked it up in his build thread just then. He said he doesn't know what it was, it does look like a commodore tailshaft to me though.

cjh wrote:
You need better springs....ones where the spring rate goes up as you put more gear in.


True that would be another fix for it. I do have XR6 springs in it though, which already have an extra leaf in them. There may be other choices that would fit it, if anyone has suggestions on harder (and/or progressive) springs that fit the wagons, that would be appreciated.


May need a couple of the lower leaves from a ute spring .....???

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:16 pm 
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cjh wrote:
May need a couple of the lower leaves from a ute spring .....???
The XR6 wagon leaf sets already are essentially reset ute springs.
Andrew S wrote:
What about air shocks?
Are they suitable for cars? I had a set in my F100 and they worked a charm.
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