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Sub frame swap?

gl sub frame

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#1 kirzick


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:08 PM

Earler this winter i slid my beloved gl into a curb. The rear end not dog tracks pretty bad. I took it to school and came to the conclusion that the sub frame the rear diff and hubs are mounted to was tweaked. A friend of my has a old brat he said i could take parts off. I haven't looked at the brat yet. Anyone know if i could swap the rear sub frames?


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

Oh the brat is a first gen brat. 79 i think. My gl is a 1984. i miss driving my baby.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:24 PM

With another vehicle of the same vintage you could swap the rear suspension,but the 79 has a very different suspension.


From your pic it looks like your car is lifted.Are you sure the rear lift blocks themselves are not tweaked?

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:12 PM

Its not lifted its stock except it is on some bigger 6 lug tires(dont know size of the top of my head). The collision shop instructor told me he was pretty sure it was the subframe. the mounts on the body looked okay and straight.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

Would an ea82 frame mount up?

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

Would an ea82 frame mount up?


   no,  it needs to be 82-84,  maybe 81,  or up to 87 brat, or up to 89-  ea81style hatchback,,  but i have seen the actual mounts that fit between the sub frame and the body, , there are some sandwich with rubber mounts,,  and they differ by year even in the 82-84 cars so there are variations even there.   i think you can swap them if you use everything from one or the other but if you get to remove the parts you buy,  be sure to get those as well.

Edited by ruparts, 21 April 2014 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 07:38 PM

They don't have frames they're unibody. You either bent the torsion bar or the tabs that hold the drums on or the diff mustache bar/mounts. If you didn't tweek the unibody you should be good getting the parts you bent off any 2nd gen 4wd car.

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