Gears & Axles - GNX Rear suspension
11-19-2001, 08:18 PM
-have any of you guys every seen a gnx (Grand National) rear suspension set up?I think It may be almost a direct bolt in if for an F-body or at least make any 8.5" 10 Bolt bolt in, It uses a torque arm and panhard rod setup.I was looking aty them last night and I think it may be a much better way to go than to get stuck paying 2000+ for a 12 bolt. As the 8.5 inch 10 bolt is just as strong if not stronger than a 12 bolt.
11-20-2001, 07:29 AM
It may be a good idea but there could be a few problems. One would be finding a rear. Those things are a pain to come by and people who have them want a fortune. Second, it would more than likely be the wrong width, requiring cutting down, new axles, etc. Third would be finding the GNX equipment to bolt up a torque arm. The GNX cars are hard to find, let alone misc. parts for them... Just some thoughts.
11-20-2001, 11:28 AM
[ November 20, 2001: Message edited by: Big Mike ]</p>
11-21-2001, 12:23 AM
The one thing that isn't shown in the pic from Big Mike is how the torque arm bolts to the rear. It can be seen in this diagram:
GNX rear diagram (http://home.att.net/~buickGNX/GNX/media/rear_diagram.jpg)
Instead of bolting to the housing, it bolts up to one funky a$$ differential cover. That could be a problem to get ahold of......
[ November 20, 2001: Message edited by: Jim98TA ]</p>
11-22-2001, 11:41 AM
Agreed on the problem of finding one - there were only ~500(?) made and that rear is exclusive to them. The GN/TType had the standard upper/lower control arm setup. Also, looks like the arm mount is comletely different and on the opposite side. Looks line in the long run it would be more expensive than a 12 bolt.
11-29-2001, 09:56 PM
I researched this a little and I found there is a company that is making this suspension set currently howevr it would not be cost effective. <img src="images/icons/frown.gif" border="0">
Well it seemed like a good idea untill I saw the price of the kit <img src="images/icons/smile.gif" border="0">
I agree, the Kirban unit while a GNX clone is as expensive as buying a 12 bolt, then you have to do all the mods to make it fit. The torque arm attaches to the differetial cover and wouldn't fit under F-bodys anyway. For a 8.5" rear they were incredibly strong, many low 10 second cars with no problems. Unlike our glass ass ends.