HOW TO DO AN ADVANCED SEARCH.

Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:56 pm by Admin


For the benefit of 944Hybrids users there are two search functions available for you to use.
The purpose of this sticky is to explain the "Advanced Search" function because it is much more powerful and is the best choice when researching information.

When you log on to the site a list of options is shown in a line at the top of the page. One option is labelled "Search", use this option (NOT the search box lower down on the right).

After you click on the upper search option, a drop down box appears. At the bottom of this box is a radio button marked "Advanced …

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Post  dibelka@yahoo.com on Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:20 pm

I'm new to this forum and would appreciate hearing from anyone that has swapped an LS engine and transmission upfront into a 944 with a mustang 8.8 IRS differential in the rear.

I know there are some that will object to this type of conversion, for all the obvious reasons, but I have a '84 944 with 200K on the OD that I purchased new. I hate the noisy closed driveline and would enjoy a challenge  to make this machine go again....

Thanks,

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Post  sharkey on Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:39 pm

there is a member here working on a 3.8l gm v6 in full cali emissions trim. he is using a gm t5 and a ford 8.8 solid axle. i think that would be the closest to what you want to do.

if you can fab and do sheet metal work it wont be an issue. plan to cut much of the floor out, and your gonna lose the hvac system. your also going to lose significant amounts of legroom, these cars are quite small and the torque tube allows the tunnel to be very narrow allowing for a lot more room. eliminating putting a transmission in the front makes things tight.

what are you looking to build? a drag car? if so, go about it the way your thinking. if your looking for a comfortable street car i would reconsider putting the trans up front.

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Post  dibelka@yahoo.com on Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:40 pm

Yes, if I could contract that person with the 8.8 rear end, that would be great.

Also, thanks for your suggestions. I had not considered how a trans upfront would restrict leg room. I'm already a little cramped with the stock leg room.

I mostly want a street/daily driver. I know there will be lots of fab work, but that's the fun of it all.

With an aluminum engine I've read that the weight upfront will decrease by about 100lb and adding a tans will add about 100lb, keeping the front end weight about the same. Going to an IRS rear end, I'll lose the weight in the rear.

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Post  sharkey on Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:34 am

an aluminum block ls is very close to the same weight completely dressed as the 2.5l turbo is completely dressed, the end result is the weight in that case will be very similar. you for sure will not lose 100lbs off the nose doing any v8 swap. by the time most swaps are complete the cars have gained a little nose weight, with an aluminum block engine its neglidgeable, with an iron block ls its close to 100lbs.

putting a trans on the back of the engine will put around 2/3rds that weight on the front end. i think by the time you eliminate the torque tube and transaxle, rear suspension and replace it with a solid axle you will be a wash on rear weight. if you want to run irs, just use the stock rear suspension with an 8.8 irs diff from an explorer.

if its a street car i just dont see the attraction to going this route. with 450+ hp v8, a turbo transaxle with a stiffening plate will hold everything but launching on sticky tires at a dragstrip.

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Post  sparkydog on Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:59 pm

I did a lot of mocking up of an 8.8 IRS before ultimately deciding to switch to a solid axle 8.8.

Here on this forum I didn't get into much detail about why I gave up on the IRS 8.8. But here is a link to another forum where I did get into more details:

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That will take you the page where I started hanging the 8.8 diff and looking at how it would work with the stock 944 suspension. Post 209.
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