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Old 05-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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I need some advice:
I have a Red 91, 147k miles, 1.6L, with an open blown up diff
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Lots of what ifs?
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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If it was me I'd just use that money to buy a Torsen set.

Why **** around with buying a car for $1k to have to turn around to part it out to make back some money and in the end you're still without a Torsen.

Check eBay. There's probably at least a half dozen sets on there right now.
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Tough call. You could swap the motor and drive line into your current car. You might be able to recoup some costs (headlight motors, interior bits, etc). I'd probably pick it up and upgrade your 1.6.
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I wouldn't do this during the summer. Just buy a torsen and happily drive your car. Unless you can afford want to have a busted car sit on your driveway till winter.

It wouldn't be hard to recoup the costs. Sell the 1.6, interior, trunk, finish panel and wheels and you should break even. But you will spend a lot of time wrenching and it's no fun.
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Thanks for the mixed advice ?... I know tough decision, but I like the idea of driving it as soon as possible, but I am also a tight ***! So that is why this option is appealing to me.
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Thanks for the mixed advice ?... I know tough decision, but I like the idea of driving it as soon as possible, but I am also a tight ***! So that is why this option is appealing to me.
It seems like a no brainer to me. If you want to go torsen you're going to need the entire rear end anyways (driveshaft, differential, axles, bolts, etc). Something like that could easily run in the $600+ range. Keep the motor for a future upgrade (it's an easy swap). Sell the rest.
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... I am also a tight ***! ....
I'm certain Hustler or Pusha would be more than happy to help you with that...

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