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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 20, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

Since I don't race, I don't know anything about something like this. Perhaps our differential/rearend people will chime in with their thoughts.

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/easy-bolt-on-floater/

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 20, 1:17 PM
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Re: Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

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Since I don't race, I don't know anything about something like this. Perhaps our differential/rearend people will chime in with their thoughts.

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/easy-bolt-on-floater/
i didn't catch a $-price;
but it does look interesting..
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Re: Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

Trick of the week. It may serve a purpose on certain race cars, but for the vast majority street cars, even those that see considerable track time, it’s just a shiny object to spend money on.

I’d be surprised if this article were written if they didn’t get either free parts or paid advertising in some of their publications.

A friend has a machine shop that makes certain one off components and accessory kits, he paid for a years worth of advertising in a now defunct Chevy only magazine, the deal included an article featuring the installation of one of his kits.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 20, 2:37 PM
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Re: Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

They are a circle track/road race thing, or something for the Pro-Touring bling crowd, maybe the drift car ding-dongs too.

They won't survive dragstrip use....too much slop in two sets of splines per axle, the hub splines will get pounded to death.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 20, 10:55 PM
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If a double set of splines will not hold up to drag racing how does a single set of splines hold up so well? They both see the same loads.
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Re: Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

I've raced circle track since the middle 70's and have a lot of experience with floaters. They are called floaters because the axle 'floats' between your carrier and the drive plate mounted to your rear end hub. Yes technically there are (2) sets of splines, but the clearance is negligible and there isn't any loss of power.

These were originally based from truck axles and if you broke an axle your wheel/axle assembly doesn't come out of the housing. Your rear hub is similar to a front hub and is self supporting between a set of bearings and doesn't require the axle to hold it in place. The axle itself is much larger in diameter than your regular car axle, therefore much stronger. These rarely break even with 700-800 HP engines - NASCAR has been using them since the early 60's just for that reason.

You could probably buy a complete new housing with floater ends for your car for about the same price as the floater adapters...

I have a floater in my Chevelle....

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Re: Bolt-On Rearend Floater Kit...

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i didn't catch a $-price;
but it does look interesting..
Starting at $1798.00 per their web site fwiw, add another $400 for axles and you supply the rotors and calipers. They have been around for 3-4 years. It gets very expensive fast but if you need the benefits that full floaters give you, go for it!

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