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Post by BicknellWelding on Wed May 09, 2012 9:31 am

I have a lead on a 96 caprice rear. Guys says its a posi, but doesn't know the ratio. Any idea where the id would be, without opening it? This is directly related to the other question I posted.
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Re: caprice axle swap.

Post by Biomedtech on Wed May 09, 2012 6:57 pm

On caprice rears look for one of the following codes stamped into the axle tubes or on a tag attached to the covers or even better if he has the car there check the rpo tag in the trunk.

GM8 AXLE REAR, 2.56 RATIO
GU1 AXLE REAR, 2.41 RATIO
GU2 AXLE REAR, 2.73 RATIO
GU4 AXLE REAR 3.08 RATIO
GW9 AXLE REAR, 2.93 RATIO
GU5 AXLE REAR, 3.23 RATIO
GU6 AXLE REAR, 3.42 RATIO

Heres some additional info...

G80 Axle Positraction, Limited Slip

Model Year Range RPO Code

Caprice 1995-1996 B19(GU4,G80,JL9,JB9)

With Disc Brakes

GU4 - AXLE,REAR,3.08 RATIO 3.08R(GU4)
G80 - AXLE,REAR,POSITRACTION,LIMITED SLIP POSITRACTION L/SLIP R/AXL(G80)
JL9 - BRAKE SYSTEM,POWER,FRONT AND REAR DISC,ANTILOCK ANTILOCK DISC BRK(JL9)
JB9 - BRAKE LIGHT WEIGHT, DISC/DISC BRAKE,LT WGT,DISC/DISC(JB9)

With Drum Brakes

GU6 - AXLE,REAR,3.42 RATIO 3.42R(GU6) JM4 - BRAKE SYSTEM,POWER FRONT DISC,REAR DRUM,ANTI-LOCK(CAST IRON) ANTILOCK DISC/DRUM BRK(JM4)
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Re: caprice axle swap.

Post by BicknellWelding on Wed May 09, 2012 7:14 pm

Wow. Thanks for the numbers. That should come in handy. With Craigslist deals I usually assume they have no idea what they're talking about, or they're trying to screw me..
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Re: caprice axle swap.

Post by Tom77 on Fri May 11, 2012 11:31 am

Will these swap out without mods to the car? Was thinking of switching to disk brakes in the rear anyway and to posi. This might be little cheaper and both done at the same time would interest me. Cool
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Re: caprice axle swap.

Post by Biomedtech on Fri May 11, 2012 1:41 pm

From what i have heard the only differences are that the rear lower trailing arm frame mount on the g3's are a little smaller, only drilling out of the bolt hole in the mount is required. Also of course the axles are going to be a 5 on 5 boltpatten.
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Post by Tom77 on Fri May 11, 2012 3:55 pm

Thanks have to look into that.
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Re: caprice axle swap.

Post by Jim_Rockford on Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:47 pm

94-96 caprice and impala ss ratio was only available with 3.08's , posi was an option, but either way by now the posi unit if it has one its worn out by now, they are the auburn cone type units , non rebuildable

Be careful though , some l99 4.3 v8 caprices got the 7.5 rear with 3.42's
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