I decided to create a thread to show the installation of a 5th Gen cradle in my car. So far i have read about tons of people swapping just the carrier (obviously), a few people have actually swapped the knuckles, and i read about one person who supposedly swapped a cradle but didnt provide any pics or info about it.
Heres the story. Skip to Post 2 if you dont care......
A few months ago i got to playing around with the idea of doing a gear swap on my car (like many others have done). Being the kind of person I am i couldnt just stop at a simple carrier swap, I started researching. I came across Cleveland Pick A Parts (CPAP) ebay site and noticed that they had a complete rear section for sale out of a 2010 Automatic SS camaro. It had the 3.27 gears and at the time they were having a 25% off sale. Now that really got my gears (pun intended) turning.
Could I simply purchase the whole assembly and bolt it straight into my car? Eliminating the need to pull the axles, unbolt miscellaneous links and arms ect. I decided to do some more research and found the threads about a few guys who installed camaro knuckles and the required control arm on their cars but used the stock G8 cradle still.
I came to the conclusion with the research I had done and the killer sale going on that I would give it a shot. I decided to call CPAP. They had sold the setup that i was looking at and didnt have another one. I asked how often they get camaros in and was told "Usually every week!". I also decided that I really wanted 3.45 gears from a manual car and gave them my number to call when one came in. I waited a few weeks and gave them a call, No manual camaro came in. This went on for a few months. A couple automatic models came in. I finally was done waiting and called to order the 3.27 setup when guess what? A manual car was due to be delivered the next day!
They sent me some pictures the next day and we agreed on a price. I was on cloud nine. Shipping to a business with a forklift was the cheapest route to go so I called a friend at the Chevy dealer not far from me. He gave me the green light to have it shipped there, how awesome is that. I emailed Pat G for a tune update and he sent it over a few days later. Again Awesome!
I picked it up this morning. Here's a few pics. I already have CTSV calipers on my car so the Camaro calipers I am getting are a bonus and will be sold on here shortly. I am planning on starting the install this Sunday with help from a few friends here on the Board. More install pics to come.
Loaded up at Abel Chevrolet
Got home and pulled the plastic off
Everything is disconnected on the G8, Brakes, driveshaft, exhaust, ebrake cables. The pins on the harness for the abs sensor are opposite gender so i cant simply re-pin the connector. If i had the right pins handy i would just replace them. I will cut and solder the wires instead. Im taking a break, waiting for some help to come over to drop the cradle out. So far i only have one little helper.
2009 GT Prem. Sport. Sun Roof.
Paddle Shifters, BMR Sways, Eibachs, Koni's, Brembos, 3.45s, LS2 cam, 918 springs, 1.85 rockers, Spectre CAI, Rick C Intake/TB/heads , LS7 MAF, Custom Axle Backs, JBA LT's,
Currently Installing RCR 215/223 .609. 615 114+1
Pat G Tuned.
12.23 @ 113.7 mph 1.98 60' 1,000' DA
20X9-35 TSW Nurburings 255/35 Cooper RS3-S