: rwd zetec?
04-15-2012, 01:03 PM
I am looking to do a custom rwd setup on my zx3. I have made up my mind for sticking with the zetec. So my question is, does anyone know of any transmission options that will bolt up to the zetec block? I have found out that a Borg Warner T5 will work with a custom bellhousing, but I was just curious if anyone knew of any other options I can look into.
Thanks in advance for any help.
04-16-2012, 07:34 PM
These guys are your friend. T5 Will work, just like the Lotus7 replica guys use. I don't know of any "stock" RWD trans that the Zetec was put on, though.
04-17-2012, 12:14 AM
if you need a rolling rwd chassis to put the rwd zetec in ive got one for sale. trans tunnel, fire wall, back half with 8.8 rear end. pm me if your interested
04-17-2012, 12:41 AM
^^ definitely worth it.... its a damn nice setup.
edit: looks like they disappeared from that link there.....
I know of another site with all the stuff along with water line routing and whatnot. I will see if I can dig it up and help. I thought about doing this too. MIGHT still do the zetec if all else fails (13B)
04-17-2012, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the advice so far. As for the build, I'm on a budget, so it will be a drawn out process, so unfortunately Turbo Turtle, I don't have funds to buy a rolling chassis. As much as I would love to, I'm not able to. I was able to find the bellhousing needed on quads4rods.com for around $400.
I've also been told that the rear subframe from a early 90's model Thunderbird or mustang are close the same dimensions I would need to run independent rear suspension. I was thinking that some of the Mazda 3's are awd and that might work as well. Anyone care to share some of your thoughts on this?
04-17-2012, 12:55 PM
ive allways contemplated converting to RWD
12-04-2012, 12:46 PM
Bringing up my old thread seeing as I will be getting a shell tomorrow. I've managed to get the motor, bellhousing and transmission information I needed. Now I'm looking into rear ends. I know the mazda 3 uses the same rear subframe for the FWD cars as the focus uses. I wouldn't think that they would change the body or anything between a fwd and awd Mazda, or am I wrong here? So I'm curious if anyone knows, will the awe Mazda rear subframe bolt right into the focus?
12-04-2012, 12:53 PM
Mazda3 never came in AWD.
12-04-2012, 03:13 PM
I was thinking Mazda 6 and typed Mazda 3, prolly bc i had a Mazda 3 in the shop yesterday. Damn brain fart. So, now that my confusion is hopefully out of the way on that, will the Mazda 6 rear subframe bolt up?
12-04-2012, 03:38 PM
if you want irs you could use a mazda mx5 or a rx7 rear end. solid axle just use a 8.8
12-04-2012, 04:36 PM
My biggest concerns are going to be 1) will the subframe bolt in fairly easily, 2) I'm going to need a rear end that can hold up to abuse.
I would prefer IRS, but if they can't hold up to abuse, then I will try to come up with solid axle ideas.
12-04-2012, 05:04 PM
I know you said zetec which I'm all for, but you could use a duratec 2.3 from a ranger, it already has the tranny and everything and they are plentiful. Then again having as zetec powered car already would just mean a tranny swap beside the rear end fab work that needs to be done.
12-05-2012, 12:47 AM
The shell I'm picking up is literally just that. Im getting it from another member on here. It is a stripped down shell, and i mean stripped down. So, I can honestly go whatever route I would like to, but I prefer to stick with the Zetec.