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Old 05-31-2012, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've been losing some sleep lately about buying another 3S ever since I drove my brother's Stealth the other day. I am really considering getting another one.

I found a true JDM 1991 GTO with RHD for sale just up the road from me. It is in pretty good shape with a straight body and a functional drivetrain. Issue is, it's an auto, naturally aspirated AWD. Sounds like a recipe for epic slowness. The price is low enough that I would basically just be using it as a shell with no intention of keeping the drivetrain as is.

I am having trouble finding true info on these JDM NA AWD cars. They are like unicorns.
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1. Are they basically the same thing as a VR4, just with an NA engine instead of a turbo engine? In other words, they have the double wishbone suspension in the rear as opposed to the multilink that is on the normal FWD NA?
2. Would the aftermarket suspension parts for a VR4 swap in? (ex: Coilovers, brakes, control arms, camber kits, ect)

I am fairly confident I can swap the drivetrain parts in (ex: TT motor, 6 speed + manual conversion, differentials, ect) as long as the basic shell is the same. I know it would be cheaper to simply buy a VR4 but I want the RHD, and doing a swap would give me time to inspect the parts as I assemble the car, allowing me to get any preventative maintenance out of the way beforehand.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have my OEM suspension (non-ecs) from my VR4 with only about 50k on them just laying in the garage.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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haha oh but believe me, I want aftermarket

just wondering if I would need to buy NA coilovers or VR4 coilovers. Maybe neither one fits on these NA AWD cars?

They seem a bit strange and not much seems to be known about them, at least not that is voiced publicly.

I also just thought of something else, do these things have AWS?
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Fairly common over here mate....try signing up to a UK forum for answers, GTOOC - GTO/3000GT Owners Club • Index page is a free use one
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they have a modified awd transmission to fit the dsm transfercase. the rear diff is also from the dsm. the axles and drive shaft are specific to the n/a gto. the SR had aws. the base gto does not.
the suspension is the same, a vr4 drivetrain swaps right in (no need to weld or cut or add anything). you would have to swap everything from trany to front axles all the way back to the rear axles. the frame of the n/a is the same as the MR (z15a, awd tt etc etc).

what your planning is exactly what i will be doing at a later date, getting a mint SR for CHEAP and swapping all my stuff over.

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Old 06-02-2012, 04:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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they have a modified awd transmission to fit the dsm transfercase. the rear diff is also from the dsm. the axles and drive shaft are specific to the n/a gto. the SR had aws. the base gto does not.
the suspension is the same, a vr4 drivetrain swaps right in (no need to weld or cut or add anything). you would have to swap everything from trany to front axles all the way back to the rear axles. the frame of the n/a is the same as the MR (z15a, awd tt etc etc).

what your planning is exactly what i will be doing at a later date, getting a mint SR for CHEAP and swapping all my stuff over.

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Wow dude that pretty much covers it all. Thanks!

I was supposed to make the trip today to look at the car but I'm sick. Should still be around after I get better. Super excited, it will be my first RHD vehicle

Even if the papers on this car are faulty and not legit, I can use the front clip for a conversion. Please excuse my fascination with RHD lol. Should be a good project. Thanks for your help
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I too am a RHD wanna be! But RHD is harder to find in the US.
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