G body 8.5 or ford 9 inch

MrSony

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8.5s are pretty rare and expensive for what they are. 9 inches are available new, drum or disc, any gear you could want.
 

455'ed80Regal

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Or you could locate a 66-72 A-body rear.
8.2 used from 66-71
8.5 used late 71-72
12 bolt used 66-72
 

TURNA

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For the money buy the best a 9 inch and never worry about it again!!!!
 

Bar50

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9 inch in my car. Would and will do it again.
 
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The problem with the 8.5 is availability, they are becoming rarer everyday but sellers have known this for quite a while and have priced accordingly so if you plan on upgrading it with better carrier, gear and axles then you basically are buying an expensive housing where a bolt in 9" housing with upgraded axles and a few options sell for well under a grand.
Plus the 9" has the added bonus of a drop out 3rd member and the fact that the 9" has a very high level of aftermarket support.
 

TURNA

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Not to mention just about every 8.5 for sale has been beat to pOOp!!!!!!!
 

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