[ROVERNET - UK] 3500S Rear Ends

Kent Kinard kkinard at swbell.net
Sat Sep 11 00:26:33 BST 2004

Hi Randy,
I've considered this many times, but never gotten
around to it.  Almost any rear end used would have to
be narrowed (even the TR7/8, I measured), but using
the existing leading and trailing links by cutting and
welding the relevant portions of the bracketry onto
the axle tube should locate a straight axle fore and
aft.  Because the P6's use a torque tube already, I
think I would narrow the SD1 axle and use torque tube
and the Watts links, welding brackets to the base P6
base unit where necessary.  Rover actually used a P6
base unit to test the SD1 suspension, as I recall.  An
added plus...you keep it all "Rover."

Let me know if you pursue this as I am quite

Kent K.
--- NOBLIOUS at aol.com wrote:

> With Hurricane Ivan looming and nothing better to
> do, I was wondering what would be the possibility of
> changing the 3500S rear end setup (primarily the
> differential, inboard discs, De dion tube)to
> something simpler and stronger.
> Years ago they used to race 3500S in the UK (and
> Australia?), so I was wondering which rear end /
> differential was used. Was it the original one? Has
> anyone converted the OE rear end to a live rear
> axle?
> Thanks for your input.
> Randy - Miami, FL
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