Custom rotations and Hybrid applications
customers are less than thrilled about how far the NP205 hangs
down in the factory configuration. Our solution to this
problem is to simply rotate the 205 up when we machine the
Doubler™ adapter. We can rotate the 205 anywhere you want
it, but the most common options are: 2" up (this makes the
bottom of the 205 level with the bottom of the 203), and totally
flat (this makes the output shafts on the 205 level and
maximizes ground clearance under the center of the vehicle).
The pic of the GM adapter on our catalog page has a 2" rotation,
and you can note that the 205 plate lookes a little "twisted".
This is the same adapter shown in the assembled picture at the
top of the page.
Things you have to be careful of when clocking the 205 up are
mostly driveshaft related. You do of course have to clear
your floorboards with the case itself. Make sure you'll
have enough driveshaft angularity to work with a rotated
application, it's much more important to have a functional front
driveshaft than to have maximum center clearance under the
vehicle. Don't get sucked into problems because you're
wanting something that just looks really cool.
Here are some
shots of some of our custom rotations: You'll have to be a
little patient, we loaded large pictures to show good detail. If
you want to blow these up you should be able to.
This is a GM
203 turned flat with a GM 205 turned flat. This will
require some shifter mods for max clearance, but it's not too
hard to do. Front view is above, rear view is below.
Notice the shifter shaft on the NP203 is on the bottom.
This will be a potential leak point, so you could lose a bit of
gear oil in this location.
We also have
many customers who are working on custom rigs that require
mixing and matching different brands of drivetrain parts.
To help accommodate this, we can put either a Ford or GM 205
behind any Ford, GM, or Dodge 203. This way you can run a Ford
high pinion front axle in a vehicle with a GM motor and
transmission. Or, if you have a Ford and want or need to
run a GM axle in it, we can do that too. The kit below is a GM
203 with a Ford 205, this is the one in our shop K5 with a
Teraflex high pinion D60 on the driver's side.
Below is our
newest billet aluminum version of the GM203 to Ford 205 flat
Doubler. This unit is installed in a family member's tube
chassis buggy, "MiniWally". This unit is machined with
multiple flat faces on the main plate area of the adapter for
different mounting techniques. This particular adapter is
supended in the chassis.
Or, if you
have a Ford and want or need to run a GM axle in it, we can do
that too. The truck shown below is using a 460/C6/Ford203/GM205
combo to reliably push 42" swampers. You'll notice the front
diff is on the right hand side of a Ford. Some think it's
sacreligious, we think it's way better than the stock Ford D44!
us know what you're trying to accomplish and we'll do what we
can to figure out a solution for you.
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