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Post  rocketpony on July 2nd 2015, 8:25 pm

Is it ok for me to run an aluminum spool? My friend has one that I can get cheap. What would be the life of them?
40 spline axles
3200 lbs car w driver
C460 head 600ci (approx 1000hp)
C-6 tranny with t brake
4.56 gears

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Post  whatbumper on July 3rd 2015, 10:46 am

you are asking a lot of a spool with that much power with a C6 and 4.56's. I would use a steel one.

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Post  richter69 on July 3rd 2015, 3:02 pm

Same
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Post  DILLIGASDAVE on July 4th 2015, 6:10 am

IIRC aluminum spools were originally meant for dragsters (cuz light weight car) vs heavier door cars. But the Mark Willams catalog says their aluminum spool is also often used in lighter weight/decent HP door cars like Pro Stock & Comp Eliminator. But IMO in the P/S & Comp applications the A/spool most likely becomes a throw away maintenance item.

If you can get the spool for "free" you could take a chance on it. Just don't be surprised if it fails (or "moves around" a bunch & wears out the gear set) at your car's current weight.
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Post  bbf-falcon on July 4th 2015, 11:39 pm

Free race parts can end up being a lot more costly than a new part at top $$$

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Post  rocketpony on July 7th 2015, 6:35 am

Thanks, steel it is

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