Rear axle: LSD or not?

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  1. Froggie

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    Sep 27, 2017
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    I have been investigating unsuccessfully to know if the vintage V8 Masers using a rigid Salisbury rear axle, (QP1, Ghibli1, Indy, Mexico) were equipped with a LSD.
    It seems that the Ghibli's were fitted with one while the Indy's were not (or maybe as an option only).
    Anybody can bring some light on this?
    Also would a LSD retrofitting on a 4900 Indy be eventually possible and do you think that would be worth?
     
  2. DWR46

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    My late Ghibli SS does NOT have a limited-slip.
     
  3. Froggie

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    So it would seem that it was an option on the Ghibli also...
    I have looked in the Spare Parts manual of the Indy and in the picture here under the optional LSD is figured out as the group number 31:

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  4. DWR46

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    Froggie: I am not sure the LSD was actually an "option", especially near the end of the Ghibli run. The Company was in such dire financial straits, that I suspect they were saving funds any way they could. Why pay for LSD units if you do not have to, and most customers would never know the difference.
     
  5. F456M

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    Stay away from LSD.......
     
  6. Dr. K.

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    At least it was an option on a Maserati 3500 GT.

    In my built sheet is listed "Autobloccante", which is the italian description for limited slip differential.

    And I am sure, that every Salisbury axle can be converted, but it costs a lot of money.
     
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  8. Froggie

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    Interesting.
    Have you ever experienced its presence, say on slippy turns?
     
  9. Dr. K.

    Dr. K. Karting

    Mar 23, 2011
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    Not yet tested, still under restoration.

    But some friends of mine with similar cars are quite happy with it, if you drive sportier.
     

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