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This is the first test drive I took after installing the new differential and rear brakes.

I had intentionally done this modification first for a couple of reasons. The first was because I knew I would need to upgrade the differential to handle the power of the new engine, and also to add the limited slip.

I also wanted to be sure I could take the car for a test drive with the new upgrade before I put in the new engine and transmission.

I can't say it was a 'thrilling' ride, but it sure was fun. The biggest thing I noticed was that the speedometer was way off. It was reading about 20mph faster than I was actually going. I was happy when I got the tires to break loose, even if it was only for a moment.

Gives me a little concern for my rear suspension and tire set up though. I'll be putting a lot more than 80hp through this rear end.

Still, I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did.

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