New Member
Jun 12, 2011
Well let me start by saying I'm about as educated on rear end swaps as a rock teaching a physics class.

I recently got my hands on a 79 camaro. Got a steal of a deal on on a 2012 ss complete rear end. I'd like to try to get that bad boy under it.

What kind of crazy would I be getting into for modifications?


Veteran Member
May 4, 2001
I commend folks that go this far on a 50 year old car. I totally get the kits out there with some fabrication and welding, that's not too hard but retrofitting an IRS is a job!

Before jumping into it, just make sure youre not over your head and realize it will never perform like the modern donor. If your chasing that, you will spend 3-4x the money. Also I have not seen anything dramatic from retrofitted IRS cars. Solid axle cars perform just the same so because on the bang for the buck


Veteran Member
Aug 17, 2010
Fort Mcmurray, Alberta
Roamer90 I like the way you think. I have also been wondering about retrofitting the IRS from a 5th gen in my 80Z. I can pick up the rear assembly pretty cheap. It would definitely take a lot of fabrication but I think it is doable. All depends how much effort a guy wants to put into it.

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