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12-03-2007, 10:24 PM
My brother busted the pumpkin on his IRS over the weekend. He was on the street on BFG Drag radials just hitting second gear. We took his IRS out and were going to do a live axle swap, but the internals looked okay. He's wanting to clean it up and put a new cover and brace on it and wants to know where he can get a better than stock cover. Ford wants 200+ dollars for their stock P.O.S cover. any ideas where to get one. I've checked the usual suspects; Steeda, RPM Outlet and LFP. Thanks for your help guys.:bounce:

12-04-2007, 01:05 AM
Dont git a half a$$ fix it brace. fork out the cash and get a rear end girdle. There are many out there.http://www.lethalperformance.com/cached_images/CF-808_MED.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:popupWindow('http://www.lethalperformance.com/pages-popup_image/pID-14723/index.html'))

12-04-2007, 09:58 AM
Are you looking for the IRS or the 8.8 solid? Most aftermarket covers wont fit the IRS, best thing to is get a stock replacement, then put the diff brace on after that :thumbsup:

12-04-2007, 11:44 AM
I looked at that Control Freak girdle on LethalPerformance ... I believe it says it is for the irs ... $299.00 I believe. Is it strong enough to use without a brace? Can a diff cooler be installed on it? Does anybody know?

12-04-2007, 11:44 PM
I sent Lethal Performance an e-mail on their girdle's capability, and they told me 800 RWHP without a brace and an easy install comparative to stock cover and then brace. Any believers out there? Thanks!:raise:

12-13-2007, 04:18 AM
I've heard nothing but great things about those girdle covers. Basically is a TA cover for the IRS......Better yet go with a solid axle and don't worry about it. Unless you just launch out at 5k and skatter your solid axle to pieces :rolleyes:...never done that before :rotf:

12-13-2007, 03:56 PM
Thank You for the tip I hve been looking also.

01-07-2008, 08:16 PM
I looked at that Control Freak girdle on LethalPerformance ... I believe it says it is for the irs ... $299.00 I believe. Is it strong enough to use without a brace? Can a diff cooler be installed on it? Does anybody know?
We just put this on my gray one and so far we've had no problems. But to install it is a nightmare,it took my husband 3 days to modify it so it would fit. The casting is off on the rear where the brace hooks to it.

01-08-2008, 05:19 AM
^ I think if you buy one now you want have that problem. The new ones have the material that was in the way machined off to where it clears. I imagen that removing material would weaken it though. I'm not sure how thick it is. You might be better with just a brace.

Here's the old.. You can see just below where it says CONTROL there's material there that has not been clearanced. It's still just the cast finish.

Here's the new. Under CONTROL there's an area which was machined out as well as just to the right of it on the vertical bar there's some machine work as well.
Here's something else we found out today. We have a customer that grenaded his IRS. He rebuilt it and was putting on the new Control Freaks brace. He still had some minor fitment issues at the rear of the cover where the 2 bolts go through the cover to secure it. Come to find out on this particular car that the mounts on the IRS which hold the diff in place started to flex towards the back of the IRS.
This is the reason he had minor clearance issues. Instead of this customer having to bend back or replace the mounts he removed just a tad more material out of the brace and it fit perfect.
All customers will not need to do this. It's only something that a select few with bent mounting braces encounter.
The new braces we received from Control Freaks were test fit on several street cars at Lamotta's Performance. None of them had any fitment issues and several covers were tested to see if there was any variance. If you have any issues please call me.
Thanks, Jaredhttp://svtperformance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433304&highlight=control+freak&page=2