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over the years layitlow has seen this question 1000x's. do skirts fit on a lifted impala....this could be a thread dedicated to skirt clearance issues. and make it easier on the backyard builder to find parts for his project. there are few options available.

1. narrow stock rear end
2. versaille rear end.
3. gbody rear end.
4 toyota rear end.

personally i have ran a narrowed stock rear end on 3 occasions. usually with 6 to 8 batteries. i have heard of stories where axles pop out while driving. some tack weld the bearing in place. IMO that doesnt fix the issue causing this problem. stock impala rear end i would say 59 to 64 (never owned a 58) is 60 inches wide from wheel mount surface to wheel mount surface. the ultimate goal is to have a rear end that is atleast 58 inches wide from wheel mount surface to wheel mount surface. that means the face of the drums or rotor where lug nuts go..............subtract 3 inches for each drum leaves you with 52 inch axle housing from flange to flange. narrowing the stock impala axle 1 inch on each side will achieve this. narrowing the stock axle is probably the cheapest solution to the skirt problem. a few hundred dollars. you can probably get away with not narrowing it and running x7 wheels with skirts (on stock suspesnion) but have to take it easy on turns or else the skirt will pop off. what some people forget when narrowing their axle is that if you go too narrow, you cant run the stock wheels on it anymore because the tires/wheels will rub the frame rails. you will only be left to run reverse wheels on the car.

the lincoln versaille rear end is considered the holy grail of lowriding axles for a few reasons. the downside to the versaille rear end is, if you find one that isnt complete with brakes, its not a good idea to buy it, parts are hard to find.
1. you dont have to narrow
2. you dont have to run a wishbone or a y-bone. you can run the stock panhard and banana bar setup
3. it has disc brakes with rotors small enough to clear our 13 inch wheels.
4. it is stronger than the stock impala axles

you can also run ford granada rear ends those are said to be 58 inch wide, but are drum brakes.

you can also run toyota axles, but im not personally sure about the years of those, and it seems like its a big secret on here, hoarding information doesnt do anything for the public but whatever.

you can also run ford truck rear ends or bronco rear ends but those have to be narrowed to 58 inches.

comparing rear axles is like comparing hydraulic products everyone has their own opinion on what works best, but more than 1 approach works.

share what info you know about running skirts on a lifted 58 to 64 impala in this topic.

here are some pics of cars ive owned with skirts and x7 wheels.

stock impala rear end narrowed with 13x7 daytons and skirts.









another 64 stock impala rear end narrowe with 13x7 daytons and skirts. plenty of clearance










here is a 60 impala with cruiser skirts, lifted on 13x7 dayton, zenith an roadstars.









plenty of clearance








here is a lincoln versaille rear end that i will be rebuilding and adding updates on. this is for my 62 with skirts and roadster knock offs




when swapping rear ends you will need the brackets off the stock impala rear end. currie rear ends sells the brackets.



share your info on anything related to rear axles and skirts, disc brakes, brackets, websites, suppliers, years and models, etc. NO SECRETS

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stock non shortened impala rear with Zenith 13x7s



car has 12in cylinders, shocks, slip yoke and Y bar.....I have a Granada rear end thats going in it if I dont sell it, and I also have a Tacoma rear that I can use, the Tacoma works but like Lone Star said it leaves you with only running reverse wheels
 

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Is that all the way laid out with shocks? Can you post pics of the clearance between wheels and skirts.?
 

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Great info !!
As a card carrying member of the glasshouse fest there needs to be a pinned topic for skirts / rear end options also.
This issue is asked every other day on there
 

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Is that all the way laid out with shocks? Can you post pics of the clearance between wheels and skirts.?
yeah thats all the way laid with the shocks, but I also still have the bump stops on the body too, I'll get pics of the clearance its close but I dont roll laid out either
 

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these are pics with the car laid the 1st pic is directly from the bottom
 

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The 9" out of the trucks and broncos are the strongest with the 31 spline axles, but like mentioned they have to be shortened. I am going to look into getting a 31 spline carrier and run 31 spline axles in my Versailles diff.
 

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Great topic Kenny... And thanks well this is mine stock rear all the way down did nothing to the skirts to fit but I can't lock it up in the back with skirts can ride all the way down and stock height I think Caranto shorten maybe the pan hard a little and I am running 88s. Still gonna have a ford nine made for it though over the course of the winter

 

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I did find two Toyota trucks at pull a part ones a 95 the other 86 both are two wheel drive but didn't want to mess with them since I can't find out what year is the one that works the best
 

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9" .... ybone from Empire ... rides laid/lifted nice and fine even with the ramen noodles .. 12s in back too<BR><BR><IMG id=vbattach_550933 class=previewthumb alt="" src="http://www.layitlow.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=550933&stc=1" attachmentid="550933">
 

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i prefer ford 9" from a lincoln versailles u fet shortened, stronger and disc all in one. plus they are the best looking.
Those are hard to find around these parts I think Texas has them all...
 

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I did find two Toyota trucks at pull a part ones a 95 the other 86 both are two wheel drive but didn't want to mess with them since I can't find out what year is the one that works the best
I wanna say its 98-01 are the years you want maybe 02
 

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I thought it was 80s models??? Anyone who actually has one under their car care to chime in??
 

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I thought it was 80s models??? Anyone who actually has one under their car care to chime in??
didnt have Tacomas in the 80's thats a late 90's truck
 
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