We love adding horsepower and torque to our Camaros, but all the elation turns to tears when the supporting players start turning to slag under the added power. Our first compulsion might be to cuss out the failed part as being inferior or poorly designed, but to be honest it’s not GM’s job to equip a new Camaro with a differential or driveshaft capable of handling 500, 600, or more horsepower. As hot rodders, it’s up to us to make sure the entire drivetrain is equally robust when the power numbers start ratcheting up.
Such was the case with the ’10 owned by Centerforce Clutch’s Pat Wilson. A while back they flung a Magnuson 2300 TVS blower on the top of their LS3, bumping it to nearly 700 rwhp. Pat knew he was one hard run away from fragging his axles, diff, or driveshaft. Hell, maybe all three. Rather than bemoan his situation, he contacted Frank Rehak of The Drive Shaft Shop (DSS). Frank has been beefing up drivetrains for 30 years and had a new kit on the shelf specifically designed for new Camaro owners looking for rock-solid parts. His system replaces the stock differential with a stout Ford 9-inch center section. It also addresses the weak GM two-piece driveshaft and axles by replacing them with pieces built to hold up to well over 1,000 hp. Once installed, Pat would be able to launch his ’10 as hard as his sticky tires will allow, at least until the stock transmission grenades, but that’s another story for another time.