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I'm new to these Camaros =) I have a 2002 Camaro SS. Is the rear end posi-trac? Or what? I'm not even 100% familiar what that means, but someone asked me today - claimed he had a 98 Z28 that was, and I didnt know...
-2002 Red Camaro SS
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Posi traction or LSD as you'll sometimes hear it called is basically the same thing.There is a minor difference but for now it works like this:
-When you step on the gas both rear wheels turn.Where as with an open rear end only one tire turns.
Hope that helped.There is an entire technical speil that I'm not 100% sure about but that's the basic concept.Good luck.
1998 Black Z28 A4
8.584 @ 83.64 MPH
Taylor 10.4mm wires,!EGR,!FRA,SLP Lid,MAF Ends,IAT Tricker,TB Bypass,Manual Fan Switch,and Dynomax Cat-back
Posi-traction / Posi-trac / "Posi" / LSD - Limited Slip Differential / whatever you want to call it --- here's what happens:
inside the differential, the posi unit uses a set of springs and a clutch pack to stop the spider gears from turning, which in essence "locks" the rear axles, so that when the drive shaft turns the main ring gear, both axles will turn together as if they're one. If the rear end were an open type, both wheels will still turn, but if one tire was on pavement, and the other was on ice (for example), then the tire on ice would spin free, since there is no friction on that side, but the tire on the pavement would not move, therefore, the car would go nowhere. If a car with posi was put in the same situation, both wheels would want to turn, so even though one is on ice, the one on the pavement would still turn, and your car would move.
The benefit of a posi rear end is that, in a race or at the track, if one tire cannot get the same traction as the other, it will not allow that one wheel to start spinning and let the other one slow down --- both wheels are forced to turn at the same speed. HOWEVER, the posi does allow the axles to turn at different speeds if one wheel becomes lodged (ie: in off-roading situations), or while going around a corner (one wheel is allowed to slow down so that your rear tires don't squeal so bad going around the turn). If the car had a solid axle, it could or would snap in those situations, so the posi allows some of the differential function, without sacrificing straight line traction.
That's a little better explaination for ya!
BTW: all Z28's and T/A's (and SS's/WS6's) have LSD's.
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Posi (actualy called Posi-Traction) is simply the name GM gives to the Limited Slip Differentials that they put in their cars, FOrd calls them Trac-Locks (or used to at least, dont know if they still do) and Chrysler had a different name for them back in the day. They are all the same thing, which was explained already so I wont get into that.
The Torsen is a different animal, However I think GM still calls it a Posi, even though it isnt an LSD. It is a torque biasing differential, and both tires need to be under load for it to "lock up" its an oddball design. The company that makes detroit lockers also makes a nearly identical unit to the torsen, which is probalby where someone heard that they come with a Det locker.
ALL 98 Z28's came with Auburn limited slips. The torsen or a heavy duty Auburn unit could be had in an SS in 98. In 99 the standard unit became the Torsen, with the auburn heavy duty available as an option in the SS. (I assume this applys to the Firebird/WS6/Firehawk in the same manner, but I never looked into it)