Lowriding in itself is an art to experience from both a visual and physical platform. When parked, lowriders attract and overwhelm the masses with their exquisite paintjobs and patterns, but when it comes to driving them down the street it becomes a whole other experience, which mesmerizes and captures the evolutionary spirit of “cruising.” That said, having your drivetrain in tip-top condition is a must and this article here goes over the replacement of a new rearend for our project vehicle De Villain.

Since the Cadillac is going to be mated to a set of wire wheels, it was pertinent that we shortened the rearend by three inches. The additional spacing would not only allow us to run the proper size wire wheels but also allow us to tuck a set of disc brakes. After taking a few measurements it was time for us to source a new rearend so we paid a visit to our friends over at Currie Enterprises in Corona, California, and they flexed their expertise on our project vehicle while giving us a firsthand education on what was required to get the job done.

After consulting with Currie, they recommended using one of their universal rearends coupled with factory brackets and, who were we to argue? Currie Enterprises is a master of their craft and to date they have completed tens of thousands of custom rearends for vehicles ranging from lowriders, hot rods all the way to Jeeps and off road vehicles. Utilizing state of the art components and backed by years of R&D and experience, Currie is a no brainer if the budget allows. Read up and read on to see just how easy the installation was on Project De Villain.

<strong>1</strong>. As every rear that gets built at Currie it starts in pieces.<strong>2</strong>. The rearend housing was assembled.<strong>3</strong>. The housing was squared off before any welds where done to the housing.<strong>4</strong>. The housing was tack welded.<strong>5</strong>. Roman started welding the center of the housing from the inside out.<strong>6</strong>. The factory brackets from our Cadillac were removed so they could be transplanted on to the new housing.<strong>7</strong>. The housing was set up to receive the brackets.<strong>8</strong>. The braces where welded in place.<strong>9</strong>. We actually had the factory center brace tack welded in place so it could be modified and reinforced.<strong>10</strong>. After a little cutting and grinding the upper brace will keep the rearend from tracking crooked.<strong>11</strong>. Once the axlehousing was all welded up, it was checked to be straight and will be adjusted as or if needed.<strong>12</strong>. With the housing ready for assembly it was placed in this deburing machine.<strong>13</strong>. This dry process left a clean surface on our axle.<strong>14</strong>. The next step was to hot tank the housing and remove any unwanted debris.<strong>15</strong>. The third member was ready for assembly.<strong>16</strong>. The bearings for the gears where pressed on.<strong>17</strong>. Everything had to be torque down.<strong>18</strong>. The new rearend gears will need for us to replace the factory CV flange yoke to a universal joint style yoke.<strong>19</strong>. This third member came together pretty quickly as it only took a little adjusting to get the tolerances where we needed them to be at.<strong>20</strong>. With a high speed drill the gears were checked for any unwanted binding.<strong>21</strong>. After minor adjustments the gears were given a final torque to make sure that nothing came loose from normal driving.<strong>22</strong>. To make sure that the bare metal did not rust up it was protected with a high heat coating.<strong>23</strong>. Before assembly of the housing they drilled out a breather hole.<strong>24</strong>. All of the gear studs where installed.<strong>25</strong>. Even though the housing had already been cleaned two times during the build it was cleaned one more time before final assembly.<strong>26</strong>. The breather hole was being tapped.<strong>27</strong>. The Currie breather is important, as it will allow the oil to be poured in and the trapped air to escape.<strong>28</strong>. Gonzalo added silicone to the housing then applied the gasket and followed it up with more silicone to make sure that there were no leaks between the two.<strong>29</strong>. The third member was installed.<strong>30</strong>. Gonzalo torque down the gears leaving them ready for the axles to be added to them.<strong>31</strong>. Even though the axles were precut to our specs the bare axles go into the housing and need to be measured for trimming.<strong>32</strong>. Our axles needed to be trimmed a 1/16 to get the desired play we wanted from them.<strong>33</strong>. Once we verified our desired measurement the axles received the load bearings and were installed on to the housing.<strong>34</strong>. The axle slipped into place and was held in place with its bearing clips that were bolted down.<strong>35</strong>. The new rotors where slipped onto the axle.<strong>36</strong>. The calipers where checked for clearance and tolerances.<strong>37</strong>. This rearend was ready to be shipped back and installed.