SD Yota wrote:is there any difference between the caliper mounting tabs, the spindle, or hub specs from either one of these? what im asking is if i got brake rotors and calipers from an ae86 setup, would they bolt in place and align properly on a te72 strut tube and hub assembly?? has anyone attempted this?
Yes - The AE86 strut tubes have a wholey different brake mounting then the AE71, or TE72. The E7 cars use a solid rotor, where as the AE86 uses a vented rotor. The backing plate that all the brake components fit to are different and so the CAN'T be swapped, without swapping the strut tubes as well. They can be fitted *IF* you weld up the original AE86 backing plate holes, and redrill the backing plate to fit the AE71 strut tube
The problem with swapping the strut tubes is the AE86 and the AE71 cars have one thing in common... and one thing VERY different. The front lower cross member on an AE71 and an AE86 are NEARLY identical with one measurement being 1mm different. The very different thing is the location of the strut mounts, the AE86 has LESS room(12mm less room) than an AE71. This means the strut tubes for the AE86 have more rake to them(they lean in more then AE71 strut tubes) SOOOO... when fitting AE86 strut tubes to an E7... you automatically get positive camber wheels look like this... \ /
There are 2 different ways of correcting the positive camber, one is by using adjustable camber plates, the other by replacing the lower control arms with either arms that are 6mm longer, OR getting adjustable lower control arms.