Driveshaft Shop X5 Upgraded 1400HP Axles 2016-2017 Camaro
So the 2016+ Camaro is out now, and like any of the newer platforms by GM we have seen lately the Drivetrain is nicely done. The axle is closer to the ZL1 axle in design but has an interesting twist, the inner is not able to be un-bolted (more on this later). We all know the ZL1 axles were built stronger than the 2010-2015 SS model, but they too seem to have issues in the 600-700Hp range. Like any axle we look to make here at DSS, we always open the axle up for the critical dimensions but also to see what was done by the manufacturer to make this new 2016+ model better than the 5th gen style it’s replacing. They don’t disappoint (maybe us a little, but not you if you or are getting one) but guessing what HP they can handle? This sort of thing is always hard, but like all OE's they have come to realize the axles have to be better and this one is. We found the bars and internals are closer to the C7 corvette or the CTS-V axles in the fact that not only the internal splines are much larger but the CV parts themselves are also. The CV's are done in series and this one is the same as what can be found on Vipers, Lamborghini's and a few other high end, high HP cars. The axles are also done with the "anti-wheel hop" design that in a stock application kind of helps wheel hop, but in high HP applications causes an unbalanced strength and will basically just be one axle stronger than the other.
So, what DSS has decided to do for this is start with our exclusive "Fixed" outer CV design. Just like factory, non-plunging at the wheel end. Back with the 5th gen car we realized with having a plunging CV on both ends there was an angle limit that if surpassed, the axle bar became unstable and moved back and forth causing undue wear on internal parts and sometimes noise. We will be using this fixed outer so as the cars are lowered and the angle becomes greater, this will not be an issue. The Fixed outer is a Billet Chromoly housing and full billet Chromoly internals, the same parts used on Carlyle Racing's Corvette, American Racing Headers Camaro and many more record winning cars without issue. The Axle bars will be larger, the one on this axle is a bit bigger then the 5th gen at 1.170 and I’m going to make a guess that the axle may hold as much as 900HP? The Driveshaft Shop axle will have the 300M Bars with rolled splines and ground centers that will allow the bars to torsionally twist but not break. We WILL NOT be making them in the Anti-Wheel hop style for this reason, with all the years and experience we have behind us we have come to realize the axles need to be the same diameter in high HP cars to ensure they are the same strength. Wheel hop should be addressed at the source (bushings, mounts, etc.) and when this is done correctly, you will need axles that will be of equal strength. Being this axle from the factory will more than likely handle so much power, it would un-wise to make the axles any other way in our opinion. Bolt on inner CV-- This is the 1st Camaro to come with a Bolt-on inner CV and after looking at the stub it is our opinion that the spline diameter of 1.375” and the material that it is made from, that the spline is going to stronger then the differential, but time will tell. This again is a good thing for you the consumer as you do not need to buy extra parts. The inner CV is a GKN 116mm version and DSS stocks these, so the axle will be sold without the stub and the costs that are associated with it. If in the future this becomes an issue, we can always make it. But again, judging from a long history of making parts, more than likely it will not ever be needed as the differential will probably be an issue before this. So there you have it, a completely new Axle from DSS for the 6th Gen Camaro. Driveshafts are being made now and will be available like this on the site in a few days. All parts are made and ready to be assembled for you, if you’re planning to get past what we believe the stock axles will hold.