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In the future I would like to do some engine mods to bring my 82 280ZX n/t up in power more around the 250 HP range. However, I have heard that the stock components of the drivetrain (u-joints, diff, suspension, etc.) really aren't built to handle gobs of power. If, lets say hypothetically, I want to run 250 HP, what sort of upgrades would I need in order for me to be able to drive it like a normal car and be able to have a little fun with the accelerator pedal once in awhile, without having broken parts all the time.
 

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> In the future I would like to do some engine
> mods to bring my 82 280ZX n/t up in power
> more around the 250 HP range. However, I
> have heard that the stock components of the
> drivetrain (u-joints, diff, suspension,
> etc.) really aren't built to handle gobs of
> power. If, lets say hypothetically, I want
> to run 250 HP, what sort of upgrades would I
> need in order for me to be able to drive it
> like a normal car and be able to have a
> little fun with the accelerator pedal once
> in awhile, without having broken parts all
> the time.
The stock drivetrain in an '82 ZX is fine for 250HP. I know of shops putting 350+HP through the diff and tranny with no problems. Try not to believe everybody's anxiety.
 

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The stock drivetrains regualrly handle 300 HP plus. The real key to survivability, however, is the applied torque. V-8 conversions in these cars routinely use the Chevy 5.7 which puts out about 350 ft.-lbs. of torque over a pretty broad rpm range. I don't think you have to worry about the L28 doing that.
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