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you can do it with many car's rear subframe. I'm guessing it would even fit in a Miata's subframe. The point is not to use a 300ZX subframe on a Miata lol.I was going to link that one... thanks for catching it first.
This is the thread for the build: 300ZX Electric Conversion
The rear suspension is from the S platform, presumably the S13, so if the Leaf unit fits in this 300ZX it will also fit in the subframe (but perhaps requiring body modification) of the same-generation 240SX (for example), and a subframe from any of these models could also work for a Leaf drive unit in another vehicle.
Like most suspensions, the shock extends well above the top of the subframe, and mounts to the vehicle structure rather than the subframe. That's certainly a feature to consider in the potential use of any subframe in any vehicle. Fortunately, it's just a shock-mounted spring, not a MacPherson strut, so it doesn't serve a lateral locating function and takes only vertical force.
Obviously it depends on how it's done and most does not mean all.Most Tesla drive units place the motor(s) behind the axle line, not ahead of it like the Leaf unit - that will certainly affect fit and required subframe modifications. The rear unit of the Model 3 and Model Y is the notable exception, with the motor ahead of the axle line.