I would like to see more third-gen suspension upgrades for the street. I am interested in what the other parts are available, such as tubular A-arms, shocks (QA1 does not currently have front struts available for my car, which drives me nuts, as QA1 is just 20 minutes from my home), subframe connectors, and maybe even a full K-member swap to see what that will do for the overall performance of the third-gens. I plan on doing these things myself this year, but it would be helpful to know which parts worked the best together. Along those lines, how about doing a story on the best overall suspension geometry settings for the street when it comes to caster, camber, pinion angles, and so on? Again, thank you for a super magazine!
Brian C. Peterson
Big Car Handling
Reading your article in Shop Talk is exactly what I've been waiting for. I have a big-body '64 Impala SS. I have recently been seeing more suspension products for these monsters, but have not seen any articles or performance results. I hope you will consider testing them out as I am sure that many owners of these vehicles would like to see the possible improvements in handling.
More Impala Talk
That's a great idea to visit the suspension topic in your Shop Talk editorial from Sept. '09. My 17-year-old son Stefan and I are restoring a two-door '66 Impala. We are upgrading the engine from a 327ci small-block to a 396ci big-block. Common sense tells me that we'll need to upgrade many things, including the suspension! Along with the suspension, we are going to upgrade the power steering system, upgrade from four-wheel drums to four-wheel discs, and the rearend, but that's another story.
Initially my hope is to get some guidance and recommendations on the suspension for the '66. The power steering system, brakes, and rearend will have to wait!
More Third-Gen Tech
I think your mag should do a suspension article on third-gen F-bodies. Would like to see some things sorted out and explained before I buy parts. I'm primarily a drag racer, but some of this stuff crosses over to cornering. One is an adjustable Panhard bar. Everybody wants one, but nobody knows why. Could you explain why we should get one and how to set it up? How about checking the track of the vehicle to see if everything is going straight? Jeg's sells a bracket to raise and lower the Panhard bar. Is this the way to go?
Also, I just recently purchased a BMR lower control arm relocation brackets. Some people say these are great; others say they don't do anything. Airbags in rear coils? Could you explain how to tune with them? Do we really need adjustable struts? And for drag racing type stuff, what about the Lakewood Lift Bars (PN 21700)? How do these work? Are they any different from PeteZ bars the Stock Eliminator guys use?
What about rear coil springs for drag launches? I've heard to use six cylinder springs or any number of aftermarket springs. I own two third-gens-a Camaro (drag racer with a 383) and a Firebird (350 TPI)-both of which have numerous aftermarket parts, and I'm looking to add more. Thanks!
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