2002 Pontiac Trans Am LQ Suspension Upgrades - Operation: Apex Annihilation

LG Motorsports prepares a Fourth-Gen F-body for corner carving

Steve Baur Oct 1, 2004 0 Comment(s)

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Under its 15,000 sq.-ft. roof, LG Motorsports houses a full fabrication facility where it puts together tube chassis and body-in-white race cars. There is also a DynoJet chassis dynamometer as well as an installation department.

Scott Gardner from Farmersville, Texas owns this 2002 Trans Am. The LS1 engine has been enhanced with an airbox, MAF, headers, a Flowmaster muffler, and an off-road Y-pipe. But the suspension was completely stock, until now.

We're fairly certain that the majority of people lower their cars for aesthetic reasons, but Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports lowered his for performance. The coil springs along with a host of other suspension modifications were all created out of necessity--that being the need to go faster down the straight and deeper into the corners.

Competing in Firestone Firehawk competition (the precursor to the World Challenge), Gigliotti fabricated his own parts to suit the rules and to make his car perform better. Out of his race-winning Camaros came LG Motorsports, where the average consumer and weekend racer benefits from years of improving average speed on the track.

LG Motorsports offers complete suspension packages, or you can buy the parts a la carte. For this installation, the owner chose to go with an Eibach Pro Kit coil spring set versus the G2 Super Springs. The LGM-fabricated parts start with a three-point strut tower brace (PN G2-107-3PR, $159), G2 sway bars (PN G2-SB, $329/pr), G2 upper and lower front A-arms (PN G2-107-AFAR, $595), G2 Heavy Duty torque arm (PN G2-107-4AR, $495), subframe connectors and driveshaft loop (PN G2-SFVD-R, $429), and end with the G2 panhard rod (PN G2-107-2RAR, $199), lower control arms (PN G2-107-1RA, $199) and relocation brackets (PN G2-107-1ABR, $139/pr).

Energy suspension polyurethane bushings are included which, when combined with the high quality, rattle-free Heim joints, offer a stiffer and more responsive road feel.

"We've picked up on the Corvette market now that we started racing them," said Gigliotti. "We've got a new carbon fiber driveshaft for the Corvette because the stock aluminum one flexes. We also now have a dry-sump, two-stage rear end/transmission pump for the Corvette that lowers temps from 300 degrees to around 220." This is exactly how all of LG Motorsports' parts have come into existence. Racing is a harsh environment and it often shows the weak points of a vehicle. We benefit from Gigliotti's extensive mileage on road courses across America. Here's how we gave an LS1 Trans Am the same race-winning performance.

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