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Chevy Chevelle & Corvette Suspension Guide - Suspension Hunter Part II

A Guide To Bolt-On Chevelle, Corvette & G-Body Suspension Packages

Sean Haggai Apr 1, 2010

If you recall last month's "Suspension Hunter" (Mar. 2010), we gave you the low-down on almost every head-to-toe suspension kit for all generations of Camaros and Novas. Our goal was to provide you with an easy-to-read format. That means no searching catalogs or Internet sites or matching components from different manufacturers. To be quite honest, we weren't prepared to handle the amount of complete front to rear suspension packages available for our beloved muscle cars. There was so much in fact to fit, we've had to split it up into two separate buyer's guide.

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Initially we had set out to illustrate every package available for Camaros, Chevelles, Corvettes, and Novas. This time around, however, we've got the digs on suspension kits for A- and G-bodies of all years and with the recent affordability of late-model Corvettes, we've included those as well. Similar to last month, we broke the sections down into packages ranging from street, track, and drag-duty kits, including the components, build material, options available, and pricing.

Whether it's a Pro Touring Chevelle or corner-carving 'Vette, each kit in this guide comes from one manufacturer and tailor-tuned to your specific application. Most of all, these complete suspension packages are easy bolt-on items with the exception of a few that require minimal welding. The only question left to answer is, which one will you pick?

Quick Notes

What We Did
Find out what suspension is available for your Chevelle or Corvette

Bottom Line
Bolt in suspension components can have your car competing at professional levels

Cost (Approx)
$600 & Up

Speed Tech Performance

'68-72 A-body

Speed Tech gets right down to business by including their tubular upper (stainless steel cross shafts) and lower control arms. QA1 GMP single adjustable coilovers are also included for small- or big-block applications with front 11/4-inch and 1-inch rear sway bars. The rear gets a complete coilover conversion, which includes Delrin bushings for the Articu-link trailing arms. Kits come with mounting brackets and hardware. Options include QA1 double adjustable coilovers, billet aluminum ball-joint caps and forged tall or standard height spindles with Corvette hubs. Note: '64-67 complete packages available soon.

Cost $3,699

Where To Get It

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BMR Fabrication

'64-72 A-body

Street/Track-Duty (Level1-2)
BMR offers a level 1 and 2 handling package for both generations of Chevelles. BMR's level 1 package includes 1-inch drop springs all around (520 lb/in. front, and 200 lb/in. rear), which are wound from high tensile strength chrome-silicon-vanadium steel. Bilstein shocks are also included. Heavy-duty front (1.25-inch) and rear (1-inch) sway bars come with Polyurethane bushings, endlinks and Grade-8 hardware. Upgrading to Level 2 consists of adding upper and lower front control arms which are MIG-welded and assembled with low deflection, internally fluted polyurethane bushings. Level 2 also comes with upper and lower arms and a reinforcement brace for the rear (see drag-duty).

Cost $949 & Up

BMR's A-body suspension kit is a drag-racers dream and it was developed to plant the rear. Main components consist of upper and lower rear control arms, reinforcement braces, sway bars, and single adjustable Strange rear shocks. Upper arms can be adjusted individually up to11/8-inch for pinion angles and come assembled with QA1 spherical bearings. Lower arms are boxed from 1.5x3.0-inch rectangular steel tubing. Control arm reinforcement braces add stiffness by tying the upper and lower arms together. Endlinks with the supplied 1.375-inch sway bar are adjustable to allow for additional pre-load. Grade-8 mounting and hardware is also included.

Cost $1,329

Where To Get It

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Detroit Speed

'64-72 A-body

Street-Duty (Speed kit 1-2)
While all of DSE's Speed-kits are streetable, Speed kit 1 and 2 is designed to bring your Chevelle into the 21st century by improving ride, handling, and camber/caster correction. Speed kit 1 includes tubular upper and lower arms, DSE forged 2-inch drop spindles and coil springs (increased spring rate) and Koni classic shocks. DSE also supplies a tubular sway bar as well. Upgrading to Speed kit 2 takes it to the next level by adding coilover shocks and springs that provide ride height adjustment. Sway bars can be upgraded to a splined version for additional cost. DSE's rear coilover kit is of course bolt-in and comes with everything you'll need, including adjustable tubular control arms. Note: Specify engine application.

Cost$2,315 (front), $960 (rear) & UP

Track-Duty (Speed kit 3)
Stepping up to DSE's Speed kit 3 will provide you with the ultimate performance package. Speed kit 3 incorporates the splined front sway bar, DSE 600 steering gear with rag joint, aluminum body shock absorbers with DSE tuned valving and coilover springs. DSE tubular tie-rod adjusters and inner and outer tie-rod arms with idler arm are also included. For the rear, DSE provides their complete bolt-in coilover kit with brackets and hardware. A Ceramic finished 600 steering gear is an upgradeable option at an additional cost. Note: Specify engine application.

Cost $3,982 (front), $2,345 (rear) & Up

Where To Get It

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'64-72 A-body

Edelbrock's Pro Touring kit has everything you need for your A- or G-body muscle car. Since these kits arrive in one complete package, there's no guesswork-just bolt in and go. Up front, Edelbrock's all-inclusive kits come with front and rear sway bars along with coil springs and tie-rods sleeves. The kits also include lower trailing arms, adjustable upper arms, adjustable framebraces for the rear. Edelbrock's exclusive IAS shocks are also included for all four corners.

Cost $1,482 & UP

Where To Get It

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'64-72 A-body, '78-87 G-body

Not messing around, Chassisworks created a well-rounded handling package. Their street/track package includes their g-street ShockWave front suspension with upper and lower arms, Chassisworks quick-ratio steering box, front antiroll bar, and billet-sleeve tie-rod assemblies for the front. Their rear comes with a FAB9 9-inch rearend housing and suspension conversion with VariShock billet adjustable shocks.

Cost $4,500 & UP

Chassisworks designed their drag-race kits with an incredible amount of tunability. Their system comes with a bolt-on coilover front suspension and Chassisworks steering-box with billet-sleeve tie-rod assemblies. The rear consists of a FAB9 9-inch rearend housing with their suspension conversion, including a VariShock rear coilover system.

Cost $4,700 & UP

Where To Get It

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Jim Meyer Racing

'63-87 Corvette

The Jim Meyer Racing kit will update your Corvette with Jim Meyer suspension components, Wilwood brakes and Steeroid rack-and-pinion. Urethane-bushed upper and lower tubular A-arms are included and will bolt on to your stock pivot shafts. QA1 adjustable coilover shocks along with sway bars make up the front and rear components. Wilwood brakes are four-piston caliper designs with forged aluminum calipers for all four corners. Rotors are 113/4-inch cross-drilled to keep temperatures down. Steering is completed with provided linkage from column to the steering arms. Note: Manual or power rack is available.

COST $5,495

Where To Get It

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'64-88 A/G-body

A sure-fit to getting you're A/G-body to hook is the Total Vehicle System from Hotchkis. Their systems have been designed and tested. Their TVS kits include sport coils (1-inch drop in ride height), Extreme sway bars, heavy-duty sway bars and heavy-duty tie-rod sleeves. For the rear, the suspension incorporates their adjustable rear suspension. Lower arms are constructed for high-quality rectangular steel tubing while the uppers are steel and billet aluminum. The rear can be adjusted by the tubular trailing arm mount braces, which triangulate the chassis-making it stiffer. Note: Specify engine application.

COST $1,731 & UP

Where To Get It

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C5/6 Corvette

Simple steps to achieving better-than-factory handling characteristics from an already-proven performer are available with Pfadt's line of suspension goodies. Their entry-level package includes a Pfadt adjustable coilovers and street sway bar system, which increases overall spring rate without compromising ride. Both the coilovers and sway bars come with recommended settings that offer a well-balanced car. To finish, Pfadt includes their camber kit to all for maximum negative camber to be dialed in.

Cost $2,800

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To upgrade to a more aggressive system, Pfadt offers a track package as well. Adding to the street package, Pfadt has added Delrin pillow block sway bar bushings and solid sperhical control arm bushings. Pfadt replaces their polyurethane bushings with a more advanced and alumin-housed Delrin-type solid bushing. The Pfadt kit also replaces all 18 of the control arm bushings with 6061 T6 aluminum sleeves. The mono-ball joints elimnate friction and deflection and come anodized Pfadt orange and laser etched.

Cost $3,570

Where To Get It

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For Drag racing 'Vettes, Pfadt includes a set of drag-specific rate springs for the front, which add on top of their street package with coilovers. Coilovers feature a single damping adjustment at the top of each shock to dial rebound and compression in a 3:1 ratio. Separate ride height adjustment is also available. The competition rear sway bar features a chromoly bar that is splined on each end to accept their splined CNC-machined sway bar arms. The arms are made from 7075-T6 aluminum. Endlinks are custom made 3/8-inch Teflon lined rod ends. A Poly bushing kit will also reduce any flex for maximum launch capability.

Cost $2,755

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Classic Performance Products

'64-72 A-body

Street/Track-Duty (Stage I-2)
One key ingredient to a complete suspension package is adding steering components. CPP's stage 1 and 2 packages both come with their 500 series steering box with a 14:1 ratio and uses the 3/4-30 rag joint. The complete packages also come with upper and lower tubular control arms, sway bars, and upper and lower control arms for the rear. Front and rear springs and shocks are also in the kit. Adding to the stage 2 kit includes a swap to front and rear QA1 coilover shocks.

Cost $1,969 & Up

Where To Get It

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Performance Online


'64-88 A/G-body

Street-Duty (Stage II)
An affordable option to getting a solid bang for your buck is Performance Online's (POL) complete front to rear kit. POL's kit comes with front and rear coils that can be ordered from stock to 11/2 inches of drop in the front to as much as 3 inches in the rear. Zinc-plated sway bars are also included as well as Nitro Slammer shocks for all four corners. Packages include all the sway bar mounting hardware and instructions.

Cost $599

Where To Get It

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'64-77 A-body, '78-87 G-body

PST matched their already available super front end kit (available separate if necessary), which included Polygraphite bushings, idler arm, and tie-rod ends and hardware and created a MEGA system. The MEGA system consists of their lightweight tubular front and rear solid sway bar and Catapult rear trailing arms with a set of KYB shocks. Optional items include tubular front upper control arms and drop spindles with center-link. Heavy duty big-block springs are also optional.

Cost $1,599

Corvette (C1-6)

Not leaving out the 'Vettes PST offers a full line of bolt-on front to rear replacement suspension packages to update their current platform. PST's packages will include front end components like tie rods, idler arms along with G-Max sway bars and Ground-Zero coil and leaf springs. KYB shocks are also included. Of course, PST's famous Polygraphite bushings are designed with near-zero deflection to create a superior handling 'Vette.

Cost $1,399

Where To Get It

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'64-72 A-body

Street-Duty (Level 1)
If a lower stance and updated ride is all you are after, RideTech's level 1 package can deliver. RideTech's simple bolt-on system relocates the shocks to the outside of the factory control arms. It comes with air springs and complete with brackets and hardware. A 3-gallon compressor system will also independently adjust height on all four corners. Analog gauges and electric switches are also included.

Cost $2,200

Track-Duty (Level 2-3)
RideTech's Level 2 package will increase suspension tunability and ride by adding their ShockWave system. It includes their Strongarm tubular upper and lower A-arms as well as adjustable shock valving while the rear gets Strongarm upper and lower control arms. Increased air control is provided by a larger 5-gallon tank with four-way adjustability. Level 3 kits up the ante with even more precision by adding dual-adjustable front and rear shocks, front and rear sway bars, tie-rod adjusters, and a remote control with memory ride height settings.

Cost $4,300 & Up

Where To Get It

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