How To Install A Four Link Suspension

Wrench-in Suspension

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Third Brace 2/30

16 The third brace location was then bolted to the bracket just above the mounting holes for the Panhard rod.

Leaf Spring 3/30

17 With all the brackets in place, it was time to install the links. The first step was drilling out the leaf-spring pockets with a ¾-inch drill bit.

Larger 4/30

18 Randy then mated the lower links to the pockets. There’s a large spacer used, which went to the outside edge.

Link Pocket 5/30

19 The link/pocket assembly was then bolted under the Camaro in the factory location. Again, using factory pickup points, Heidts ensures that all the parts end up in the right spot.

Lowest 6/30

20 The other end of the lower link was then secured. The Heidts system offers three positions for suspension tuning, we decided to start on the lowest hole.

Upper 7/30

21 The upper links were then installed. Like the lower link, Heidts provides multiple mounting points for suspension tuning flexibility. We went with the lower ones.

Adjustable Panhard 8/30

22 With all the links in place, Randy then installed the adjustable Panhard rod. Each end had four mounting options, but Heidts recommended to start with the lowest points.

Non Adjustable Coilover 9/30

23 He then installed the non-adjustable coilover shocks. Heidts offers an option to upgrade to double-adjustable versions if you’re interested.

Wilwood 10/30

24 For brakes, we went with a simple, yet effective, four-piston Wilwood setup that incorporated an integral parking brake and 12-inch drilled/slotted rotors (PN DR-005-P-D-B, $897).

Sway 11/30

25 We opted to pick up one of Heidts optional sway bar kits.

Stops 12/30

26 First up was sliding on the stops and bushings as shown.

Locking 13/30

27 The bar then slid into the large, reinforced hole on the bracket. Once in place and centered, the locking rings were tightened down.

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28 Randy then rotated the arms up and secured them to the cradle using the supplied turnbuckles. There are three mounting points, so he chose the softest setting to start off with. The adjustable turnbuckles also allow for preloading the sway bar if you so desire.

Four Link Suspension 15/30

29 And voila! The system is in and we didn’t have to go near a plasma cutter, cutoff wheel, or welder. The base bolt-in four-link kit set us back $1,495, and we added the sway bar option (PN SB-170, $163) and the pre-fab rearend housing mentioned earlier.

Sources

Wilwood Engineering
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
Heidts Automotive
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
800-841-8188
heidts
D&Z Customs
Kewaskum, WI
262-347-9741
www.DandZCustoms.com

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