Upgrading the suspension in a unibody Chevy has never been easier. Just about every suspension company worth its salt is selling complete front clips. These companies have been pushing the limits of bolt-ons for some time now, and what has come from all that testing are some pretty superior suspension systems and the subframes from which they hang. The newest trend we are seeing is front subframe assemblies that come fully complete with upgraded suspension.
As a consumer this makes the job of upgrading your stuff a weekend project instead of a long, drawn out process. Just remove all your stock stuff in one unit and replace it with the new goods. This keeps the guesswork to a minimum, as you know everything on that clip was designed to work in unison. All of the clips in this guide offer an upgrade of some sort over the stock stuff, whether it's as simple as improved steering and exhaust clearance, to a full blown upgrade over everything. We tried to provide all the information you need in the space we had, but once you are done checking it all out, make sure to contact the companies for the full details
Art Morrison Enterprises
Morrison's new GT-Sport front clip is a popular addition to any '67-'81 Camaro. It also fits '68-'74 Novas. Designed through the use of finite element analysis (FEA), the 105 lb. front clip has strength and stiffness, yet is significantly lighter than the bulky OEM unit. With reduced unsprung weight, forged aluminum C6 Corvette control arms, a shortened front view swing arm, modified caster, and adjustable coil-over shocks, Morrison's GT-Sport clip will provide the handling you want. Through use of a specially modified C6 spindle with lowered steering arm mounting, the power rack-and-pinion steering unit is mounted some 2-inches lower in the frame, which allows for a lower CG and improved handling. Pricing starts at $6,685.00.
Art Morrison Enterprises
The crew over at B'z Rods reports that after months of fine-tuning and tweaking, it has “perfected the straight axle frontend for the '62-'67 Nova.” The B'z Rods frames have been engineered with a front steer design to provide virtually no bump steer, a common problem with straight axles in the past. This clip also allows you to use almost any oil pan with plenty of clearance for those big headers. Some key features are it's made to use stock core support; super slide springs with urethane bushings; Vega steering box with polished stainless steel pitman arm; forged spindles with pre-fitted pins; 9-1/4-inch Mustang II style vented rotors with a 5x4-3/4-inch bolt circle; GM metric calipers with pads; bearings, seals, etc. The clip comes in raw steel, but powdercoating is available for an additional charge. The clip comes fully assembled. B'z does this to ensure you will have no issues at home. This clip retails for $3,395.00.
Chris Alston's Chassisworks
Chassisworks' muscle-car g-Machine subframe is a direct-fit solution designed for '62-'67 Chevy IIs. The system features a welded subframe with integrated double A-arm, rack-and-pinion crossmember, and two supporting struts, all secured at the factory firewall mounting locations. Unlike others, the g-Machine Chevy II subframe is completely boxed with welded radiator-core-support crossmember,high-clearance bent support struts for engine and exhaust clearance, and optional aluminum inner fender panels and steel fender supports with integrated hood-hinge mounts. As an option, factory-welded motor-plate brackets can also be added for vehicles requiring maximum chassis stiffness, while an optional mid plate is a simple bolt-on. Systems start at $,3995.00.
Chris Alston's Chassisworks
Classic Performance Products (CPP)
CPP has something for the restoration guys. These '67-'69 Camaro front subframe kits come with a stock subframe that is powdercoated for protection from the elements. They also include a stock or drop spindle, disc brake wheel kit, power steering gear box, stamped steel OE-style control arms, steering linkage, steering arms, sway bar, coil springs, shocks and small-block motor perches. It comes complete, but all components are also sold separately. Many brake, tubular control arm, and steering box upgrades are also available. It retails for $2,779.00.
Classic Performance Products, Inc.
Detroit Speed (DSE)
The Detroit Speed subframe has been designed, engineered, and developed for the road and track. The hydroformed front subframe is a bolt-in replacement for the original in '67-'81 Camaro and '68 -'74 Nova applications. The hydroformed framerails feature strength and stiffness, precise quality and repeatability. The subframe comes complete with the following components: Hydroformed framerails, stamped crossmembers, tubular upper and lower control arms, 4041 pre-hardened machined control arm mounting shafts, DSE/JRi coilover shocks with DSE-specific valving, springs, power rack-and-pinion steering, splined anti-rollbar, forged steering knuckles with bearing packs. Up to a 10-inch wide wheel can be packaged without modification to the inner wheelwells. SBC, BBC, LS1, LS2, and LS7 engines are a direct bolt-in to this subframe. Pricing starts at $7,000.00
Detroit Speed, Inc.,
Fat Man Fabrication
Fatman has a trick new suspension that provides Pro Touring handling and style for the '70-‘81 Camaro or '75-'79 Nova. This completely new subframe provides vastly improved geometry, with a 2-inch narrower track width. This unit bolts into the unibody just like the original, and is supplied with polished stainless steel control arms, dropped spindles with 11-inch disc brakes, sway bar, and steering hook up to the original column. Billet QA1 colilovers are standard, with other options available, and Wilwood brakes. LS, small- or big-blocks can be installed using the oil pans that fit in the original chassis. The front mounted rack-and-pinion solves the old problem of header-to-steering box interference. Prices start at $4,295.00.
Fatman Fabrications Inc.
For the '67-'81 Camaros and '68-'74 Novas, Heidts offers the Pro-G front subframe. The Pro-G front subframe features heavy duty upper and lower control arms with adjustable rod ends, power rack-and-pinion, 11-inch rotors with four-piston Wilwood calipers, adjustable aluminum coilover shocks, and 2-inch dropped spindles. Available options include double adjustable shocks, splined sway bars, and many Wilwood brake kits including 13-inch drilled rotors with 6-piston polished calipers. The Pro-G clip starts at $4,715.00.
The Helix independent front suspension kits features factory correct dimensions and mount locations for a bolt in installation. Available for multiple applications, including '62-'67 Novas. There are several brake and suspension options to choose from to suite you specific build style. The kit is designed with advance suspension geometry for a smooth ride. Helix is proud to say, “We are independently engineered and tested to achieve ADR certification.” Helix independent front suspension kits start at $1200 and come with a lifetime warranty.
Hotrods To Hell
With Big Bar Soft Spring Technology, the company's new '62-'67 Nova front clip brings your deuce under control without compromising a comfortable ride. Featuring custom-valved shocks, adjustable ride height via coilover springs, and a NASCAR-style sway bar package, the clip features a 5-inch stroke adjustable coilover, three-position upper shock mount, 1-1/4-inch integral splined swaybar with 30-degree under slung steel arms, 1-1/2-inch down bars, TIG welded upper and lower arms made from DOM material. Also included are Wilwood 13-inch, six-piston Superlite front brakes with billet hubs and Wilwood Pro forged spindles, standard or 2-inch drop, and a Flaming River manual rack. Price as shown—fully assembled, powdercoated, and aligned—is $4495.00, plus shipping.
Hotrods To Hell
This bolt-in subframe for the '67-'69 Camaro and '68-'74 Nova features OE-spec heavy gauge steel for an OEM appearance, but has been strengthened with added bracing to the lower cross member and is powder coated gloss black. Ready to go right out of the box, Hotchkis subframes come pre-loaded with a complete catalog of upgrades including new tubular upper and lower control arms with adjustable camber and added caster, two-inch or three-inch drop Sport coil springs, a 1 1/8-inch tubular front sway bar, a premium steering rebuild kit (idler arm and inner/outer tie rod ends), heavy duty tie rod sleeves, a new powder coated center link, a new pitman arm, new OE spindles, a GM 500 series 14:1 steering box, and Hotchkis-Tuned SPS monotube shocks. Each subframe is custom ordered direct through Hotchkis according to customer specifications for engine type and ride height. Available upgrades include the new Hotchkis-Tuned APS single adjustable monotube shocks and the Hotchkis Handle Bars. The subframes start at $5,800 for the basic package, and are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
Hotchkis Sport Suspension
Jim Meyer Racing
Jim Meyer Racing Products has designed a direct replacement, jig-built, subframe for '67-'81 Camaros. This fully adjustable bolt-in subframe features 3- to 4-inches of stance adjustment, tubular A-arms with either of Jim Meyer's custom drop spindles or stock replacement spindles, and is complete with a pre-drilled trans crossmember for all popular GM transmissions. The beefy tubular construction offers a narrower 60-inch front track that will handle either BBC or SBC power. The new 2x4x0.188-inch wall subframe has more header room then stock, and will accept 10-inch wide front wheels/tires. It also features mounts for stock core support, engine and trans, body mounts, and bumper bracket mounts all in their stock locations. The standard package includes 11-inch GM disc brakes, 1-inch diameter anti-sway bar, manual rack-and-pinion steering, and aluminum adjustable coilover shocks. Pricing starts at $6,800.00.
Jim Meyer Racing Products, Inc.
The Roadster Shop
With this '67-'69 Camaro or '68-'72 Nova subframe you will see a lowered ride height and get improved geometry for track driving. It allows for wider front tires (up to 10-inch wheel with 285 series tires on Camaro) and features rack-and-pinion steering. Notably, the steering rack position has been altered to allow for a lower engine placement, which nets a lower center of gravity. Features include 1-1/4-inch upper and 1-5/8-inch lower DOM tubing control arms, 4041 pre-hardened machined control arm mounting shafts, C6 Corvette spindle, billet steering arms, 1-1/4-inch splined through-frame sway bar, fabricated 10-gauge framerails and crossmember, Delrin bushings and Grade 8 hardware throughout, plus Penske Racing shocks specifically-valved for Fast Track suspension, positive and negative bump stops to limit abuse on shocks and other components, improved caster and camber curves over C6 Corvette geometry and lowered roll center. Base price is $7,295.
The Roadster Shop
Scott's Hot Rods
This company takes a little different approach with unibody clips. When you order a Scott's suspension, the company starts from scratch. They take all of your information, like the type of vehicle, motor, track width, ride height, and work to build you something that has the correct handling characteristics you are looking for. A-arm lengths, crossmember pivot points and entire cross-member will be unique to your vehicle. Standard features are a one-piece, 2x4x3/16-wall crossmember, unequal-length A-arms made from 1-1/8x1/4-inch wall DOM tubing, stainless steel billet CNC machined rod ends, one-piece complete 3/16-inch wall subframe, billet coilovers or airbags and shocks, sway bar, serviceable ball joints, 11-inch disc brakes, new manual rack, and Wilwood Pro spindles. A multitude of options are available. Nearly every part on a Scott's IFS comes with a lifetime guarantee. Starting price is $4,195.
Scott's Hot Rods
Speedtech Performance's Pro Touring front subframe for the '67-'69 Camaro and '68-'72 Nova is designed as a bolt-in package that will take your car to an entirely new level of performance. Among its upgrades is improved geometry with more suspension adjustability. It's set up for rack-and-pinion steering and coilover shocks, and it's lighter than a factory frame. The complete subframe includes Speedtech's specially matched high clearance front suspension, coilover shocks, and power steering rack for optimum performance and driveability. Using Speedtech's matched front suspension allows fitment of up to a 295mm tire on a 10-inch wheel with 7-inches of backspacing. Accepts LS, small and big block engines. The subframe with suspension starts at $4,999.00.
Speedtech Performance USA
Speedway's affordable new '62-'67 Nova bolt-on gasser axle suspension kit allows you to easily turn your Chevy II Nova into a high-riding street freak. The subframe assembly and tubular steel firewall supports bolt directly to factory mounting points, providing a foundation to which you can bolt the parallel leaf springs and tubular axle. The subframe includes leaf spring and shock mounts, engine mount pads, plus a steering box mount that accepts a Vega-style steering box and cross-style steering to ensure proper steering geometry and quality road feel. The complete kit includes the subframe assembly, leaf springs, shocks, axle, spindles, new Vega-style steering box, steering arms, tie rod and drag link. Brake kits and other components to help complete your installation are also available at extra cost. At the time of this writing, this unit was on sale for $1,499.99.
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TCI is proud to announce the completely redesigned street/strip '62-'67 Nova front clip. This unit is designed around traditional coilover shocks. This will make installation a whole lot easier, plus you won't have to wait for the coil springs to break in to align the car. Whatever Chevyy V-8 you're running, proper spring rates and headers are available. Wheel travel has been increased to 6.5-inches to complement any rear suspension set up. Through the design phase TCI Engineering also decided to eliminate the use of the Mustang II spindle, and now employs a custom IFS spindle with better geometry and bolt-on dropped steering arms. Retail price is $2,910.00.
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