It’s not every day that we get to visit one of our favorite parts manufacturers, and being as how BMR Suspension is only twenty minutes away form our Tampa office, there’s definitely a convenience factor. Throw in the fact that we ordered Apex Assassin’s suspension directly from them, and it only made sense that we paid them a visit.
We were greeted by BMR’s Allan Miller and Pete Epple, and were shown to each individual station; from the welding boothes to the laths, to the powder coating booth and the oven that bakes the coating on. We spent a total of six hours there, watching Apex’s components get assembled, welded, and ‘coated.
Now we’re not just going to give you this shop tour, and move on. Instead, we’ve decided to make this a two-part story, following up with the actual install in the next issue. That’s right, we’re taking full advantage of BMR’s in-house installation and R&D facility, by installing the actual parts that we ‘ve watched getting manufactured, and having the BMR crew install them into our 2012 ZL1. So follow along as we show you the steps.
1. These guys wasted no time, showing us how they weld the adjustable mounting locations onto our rear sway bar. GM redesigned the rear sway bar in 2012, so the ‘10-11s will differ slightly from ours.
2. This man, who looks alarmingly like a young Axl Rose, bends the box frame tubing that will be used for the subframe connectors. The boxed tubing is a much stronger design than the typical round tubing, and also allows for additonal ground clearence for lowered vehicles.
3. Another worker picks up where “Axl” left off, and welds all of the previously bent pieces together to form Apex’s subframe connector (SFC015), also cutting the edges that will form to the underbody. Every inch of these components are designed, engineered, and assembled in BMR’s facility.