1965 Chevrolet Bel Air Suspension - Big Car Canyon Carver

Nailing it Down

Arvid Svendsen Sep 1, 2006 0 Comment(s)
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For initial installation, the upper trailing arm is length-ened to the exact size of the stock upper trailing arm.

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The Hotchkis upper trailing arm is bolted in place using the supplied hardware.

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With upper trailing arms in place, the stock lower trailing arms are removed. All mating surfaces receive a thin coat of Hotchkis supplied grease.

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The Hotchkis lower trailing arms are boxed and feature a welded spring seat for easier spring installations. The use of the Polygraphite bushings are a huge improvement over the rubber bushings that beat apart after only two years of driving, about 15,000 miles.

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The new lower trailing arms are installed, again using mounting hardware supplied.

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After the lower trailing arms are replaced, the stock Panhard rod is removed, and the Hotchkis adjustable Panhard rod is bolted into place.

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The Panhard rod adjustability enables centering the rear end in the car when altering ride height. The fit of the much "beefier" Hotchkis Panhard rod is outstanding.