Third-Gen Camaro Suspension - Third-Gen Throw Down

Our '83 Camaro Gets Its Suspension Worked Over, Then Hits The Track

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If you're a third-gen owner, we'll bet there's times you feel like the world can be an unfair place. It seems like every aftermarket suspension company out there is making replacement subframes for first-gen Camaros, while others cater to the second-gen and fourth-gen crowd.

But where's the love for the third-gen Camaro owners who want to throw down in the twisties? Thankfully, the gearheads over at Hotchkis Performance saw this inequity and hit the drawing boards. What they came up with were some performance-driven suspension components designed to help third-gen owners keep up with their Camaro brethren when the road varies from the straight and narrow. So, we fired up our laterally-challenged '83 Camaro and headed over to Hotchkis for some suspension TLC.

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We updated the front of our third-gen with Hotchkis' Sport Suspension sway bar kit. Included is a 1 7/16-inch hollow bar (PN 2203 $553.30), bushings, brackets, and end links. (A one-inch hollow rear sway bar included in next photo). For this build we also went with the Premium Steering Rebuild Kit (PN CHESTR033 $550.50), which included the inner tie rods, outer tie rod ends, idler arm, and centerlink. Although they're not included in the kits, we wanted to get maximum performance, and drop our ride height an inch, so we added in the Sport Coil Springs (PN 1903 front & rear $270.60). Hotchkis now does installations at its Premium Installation Center, so you can have your parts bolted on and aligned by those that know them best.




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