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Garage Letters: Readers' Feedback - August 2014

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In the June 2014 Shop Talk, Henry De Los Santos states that “...stock suspension just means that all the suspension components attach at the factory mounting points.” Is that what he really meant to say? I think most car enthusiasts, builders, racers would disagree.

To almost everyone else in the car world, stock suspension would mean just that ... the suspension is stock, from the factory, OE, etc. Was Henry thinking of modified or upgraded suspension? To me upgraded suspension would be where the stock/OE suspension components were replaced with new/better parts, but still installed using the factory mounting points. A modified suspension would be where you had to move or reposition suspension components and don’t or cannot use the factory’s mounting locations.

Using Henry’s definition of “stock,” then almost all cars on the street or driven to the strip are stock ... they are probably attaching their modifications to the stock locations. As long as they used the stock mounting location, then that LS swap into their ’69 Camaro would qualify as stock, right? So what did Henry really mean when he wrote the 2000 Camaro SS has “stock” suspension? Thanks for the clarification.

Ron Rutledge
Via email

Shop Talk Suspension 2/2

Stock suspension is simply a category of heads-up racing. These types of classes only allow upgraded suspension that bolts directly into the factory mounting points, or location if you prefer. Another way to look at it is like this; stock suspension door-slammers is just a term coined to simply differentiate them from the ladder bar and back-halved cars. I hope that helps and thanks for writing in. –Henry D.

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