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2006 Suspension Guide

Housing Floaters Eliminate Suspension Bind

When using ladder bars with a leaf spring rear suspension, the axle housing cannot be rigidly attached to the springs. If it were, severe binding of the rear suspension would occur because the Ladder Bar and the leaf spring both travel in separate competing arcs. By allowing the housing to rotate and glide on the leaf spring, the Floating Housing Mount eliminates the bind and allows the Ladder Bars to work the way they were designed. Competition Engineering, 80 Carter Dr., Dept. SC, Guilford, CT 06437, 203-453-5200,


Mini Tub Kit

Now you can get everything that you need to add those extra wide tires to the rear of your 67-69 Firebird or 68-74 Nova with Detroit Speed and Engineering's complete Mini-Tub package. This kit is engineered for easy installation and superior function. Installation is a snap with the installation video CD that's provided.

The Mini-Tub kit includes extra wide deep tubs, a rear upper shock crossmember, rear upper shock mounts, offset shackles, heavy duty rear leaf springs, adjustable leaf spring pads, lower shock plates, four heavy duty u bolts, and the detailed installation video CD.The leaf springs in this kit are American made with specifications that must meet DES'sExacting specifications. These springs are tested for spring rate and matched to ensure a level stance. The offset shackles have heavy duty side bars that will eliminate any unwanted flex.

Every component in this kit has been designed to exacting standards and checked for installation to ensure you of a perfect fit and a trouble free installation. For those who want to drop the rear end Mini-Tub kits are available in either a 2" or 3" drop configuration. For additional information visit Detroit Speed's website. 704-662-3272


Adjustable Panhard Rod

The GMS adjustable Panhard rod is a direct OEM replacement that eliminates wheel hop and reduces chassis flex. The rod uses adjustable Heim joints for centering and aligning the rearend which is required when lowering springs are used. The units are manufactured using heavy-duty steel tubing with precision welds and are coated with an extremely durable powder coating. They install easily using common hand tools (reusing the factory hardware) and P/N 500001-A fits all '93-'02 F-body cars. For more info contact, Granatelli Motor Sports, 1000 Yarnell Pl., Dept. SC, Oxnard, CA 93033, 805-486-6644,


NOVA Rear 4-Link Kit

Heidt's Hot Rod Shop now has available a completely new HIGH PERFORMANCE REAR 4-LINK SUBFRAME for the `62-`67 Nova. Only Fully welded, one piece subframe connectors can stiffen the body, and new tunable rear 4-links provide best traction. Panhard bar insures full street drivability. Bolt-in and Weld-in kits are both available. Both kits have fully welded one piece subframe connectors. Kit also includes top crossmember, panhard bar, coil-overs, and 4-links with axle brackets. Options include polished stainless 4-links and panhard bar, chrome coil-overs with chrome springs, and adjustable trans mount. Axle housing with brackets installed or complete axle assembly also available. Bolt-in units are recommended for street use and occasional performance use, however the weld-in unit is recommended for high horsepower applications and all out racing. Heidt's Hot Rod Shop, 111 Kerry Ln., Dept. SC, Wauconda, IL 60084, 847-487-0150.



Hotchkis Performance, the leader in Performance Suspension Technology, announces the addition of the TVS (Total Vehicle Suspension) kit for the 1964-1972 "A" body and 1978-1988 "A/G" body to its product line.

News Flash! As we go to print, our new Double Adjustable upper control arms are included in each "A" body TVS kit!

What is the TVS concept? Provide, in one kit, engineered suspension components that harness the high horsepower of today's modern engines for better handling, launches and acceleration.

Your Chevelle, Monte Carlo, or El Camino will exhibit increased stability and maneuverability, plus better ride quality on the street or during club outings or Cruise-Ins.

The obvious Hotchkis Performance advantage is improved handling for your Classic performance vehicle. The high quality and ease of maintenance of our products give you the additional advantage of product longevity. For your convenience, all of our kits include all necessary Grade 8 installation hardware and complete instructions. This ensures our products live up to what performance magazine articles have described about Hotchkis Performance suspension: "Install on Saturday, drive on Sunday!"Order an "A" or "A/G" Body TVS kit today - embarrass the competition and impress your friends with the handling improvement in your GM muscle car. Hotchkis Performance, 12035 Burke Street, Suite 13, Dept SC, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, 888-735-6430,



Three, Two, One...Launch! CATAPULT(tm) Trailing Arms are the ultimate in performance, handling, traction and control. By eliminating unwanted suspension deflection, CATAPULT(tm) Trailing Arms dramatically improve cornering and overall stability allowing you to get the most from you musclecar. Performance Suspension Technology engineered suspension components can easily handle high horsepower and big tires (including racing slicks). CATAPULT(tm) Trailing Arms eliminate wheel hop providing quicker and smoother launches improving roll stiffness and sway bar effectiveness. Call or write and mention code SC101 to receive your FREE copy of our full color catalog! Performance Suspension Technology, Box 396, Dept. SC, Montville NJ 07045, 800-247-2288,



The S & W Race Cars fully-welded Chevy S-10 rear frame kit is designed specifically for the do-it-yourselfer. Each frame is completely jig-welded to assure straightness and proper alignment of suspension mounting points. Each frame is constructed of heavy duty .120" wall rectangular tubing and is designed to fit under the stock bed floor and retain all stock bed mounting locations. Each frame comes with front ladder bar or 4-link mounts, upper shock crossmember and panhard bar mount fully installed. Also included with every frame is an inner wheel tub widening kit. Installation of this frame package will allow use of 31x18.5 Hoosier street radial tires. The standard package includes our S&W Pro/Series shock & spring kit which is designed specifically for Pro/Street or the ET bracket racer on a limited budget. This kit features standard non-adjustable shocks, PVC coated coil springs (custom matched to your application) and adjustable lower mounts with 7-1/2" of ride height adjustment and all necessary mounting hardware. Externally adjustable Strange Engineering or QA-1 coil over shocks are also available for the trucker or racer desiring the maximum in adjustability. Ladder Bar $1,10900, 4-Link $119600. S&W Race Cars, 11 Mennonite Church Rd., Dept. SC, Spring City, PA 19475, 1-800-523-3353,



Strange manufactures more than "just a shock"- we offer over 40 years of suspension knowledge. The Strange shock is highly responsive, consistent, and can be easily adjusted to adapt to slight changes in atmospheric conditions. Strange has taken its success of the coil-over shock market and has upped the ante for the "bolt-in" shock market. Strange "bolt-in" shocks have ten external adjustments and feature billet steel cross bars and polyurethane bushings. The ten external adjustments allow for a full range of street and track adjustments. You will not find a more responsive shock. Strange aluminum shocks work seamlessly with our extremely popular "bolt-in" Strange 60 rear end- featuring 35-spline axles. Contact Strange Engineering 847.663.1701


Bilstein BTS Performance Suspension Systems

Bilstein BTS suspension systems consist of four shocks or struts with sport level valving and coil springs with a performance directed spring rate. The BTS system provides a lower stance and firmer ride for better road handling and control. Bilstein shocks and struts feature gas pressure mono-tube design that dissipates heat more effectively than a twin tube shock for cooler, more efficient operation and longer life. They offer the largest available piston diameter for greater sensitivity and precise control. The patented digressive piston head design with deflective disc valving instantly reacts to changing road input for optimum performance. Bilstein, 14102 Stowe Dr., Dept. SC, Poway, CA 92064, 858-386-5900,



21st Century Street Machine's newest edition to their 1st Generation Camaro hi-performance pro-touring system is a Corvette C5 Independent Rear Suspension. Frame rails are made out of a 2x3 inch .125 wall mild steel tubing and assembled on a jig. The suspension utilizes the Corvette C5 upper and lower wishbone forged aluminum components. Customers can opt to use the entire rear Corvette C5 Transaxle or simply opt for the Corvette C5 differential. The differential has a 21st Century Street Machine's custom adaptor plate and input shaft with yoke-thus being able to utilize a standard drive shaft drivetrain. The differential allows for maintenance of the rear seat and trunk pan contours. Combine the Corvette C5 IRS system with 21st Century Street Machine's other components of their pro-touring system. These include the replacement front subframe with the Corvette C5 front suspension, the sub frame connectors, custom roll cage, and rear medium tub kit. This makes for unprecedented performance gains for Chevrolet's 1967-1969 Camaro classic.

Any concerns about accomodating your favorite drive train has already been addressed. 21st Century Street Machines provides custom stepped racing headers for the suspension systems and custom gas tanks for mechanical pump or EFI applications-The team at 21st Century Street Machines also builds turn key hi-performance customs and pro-touring cars.

When you decide to bring your 1st generation Camaro or any other ride into the 21st century, contact 21st Century Street Machines at 704-243-1566 or email us at Our website is


Wheel-E-Bars(TM) Help Control Weight Transfer

Although Ladder Bars and 4-Links provide lift to the front end by transferring weight to the rear, too much lift detracts from the forward motion and reduces overall performance. Installation of Wheel-E-Bars(TM) helps to maintain the correct amount of lift and controls weight transfer to maximize traction. Competition Engineering, 80 Carter Dr., Dept. SC, Guilford, CT 06437, 203-453-5200,

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