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2006 Suspension Guide

Super Kits

Performance Suspension Technology, famous for exclusive Polygraphite(r) Front End Kits and bushings, now announces the availability of their Polygraphite(r) Super Kits. Unlike many front end kits, PST's Super Kits have ALL the components necessary to properly rebuild your front suspension; inner shafts, upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods, idler arm, and control arm bumpers (when equipped). These Super Kits also include Polygraphite(r), a new, superior graphite-impregnated bushing material that doesn't "give" like OEM-type bushings. The Polygraphite(r) bushings included are upper and lower control arm bushings, strut rod bushings (where required), sway bar bushings (with brackets), and stabilizer links with bushings. For information call or write and mention code SC101 for your FREE copy of our catalog! Performance Suspension Technology, Box 396, Dept. SC, Montville NJ 07045, 800-247-2288, www.p-s-t.com.

 

600-Series Boxes

Remy Racing and Performance Products presents the Delphi 600 series Power Steering Gear made in America. It is a bolt-in replacement steering gear for all GM A, B, F, and X body vehicles from 1965 through the early 1990's. The Delphi 600 is now available for 55-57 Chevy's, 58-64 Impala/Biscayne and 62-82 Corvettes. The Delphi 600 series Power Steering Gear utilizes the latest in steering technology including a rack and pinion valve and specifically tuned effort characteristics. This gear provides quick response and precise control. Taking that "Slop" out of the steering and giving the driver that tight rack & pinion feel. The recirculating ball gears offer low friction with smooth and quiet operation throughout the entire steering range. This produces excellent road feel and driver feedback just like that found in modern day cars and trucks. Remy Racing and Performance Products also carries the GM 525, "Vega", Corvette manual steering gears all made with the OE tooling. Look for our all new Mustang II manual rack & pinion. Please call 1-800-790-7244 and visit www.remyracingshop.com for more details.

 

Shed some weight!

Borgeson offers a way for you to shed some weight off your GM muscle car, up to 28 pounds! These are complete kits that convert your car from power to manual steering in the matter of a couple of hours. Think about it, no more power steering pump robbing your motor of those much-needed hps to make you more competitive. No more power steering fluid to deal with and no more power steering hoses to inspect. The power box in your car now can be up to 30+ years old, worn and tired. Replace it with a brand new 525 box and make your steering more responsive. We have kits for the following applications: 78-88 Malibu and the 82-92 Camaro part number 999001, 64-72 Chevelle, 442 & GTO part number 999002 and 70-81 Camaro, 75-79 Nova part number 999003. These kits include a brand new 525 box, pitman arm and rag-joint. The 525 box is the ONLY box GM recommends for these applications. The vega (140) box is too light duty for these applications, the vega box is only recommended for cars weighing less than 2500 pounds. The 525 use the same mounting configuration as your power box so mounting it is a breeze. The pitman arm is designed to replace the existing pitman arm in length and bend so all your clearances remain the same and the rag-joint will bolt right onto the 525 box and the column end. The 525 box comes in standard 22:1 ratio for the best overall drivability, we also offer a quick ratio 16:1 525 box for competition. All these kits have a five year unlimited mileage warranty. For any technical or ordering information, please call 860-482-8283. Borgeson Universal Company / Mullins Steering Gears, 91 Technology Park Drive, Torrington, CT 06790, www.borgeson.com

 

"G-Force Spindle" For GM Muscle Cars

Hot rodded muscle cars are hotter than ever, but the demands of modern traffic have made their chassis shortcomings all too apparent. The sad truth is that most modern family cars can out handle and brake our beloved '67-'69 Camaros, '68-'74 Nova, and '64-'72 Chevelles, but easy bolt on help is available! Fatman's new G-Force spindle provides a 2" drop for a lower center of gravity, and has the upper ball joint raised 2" to obtain the improved camber curve necessary properly plant those wide, sticky modern radial tires. A 20% improvement in skid pad numbers has been observed. The steering arm position has been optimized to eliminate bumpsteer. Any disc brake system that fits the stock spindle will fit these new ones, so the sky and your wallet are the only limits to improved braking. The G-Force dropped spindle will align properly with either stock stamped control arms, or Fatman's tubular arms, in either stock width or narrowed versions. Upgraded shocks, springs and sway bars are also available to further the improvements. A couple hours work will transform the handling of your muscle car-it can handle as good as it looks! For more info, contact the Fatguys at 8621-C Fairview Rd, Hwy 218, Dept. SC, Charlotte, NC, 28227-7619. (704) 545-0369 or www.fatmanfab.com

 

Camaro 2" Dropped Spindle

HEIDT'S Hot Rod Shop now offers Improved Camber 2" Dropped STEEL Spindles for the first generation `67-`69 Camaro. This spindle is very different that other spindles on the market. It is called an "Improved Camber" spindle because the upper ball joint is raised the optimum amount, which is 1-1/2". These are not some factory adapter spindles, but are new, specifically designed spindles for the Camaro. The raised upper ball joint means that the arc that the upper control arm swings in is now different than the factory design, so it yields a different camper change during suspension movement. You cannot do this with any "special modified" control arms, as the pivot points are determined by the ball joint locations on the spindles. The control arms just "connect the dots" and go along for the ride. Period. As the car leans into a turn, the new camber characteristics keep the tire from leaning outward, keeping the tire patch in full contact with the road. This means more stability and higher performance during cornering. Along with that, this spindle is manufactured, as are all of HEIDT'S dropped spindles, from STEEL, not cast iron. These spindles are the strongest ones in the industry. At some point all cars must stop. HEIDT'S spindles again set the standard with their factory bolt-on caliper brackets. Do you want standard disc brakes with factory calipers, polished billet calipers and hubs, or the monster 13" rotors with huge 6 piston calipers? All these brake packages are available for HEIDT'S spindles because the caliper brackets bolt on.For more info call HEIDT'S at 800-841-8188. Or www.heidts.com

 

Power Steering Pumps

Most people don't realize that all power steering pumps are not created equal. Power steering pumps should be mated to each type of steering gear. Unisteer Performance Products(TM) offers a wide array of GM power steering pumps for all types of application. These pumps are all new and are available with high flow output for steering boxes, or low flow output for rack and pinions. All pumps are designed to have maximum pressure at low speed, and reduced pressure at high speed. Our TC type II pump use long lasting shaft bearing, unlike low cost CB pumps which uses a split bushing. The TC pumps features aluminum housings and are available in a cast or polished finish. There are a variety of reservoirs available, including an OE self contained, a billet self contained, or billet remote reservoir. Pulleys and mounting brackets are also available for all GM motors. Traditionalists will want to check out our GM P-style pump. This pump uses factory mounting brackets and hoses. The P-pump has a self contained reservoir and is available in either black or show quality chrome plated. A variety of hydraulic fittings are available upon request. We make connecting the pump and gear a breeze, with our attractive durable high pressure braided stainless steel hose kits. These kits utilize aircraft AN fittings for a simple, great looking install. All pumps carry a lifetime warranty. Maval Manufacturing, 1555 Enterprise Pkwy., Dept. SC, Twinsburg, OH 44087, 800-338-9080, www.mavalgear.com.

 

Vibration reducers

Vibration reducers are a necessity in your car if you are driving the car on the street. Every new vehicle purchased today has some type of a vibration reducer incorporated into the steering system. The original type referred to as either the "rag joint" or the "factory style" coupler. Over the years, Borgeson developed the "In line" vibration reducer and our most popular Vibration reducer, the "Vibration reducer u-joint" combination.

Why do you need a vibration reducer in your Chevy? To help eliminate noise, vibration and the harshness that you feel at the wheel. Say you are out cruising, about half an hour into your goodtime you notice your hand starts to feel like you have been running a weed eater all day. This is a good indication that you either don't have a vibration reducer in your steering system; your vibration reducer is worn or in some cases something a little more in depth is the culprit. In any case, you need to check it out and repair the problem to make your vehicle more enjoyable to drive.

The factory style or rag joint has been used for sometime as an OEM vibration reducer. Borgeson offers a full line of splined and DD rag joints to help accommodate your needs and still give your vehicle that stock look. So weather you are replacing the steering column, the steering box or both, Borgeson has the rag-joint for your application. For any technical or ordering information, please call 860-482-8283. Borgeson Universal Company / Mullins Steering Gears, 91 Technology Park Drive, Torrington, CT 06790, www.borgeson.com

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67-69 Camaro/68-74 Nova Rack and Pinion Kit

First Generation Camaro and Second generation Nova owners can now transform their F-Bodies into corner carving G-Machines. Unisteer Performance Products(TM) now offers a bolt in rack and pinion kit that will greatly improve handling and responsiveness for the early F-Bodies. These kits are designed to work correctly with the stock suspension, and have little or no bump steer, unlike other similar kits. Mounting this unit is simple and its location allows maximum ground clearance unlike other kits. These are true bolt on kits; no drilling, welding or cutting is required. The custom rack and pinion unit utilizes Corvette internals, giving it maximum responsiveness. Full turns lock to lock are achieved in a mere 2.5 turns. These kits are available in both power and manual. The manual unit is ideal for street and strip cars, reducing weight by more than 60lbs. The steering ratio in the manual is slower than the power, resulting in a light but still responsive feel. All kits are offered with a standard powder coated finish or a show quality chrome plate. The power kit includes new steering arms that bolt on all spindles that accept factory steering arms. Stock columns and pumps are compatible, but new hoses and steering joints are required. New Corvette power steering pumps are available for an even greater road feel. All kits work with small block, big block, LT, or LS motors. Maval Manufacturing, 1555 Enterprise Pkwy., Dept. SC, Twinsburg, OH 44087, 800-338-9080, www.mavalgear.com.

 

Inline Vibration Reducers

In line vibration reducers, when building your steering system and you have the room to accommodate a vibration reducer and there is no angle difference between the two connecting shafts then an in-line vibration reducer is the answer. Measuring 3 ?" in overall length and 1 ?" diameter, this is more compact in width then the rag joint and a much better looking choice.

Vibration reducer u-joint combination. Measuring 4 ?" in overall length, the vibration reducer u-joint performs two functions. It is a vibration reducer, much like the in-line vibration reducer but with the added benefit of a u-joint attached to one end. These are great when used in place of a regular u-joint to give you the added benefit of the vibration reducer. The vibration reducer u-joint combination or "VJ" still offers thirty-five degrees of angle, the same as our standard u-joint. Offered in steel, stainless steel and polished stainless steel, this is a must have when designing a new steering system. For any technical or ordering information, please call 860-482-8283. Borgeson Universal Company / Mullins Steering Gears, 91 Technology Park Drive, Torrington, CT 06790, www.borgeson.com

 

Flaming River's Rack & Pinion Conversion System For 62-67 Chevy II/Nova

Berea, Ohio -- Flaming River now offers a direct, bolt-in Quick Ratio manual rack & pinion steering system engineered for the first generation of the Chevy II/Nova models (1962-67) equipped with a small block engine. The system uses a quick ratio rack & pinion (3-1/2 turns lock-to-lock) for improved steering response and handling.

The system utilizes an all-new engineering concept to rack & pinion steering -- a straightforward, bolt-in support cradle with ?" thick end plates to for a highly stable installation. The cradle is jig-welded on precision form fixturing to assure a precise fit. Like all Flaming River rack & pinion conversion systems, the Chevy II/Nova system requires no frame modification, cross-member removal nor welding during installation. The supplied cradle mounts to the existing chassis mounting holes for the steering box and the idler arm.

The kit includes: the rack & pinion assembly, bolt-in rack cradle (with hardware), 3 needle bearing universal joints, support bearing, steering shaft, rack mounting bracket and tilt column (with mounting accessories). The column is available in paintable or polished finishes.

This kit is designed for small-block powered applications using a stock-style oil pan with stock exhaust manifolds or street-style headers (optional rear-dump style recommended). FLAMING RIVER INDUSTRIES, INC. 800 Poertner Drive, Dept. SC, Berea, OH 44017, 440-826-4488, www.flaming-river.com.

 

Stainless Steel Steering Universal Joints

Quality is what you should expect, and that is what you will get when using Unisteer Performance Products(TM) new stainless steel steering universal joints. These universal joints are a combination of strength, safety and looks. The precision needle bearing design and heavy duty stainless steel construction make these steering joints the choice of many top builders. Our universal joints not only have a unique look, but function uniquely as well. Instead of attaching our joints and shafts with set screws, we chose to use pinch bolt fasteners. This method is preferred by major automotive manufactures, for its reliability and functionality. On top of all that, these universal joints have a stunning show quality appearance and are polished to a high luster. A wide range of spline sizes are available, as well as shafting, we also offer specific kits that are designed for use with our rack and pinion kits. Like all our products, the universal joints and kits carry a life time warranty. Maval Manufacturing, 1555 Enterprise Pkwy., Dept. SC, Twinsburg, OH 44087, 800-338-9080, www.mavalgear.com.

 

62-67 Nova/Chevy II Rack and Pinion

First Generation Novas and Chevy IIs owners can now update their steering to rack and pinion with Unisteer Performance Products(TM) Nova steering kit. These kits greatly improve handling, responsiveness, and steering effort. Our kits are designed to work correctly with the stock suspension, and have little or no bump steer, unlike similar kits. Mounting this unit is simple and its location allows maximum ground clearance, unlike other kits. These are true bolt on kits; no drilling, welding or cutting is required. This custom rack and pinion utilizes Corvette internals giving it maximum responsiveness. Full turns lock to lock are achieved in a mere 2.5 turns. These kits are available in both power and manual. The manual unit is ideal for street and strip cars, reducing weight by more than 40 lbs. The steering ratio in the manual is slower than the power, resulting in a light but still responsive feel. All kits are offered with a standard powder coated finish or a show quality chrome plate. Stock steering columns and power steering pumps are compatible, but new hose and steering joints are required. New Corvette power steering pumps are available for an even greater road feel. All kits work with small block, big block, LT, and LS motors. Maval Manufacturing, 1555 Enterprise Pkwy., Dept. SC, Twinsburg, OH 44087, 800-338-9080, www.mavalgear.com.

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