As a Super Chevy reader, you are well aware of the potential lurking in the first-generation Camaros. They have been a staple on every dragstrip across the country and now are starting to tear up the autocross courses. If you want to build a Camaro that is well-suited for quickly navigating corners the rear leaf spring set up should be replaced with a better system. There are multiple options out there, but Total Cost Involved Engineering's torque arm rear suspension is the latest thing on the market. TCI president Sal Solorzano stated, "We designed the torque arm rear suspension to eliminate the suspension bind that occurs when cornering using the stock conventional leaf spring suspension. The torque arm features a slider on the front of the arm that slides fore and aft and rotates as the car goes through suspension travel, thus allowing the car's handling to be controlled by the coilover shocks and the rear sway bar with no suspension binding variables. The kit allows for a lower stance, great rear axle control and dramatically improved handling." Here's TCI's complete torque arm system with the optional subframe connectors and driveshaft safety loop. The system ships in raw steel so you can powdercoat or paint it in your preferred color. The base system includes adjustable upper links, massive torque arm, coilover crossmember, coilover shocks and adjustable Panhard rod. The system can be upgraded with a sway bar, and if you are looking for max handling performance the sway bar is a must. We were very impressed with the quality of the welds on the TCI parts. They were not only pretty, but showed great penetration. This is critical since these parts are subjected to a lot of stress. The kit comes with brackets that need to be welded to the axle tubes of a 9-inch housing. TCI also sells a Currie housing with all the brackets already stitched in place. Here's TCI's complete torque arm system with the optional subframe connectors and drivesha First, the main bracket was bolted in place using three existing factory bolt holes. This helps properly locate the bracket and hold it in place until fully secured. After removing the rear seat and carpet we were ready to start drilling. Using a 5/16-inch bit, we drilled reinforcement holes through the floor. First, the main bracket was bolted in place using three existing factory bolt holes. This Even as sophisticated as the torque arm setup is, it's still a bolt-in installation. No floor mods are required, though you will have to drill a few dozen holes. These holes will be used to firmly integrate the suspension into the bottom of your Camaro. The only real thing that can pose extra work is welding on some tabs to a 9-inch housing, but they do offer pre-modded housings for those who don't want to break out the welder. As for how it works, we recently saw the red '68 Camaro in action at the Super Chevy Show in Las Vegas. The car turned in some very quick autocross times with Mary Pozzi behind the wheel and her driving impression is featured at the end of the story. The point is, this system works and was proven to everyone watching. With all the holes drilled, we then moved to the interior and put in the reinforcement plate using the supplied fasteners. This sandwiches the Camaro's floor between the two steel plates, keeping everything secure. With all the holes drilled, we then moved to the interior and put in the reinforcement pla Next, we used the supplied drill guide tool and a 3/8-inch bit to make the proper hole through the unibody. Next, we used the supplied drill guide tool and a 3/8-inch bit to make the proper hole thr With both brackets secured, it was time to install the shock crossmember between the framerails. It was a tight fit so we used a dead-blow hammer to persuade it into position. With both brackets secured, it was time to install the shock crossmember between the frame The crossmember bracket was held in place using four factory holes (two on each side) and then the drill jig was employed to drill through the factory framerails. The crossmember bracket was held in place using four factory holes (two on each side) and The Panhard rod mount was installed and torqued down to TCI's specifications. There were also two fasteners that went up through the trunk floor and further secured the mount with another set of reinforcement plates. The Panhard rod mount was installed and torqued down to TCI's specifications. There were a TCI's subframe connectors also have mounts for their new cross brace with drive shaft safety loop. These were designed to integrate into the TCI subframe, but the company offers ones that work with factory subframes as well. TCI's subframe connectors also have mounts for their new cross brace with drive shaft safe 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Calin Head Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!