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Brakes & Suspension

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Follow along as we upgrade Project Y2k’s suspension with a coilover conversion and new anti-roll bars from Pfadt

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In order to perform as designed, suspension components have to have a rigid chassis framework to support them, and that’s where this all-in-one kit from Granatelli Motorsports comes in.

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Join us for a walk-through of the installation of a lightweight K-member and spindle-mount suspension package, including Santhuff struts, Racecraft components, Strange carbon brakes, and Mickey Thompson wheels.

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We follow up the Bolt-on Front Clip installation on our project car with a fully adjustable four-bar rearend suspension from Chris Alston’s Chassisworks. Our crude ’69 Camaro is beginning to take shape as a genuine Pro-Touring vehicle. Read the details here.

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Want to keep track of all that’s going on with our Chevy Hardcore project ’64 Chevelle build? From the 600HP BluePrint Engine LS powerplant to the complete front-to-rear Ridetech coilover suspension system and Gearstar Performance overdrive transmission, we’ve got the entire build thread right here!

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When it came time to work on our 1969 Camaro aptly named Project Blank Slate, we knew that a chassis upgrade was in order. We turned to Chris Alston Chassisworks for their experience and expertise in chassis design to try our hand at installing their Bolt-on g-machine Front Clip for First Gen Camaros.

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Chris Alston’s Chassisworks hand-selects the Wilwood components that are part of its brake kits in order ensure delivery of optimum performance with its suspension kit and subframe that we chose for the Chevy Hardcore.com ’69 Camaro Blank Slate Project Car Build Up.

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We’ve all been guilty of treating brake fluid like most fluids under the hood. We do this because it can be such a hassle to spend time bleeding the brakes. But we quickly learned from talking with the brake experts from Phoenix Systems that flushing or bleeding your brakes doesn’t have to be a pain in the rea

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In this tech feature we take a look at some of the key differences between street car and drag racing brakes. We also take a look at the offerings from various companies in the realm of street/strip brakes.

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If you’re looking to further improve upon your fifth-generation Camaro’s handling prowess, then look into Hellwig’s latest offerings in sway bars. We just installed a set into a 2012 Camaro SS, and the results are astounding. They offer easy installation, and improved handling over the OEM pieces.

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Making a fourth-generation F-body handle isn’t too difficult – especially if you have the right people on your side. QA1 suspension is a leader in the suspension industry, and they have turned their attention to our 2002 Trans Am. Since our T/A is a corner carver, we ordered up QA1′s brand new pro-touring package.

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When it comes to American muscle cars, there is no limit to what can be done with a pro-touring goal. That is unless you’re hindered by time, money or ability to create your perfect car. But lucky for you first-generation Camaro fans, Chassisworks just recently added to their line of 1967-1969 Camaro parts.

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If you own it, you should drive it. We’ve fit into that group of enthusiasts for years and aim to get every ounce of driving pleasure out of our project cars. That’s why we recently set our “Y2K” project Corvette up with a C5 Line Loc Kit and a LNC-002 Launch Control system from Lingenfelter.

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CC Tech, Corvette Central’s how-to library, recently added an excellent piece on brake bedding that’s a must-read for anyone who does their own pad changes. Even if your a “do it for me” kind of owner, it’s still worth reading and absorbing, because you will most likely be the person doing the break-in.

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It’s one thing to go fast, but it takes more than horsepower to get around the corners. We install Ridetech’s suspension, Stainless Steel Brake system to make it handle as good as it looks. We also throw in a sticky set of Continental rubber on all four corners for a smooth ride and unparalleled adhesion.

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When it came time to choose brakes for our Project Blown Z Camaro, there was really only one choice: Moser Engineering’s new Performance Drag Brake kit. Moser didn’t just copy another manufacturer’s kit; they started with a clean sheet of paper and designed these new brakes from the ground-up.

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While everybody wants to be able to say they have “race car” parts on their street ride, often the compromises involved make for a miserable experience in the real world. Pfadt Race Engineering’s Blair Sonnen gives us some insight into how to make the right choice for your balance of road and track use.

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Is there really any system on your car more important than the suspension? How a car handles and steers directly reflects on how you feel driving the car, and few cars are as well-known as the Corvette when it comes to handling and driver experience. Here’s a look at how to make your Corvette handle better…

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Is that new cold air intake going to help your tow vehicle get your race car to the track or will that new sway bar? In our book, our vehicles are not worth the risk. A safer and more stable haul wins out over the handful of potential horsepower. We explain why here.

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We’ve attacked ten of the most commonly asked questions regarding shock absorbers in drag racing, from how to select and set them up to how you can extend their lives and get the most from your shocks, with input from such industry experts as AFCO, Varishock, QA1, and Strange Engineering.

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