Suspension plan - Looking for opinions.
I have been researching suspension systems and components that are available extensively. I have a fair amount of experience with suspensions mostly just on high end tune-able ones similar to what I plan to order, but mostly on later model F-bodies and Fox body and later Mustangs. I was the suspension specialist at a speed shop about 15 years ago, but much has changed since then.
I know I could very easily spend a lot more, and I know I could get away with less and probably be perfectly happy, but this setup sure sounds like a good bang for the buck and fun too. I've already switched out the stock manual steering gearbox with a 16:1 quick ratio unit (drastic improvement already).
1. Remove (leaking) Hooker Headers (that hang 2" lower than the rest of the undercarriage) and replace with factory RA IV exhaust manifolds. Have exhaust shop work from the manifolds back to the Magnaflow H-pipe exhaust and tuck it all up underneath as tight as possible.
2. Front- Complete front end rebuild kit from Ames: Upper and Lower Ball Joints, Upper and Lower Control Arm Bushings and Bumpers, Inner and Outer Tie Rod Ends, Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeves, Sway Bar End-Links and Bushings (which won't be used...new swaybar).
-Hotchkis 1 3/8" Front Sway Bar
-QA1 Double Adjustable Coilover Conversion.
3. Rear-QA1 Single Adjustable Coilover Conversion...OR
-QA1 Stocker Star Single Adjustable (12-position) Rear Shocks
-Hotchkis 1" Lowered Springs
-Hotchkis 1 5/16" Sway Bar
-Hotchkis Boxed Lower Control Arms
-Hotchkis Tubular Adjustable Upper Control Arms
-Hotchkis Control Arm Mount Braces
-QA1 Anti-Hop Bars
For $2600-2800, leaving the front A-Arms stock for now, I think that's a pretty good setup considering how easy it'd be to spend more (edit: on some kits I've seen and end up with less value). Any input on your experience, opinions, or suggestions for changes would be appreciated.
Last edited by 69_RA-IV; 11-11-2015 at 11:31 AM.