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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 08, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Front Clip Comparision

I searched for this but couldn't come up with the answers I was looking for.
I am looking for opinions on the barage of front clips/4 link rears for the 69 Camaro. Cant turn a page in a chevy magazine without seeing new clips/4links: Total Cost Involved, Heidts, Chris Alston, Fatman. They all look about the same to the untrained eye with tubular a-arms, rack and pinion, and coilovers. All of these are what I want.
My question is of any of ya'll have had any expierence with these. I am not looking to go road racing with the car, I am just looking for a good looking, good handling setup front and rear with subframe connector.
The car is in the body work phase now, so I am not extremely worried about it right now, but I am starting to plan that part of the build. I would like a fair comparison of some of these, good and bad, expierences. This includes install, as I am a diesel mechanic, with good mechanical ability, but I lack in the welding fab department.

Specs on the car (more like plans)
1969 Camaro RS/SS (clone)
383 Stroker
Tremec 6speed or 5 speed
3.73:1 Rear Gear (may build 10 bolt up or buy 12bolt or nine in)

I want a streetable ride with good cornering ability.
Thanks guys

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Re: Front Clip Comparision

You can find a comparison here:

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Re: Front Clip Comparision

I'd urge you to spend some time at both and It's fairly widely "accepted" (but without any hard head-to-head data) that the two best widely produced aftermarket subframes are from Detroit Speed and Art Morrison. Both are going to run $6,000 to $7,000 ready to go with brakes and all required suspension components.

But I'm curious. Why do you want "tubular a-arms, rack and pinion, and coilovers"? The stock subframe can be made to handle virtually as well as any aftermarket solution (particularly with a bolt-on like the ATS tall spindles), a modern steering box can feel just as good as a rack and pinion and precise height adjustablity (while not as convenient as a coilover) can be had with coil sping adjusters. Tubular control arms can be used with a stock subframe, but the only non-appearance benefits are a little more caster and a little more tire clearance.

I'm not in any way opposed to aftermarket subframes (I'm using one on my current build), but there are many out there I simply wouldn't consider, particularly if my choice was made primarily to save $1,000 to $2,000.

Mike - '68 Camaro with lots of stuff done to it.

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