Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: Is this a good start for a bone stock car?
The Hotchkis stuff is great. We started with them and were very successful. You might ask them about their Hotchkis/Fox shocks, they should be better than the Bilstein shocks in that kit.
Shocks are the key to getting a good ride. The Bilstein's are not bad but the Hotchkis Fox are better.
Hotchkis knows what alignment specs to use, they will be close to mine. Make sure your subframe to unibody mounts are the solid ones. If you are going to weld in subframe connectors, you want solid mounts. They won't affect ride quality.
The Hotchkis system rides pretty good but you will feel tar strips or potholes more. To get great handling, your tires need to be wide and high performance, plus on the optimum width rims.
I think the rear shock brace is of limited benefit. The handle bars make steering inputs happen faster by reducing torsional flex of the subframe.
The other system I like is the Ride Tech Street Grip. It's aimed more at street driving and the lightweight composite leaf springs dampen road shocks and reduce rear unsprung weight for a better ride. Their shocks are Fox based with Ride Tech valving and are great. The single adjust shocks allow you to set them softer for a better ride and turn them up for an autocross or canyon carving. The Tru-Turn steering linkage fixes the bad bump steer Camaros and Firebirds have but 69 Firebirds have different steering linkage than 67-68 Firebirds or 67-69 Camaros, so I'm not sure if they have a Tru-Turn for you if you still have the Pontiac engine. Otherwise you could convert to Camaro linkage. The 69 Firebird linkage was lowered to clear the engine.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
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