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When automotive manufacturers stuffed large V-8 engines into intermediate-size cars, the American muscle car was born. Built from 1964 on, the vast majority of these amazingly fast machines did not carry cutting-edge chassis and suspension systems, and now these cars are up to 50 years old. Today, owners do not have to settle for poor handling and ride quality.

Muscle car and suspension expert Mark Savitske has built his business, Savitske Classic and Custom, on making muscle cars handle and ride at their best. With this updated edition, Savitske shows you what it takes to transform the handling of these high-horsepower machines. He explains the front and rear suspension geometry so you understand how it functions, and in turn, you realize how to get the most from a particular system. He also reveals the important aspects of spring rates, shock dampening, and ride height so you select the best spring and shock package for your car and application. He discusses popular high-performance tubular suspension arms and sway bars, so you can find the right combination of performance and adjustability. The suspension system has to operate as an integrated part of the car, so you're shown how to select best suspension package for a well-balanced and responsive car. He also discusses how to extract maximum performance from popular GM, Ford, and Mopar muscle cars.

You can harness the performance potential of your muscle car and put much more power to the ground with critical chassis and suspension updates and products. A muscle car that carries modern suspension technology not only provides far better handling and ride comfort, but it is also much safer. How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle is the essential guide to unlocking the handling and performance potential of your muscle car. If you yearn for better handling, comfort, and performance for your muscle car, this is the book for you.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

When automotive manufacturers stuffed large V-8 engines into intermediate-size cars, the American muscle car was born. Built from 1964 on, the vast majority of these amazingly fast machines did not carry cutting-edge chassis and suspension systems, and now these cars are up to 50 years old. Today, owners do not have to settle for poor handling and ride quality.

Muscle car and suspension expert Mark Savitske has built his business, Savitske Classic and Custom, on making muscle cars handle and ride at their best. With this updated edition, Savitske shows you what it takes to transform the handling of these high-horsepower machines. He explains the front and rear suspension geometry so you understand how it functions, and in turn, you realize how to get the most from a particular system. He also reveals the important aspects of spring rates, shock dampening, and ride height so you select the best spring and shock package for your car and application. He discusses popular high-performance tubular suspension arms and sway bars, so you can find the right combination of performance and adjustability. The suspension system has to operate as an integrated part of the car, so you're shown how to select best suspension package for a well-balanced and responsive car. He also discusses how to extract maximum performance from popular GM, Ford, and Mopar muscle cars.

You can harness the performance potential of your muscle car and put much more power to the ground with critical chassis and suspension updates and products. A muscle car that carries modern suspension technology not only provides far better handling and ride comfort, but it is also much safer. How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle is the essential guide to unlocking the handling and performance potential of your muscle car. If you yearn for better handling, comfort, and performance for your muscle car, this is the book for you.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 325 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613254653
Product Code : SA175P

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1:

General Front End Geometry 

Standard Definitions

Front Suspension Relationships 

Bump Steer 

SLA vs. Strut 

SLA Suspension Fixes 

 

Chapter 2:

General Rear Suspension Geometry 

Rear Suspension 

Relationships 

Leaf-Spring/Hotchkiss Suspensions 

Four-Link Suspensions 

Torque Arm Suspensions 

Three-Link Suspensions 

Ladder-Bar Suspensions 

Truck-Arm Suspensions 

Lateral Axle Locators 

Solid Axle vs. IRS Suspensions 

 

 

Chapter 3:

Springs, Rates and Shocks 

Springs 

Ride Height 

Spring Rate 

Air Springs 

Shock Absorber Technology 

Coil-Over vs. Coil Spring 

 

Chapter 4:

Aftermarket Arms 

Metal Matters 

Design Development 

Tubular Lower A-Arms 

Bushings 

 

Chapter 5:

Sway Bars 

Basics of Function 

Learn What You Need 

Selection Tips 

Adaptation Options 

Rear Bars 

End Links 

Heimu2008Joints 

Splined Bars 

Quality Matters 

 

Chapter 6:

Wheels and Tires 

General Tire Behavior 

Wheel Diameter 

Tire Selection 

 

Chapter 7:

Total Package 

Chassis Stiffness 

 

Chapter 8:

GM Muscle Cars 

GM A-Body 

GM G-Body 1981 to 1988 

GM First-Generation F-Body 

GM Second-Generation F-Body 

GM Third-Generation F-Body 

 

Chapter 9:

Ford Muscle Cars 123

Front Suspension Options 123

Rear Suspension Options 128

Ford Fox Body 1974 to 1978 131

Ford Fox Body 1979 to 1993 132

 

Chapter 10:

Mopar Muscle Cars 

Front Suspension 

Rear Suspension 

 

Afterword 

 

Source Guide 

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