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How to make your muscle car handle
Savitske, Mark, author.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
North Branch, MN : CarTech, [2015]
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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 potential 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.
General front end geometry: Standard definitions -- Front suspension relationships -- Bump steer -- SLA vs. strut -- SLA suspension fixes -- 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 -- Springs, rates and shocks: Springs -- Ride height -- Spring rate -- Air springs -- Shock absorber technology -- Coil-over vs. coil spring -- Aftermarket arms: Metal matters -- Design development -- Tubular lower a-arms -- Bushings -- Sway bars: Basics of function -- Learn what you need -- Selection tips -- Adaptation options -- Rear bars -- End links -- Heim joints -- Splined bars -- Quality matters -- Wheels and tires: General tire behavior -- Wheel diameter -- Tire selection -- Total package: Chassis stiffness -- 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 -- Ford muscle cars: Front suspension options -- Rear suspension options -- Ford Fox body 1974 to 1978 -- Ford Fox body 1979 to 1993 -- Mopar muscle cars: Front suspension -- Rear suspension.
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