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  1. Metalhead140
    12-26-2017 05:52 PM
    A performance alignment is possibly the most important thing after tyres and having the suspension in good condition. A bit of neg camber front and rear, as much caster as you can get on the front, a tiny bit of toe in on the front and some more toe in on the rear makes a massive difference. The vb&p kit you suggest would probably be where I would start if I had a base suspension car, but I might try to get some smaller rear sway bars to try out as well, or see if they would swap the one in the kit for a 1/2" or 9/16".
  2. Metalhead140
    12-26-2017 05:52 PM
    I think having everything fresh/in good condition (bushings and balljoints) is a very good place to start. What suspension does your car have? I probably would have gone straight to adding some stiffer springs and swaybars if my car hadn't had the factory performance suspension, which is not dissimilar to the vb&p kit you mentioned. It looks like a good kit except I'm not confident the 0.75" rear sway bar is not too big. My car always oversteers, never understeers, and I have a stiffer front suspension and softer rear suspension (i.e. should understeer more) than the vb&p kit. It is possible though that is due to my softer rear suspension allowing greater suspension travel and toe change on the rear. Good shocks are very important too.
  3. Metalhead140
    12-19-2017 07:04 AM
    I'm sorry mate, I hadn't even noticed this message before now. My car has the factory gymkhana suspension option. I'm still running the factory springs (1 coil removed in front, and shortened main leaf in rear for tyre clearance) and swaybars (rear bent slightly for tyre clearance), Bilstein sport shocks all round, Energy Suspension poly bushes throughout, Global West upper arms in the front for increased caster and camber gain, and a ~0.5" thick spacer between diff and strut rod bracket to reduce camber gain in the rear. That's it! I do run an aggressive alignment, ~-1.5 camber and ~5.5 caster in the front, and ~-1.0 camber in the rear, and I've relocated the handbrake cable to the top of my factory rear trailing arms, again for tyre clearance. I also run a Borgeson steering box. But really, my setup is pretty basic. No expensive Ridetech/DSE/VanSteel/VB&P etc stuff, just some basic mods to try and improve what I saw as the shortcomings in the factory setup.

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    Lyndhurst OH
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    1973 coupe
    Chambered exhaust, Holley carb (blech), 4.11 rear end, WICKED PLEATHER BRA
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