The Quick Change Camaro!
Just How Long does it take to do a complete front and rear suspension swap? How about ONE DAY! To show everyone just how easy it is to upgrade from a stock, clunky, poor handling and driving factory suspension we teamed up with Instagram famous Camaro Family, Viking Shocks, Baer Brakes, Dutchman Axles and Forgeline Wheels, to see just how long it would take two guys working outside under a canopy, using only hand tools and a 110 volt home garage style welder, to install Speedtech's complete Road Assault front and Torque Arm rear suspension. The answer- right about 8 hours! Compare that to some competitor systems that take up to 40 hours in a shop environment to install just the rear suspension! We didn't stop there, we ran back to back comparison autocross laps to compare times too. Sound exciting? Read on!
Scott Timmons runs Instagram's Camaro Family and proudly owns the clean 1967 Quick Change Camaro
The first annual 2017 LS Fest West in Las Vegas, NV was the scene for Speedtech to take on the "Quick Change Camaro" challenge. Scott from Camaro Family brought the clean 1967 street driver Camaro from California and met us at the event Thursday evening. Never before seeing the car in person, Friday morning Speedtech's sales leader and track driver Jay started with a few good autocross "before" runs leaving the suspension just as the car came to us. An aggressive well seasoned race driver, Jay's best time was 39.5 seconds, and when compared to the other cars at the event was very respectable considering how the car was set up. Right after a quick cool down period Jeremy, Speedtech's Rod Shop lead tech and Ryan, Speedtech's lead welder started tearing out the old stock style suspension a little past 11 AM. Working with typical hand tools found in any home garage builder's tool chest the reassembly work continued throughout the day.
Replacing the old suspension, Speedtech's Road Assault front suspension provides a tubular high spring rate sway bar and geometry correcting, stronger and lighter weight tubular control arms, featuring stainless offset machined cross shafts for two possible base camber settings. The lower arms support either a coil spring or coilover configuration and near indestructible, smooth and quiet Delrin bushings are in all mounting points. The famous Speedtech Torque Arm rear suspension provides amazing street and track manners, and features Speedtech exclusive 2-piece rotating trailing arms that avoid the bind found in other systems. All four corners received double adjustable Viking coilover conversions.
Once the old was out, replacing the front suspension was easy and straight forward. While in there we replaced all steering linkage and added a set of Baer 6 piston 14" brakes and BFG Rival S 245mm tires on Forgeline wheels.
Out back the work was a little more involved, including about 30 minutes of fitting and welding in the rear crossmember that strengthens the rear frame rails and provides the Panhard Bar and Coilover Shock mounts. From there the Speedtech exclusive Articulink lower trailing arms were fitted into the leaf spring pockets. Next up was assembling the Torque Arm center link onto the Dutchman built 9" Ford axle and the complete assembly was bolted into the car. Finally the panhard bar and rear Viking Coilovers were bolted in and the outer ends finished off with matching Baer rear brakes. The car's existing dual exhaust required some slight modification to clear the center link and Ryan knocked that out with his 110 Volt Hobart welder plugged into the semi's generator. Just as the event was shutting down at 7:30 pm the rear 315mm BFG tires on Forgeline wheels were bolted on. In just about 8 hours two guys with hand tools and a basic welder in a home garage type setting completely transformed the entire car.
Saturday morning consisted of final setting of the ride height and cross weight on our race scales, a guess base setting on shock valving and then a wheel alignment with our trackside alignment kit.The car was ready to roll and was taken for a quick drive around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds to bed in the new brake pads and we went directly to the autocross grid to await our turn.
Right out of the box the car turned a mid 35 second time, and over a few runs and simple between run shock dial adjustments the car saw a best of 35.08, a near full 4.5 second improvement! We felt we could have easily continued runs and broken into the 34s, but at 35.08 we decided to stop there to try to win the event award for the lap time closest to 35.00 seconds. That's pretty significant on a half a minute course, and we ended up less than 4 seconds behind the event winning race prepped suspension 1100 hp Camaro.
Once again we've proven that even our entry level, essentially all bolt in suspension systems on a stock subframed Camaro or Nova can turn a classic car with poor old school handling into a very competitive street and track car, and it can be done at a cost that fits most any working man's budget. As LS Fest West spectators can attest to, it can also be put together in one day in your home garage.
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