Suspension and brake Recipes!

krazy86t

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Is there a sticky or link somewhere that provides mild to wild suspension improvements for different applications (street/strip, autocross, etc.) with TR's? Did not see one in GenTech or this area. Thx!
 

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Got tired of trying to find these threads for everyone and I found this one that has just about all the info you need in links. If you find any other good links regarding suspension info please add it. It's now a sticky and I've spent most of the evening fixing links in old posts. Hope this helps everyone.:)
 

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Got tired of trying to find these threads for everyone and I found this one that has just about all the info you need in links. If you find any other good links regarding suspension info please add it. It's now a sticky and I've spent most of the evening fixing links in old posts. Hope this helps everyone.:)
This is very helpful. Thanks!
 

charlief1

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That is exactly what I was talking about. If you guys find a good link add it here. It really does get tedious trying to look up threads and we usually get several questions over the year about set up and parts. Let's put all of it into one thread and now that it's a sticky we won't have near as many questions to answer.:)
 
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And now you know why I got it stickied.:D Hopefully others will put some more real tech on how to do suspension and brake upgrades that they did themselves rather than just buying someone's parts and having them put on.;)
Well I'm all for conversions, but about the only "junk yard" parts I would ever use on any car would be brackets to use the said parts. Therefore your still gonna buy new hoses, calipers, rotors, etc. Once you consider core charges and other unseen items and fees, to some...time and assurance in function is most important. "JUNKYARD" parts are not for cars as fast as some of these members cars are. Thousands of members on here invest major dollars in going very fast...to save a few bucks on used or reworked brakes is not worth my time. If your building your car to "GO" then it better "WHOA".


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charlief1

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Well I'm all for conversions, but about the only "junk yard" parts I would ever use on any car would be brackets to use the said parts. Therefore your still gonna buy new hoses, calipers, rotors, etc. Once you consider core charges and other unseen items and fees, to some...time and assurance in function is most important. "JUNKYARD" parts are not for cars as fast as some of these members cars are. Thousands of members on here invest major dollars in going very fast...to save a few bucks on used or reworked brakes is not worth my time. If your building your car to "GO" then it better "WHOA".
While that may sound good, hot rodding was founded by guys that wanted to go fast and scrounged through scrapyards to find parts that could be adapted to their cars.:) Corvette brakes being adapted to a G body spindle or dropping a BBC/SBC into a T frame, dropping a flathead Ford into a T frame, ect Donnie. It's become a big aftermarket business now, but it all started in the scrapyard and that's what keeps things interesting. The guys that experiment on their own dime and with parts that they either made or scrounged from scrapyards to improve performance, not the ones that went to the speed shop and bought the biggest bling they could find.;)
 
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While that may sound good, hot rodding was founded by guys that wanted to go fast and scrounged through scrapyards to find parts that could be adapted to their cars.:) Corvette brakes being adapted to a G body spindle or dropping a BBC/SBC into a T frame, dropping a flathead Ford into a T frame, ect Donnie. It's become a big aftermarket business now, but it all started in the scrapyard and that's what keeps things interesting. The guys that experiment on their own dime and with parts that they either made or scrounged from scrapyards to improve performance, not the ones that went to the speed shop and bought the biggest bling they could find.;)
While that may sound good and it might have been where it started, These are new times! The reason for that back then Charlie is simply because there was no aftermarket companies making that stuff so they "Had to" find other ways, Now that there are these great aftermarket suspension companies making great products that correct geometry issues and the parts are FAR more superior to any OEM part is why Many people choose to go with an aftermarket product simply because it is a far more superior product. I don't knock it either way as there are people with budget constraints which only allow them so much for their build and that's fine. But Not Everyone wants to or has the skill set to go to a junk yard and take other OEM car parts, modify them and adapt them to their car just to get a slight upgrade from stock, some actually do prefer to save a little more and buy a superior product Once, simply "Bolt them on", and get the best possible product for their car. These aftermarket manufactures have taken all the guess work out of these products and have spent Gobs of money on testing and research so these customers can have a nice easy "Bolt-On" system that Far exceeds any OEM suspension product..

Are S10's, F-bodies, or Corvettes with stock brakes running road course events and being competitive? No, even they have aftermarket brakes & suspension products! Are my BAER T4 brakes an over kill on the street? I sure don't think so when I can stop dead in my tracks from 74mph in 3 sec I feel "SAFE".....

What I don't understand is why people spend Gobs of money "On aftermarket Engine Parts" to make their car fast as hell, then waste the time and money on a S10, F-body brake conversion to stop the darn thing! When it comes down to the safety of stopping, why skimp there? That's what I don't get....

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Well, I have done it both ways. Did have B-Car front spindle/caliper with Hotchkis upper control arm (made just for this application) and 1LE 12" rotors and Koni shocks. Worked fine for me.

But I wanted more so I have gone with Baer 6P brakes, Ridetech Truturn front arms/Musclebar/3-way adjustable coilovers and Detroit Speed rear control arms/sway bar. Expensive? Yes...but made well and will last for rest of my time on this earth (66 years young). Could I duplicate the Baers, Ridetech and DSE? I could I guess but I don't have time or desire to go junk yard diving anymore. Plus, the engineering is very complex.

I'm glad there are guys that want to do it themselves as long as they know what they are doing and don't get anyone else hurt in the process.

I also appreciate Baer, Ridetech , Detroit Speed, and others for spending their time and money to develope a cool suspension for our TR's.
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