How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle

How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle

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How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
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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.


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 
  • Heim?Joints 
  • 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 
Source Guide
Publisher: CarTech, SA Design
Softcover: Approx. 144 pages
Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
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