Whether you're at the track...
Whether you're at the track or on the street, having the right suspension components under your Mopar is one of the keys for top performance. This month we'll show you some great ways to improve the handling and acceleration of your car.
It's great to have a killer paintjob on your Mopar, and the right wheels can make or break the look of your ride, but when it comes to driving, the right suspension components not only affect performance, but safety as well. Let's face it, suspension and steering technology have come a long way since our classic Mopars were designed and built, so if you drive your Mopar around other cars at all, you owe it to yourself and your passengers to make your car handle its best. And if you enjoy driving aggressively on a road course, autocross, or dragstrip, then it's a good time to be a Mopar lover, my friend. The sky's the limit when it comes to making your late-model or classic Chrysler automobile take corners, accelerate, and stop like it never could from the factory.
Top quality suspension components help the balance of a car, especially older models that didn't have the best weight distribution from the factory. Keeping all four wheels pressed to the ground can really improve a car's handling and braking, and being able to firmly plant the rear tires is an obvious way to improve a car's acceleration. Of all the upgrades we do to our cars here at Mopar Muscle, we likely enjoy the suspension modifications the most since we experience their benefits each time we drive one of our cars. This month we'll highlight some of the great suspension components offered by the aftermarket for Mopars new and old. Whether you want all-out performance or to simply add a sway bar to your car, we're sure you'll find something from one of the companies included in our buyer's guide.
Hotchkis Sport Suspension
Hotchkis Sport Suspension advertises their products as "Horsepower for your Suspension," offering a variety of individual chassis components for Mopar A-, B-, and E-Bodies. One of the best deals Hotchkis has going, however, is their Total Vehicle System (TVS), which is a set of tuned, balanced parts, engineered to greatly improve the handling of your car. Among the components in the TVS are geometry corrected upper control arms, frame connectors, lightweight tubular front and rear sway bars, and geometry corrected leaf springs. All Hotchkis chassis and steering components are designed with performance, longevity, and ease of installation in mind, and high-quality fasteners are included with every part. If you've ever attended the Mopars at the Strip show in Las Vegas, you know that Hotchkis willingly demonstrates their products by hosting the autocross during the event, proudly showing the performance of their products. We encourage you to visit the Hotchkis Sport Suspension website to check out the TVS and other parts they have for your Mopar.
Get It: Hotchkis Sport Suspension • 888/735-6425 • Hotchkis.net
Do you prefer to order parts from the comfort of your desk chair? Do you want to make your classic Mopar hook up better and run the quarter-mile quicker? Then Performance Online (POL) might just have what you need. POL carries the full line of suspension products from Calvert Racing including Caltrac traction bars, shock absorbers, and split monoleaf rear springs. POL also carries tubular front control arms for A-, B-, and E-Bodies as well as rack-and-pinion steering, and brake kits. Be sure to call POL for their free catalog, and visit their website as well. We found it easy to navigate and were pleasantly surprised at the number of Mopar specific parts Performance Online carries.
Performance Suspension Technology (PST)
With a huge variety of both stock replacement and upgraded suspension parts available for nearly every Mopar body style, Performance Suspension Technology (PST) likely has the parts you need for your car in stock and shipping is free to 48 of the 50 United States. Most of you likely know that PST is a great source for individual replacement parts and polygraphite front end kits. But did you know they also offer upgraded parts like tubular control arms, sway bars, Hemi leaf springs, and drop spindles? Ordering from PST is easy whether by telephone or online, and you'll be impressed with the number of Mopar body styles PST has parts for. In fact, we've been taking advantage of their C-Body selection while working on our '69 Chrysler Newport project car. PST's catalog is free, so be sure to give them a call before upgrading the suspension on your Mopar.
Get It: Performance Suspension Technology • 877/224-1710 • p-s-t.com