Whether you're at the track or on the street, having the right suspension components under
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.
Get It: Performance Online • 800/638-1703 • PerformanceOnline.com
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
QA1 Precision Products
We all know that QA1 manufactures some of the best shock absorbers and rod links in the industry, but did you know that their recent acquisition of CAP Auto also makes them a distributor of tubular steel Mopar chassis components? QA1 has refined the design of the CAP products, offering K-members and control arms manufactured from steel tubing for most popular classic Mopar body styles. These components are lighter and stronger than the factory parts they replace, and like all QA1 products, they are made in the U.S. of A. In addition to the tubular chassis parts, be sure to check out the variety of adjustable shock absorbers and other Mopar suspension parts on their website.
Get It: QA1 Precision Products • 800/721-7761 • Qa1.net
Razor's Edge Motorsports
Specializing in late-model Mopar suspension components, Razor's Edge Motorsports offers quality parts to address issues common to the new Dodge Challenger, Charger, Magnum, and the Chrysler 300. Razor's Edge is known for fabricating late-model shock tower braces, frame connectors, and other chassis stiffening components, but did you know they also make lightweight transmission crossmembers and tubular replacement K-frames for late-model Chrysler products? Razor's Edge also manufactures bumpsteer kits and adjustable sway bar endlinks as well, to correct suspension geometry when LX cars are lowered from factory specs. If you enjoy driving your late-model Mopar now, it will be even better with suspension components from Razor's Edge Motorsports.
Get It: Razor's Edge Motorsports • 954/788-2348 • Razorsedgemotorsports.com
Summit Racing Equipment
We all know Summit Racing Equipment is a great source for high-performance racing parts for your car and its engine, but were you aware that they also offer some great chassis parts for your late-model Mopar? Summit carries a full line of Eibach suspension components including coil springs, struts, and sway bars, with sport suspension kits that can improve the handling of your LX platform Chrysler and lower the car as well. We installed one of these suspension kits on our '09 Dodge Challenger and love not only the look of the inch and a half lower stance, but also the improved handling, acceleration, and braking performance. Pick up a Summit catalog or visit their website to check out the Mopar suspension components available for late-model Mopars.
Get It: Summit Racing Equipment • 800/230-3030 • Summitracing.com
RMS Chassis Components
You may not be as familiar with the name RMS Chassis Components as you are with the name of one of their most popular products, the Alterktion front suspension system. This design has withstood the test of time, is available for A-, B-, E-, and F-Body Mopars, and eliminates the car's torsion bars in favor of coilover springs and either single or double-adjustable shocks. The OEM K-frame is also eliminated and replaced by the Alterktion unit with either manual or power rack-and-pinion steering. This suspension is compatible with nearly all Mopar V-8s, and just about any style brakes, and RMS carries a complete line of related accessories. If you want RMS technology out back, their Street-Lynx rear suspension installs with only minor welding, offering triangulated four-bar rear suspension with coilover shocks or airbags.
Get it: RMS Chassis Components • 570/443-7440 • Reillymotorsports.com
As Mopar enthusiasts from way back, we never thought we'd be saying this, but with so many parts, accessories, kits, and options available for your Mopar's suspension, there's no way we can comprehensively list the cost of all the parts offered by these manufacturers. We encourage you to give them a call, order a catalog, or visit their website to see what parts they have for your car.