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Old 09-27-2007, 11:08 AM
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71 Chevelle rear control arms

I am looking to upgrade the stock rear control arms on a 71 454 5 speed Chevelle. What do you guys like???
What do reccomend for rear shocks as well???

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I am looking to upgrade the stock rear control arms on a 71 454 5 speed Chevelle. What do you guys like???
What do reccomend for rear shocks as well???

Thanks in advance for any help.
Any of the tubular arms are equivalent. The thing to watch out for is polyurethane bushings. The A-body rear suspension geometry imparts a twist to the upper arms as the suspension moves. The stock rubber bushings are soft enough to accommodate this twist without problems. Stiff aftermarket arms with polyurethane bushings will bind the suspension, leading to an awful ride. If anything, get the upper arms with a metal monoball on the forward end. This eliminates the binding and provides much better handling control.
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I will second that! The stock arms with rubber bushings in our 94-96 Impala SSs are weaker than the rubber bushings. What ends up happening is the arms crack.

Global West, Hotchkis, and maybe some others make trailing arms with the spherical ends like you need.
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I was looking at the Hotchkis ones. Thanks for the input!!
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