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Old 12-03-2002, 08:04 AM
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Question 78 Camaro LT - how to make handle?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a 78 Camaro LT handle better, what parts to use etc. I have very little knowledge of suspension parts and need a little pointing in the right direction. A local mechanic I use is more than capable of doing the work but I'll need to supply him the parts and rough instructions on fitting.

Also, any suggestions on brakes? My current set-up will lock the wheels if I stamp on them so is there any point getting uprated brakes?

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Here's what I did to my 78 LT. Replaced front sway bar w/ 1 1/4 inch. Added additional rear sway bar, 1 inch. Replaced front coils w/ BB springs, replaced rear leafs and added overloads to raise rear end slightly. Used HD nitrogen charge shocks. The cars sits about 2 inches above stock but handles very well. It rides a little rough. I also set the front alignment to, left caster +2 1/4, camber 0, right caster +2 camber -1/4, toe +1/4. I did need to put in offset upper shafts to get the alignment because of the additional height.
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There are a number of aftermarket companies that can help you make your Camaro handle. This is one of the better ones... http://www.globalwest.net/
You can also do it yourself by replacing all of the rubber suspension bushings with polyurethane and upgrading the swaybar endlinks and shocks.
Raising the car is actually going in the wrong direction if you want it to handle well. Stiffening the suspension can be detrimental as well because this doesn't allow the suspension to follow the road and can cause oversteer and a loose condition in the back when the suspension starts hopping over bumps or uneven surfaces.
Lower the car about two inches and put on 17's with some 235/45's in front and a pair of 275/35's in back. it all depends on what you have to spend of course but I would start with the polyurethane and better shocks.
Mark
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