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Old 12-10-2003, 08:47 PM
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Tubular A-arms

Can anyone give me the pro's and con's of Tubular suspension components. I am building a 1970 Chevelle with Pro-tour in mind and am trying to decide what I need to get better performance and what just looks good. They sure look good but are they worth the money?

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It all depends on what you're buying. If you want to get some arms that will improve your suspension geometry AND handling while they are sitting there looking good it may be worth it. Just do your research and know what you are getting. A lot of the cost you see in a GOOD set of arms is incurred in the development process. Anybody with a TIG welder can throw a set of arms together but, if they don't take the time to get the geometry right, you may as well stick with the stockers. Global West, Herb Adams and a few others are good choices so check them out and make your decision based on quality and NOT how the arms look...
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Just a note... I am in the process of designing and building a set of arms for my "G" Machine Astro Van. I will be using modified Corvette geometry points and will build the arms in my garage. I plan on keeping the process documented and will post a thread as soon as I get enough info to make it worth while.
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speede5, I am in the same boat as you. I have read somewhere that on A body's like ours, you only NEED to replace your upper or lower A-arm with a tubular because it is susceptable to cracking. I want to say it's the upper but not sure.
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Old 12-12-2003, 03:36 PM
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Dosesn't seem like something that is desperately needed. I have found out you can narrow the front end with them and use wider tires but I don't know if that will be necesary. They sure look cool but no one will see them either. I will have to check mine out for cracks when I disassemble.
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