Tubular a arms for wildcat?

Discussion in 'A boatload of fun' started by racenu, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Suspension experts, what are we doing for aftermarket suspensions for our big cars, the 69 wildcat is thinking it wants a lower stance and modern geometry like its A body cousins. Do we share the suspension parts of our 2nd cousins in the Chevy camp? Thanks Gord
     
  2. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    N/A Nothing available unless you make or modify something. Still, with the stock components you CAN get the car to handle, ride & corner better. There are MANY things you can do to improve what you ALREADY HAVE!!!
     
  3. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Ok thanks Tom, we may have to talk in the coming months, motor and tranny coming out this weekend for delivery to JW in a few weeks. My winter project awaits, I replaced all the coils a few years ago, and very few miles driven, want to install discs etc. I'm heading to Sema and will be talking to suspension and brake suppliers about the big buicks.
     
  4. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Just received my tubular arms for the rear diff for the 69 wildcat from ride tech. Upper arms are adjustable for pinion angle adjustment and lower arms are set up for sway bar attachment. They are not listed in the catalog but they have them. Now we just need them to build a set for the front. Gord
     
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  7. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    curious @racenu what did the arms set you back? mine are pretty rough -- be nice to have options..
     
  8. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    The ride tech lists the prices of the rears in the link I posted above, scroll down and they show $265. For adjustable uppers and same for lowers.
    Gord
     
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  9. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Agreed, I got tubular arms built for the front and will be installing coil overs and thanks to you I can now get the bigger sway bar. Thanks Bill.
    I will post some pictures of the front end later this week
     

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  10. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Bill, I paid way too much to have them made, using stock bushing on lower arm, and a modified reaction rod, is this also sometime referred to as a caster rod? I’m out of town for a few days, will post pictures later this week. The website you referred me to, PST shows a modified reaction rod in a front end kit which is similar to the one I have.
     
  11. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    70E74B6F-BE54-4F5E-ADF9-57AADB4F49EB.jpeg 53B0BB4F-3DAD-409C-BB07-B91C9CEB4E41.jpeg 50FB0C77-83B4-434D-811E-43F0383E51CB.jpeg Here’s some front end pictures, threaded rod is in place of coil overs, once car is assembled I will weigh it and order springs accordingly. Wilwood 14” 6 pistons up front
     
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  12. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

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  13. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Stupid question: what do tubular arms specifically get you : better caster capabilities?
     
  14. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    ^ I would assume so, but there could still be a couple degrees 'built in' to the tubular arm that you can't get with merely shimming the OEM piece.

    I don't have '69 numbers handy, but here's '63: 1.5 to .5 degrees negative. When I had my '64 Cat[alina] re-aligned, the OEM spec was basically the same: 2 to 1 degree negative. I asked them to put as much positive caster in that they could and all they got it to was 0.9 positive.

    If it's not caster, what gains do tubular arms have?
     
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  15. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    I think the fabricator made the geometry better? And still using shims to adjust. I had to butcher the stock mounts for mock up so will be making new mounting plate for the upper A arms.
     
  16. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    I will have some flexibility on the caster/camber as the reaction rod is adjustable. I’m not going for a wheel alignment any time soon but hoping for better handling with lowering the car, sway bars front and rear, coil overs and a quick ratio steering box. Gordon
     
  17. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    In the same boat. On my '59 Wildcat', I have also lowered the car, shorter springs, quick ratio box, radials, sway bar. '59s have threaded bushings (no rubber). Have adjustable 3-point ladder bar rear with Panhard bar. Hope to have decent handling; car retains the factory forged lower A-Arms, but stamped uppers. With a factory spec of -2.5 to -.5, not sure how much positive caster I can get into it, but when my '64 went from circa -1.2 to +0.9, the results were amazing (on 70-series radials).
     
  18. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Interesting, post pics when you can.
     

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