The next step after my "Aubrun differential upgrade"
project on my 105K mile 1988 straight Camaro is
to try and and make the car like an Iroc (handling
wise) as much as possible. So as I'm waiting on my
Auburn Posi unit to arrive, I've been researching,
and I come accross 2 things (one of which I have
a question). Seems like the Iroc's had this "Wonder
bar" thing, and I guess in 1988, stress cracks were
frequent around the steering box, so thats a no-brainer,
I'm gonning to order a 3-hole per side aftermarket
Wonder Bar (only likr $60). The question I have is,
this "Strut Tower Brace" thing... Was it stock on
the Iroc's? and is it a worthwhile addition to an
older straight Camaro (for stability, and/or reducing
chances of sub-structure fatique due to age, etc) ?
Thanks in advance!
You might also consider some SFCs, even on an older model like yours.
(Assuming your sub frame is still in decent condition.)
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SLP Cold Air Induction & Smooth Intake Bellow
Corsa Catback w/Premium Tips
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And SFC is? Sub Frame, somin-somin? "Channel" ?
Please explain, I'd like to learn all of it. I barely ever
looked under this car since I bought it in 1990, so I'd
like to learn every square inch of it like I know my 96
F-150 that I *do* use as my every day vehicle.
Sub-Frame Connector. Ties the front and rear sub-frames together. Between
tose and the strut tower brace definite improvements in handling will be
Really? Wow!, this is ALL great news! "Because".....
When I was down there changing the clutch, and looking
around I was VERY worried about the looks of ALL
that thin sheet metal and I couldn't find the frame, no
matter HOW hard I looked. All I saw was frame-like
members all made out of sheet metal, and that worried
the shit out of me. In FACT, so much so, I didn't EVEN
know where to put the floot jack to jack the God damn
thing up to even begin the clutch job. So I went to the
owners book for jacking instructions, and they said
somehting about these 4 spots on the rocker panel.
But when I put the floor jack under there with a small
block of wood (to simulate the surface of the crank-up
jack), the damn rocker panel caved in a little bit. I
said SHEESE, what the hell is the deal with this
tun-foil car anyways? And this all worried me.
But with all these aftermkt frame member parts,
I'm here to tell ya, I'm *liking* the sounds of it all!
So are these SFC's all weld-in parts? Or are some
bolt in ? Also, just where IS the safest to use a
floor jack on this car for the following:
1) front: body to go up, wheels to hang. (L or R)
2) front: wheels to go up and push body up (L or R)
3) Rear: body to come up and diff axle to hang. (L or R)
4) Rear: push diff up (Ok to push by shock mount bracket ?)
Thanks for all you guy's help - you rule!
You should weld on the SFCs. I have a pair I bought months ago from Global
West and to this day I'm still looking for a guy who knows how to do the
If anyone here lives in the SF Bay Area, do you have a recommendation for a
place to get my SFCs welded on?
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SLP airbox lid, smooth bellows
Pirelli Supersport P7000s :)
If you lived 3000 miles east:
What I could do for your car, would make you happy as a pig in shit. But,
look who's doing stuff in car craft, hot rod, popular hot rodding and all
the other magazines.
There are tons of shops in California, it's where most of this stuff
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It was never offered on any Camaro or Firebird. It keeps the camber in
check when turning. Various aftermarket companies make them or you can fab.
one yourself. The idea of it is to create a sort of box frame. Once you
have it installed, you'll see what I mean. The work well on a lot of cars,
but the front of the Camaro is very "beefy to begin with, so I'm not sure if
you'll need it. Try urethane control arm bushings and replace all the
steering joint before putting one in. Also, a bad pan-hard bar in the rear
will make your car handle poorly.
All that putting a strut tower brace on a Camaro/Firebird will do is add
That platform is one of the strongest uni-bodies out there.
The panhard bar is for the centering of the rear, so as per NOI's advice,
I'd go to all urethane bushings, everywhere if they are available. They will
keep the suspension geometry where it was designed to be, not mush up and
allow change like ordinary rubber does.
Leave the strut tower braces stay on Fords and Subarus!
Good cars don't need any help!
The camber changes when the strut towers flex inward or outward on hard
cornering. You'd leave the camber settings where they are if you fabricated
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