If you own or plan on building a classic American muscle car, you’ve got a ton of options to upgrade your suspension. We break it down into our Top 3 Suspension Upgrades you can do today.
Muscle cars from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are timeless classics that had great suspensions for the time. With advancements in technology, classic muscle car owners have the ability to bolt-on modern day suspension to their classic rides for an improved driving experience.
If you’re looking to improve handling, responsiveness and the overall performance of your muscle car suspension, here are our top 3 picks for suspension upgrades you can buy today:
Most muscle cars use a gas shock and coil spring. These setups are great, but if you’re doing an LS swap in a classic GM muscle car, or running 18” wheels on your classic Ford muscle car; these types of performance upgrades can be enhanced by running a coilover shock.
Coilover shocks combine a shock and spring and offer the ability to gain adjustable ride height (You can raise or lower your vehicle to achieve the height you’re looking for). Having the ability to raise and lower your stance makes it possible to eliminate fender gap (Gap between your tire and fender) as well as lower your car’s center of gravity (Improves handling and cornering).
With coilover shocks, you also gain the ability to control the speed at which the shock operates. Controlling the rebound or compression of a shock controls the speed in which the coilover reacts to cornering, launching and cruising. Coilovers offer the ability to tune your ride quality to your driving preference.
If you need to raise or lower your vehicle to get an exact stance and a ride quality adjustable to fit your driving style – Coilover shocks may be your next suspension upgrade.
If you own a muscle car and are looking for more control and responsiveness from your shocks, a good set of adjustable shock absorbers may be exactly what you need.
OEM GM, Ford and Dodge muscle car suspensions use a basic gas shock and a hot wound coil spring. A fresh set of USA-made coil springs and an adjustable shock will offer a night and day difference in how your car handles.
The benefit of adjustable shock absorbers is you’ll be able to set how firm or how soft your shocks are. This tunability makes it possible to adjust how responsive your suspension acts under cornering, take off or cruising down the road.
Classic muscle cars that use front shocks, with coil springs and in the rear have leaf springs with gas shocks can benefit from both coilovers and adjustable shocks.
In the rear, you’re replacing basic gas shocks with adjustable shocks offering a more stable and performance-quality ride.