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OCTOBER 2017 THE SHOP 21 PERFORMANCE CHASSIS & STEERING PRODUCTS With the winter building season right around the corner, now's a smart time to look at some of the latest chassis and steering products available for that next big project. Manufacturers reveal some of their hottest products: "Pinto rack and pinions remain the standard in the racing market. There are new, improved versions for lighter weight and narrower widths, but they still remain based on the Pinto rack." Curt Perry Chassis Engineering "Our Mustang II Superide and Pro-G front suspension packages for 1964-'70 Mus- tangs and our patented, bolt-in, IRS rear for third- and fourth-generation F-bodies (are currently popular)." Mike Ruth Heidts Automotive Group "Our 1967-'68 Camaro tilt steering columns are definitely one of our most popular products and have been for some time. The retrofit column is designed so that is doesn't require modification to the vehicle for an easy installation, which our customers appreciate. Plus, we introduced our line of id. Ignition systems recently, so drivers are customizing their retrofit tilt columns with push- and touch-button ignition systems to bring new technology to their classics." Marty Waterstraut ididit "Hottest for us is not necessarily a hard product, but more of presentation for sale. Our product that we have been working on is ease of selling the products that we do produce. (This is based on) a shift in our customer base, where a lot of guys that are spending retail money are not car guys You cannot ask this customer what trans he has. You cannot ask him what gear ratio he has—he has no idea. He has a problem and he needs you to send him a box with a fix inside it, all the way down to complete rear differentials." Brian Shephard Currie Enterprises New tech- nology can have a dramatic effect on a vehicle's handling and respon- siveness. (Photos courtesy Heidts Automotive Group)

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