Performance & Hotrod Business - February '15

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February 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 51 with a bolt-in component is also far less, resulting in less time being spent trying to repair or replace components. QA1's sus- pension line has always been focused on providing people well-engineered kits that require little to no modification. In most cases, a simple socket set and wrenches are all you need to perform an install. This also gives people the satisfaction of doing the job themselves." The Market News For the icing on the cake, we asked our sources for their hot, new suspension products. Shephard from Currie talks off-road. "A big hit for us at SEMA recently was the billet aluminum control arms on Jeep Wrangler JKs. They were prototype parts and not something we had thought about producing, but they were a huge hit. In post-SEMA discussions here, it was decided that, as they say, 'fish where the fish are bit- ing—we should look into producing these arms.' Customers with nice vehicles are interested in and will pay for nice parts." He notes that additional new suspen- sion products include expansions to the company's Johnny Joint rod end product line. Foster says Speedtech has no shortage of new goodies. "Speedtech Performance is currently working on a full line of chassis and subframes for 1967-'69 and 1970-'81 Camaros, 1967-'72 C10 pickups (1973- '81 next), 1964-'72 A-body Chevelles, GTOs and '56 Chevys. All these will be available by mid-2015. The C10 is cur- rently in production and the rest have been produced but are being updated for better suspension geometry and ride." The company also has a line of GM LS install parts to make transplants easier with- out guessing which parts will work, he says. Kass notes that QA1 has launched a number of hot new products for 2015, including new shock absorbers and tubu- lar components. "One of the most exciting new shocks QA1 is bringing to the table this year is a 4-way quad adjust shock," he says. "This shock allows for fine-tuning of both high- and low-speed adjustment of both the com- pression and rebound valving. This gives users (an increased) level of tunability." In addition, Kass says that QA1 has also worked with Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods to design an exclusive line of shocks for the street rod market that offer tradi- tional looks with modern-day performance adjustability. "Also, we've added a number of light truck applications ranging from popular GM, Ford and Dodge platforms. QA1 has also developed a brand new rear, 6-link suspension for the Mopar A-body plat- forms that will be available later in 2015. This system is really unique because it eliminates the rear leaf springs and con- verts the car to a coilover with adjustable shocks and ride height. The best part about this kit is it's a complete bolt-in system short of drilling four holes." John Carollo is a writer/photographer with over 100 published titles and a few books to his credit. He is a former racer who is active in hot rodding and a pin- striper with most of that work going for charity.

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