THE SHOP

July '16

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JULY 2016 THE SHOP 73 PERFORMANCE responsiveness and strength, but there is not a lot else that can be done. Our new ExtReme lineup is a totally different deal. We hired longtime race suspension designer Ron Sutton to finalize the design and he made some wholesale changes to come up with what he is calling the "best all-around design on the market today." There are so many items to this design that I could go on for hours, things like kingpin angle, caster and camber curves, Ackermann angle, anti-dive, roll center and motion ratio. All of them need to work together like a symphony. Our biggest challenge in this new design was that we had to have the suspension geometry as good as it could be, and then fit everything else in around it—things like huge tires. We can fit a 315 wide front tire on a 1967 Camaro and still get all the steering angle you need. So we compromise a bit on the engine location but not the suspension. Then we designed a lot of the auxiliary parts that the builder will need to complete the job. Headers, fuel tanks, brake line kits, sheet metal tunnel covers, engine and transmission mounts—it is all worked out. Now is a good time for shops to pursue sales in the Pro-Touring market because … … the car guy gets it! 1969 Camaros are no fun to drive when they are stock. Think about the King ZL1 '69 Camaro 427. It was rated at 435 hp. Now a LS3 crate motor has 430 hp (entry level), gets 20 mpg and Word of mouth spreads quickly sur- rounding the shops and manufacturers that cater to the in- terests of Pro-Touring customers. (Photo courtesy Falken Tires) The Pro-Touring movement is help- ing make driving classic and muscle cars more fun than ever. (Photo courtesy Speedtech Performance) Quality, bolt-in products for Pro-Touring vehicles allow for quick installs and often lead to add-on sales. (Photos courtesy Speedtech Performance)

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