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October '19

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OCTOBER 2019 THE SHOP 17 ecause performance chassis and steering systems are core components to virtually any build, it pays to check in on the market from time to time to see what's new. It's no secret that today's drivers love having the modern feel and amenities these upgrades provide to their classic vehicles and competition machines. Shops and sup- pliers are working hard to make these jobs as seamless and effective as possible. Industry insiders agreed to share their views on the technology, misconceptions and selling tips they've found in the chassis and steering market, as well as identify top-selling products. A PERFECT BLEND The Pro-Touring and related markets have shown that classic vehicles and upgraded steering and suspension products are a perfect blend. "New technology is allowing the end user more options to build their dream car and make it comfortable to drive," says Jeanette Ladina, president of Flaming River Industries Inc. in Cleveland. One of the popular trends driving the market is LS engine swaps, and Flaming River has developed a new product, the VDOG, which won two awards at last year's SEMA Show, to address the clearance issues that crop up when these power plants are installed in muscle cars and classics. "Our electric power steering unit, The Microsteer, is another product we have introduced in response to the customer's desire to incorporate the newer technology of electric power steering into their hot rods," she adds. "While we continue to see demand in hydraulic steering, this new offering adds assist to manual steering, reducing the effort to steer significantly. This is ideal for a roadster or any vehicle that was set up originally with manual steering and the owner decides that he would like more assist without the need to add hydraulic lines." Drivers looking to harness the full capa- bilities of their vehicles know that a good suspension is the key to a safe, comfortable and, most importantly, fast car, notes Scott Diedrich of Heidts Suspension Systems in Lake Zurich, Illinois. "Builders are now able to affordably build more powerful engines, and tire technology is getting stickier than ever imagined when these cars were designed," he explains. "As new engines come out, we redesign and test our suspension for fitment and better handling when possible." When Ford released the Coyote engine, for example, Heidts completely redesigned three Mustang IFS kits to allow easy fit- Got It Chassis & steering products can upgrade virtually any build. By John Carollo New technology is allowing the end user more options to build their dream car and make it comfortable to drive. (Photos courtesy Flaming River Industries/Photos by Tyler Greene – tylergreene.com) Handled B

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