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18 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW But, with advancements and improvements come misconceptions. So, we asked about misinformation regarding performance aftermarket chassis and steering products. What should buyers watch out for? "Thinking all suspension kits are the same and going for the cheapest option," Diedrich says, noting that Heidts offers various levels of IFS kits for various appli- cations. "Our engineers design and test all of our kits in-house and we proudly still manufacture all of our kits in the USA." The dreaded offshore issue affects many markets, this one included. "The most common misconception is that a lot of these products are imported," Cornwell reveals. "We are proud to say that our products are completely manufactured here in the U.S. We are vertically integrated and either make our components in-house or have U.S.-based suppliers to provide the few components we do not make." Another misconception, Ladina notes, is that certain products are universal in nature. "While we have options for many dif- ferent applications, it is not a one-size-fits- all-type of product," she explains. "There are a number of questions that we can walk a customer through to determine the best options for their project." Products such as the VDOG are engineered specifically to address the clearance issues encoun- tered when installing a new LS engine into a muscle car, classic or hot rod. (Photos courtesy Flaming River Industries) Got It Handled ment, he adds, and also ended up rede- signing the control arms, sway bar and motor mount kits along the way. The list of technological advancements that have positively affected the chassis and steering market is a long one, notes Trever Cornwell, general manager of IDIDIT LLC in Tecumseh, Michigan. "Among them are lightweight compo- nents, electric power steering, reengineered chassis and modern powertrain and suspen- sion enhancements," he says. Boris Maryanovsky, owner of Street Machinery in Cleveland, has more than 20 years of experience with chassis work. The shop uses its own designs and parts, as well as those from other companies. "Technology has made incredible advance- ments in the last few years," he observes. "We see a large amount of our customers upgrading to the newest shocks available. Aftermarket suspensions for older cars are now mostly computer-designed from a clean slate instead of being based off of nearly 50-year-old designs that didn't address a lot of the issues found in those particular designs. These can be made worse by low- ering and include such factors like bump steer and Ackermann steering geometry." Drivers looking to harness the full capabilities of their vehicles know that a good suspension is the key to a safe, comfortable and, most importantly, fast car. (Photo courtesy Heidts Suspension Systems) Better handling naturally improves the overall driving experience. (Photo courtesy Heidts Suspension Systems)

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