Race-only A-frame bushings

Sittin Duck

Sittin Duck

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jul 23, 2019
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My age is going to show. Back when 55-57 Chevies were more common at the dragstrip, one of the old suspension tricks was to grind the "teeth" from the inboard side of all four a-frame bushings, to allow quicker front end rise on the starting line.

I am going to rebuild the front end of my (Drag only) 80 Malibu with new Comp. Eng. 3-ways and Moroso coil springs. It would seem to be a good time to do ball joints etc.

The A-frame bushings appear to be original but having not disassembled them yet, I don't know if the above exercise is even possible or beneficial.

If this setup does not permit the above, what are you drag-only guys putting in your stock A-frames?

Thanks for your time.
 
Macguyver

Macguyver

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bracketchev1221

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Jan 18, 2018
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The teeth grinding still works. There are other options like Del-a-lum bushings, but I went 1.21 with my stock front end chevelle with rubber replacement bushings.
 
motorheadmike

motorheadmike

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Nov 18, 2009
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Yeah, there a tonne of low resistance options out there today - from bushings to ball joints.

The question is how much money or time do you have?
 
melloelky

melloelky

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Oct 22, 2017
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there was a certain wagon that used to pull the wheels on the regular,after selling the car he posted a picture claiming the removal of the bump stop area in the upper freed up a lot of travel.it's cheap and if you're clearancing the bushings your already there anyways.
 

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