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Dirt01
Member
posted February 26, 2003 10:52 PM
I was wondering if anyone had messed with changing upper control arms on stock camaro/nova front end. Would there be any benefit? Also do you know the difference in measurement between the camaro upper and a larger model, like an impala or caprice?


r19v
Member
posted February 27, 2003 08:54 AM
Dirt01,
1969 Chevy Impala a-arms are about 3/4" longer than your Nova a-arms. You will have to change the cross shaft to the Nova. This will help with positive camber on the drivers side. You will need a shorter one on the passenger side to get more negative camber. I don't know of any shorter ones that will work on the passenger side. The only other option I know of is to cut off and shorten the passenger side a-arm or cut off and move the a-arm mount in toward the engine. A shorter a-arm on the passenger side would generally be better (depending on the track banking) as it would give you more camber gain. Hope this helps.

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Dirt01
Member
posted February 27, 2003 09:12 AM
do you know of any longer ones that will work on the drivers side or will that help?


Scoot
Member
posted February 27, 2003 05:49 PM
I just asked this question a few days ago. Someone told me in the new Speedway catalog on page 49 there are different length upper A-arms for stock mounts. I looked at their website and found them also.

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Scoot
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r19v
Member
posted February 27, 2003 06:56 PM
Dirt01,
The only longer a-arms that I know of are the 1969 Impala a-arms as mentioned in the earlier post. It will definitely help on the drivers side. With the stock upper on the drivers side I don't think you can get any positive camber at all. You don't want to use it on the passenger side, as that would give you positive camber and you need negative camber on that side. There are some other changes that can be made on the lower a-arms that will widen your track width 2 or 3". However I don't know if you want to do that or not. I can't remember how much changes to width it makes as it has been a couple of years since I did that. If you are interested in these changes, let me know.
Scoot is right, Speedway has aftermarket a-arms (and maybe stock type also) that would achieve the proper caster and camber adjustment for the Camaro/Nova.

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Dirt01
Member
posted February 27, 2003 11:50 PM
Thanks a lot for your replies, that helps a lot.


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