On this episode of Hot Rod Garage, David Freiburger and Tony Angelo show the aptly-named Crusher Camaro some love with a fresh Qa1 suspension kit. The suspension overhaul will allow the Crusher Camaro to return to its pro-touring status after being used as a beastly drag strip competitor.
Freiburger tells us that Qa1 is mostly known for there billet shocks, and that they’ve started to assemble entire suspension kits for pretty much any Chevrolet vehicle, along with Mopar A-bodies and B-bodies, as well as 1979 model year and newer Ford Mustangs. He gives us the low down on the multiple stages Qa1 offers as well, from stage 1 to stage 3. Freiburger opted to go with stage 3 for the Crusher Camaro, and with it comes something we found super intriguing; a “super low-friction” ball joint.
In its entirety, the stage 3 kit includes double-adjustable shocks, control arms, the rebuildable low-friction ball joints, stiffer bushings, and trick tie rod sleeves that will make adjusting toe and bumpsteer settings much easier. The cool thing about these components is that each individual part can be used with the stock setup. In addition to that, the way the components are priced allows builders to add one piece at a time to their project without spending more money than if they had bought the entire kit at once.
Freiburger and Angelo walk us through the installation, showing each step along the way along with other interesting tid bits. After the work is complete, Angelo takes the Camaro out on the same autocross course to see just how much of an improvement the stage 3 kit made. Off the bat the Crusher Camaro is quicker than before, but as Angelo makes tweaks to the adjustable shocks he gets it to ride just right and shaves 2.5 seconds off his time. Considering its manual steering, Angelo says that this is an impressive time for the Camaro.
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