"FEATHERWEIGHT" Front Suspension
Installation 'How To'
NOTE: With this front suspension
system, not only will you get as much
as 400 lbs. or more off the front of
you car or truck, it makes more engine
compartment room, and greatly enhances
the rigidity of your chassis when the
motor is tied in as well.
#1 Support car on jack stands or
rack. Once all the critical dimensions
are taken, such as the spindle center
line to the firewall relationship
etc., remove stock front frame,
suspension and inner fenders of your
project. Clean and smooth firewall.
If you're going to keep stock sheet
metal on your car, it is not
necessary to remove the front fenders
or core support to achieve a perfect
fit. The stock core support can be
welded directly to the new
"Featherweight" frame in most cases.
#2 Next, move new frame into
position and locate. Block up
with jack stands or something
suitable and locate. Tack weld
to hold in position after it is
located as in Step 3.
#3 This is the way you should locate
the new frame: Use plumb bobs and
a chalk line to find the center
line of the car and make all
measurements in relation to it. Lay
it out on the floor as shown. This
is an accurate and sure way to locate
and double check dimensions.
#4 Cut 2" wide slots in the floor
(similar to frame connector installation)
from the new front frame to the rear
frame section, or in this case the 2x3
crossmember as shown.
#5 Add a length of 2x3 box steel
tubing as shown and weld into place.
Weld all of the sheet metal flooring
to the frame material. Also shown
is an outrigger welded into place
with the main hoop of the roll cage.
You will also want to add outriggers
to the forward area for the A-pillar
rollcage tubes to sit on. The outriggers
will be welded from the new frame to the
rocker box, similar to the one shown.
NOTE: You'll need a frame support
running from the A-pillar tubes
through the firewall, down to the
new frame. These support tubes
are included in our 12-point
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