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post #1 of 2 Old 12-03-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Check Out Pfadt's New Control Arm Stiffeners

Stiffening you suspension components is an important factor in getting the most out of your Camaro. Our strong lightweight brace is an inexpensive way to stiffen your weak factory rear toe link. We have designed this brace to slip in place on your existing toe link and box it in for maximum stiffness.

Simply push out your factory bushings, weld the brace to your toe link and re-install your bushings. In the coming weeks we will have a polyurethane bushing set to replace those factory rubber bushings also.



Give us a call if you have any questions.

-Aaron

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FEA on control arm

At Pfadt, we are not just content with building products that look pretty. We design all of our pieces to take car of problems and needs that you Camaro has. There has been a lot of talk about fabricated control arms for the rear suspension for these cars. As is typical for Pfadt, we started by looking at the factory pieces to see where the deficiencies are.

Here is a rear trailing arm (the toe link) shown with a 1000 lb tension force in it. A realistic cornering load. The deflection in the steel arm itself is 2.4mm. That is obviously not conducive to good handling and cornering feel. The deflection amount is almost exactly the same in compression. The shadowed arm in the photo shows the displacement (multiplied for visualization).



Armed with this information, we decided that we could stiffen up that arm with a simple, inexpensive DIY brace.



With the brace installed on the part, the deflection is reduced to less than 1mm with the same load.

Here is the same analysis of the toe link with the brace in place.



Look for more fabricated control arm pieces from Pfadt in the near future, complete with the analysis to back them up.

-Aaron

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