SEMA 2017: A New Independent Rear Suspension From Chassisworks

While walking the show floor at SEMA, we happened across a partially complete second-gen Camaro that made us take a second look. At first glance, we wondered why the folks at Chris Alston Chassisworks would bring an incomplete ride to a show like this. Our second glance answered the question. Underneath the back end of the car was an independent suspension that blew us away.

What they have developed is a new independent rear suspension to work with their g-Street chassis. “This complete IRS is available for the first and second-gen Camaro, as well as ’64-’70 Mustang,” according to Lino Chestang of Chassisworks. There are two different versions of the suspension, and one features a rocker arm-style shock mounting, while the other is a traditional coilover.

Before you get too concerned about cutting the rear floor section, Lino informed us that the kit comes with a sheetmetal-fabbed rear floor section to complete the install.

In case you were wondering, the kit is available in four different hub widths from 56 to 60 inches. Unfortunately, Lino tells us that custom widths are not available at this time. “The rear control arms use our pivot-ball rod ends, and the center is a Fab 9 housing. A differential is not included in the kit, and we don’t make a 9-inch differential, but you can purchase one from us, or source your own,” Lino said.

The differential mounts at six points in the rear frame cradle, and they also developed a pinion mount as part of the differential bracketry. This not only creates a strong mount, but reduces vibration.

So, now that we’ve possibly found your next rear suspension, give the folks at Chris Alston Chassisworks a call. Your ride will be the envy of the car show, cruise night, and road course.

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Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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