SEMA 2020: Stiffen Up With Ridetech’s Subframe Connectors

Let’s face it, when first-gen Camaros and Firebirds were rolling off the assembly line with skinny 15-inch tires and rims, those bias-ply tires could barely press the chassis and body beyond their capabilities. RideTech is one company that has been designing significant upgrades and performance-enhancing products to take these first-gen F-bodies further than engineers had ever envisioned.

Enhancing the performance of a vehicle is simply enabling it to operate beyond limitations than previously allowed. Many times, moving the usable performance envelope in one area only serves to illustrate the limitations of another. Such is the case with GM’s 1967-1969 F-body’s uni-body construction. In other words, the lack of a full-frame.

The subframe connectors are built with 1.5 in. x 3 in. x .125 wall steel and hug tightly to the car’s underside to provide maximum clearance and strength.

Wheels and tires have surpassed the abilities of the car’s OEM suspension components and replacements for the heavy, rubber-bushed control arms and other components have enabled all the tires’ grip to be put to good use. So much so, the body itself has shown to be the next weakest link.

RideTech has again, come to the rescue with its new bolt-in subframe connectors that significantly stabilize the car’s chassis and tie the front and rear suspensions together. It is amazing how much better a car can launch, stop, and turn when all the wheels are working in unison. The RideTech 1967-1969 Camaro Firebird Subframe Connectors not only tie the chassis components together, but they accommodate many of the aftermarket products also used to enhance the car’s chassis.

The connectors are a true bolt-in application and come with all necessary hardware. The front mount secures with the subframe and the rear mount integrates an all-new spring mount that works with factory or aftermarket suspension options.

Ridetech’s subframe connectors offer a simple, bolt-on improvement which significantly increases the performance of the OEM chassis and dramatically transforms the handling and ride quality of the first-gen Camaro or Firebird. The connectors fit the coupe but are not intended for the convertible variants.

The new Ridetech Bolt-on Subframe Connectors install in minutes. There is no drilling or fabrication necessary and all mounting hardware is included. The front of the subframe connector bolts through the original subframe and is captured by the body bushing to enhance rigidity.

The front of the subframe connector bolts through the original subframe and is captured by the body bushing as well to enhance rigidity.

The rear of the subframe connector mounts solidly into three existing floor-pan bolt locations for maximum strength and completely replaces the original leaf spring pocket. This design uses multiple mounting points to lock-in the subframe connector and provides a super-stiff mount for the rear leaf spring or the Ridetech four-link bar.

If you are planning on driving your first-gen Camaro on the street or track, in a straight line, or carving corners, the RideTech Bolt-On Subframe Connectors will be the unsung hero of how well your Camaro or Firebird now handles.

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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