Muscle car suspension systems have a very difficult job to do. Because a muscle car is designed to have a body that is as light as possible, combined with a motor that is as powerful as technology allows, the suspension system often has a difficult time maintaining a smooth and even ride for the vehicle's passengers. The second primary task of the vehicle suspension system is to make sure that the tires maintain their point of contact with the pavement, and this job is also more difficult in a muscle car than in many other vehicles. Using suspension kits to improve the overall performance of this part of your vehicle is one possibility, although there are a number of other ways to go about fixing and improving the suspension system for your muscle car.
Step 1 - Analyze Your Current Suspension System
Suspension systems consist of several different primary components. These include the shock absorbers, various types of springs, torsion bars, mounting bars and systems for shock absorbers and more. The best way to improve the suspension in your vehicle is to begin by analyzing your suspension system as it currently stands. You can then determine where the suspension is flawed and when and how you can improve it overall.
Step 2 - Access the Suspension System
Be sure to let your car cool down before you access the suspension system. The engine and nearby components can get very hot when the car is turned on, and it's dangerous to work on a vehicle in this situation. Identify the suspension system under the hood of your car and examine all of the connecting points to ensure that there are no leaks.
Step 3 - Tighten Any Leaks
One of the biggest problems with a car suspension system is that, over time and as the car is put to use on the road, the various components and valves of the car can come out of alignment in a very slight degree. The result of this happening is that there may be tiny passageways for air to escape, which forces the engine to work harder in order to accomplish the same goals. Using an adjustable wrench, tighten any tubes and valves that connect to your suspension system.
Step 4 - Improve Component Parts
If your suspension system is old or worn out, it may be a good idea to replace parts of it. This is possible to do at home with a bit of knowledge about your vehicle. Carefully unscrew all of the various tubes that connect the suspension system to the engine and gently remove the suspension box out of the car. With an updated or new system in your possession, carefully lower that new system into place where the old one was previously. Reattach the hoses, being sure to allow for leaks and other missing connections as well.
If you have any questions, speak with a mechanic.