Paul Yniguez at Hotchkis started by removing both 18mm nuts in the front and rear of the lower trailing arms. Paul Yniguez at Hotchkis started by removing both 18mm nuts in the front and rear of the l When going through the frame for the front lower trailing arm nuts, its a good idea to wrap some tape (arrow) between the socket and the extension to prevent it from falling into the framerail. When going through the frame for the front lower trailing arm nuts, its a good idea Before installing the new trailing arm, apply a thin layer of the supplied chassis grease to both faces of the bushings. Then add one drop of Loctite on the new bolt threads and torque the nut to 70 lb-ft. Before installing the new trailing arm, apply a thin layer of the supplied chassis grease We removed the upper trailing arm the same way we did the lower. However, since our Bu had been lowered with a set of Eibach performance springs, we loosened the jam-nut and turned the arm counter-clockwise by one turn to obtain the correct pinion angle of 2-degrees negative. We removed the upper trailing arm the same way we did the lower. However, since our We also elected not to insert the supplied bushings that are normally replaced in the upper mounting point of the rearend. Doing so would have ruined them later when we transplant them into the new housing we have planned, and since its only a pivot point, we knew it wouldnt cause any ill-handling manners. We also elected not to insert the supplied bushings that are normally replaced in the uppe In order to position the trailing arm braces, we had to slightly clearance the driver side. In order to position the trailing arm braces, we had to slightly clearance the driver side Not a terrible ordeal considering the added structural rigidity would make it well worth the effort. Not a terrible ordeal considering the added structural rigidity would make it well worth t Something we didnt notice initially was the fact that our Bu never came with a rear sway bar. But now that we have the Hotchkis lower trailing arms, we can also fit the companys hefty 1-inch sway bar easily with the supplied 5/8-inch bolts. Something we didnt notice initially was the fact that our Bu never came with a Seth Millhollin of Edelbrock was our main man when it came time to tossing out the 15-year-old shocks (including the nasty rear coilover units) and installing the IAS units. And, not surprisingly, he even had to whip out a welder to torch out one of them. Seth Millhollin of Edelbrock was our main man when it came time to tossing out the 15-year There she is in all her glory, just waiting to put on her new sneakers before the big test day. And yes, we know that our muffler is about to fall off. There she is in all her glory, just waiting to put on her new sneakers before the big test Weve built everything from stock 289s to monstrous 496ci blown big- blocks and dumped them into every conceivable four-wheel make, model, and brandonly weve never paid much attention to the suspension. That makes us wonder if it really was the ungodly amount of torque that pitched the cars sideways, or if it was the 20-year-old chassis that we were putting those engines into. With that fresh on our minds, weve taken a different angle with our project 78 Malibu. Weve also done quite a bit to it since we first introduced the Bu back in June 01 (The Ultimate Malibu). We got rid of the dreadful factory 10.5-inch disc brakes up front and upgraded to the larger 12-inch 1LE rotors (see Big-Brake, Sept. 01), completely rebuilt the frontend, and started to modify the suspension with the aid of Hotchkis Performance. So far the results have been incredible. The brakes feel better than any weve ever used before. And even though we had only partially completed the front half of the suspension and were driving with mix-matched wheels, wow really says it best. Of course, our reaction might have something to do with the fact that were just not used to driving anything that can actually turn or stop at full speed. For this segment of As the Malibu Turns, we had Hotchkis Performance install the final portion of the rear suspension. This included the upper and lower trailing arms, trailing arm braces, and a 1-inch sway bar. We then finished the suspension road-trip by stopping at Edelbrock and having the clapped-out stock shocks replaced with trick Inertia Active System (IAS) shocks (see the Shocking Facts sidebar). The only glitch was that we had to steal the Fire-Turds wheels and tires because our Wheel Vintique set wasnt ready in time for our intensive slalom and skidpad testing. But dont fretonce we get the BFGoodrich g-Force TA tires mounted, well try a few more things to improve our current times. Read on to see how our portly sedan is now able to embarrass many big-dollar production cars. SOURCES Edelbrock Dept. 5.0 2700 California St. Torrance CA 90503 310-781-2222 www.edelbrock.com Hotchkis Performance 12035 Burke St., Ste. 13 Santa Fe Springs CA 90670 877-466-7655 www.hotchkis.net Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!