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Make Your A-Body Hook - GM A-Body Suspension From DMR

Make That Big Car Hook With A GM A-Body Suspension.

By Bart Quick, Photography by Bart Quick

Scaling The Car
To start the improvement process, Moran asked the vehicle's owner, Mike Kunkle, to have the car weighed. Kunkle took his Buick to Wheel to Wheel Powertrain to have it put up on the electronic scales. Here are the results: As Moran suspected, the front-end percentage was brutal. This makes hooking up the rear tires at launch a real challenge. In a perfect world, he says, you'd want almost a 50/50 percent split front/rear with a suspension designed to take advantage of it.

Some of the additions to the vehicle after this weighing included the DMR suspension (10 pounds), seatbelts (10 pounds), and rollcage (80 pounds). While the car wasn't reweighed after these parts were added, we're confident the total weight was more than 3,700 pounds.

STARTING WEIGHT
(No driver, 31/44 tank of fuel)
  LEFT RIGHT PERCENTAGE
FRONT 1,147 1,020 60.6
REAR 707 741 39.4
TOTAL 3,615 lbs.
SOURCES
BSM Technologies
Romulus
MI
Strange Engineering
Morton Grove
IL
Dick Miller Racing Inc.
South Hernando
MS
Wheel to Wheel Powertrain
Madison Heights
MI
Moran Motorsports
Taylor
MI
By Bart Quick
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