Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mooresville, IN
I can't get into the technical variations of the various manufacturers as I'm not an engineer. I know they all work very well and I've never used any SoT products but have made extensive use of GW products and have a lot of faith in them. My choice to use the Ridetech vs the others is based on personal preference; I'm not a fan of strut front suspension so that knocked out the SoT and the Global West system is a vast improvement over the factory setup but it is restricted by the limitations of the stock mounting locations. I liked the RT because they redesigned the lower arm mount and addressed bump steer and in my situation they went with a heim bearing instead of rubber, poly, delrin, etc. This is strictly a race car so road noise, nvh, etc are not an issue.
Just looking at SoT I had them confused with a different manufacturer so no they are not Strut based.
The spindle is Ridetech and uses C5 brake components. Yes it is an extensive cage, two reasons; chassis stiffness as you mentioned and also the car has a minimum weight of between 2700 lbs and 3000 lbs depending on engine choice. My last car had an empty weight of around 2400 lbs before ballast so I decided to add a couple of extra tubes to make use of them for ballast and additional stiffness.
My definition of 3 link may not be accurate and I'll see if I can get more pictures of it but to describe it; there are two bars that tie to the center bottom of the rear end housing and each goes out to the front leaf spring mount on each side. This locates the rearend left to right. From the top of the rear end housing right behind each caliper there is a bar that goes forward into the passenger compartment and ties into the cage. There is a second bar parallel to that under the floorpan going forward also. Then of course the two shocks.
So Many Cones, So Little Time!
Last edited by CP66; 02-10-2019 at 02:06 PM.