Sub Frame Connectors

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  1. Gasoholic

    Gasoholic Veteran Member

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    Looking for some ideas for sub frame connectors for my 78. Wondering what everyone else is using?
    Been looking at the Hotchkiss kit.
    Want something strong, but removeable. If thats even possible?
    Looks like the Hotchkiss ones bolt on the front and weld on the back?
    Any advice before I make a purchase?
     
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    If I were to do it all over again, I would still use DSE but bolt them in the front to the frame. Realistically they shouldn’t be bolted in as their purpose is the be structurally strong.

    I personally would only look to Global West, Hotchkis and Detroit Speed.
     
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    Those don’t appear to be 70-81
     
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    I have the ones from Keith at custom works welded in and they fit good
     
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    I use Competition Engineering bolt-ins. Bolted them in...then had them welded, too. My car is lowered and I've yet to be in a situation where I had ground clearance issues.
     
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    Competition Engineering bolt in subframe connectors then were welded in
     
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    piece of 2x3 11 ga and a welder....I'm too cheap to buy that kind of stuff.
     
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    I used bolt-in CE frame connectors for a few years of 500+HP beatings and the holes never wallowed out or became loose in any way. They seem to be OK bolted in. The part that goes into the subframe bushing is not real thick but, survives just the same.

    I'm welded in now with the GENII units.
     
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    PTFB's GENII frame connectors have the largest minimal cross sectional area of ANY on the market,excelent ground clearance, thickest mounting brackets, they can be bolted in OR welded, they even come with hardware to bolt them in and are the best value. PTFB connector2.jpg
     
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    hubedobeedo 3rd times a charm

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    i mad mine out of .125 wall 2x3 tubing copy of DSE ,agree with BA about bolting to front instead of welding(only for future removal of sub frame) ,if need be would be easy to cut without getting into connectors or sub frame. had a total cost of 26 bucks in material took about 6 hr.s to do.got alot of tips from hot rod magazine article on F bomb camaro
     

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