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    Home made wide track

    A few years back someone posted a home made wide track suspension, I wonder if it was successfull and what parts they needed to complete the project. I mostly understand the front suspension, but dont have a clue on the rear suspension.

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    Re: Home made wide track

    An easy way to make a rear wide track suspension in the good old days was to split the sub-assembly like the cross member and add in the amount you want to widen your car. If you were building a Ferrari Testarossa as an example with an 8 inch wider track than a Pontiac Fiero for example, the cradle could be made wider by 8 inches pushing the factory geometry out to where you needed it for the TR. You then need to move the shock towers out 4 inches on each side to mount the top of the suspension.

    The car Jerry Dorr sold to Bondo Bob has this modification.
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    I believe you saw my homemade widetrack front on my 512tr. I made the whole front 3" wider per side, only to realize that it was too wide for the wheels I got, and returned it to stock. It was surprisingly easy though. I removed the front crossmember, and surgically cut it in half and welded in 6" in the middle, I then redrilled new mounting bolt holes and removed the steering rack tabs and rewelded them in to their new correct locations (inwards 3" each side) I then welded ears onto the front body mounts for the aarms with the bolt holes 3" farther out, the shocks still bolted to their body brackets fine, just more of an angle, I then put everything back together and it was all perfect, I topped it off with a new set of Rodneys 88 steering rack ends, which just happen to be almost 3" longer than the ones I took off. It all was surprisingly easy to do, if any one needs more than an inch or two in the front, it is a very cost effective alternative to the widetrack kit, and retains a lot of the original geometry.

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    Re: Home made wide track

    The shock tower
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    Re: Home made wide track

    Inside the wheel well
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    Re: Home made wide track

    Another shot for you. The wheel adapter is used to mount Ferrari rims 5/108mm to the Fiero bolt pattern 5/100mm as well as fine tuning the wheel to the body fitment.
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    Re: Home made wide track

    Here is how I did my rear suspenion. It is not too hard to do. Just measure three times and draw it out and then cut and weld.

    Front suspension tends to be a bit more complex but manageable.

    http://www.madmechanics.com/index.php?topic=3168.0

    I just checked the thread out and I see that the pics are all gone now. I guess they were lost when Ari upgraded the forum. If you want pics, pm me with your email address and I will send you pics of the pieces.

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    Re: Home made wide track

    Here is my widened suspension. I used well casing for the top of the shock tower & Dave Held's coil over kit. That is a 4.9 Cadillac V-8 complete drivetrain with lengthened driveaxels. I used the Caddy cradle and adapted it to the Fiero.
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    Re: Home made wide track

    Dale:

    That looks nice.

    After all these years, this is the first time I have seen this part of your build.

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    Re: Home made wide track

    After all these years this part of my build is covered in dust! ;D ;D
    Actually I didn't have a digital camera back then so don't have a lot of pics. I'll have a look and see if I have anything else interesting. If I do, I'll post them.
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