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Handling How-To: Installing a QA1 Level 2 Handling Kit on an Early GM A-Body


Automotive suspensions have come a long way since the original muscle car era of the 1960s and early 70s. Today’s shock technology allows for tuning your suspension for maximum handling and control; and the tubular steel components offer a better, stronger alternative to stamped steel parts.

Fortunately, suspension manufacturers have started to make modern suspension technology available for early muscle cars like 1968-72 GM A-bodies. Without a doubt, one of the top recurring themes in automotive performance is suspension system upgrades for classic vehicles. QA1, for example, unveiled what it refers to as Full-Vehicle Suspension Kits.

QA1 Full-Vehicle Suspension Kits are purpose-built kits for street handling or drag racing, depending on your preference. Each kit style — handling or drag race — comes in three different performance levels known as Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3. They come with everything you need to achieve the ride response and handling you desire; however, QA1 also shows the full bill of materials for the kits so you buy the components as your budget allows. Based on which kit and level you choose, components in your kit may include sway bars, shocks, springs, control arms, and other applicable parts.

We followed along as QA1 installed a Level 2 Handling Kit on a 1969 Chevy Chevelle. According to QA1, the Level 2 package is designed for the street performance enthusiast who may also do occasional Autocrossing. It offers adjustable ride height and features single adjustable coil-over shocks at all four corners, allowing you to really tune your ride to your handling and appearance demands.

Which kit is right for you? Check out this video for a full overview of each package. To see how the Level 2 kit bolts up, watch our exclusive video below:

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  1. Jessica Griffith says:

    Hey there, just wondering what the typical install time frame on this kit is?
    For say a medium to somewhat advanced skill level?


    • Shade Tree mechanic here. The suspension I had to remove was the original and several hardened bolts had to be cut because they were frozen in the bushing sleeve. Given that extra time to remove the old parts, I spent about 50 hours. I had the car suspended on four 6 ton jack stands. And needed to loosen the rear exhaust to have enough room to work.

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