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Old 07-19-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Is anyone running any Hotchkis suspension parts? Opinions?

I've seen their pro touring Camaro & pickups running the autocrosses at some Goodguys show and it's unnatural watching those old cars going around the cone like they are on rails. Seems like they know a thing or two. I'm also kind of partial to supporting local vendors--and I can literally walk to them from my office.
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I'm picking up my car tomorrow with the complete TVS package installed. My office is close to them as well. I'll let you know how it rides.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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Thanks. It seems like not much of anybody in the Mustang community uses them.
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Re: Hotchkis?

I had full front/rear sway bars on my old SRT4 (with TIEN springs, energy suspension bushings, bilstein shocks). That damned car would carve a turn like a champ all day, no body roll whatsoever...makin' the ACR guys' jaw drop regularly.

The Hotchkiss bars were exceptional quality, and I really liked the spherical end linkages. Decent price for how solid they were, too.

I dunno if many guys on here do the full suspension build, seems like most just do the springs (for looks) and the LCAs (for wheel hop).

Hotchkiss makes a good product. Not sure if they are 'the' choice for mustangs, but ive had great experiences with them on my other vehicles.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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I dunno if many guys on here do the full suspension build, seems like most just do the springs (for looks) and the LCAs (for wheel hop).

Hotchkiss makes a good product. Not sure if they are 'the' choice for mustangs, but ive had great experiences with them on my other vehicles.
That's kind of what I've been gathering since my OP. As I mentioned I've watched their Pro Touring cars run & it's just unnatural how well those old muscle cars & pickups carve the cones.

Once I do get to suspension mods, it will be more for function over looks--though I like the lowered stance look as much as anyone. From what I've been reading progressive springs are not considered the best for serious cone-dodging--which means the Hotchkis springs dropped down on my wishlist.
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I have many of the same questions. I'm not really interested in drag racing set up. I would like to explore Autocross and open road course days. I've heard good things about Strano Performance and Hotchkiss as well. I'm really interested in learning if full coil overs are worth it. My goal is maximum all around handling.
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I came from a S2000 to a Mustang...I got my power fix, but I found myself longing for the handling. The brake dives and body rolls where driving me crazy. Had the KW Variant 3's at the top of my list and ran across Hotchkis. Check out that 2011 Grabber Blue on Youtube (search 'Hotchkis Mustang'), it's on rails. I decided on the TVS, the whole package from the sway bars, control arms, panhard rod, frame connectors, etc all work together to give it track performance. It's insane, the first thing I noticed is the brakes...they feel twice as strong because the car is balanced way better. I holds like crazy but still takes bumps and ruts. The stance is perfect, it's how a Mustang should look. Check out my garage for pictures.

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Thanks for the review. Where are you located?
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Work in City of Industry and live in Chino Hills.
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I came from a S2000 to a Mustang...I got my power fix, but I found myself longing for the handling. The brake dives and body rolls where driving me crazy. Had the KW Variant 3's at the top of my list and ran across Hotchkis. Check out that 2011 Grabber Blue on Youtube (search 'Hotchkis Mustang'), it's on rails. I decided on the TVS, the whole package from the sway bars, control arms, panhard rod, frame connectors, etc all work together to give it track performance. It's insane, the first thing I noticed is the brakes...they feel twice as strong because the car is balanced way better. I holds like crazy but still takes bumps and ruts. The stance is perfect, it's how a Mustang should look. Check out my garage for pictures.
What did the set up run you?
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PM me and I'll give you the name and number of the guy that I worked with at shop.
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Not that hotchkis isn't a great product but bmr regarded by most to be the best mustang suspension

http://www.bmrsuspension.com/?page=p...d=16&catid=130
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I came from a S2000 to a Mustang...I got my power fix, but I found myself longing for the handling. The brake dives and body rolls where driving me crazy. Had the KW Variant 3's at the top of my list and ran across Hotchkis. Check out that 2011 Grabber Blue on Youtube (search 'Hotchkis Mustang'), it's on rails. I decided on the TVS, the whole package from the sway bars, control arms, panhard rod, frame connectors, etc all work together to give it track performance. It's insane, the first thing I noticed is the brakes...they feel twice as strong because the car is balanced way better. I holds like crazy but still takes bumps and ruts. The stance is perfect, it's how a Mustang should look. Check out my garage for pictures.
I am strongly considering this for my September mod. This is a great review here, thanks for that.

What about rubbing, will stock rubber (19' brembo setup) fit after the lowering? This is holding me back right now, $2k is already hefty, but if I need to get new tires and wheels as well this one may need to wait.
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