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Old 04-20-2004, 07:20   #1 (permalink)
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cast iron suspension VS alloy

Hey thinking out loud again on the new falcons they run double wishbone front suspension. Now i dont know heaps about this topic but in the states the upper and lower factory cast iron a-arms can be replaced with aftermarket alloy units. Now these would be fairly hefty wouldnt they seeing they support the whole car and all, so how hard would it be to get some aftermarket support to get alloy units made. Now if we can see a weight drop of 50-100kg's i think this would make a big enough handling improvment to warrent the work. How much work would be involved in making this possible, nt a backyard chop version but a herrod or suspension pro version.
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The front wishbones arnt that heavy to start with so I dont think there would be much to be gained, combined they wouldnt even weigh a 50kg all up.
But every bit will help I suppose.

Aluminium bonnet, boot and roof could save quite a bit though.
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aluminium saves weight over steel, increases insurance repair costs = more expensive premiums
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yea im not saying production cars like the xr8, but more for the after market or even the gt or IF they decide to build a GTHO. I thought They the front suspension would be rather heavy, but oh well maybee not.
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