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faqs

> Can Schwartz Performance install their chassis to my body shell?

Yes, we can install the chassis, perform a mini-tub on the rear wheel wells, supply engine, transmission, clutch kit or complete the project for you.

> Can Schwartz Performance build my complete car project?

Yes we build entire car projects including engines, twin turbo systems, etc. Check out our projects page to see the cars we’ve built.

> My car has a good paint job and complete interior. Can I install your chassis without harming the paint or tearing apart my interior?

Yes you can. However, some chassis models require some engine bay cutting, and/or very little modification under the car. So engine bay and undercarriage may require some paint work.

> I already have tubular control arms and a coilover kit on my muscle car. Can I buy just the frame and swap my components?

Unfortunately, no. In order to fix all of the 1960’s suspension and steering geometry problems, we engineered a clean sheet design. This does not utilize any stock type components or aftermarket pieces meant for your stock frame.

> I have a Corvette donor vehicle. Can I use this stuff on your frame?

We can adapt just about any type of suspension to our frame. However, there are labor costs involved that may exceed the cost of our complete chassis and suspension setup.

> Do you use Corvette components on your chassis?

No. We want our chassis to exceed the performance of a Corvette. We feel using components from other cars is a compromise. Corvette wheel bearings are known to have problems and are non-serviceable: They cannot be greased, so the entire assembly needs to be replaced when a bearing loosens up. This is the same with OEM Corvette ball joints.

Corvette spindles are aluminum and designed for a lightweight fiberglass two-seater sports car with most of the weight on the rear wheels. These parts are not the best choice for a muscle car.

> I want an AWD muscle car. Can it be done?

Yes, but we’ll need to customize the chassis and you’ll need a large budget.

> Why should I replace my stock full frame with a Schwartz chassis? (GM A-body, GM G-Body, 47-53 GM Pick-up, 55-57 Chevy car)

In addition to obvious reasons like your original chassis has rust, cracks, is bent or missing;
• The stock chassis geometry is flawed for a performance application, camber gain is opposite of what is should be and bump-steer is excessive.
• The stock chassis has an enormous amount of flex.
• Our rolling chassis is stronger and lighter.
• When you consider adding all the best bolt on parts and blasting, repairing and painting your stock chassis, you are close to the cost of our whole rolling chassis package.

> Why should I buy a full frame for my unibody car as opposed to bolt on suspension or a subframe?

The suspension and engine in unibody cars bolt to sheet metal, which results in significant flex under higher-than-stock horsepower conditions, as well as around corners and over bumps. By adding a full frame, everything (suspension, engine, etc.) fastens to the rigid frame. This frame takes the twisting forces away from the body, resulting in a more comfortable driver experience. Additionally, adding a frame to a unibody structure strengthens the entire package compared to just adding subframe connectors. Our main rails are mandrel-bent which are much stronger than tubing formed by a normal bender.