Originally Posted by randycat99
So the big question for me is...can a modern Challenger get raked like that and make it work, or does it just look ridiculous? I don't mean so much jacked in the air, but just the rear higher than the front? I also would the angle do something weird with the toe behavior (make it uncorrectable or just plain flaky when it comes to any kind of suspension motion)?...not only front, but also rear now, given all that irs activity.
In lifting the back end with shackles/air shocks was more due to necessity and function.
Cornering was way different (as in cornering didn't really matter), but how were you able to put the widest wheels possible to handle the big torque and clear the fender wells?
Rim technology with offsets wasn't at the stage it is today. Tubbing the rear wasn't big and shortening the rear axle wasn't something many did or find shops to do it. Figure expense in there as well. The internet helps a lot today as well.
Today if you want to find out how and who can do it, it's just a mouse click away. World wide shipping. Back then you had to rely on what could be done locally.
The look? Well think back then of how the funny cars were marketed? Jungle Jim, Snowman, The Hawaiian Punch, Snake/ Mongoose,.... etc. Who didn't have a model of a funny car at one point back then and wanted their cars to look like that?? Luckly I grew up in this era and got to meet and see all these iconic cars and drivers run.
Things today are built to work Randycat99. The lawyers are now involved and with the way people sue over every little thing in the States, they have to CYA. Part is look, but priority is function and safety. Same reason they did it back in the day and we all had to modify the stance.
Just my thoughts on the subject.