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Replacement cradles? by Fiero Master
Started on: 01-12-2019 11:04 AM
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Last post by: Spadesluck on 01-12-2019 07:52 PM
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Report this Post01-12-2019 11:04 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero MasterClick Here to Email Fiero MasterSend a Private Message to Fiero MasterEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Has anyone had any success with building your own replacement cradle?

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I gave this some thought (Smelled smoke.....) and here is what I thought up; There is probably not that big a market for the 88 frame by itself.....But, how about a interchangeable aluminum frame with custom-designed A-arms for the 84-87s? Make it basically as an 88.....Then add an extra mounting plate in front of the front transverse arm mounting spot, which would give a wide enough A-arm mount......The custom A-arm would adapt the 84-87 knuckle to the (Basically) 88 frame....Also, make those damn (84-87) Tie Rods shorter to eliminate most of the bumpsteer.

Commonality would allow a larger market and drop the price- Also, you could install the frame, then at a later date convert to the 88 setup when you located a donor car for the knuckles, links, etc.

I am not a welder/fabricator....someone else can have my I-dea........

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There have been easily 10 different designs of cradles people have built over the years. The issue is they are very labor intensive, which makes them hard to cost justify as replacements for the stock one. Most of the ones that were made to sell were priced in the thousands... not hundreds.

Additionally, with the bare 88 cradle being about 50 lbs, your realistic weight savings opportunity is in the 20-30 lbs assuming you can save some weight.

Here are just a few of the different styles:








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Probably just easier to find an 88 and use it. However building your own would be awesome if you had the time and skills.

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