The original engine cradle
design ( configuration #1 )features opposing rear coilover shocks in a rocker
configuration similar to formula 1 and indy cars. This is the prefered configuration
since the cradle supports the engine, transaxle and all suspension components
as one compact unit.
cradle is available in a variety of lengths and widths to accommodate most
of the popular wheel base and track options. Universal engine and transaxle
mounting pads are in place as standard and purpose built bracketry is available
for installation of the more popular engine/transaxle combinations. The four
standard Fiero mounting points are retained.
Installation of this cradle system requires modification of the Fiero lower chassis rails, in order to clear the suspension components. This operation should be performed by an experienced frame repairman. The cradle is supplied finished in metal-etch primer to avoid the need for excessive care during the chassis modifications which would otherwise damage a powder coated finish. The cradle is supplied without the suspension assembled.
The system is designed to use your original Fiero knuckle or upright assemblies, lower ball joints and wheel bearings which are not supplied with the system. Standard Fiero rear brakes may be retained, though we recommend up-grading to the 12" or the 13" rotor systems offered for the standard Fieros from Held Motorsports. The standard outer C.V. joints can be reused , though special axles will be required for most of the commonly used transaxles.
This is truly the ultimate Fiero chassis up-grade, offering race car suspension technology with world class sports car appearance in the engine bay and ride quality you'd want in a high performance luxury road car.