Corvettes are performance cars. Even the first-gen Corvettes were touted as sports cars, even if they had six-cylinders. Over the years, technology has infiltrated every aspect of our Corvettes for even more performance. Sometimes it comes from the factory, and sometimes it comes in the form of aftermarket parts that take that performance further than GM intended.
There are many reasons why Chevrolet left some performance on the table when designing the car, and many reasons why someone might want to go even further with it. GM knows that to keep the Corvette line competitive in sales, it needs as broad of a market as it can get. That means not chasing away those who might not care for all the noise, vibration and harshness that a full-blown racing suspension might bring.
On the other hand, once that Corvette is in the hands of a power-crazed enthusiast, the aftermarket it ripe with components that are designed to infuse more power, improve handling or narrow-down and optimize the car’s characteristics for a certain style of driving. One such swap, is updating the transverse leaf springs in late-model Corvettes. Sometimes, that means replacing it with a higher-performing leaf spring, like the T1 units available through Chevrolet Performance, or to aftermarket options, including coil-over shocks at each corner of the car, like those provided by Corvette Central, Pfadt Race Engineering, Callaway Cars or Mid America Motorworks. Having an honest view of what characteristics you’re looking for will help you get the best upgrades for your buck, whether that be coils, leafs or factory stock.
There are reasons to make the change to coil-overs, and just about as many reasons not to. That has left many enthusiasts wondering if they really should make the change or enjoy the suspension of their Corvette as Chevrolet designed it. For this Wednesday Rewind, we focus on the C5 Corvette. In THIS STORY, we look at some reasons why someone might want to upgrade to a full-on coil-over suspension and also give some solid reasons why someone might choose not to use them on their Corvette. Of course, Chevrolet used transverse springs on the front and rear of all Corvettes since the C4 era, and even though there’s some hints that may be changing soon, it still applies to any Corvette built after 1983.
If you’ve got a set of coil-overs on your Corvette, feel free to let us know why you like them. Also, what would YOU suggest someone keep in mind if they are contemplating making the switch. Feel free to give your responses below.