Continuing the buildup on project: The Show, Chassis by Aaron Iha takes fabricated sheets of steel and assembles the chassis, turning it into a rolling work of automotive art. Last month we showed you how the frame was designed and came to life, and in this installment you'll see the wild spindles, control arms, ridiculous 9-inch IRS, Wilwood big brakes, and Bonspeed wheels and Nitto tires meticulously being placed on the chassis. Rather than just put an obvious caption with a photo, we went to the man himself, Aaron Iha of Chassis by Aaron Iha, to tell us the reason/benefit of why he went so extreme on this build. Don't miss next month's insight into project: The Show's powertrain, as we're certain you'll be impressed with the throttle-by-wire, high-horsepower blown LS-engine. Oops, we may have said too much. Check out issue 3, where Chassis by Aaron calls up a Chevy C10 from the minors and gets it ready for the Show.
1. Aaron, after spending 11 weeks creating the frame and chassis components, it was a relief to see the frame off the table and onto the jackstands, ready to be assembled?
2. You used adjustable QA1 shocks, both front and rear, are they your preferred dampener or were they just a better fit for this application?
3. Last issue you told us the lower control arms were fabricated from 1/8-inch-thick steel, how thick/strong are the upper control arms?
4. What type of mount is used to connect the spindles to the control arms?
5. What brand/part number did you use for the front and rear airbag?
6. For the front suspension, was it your initial vision to have it look industrial and heavily mechanical?
After building a frame for 11 weeks there is always something that can still be cleaned up
We used adjustable QA1 shocks not for their size but for their tuning ability. Each person
Since those photos were taken, we changed the design and made them better. The upper contr
For the front spindles we used Uniballs, which are widely used in off-road for its fabrica
We used a Contitech 2,500-pound bag for the front and a 2,600-pound Contitech for the rear
Neither, I designed the front suspension around a factory-looking frame. I feel the only i