Originally Posted by Piccione Performance
In our opinion we prefer the Hotchkis brace. When it comes to bushings and inserts, the inserts help but are not recommended on high horsepower builds. 2 separate 700hp cars we have done have forced 1 or more inserts to distort and start to come out. These were from 2 different manufactures. Full poly or alum would be the way to go in a high h.p. application. We like using the brace with the solid poly bushings regardless of bushing manufacture.
Lingenfelter runs the Hotchkis brace on there high H.P. Drag cars, that says a lot right there.
Our shop Camaro is running all solid poly bushings throughout the front and rear suspension and a full Hotchkis suspension and it is extremely stiff and solid but maintains a very comfortable street ride. Most clients cant believe it rides so nice.
Stock Car or mild bolt ons, Chassis brace
Moderate to high H.P. use solid bushings and brace
High H.P. track cars, Solid aluminum bushings
Also remember the subframe bushings in the 2010-2011 cars have move movement, GM upgraded the bushings in the late 11 models and from 12 on. The earlier cars benefit huge from solid bushings and or a brace.
Many would argue that even the stock SS Camaro's fall into the Moderate category and need the solid bushings. A lot of it depends on how you drive it though. If you're just going to granny-gear it, you don't need to do anything. If you're getting aggressive in the corners with a daily driver, then go with the solid bushings.
The brace would be my LAST suspension upgrade. This would come after (in this order) bushings, sway bars, springs/coil-overs, and a track specific wheel/tire setup ("square" for Auto X or Drag radials/skinnys). Even then, I wouldn't do it unless I was competitive Auto-crossing it or running some serious HP at the drag strip (650+)
2/7/2014: 419 rwhp, 419 torq
Ext: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels
Suspension: Pedders subframe bushing inserts, Prothane radius arm inserts, steering rack bushings, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks coming soon: Pfadt UCA Bushings, ZL1 tie rods
Powertrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter, Clutch reservoir
Wanted: 3.91 gears & posi-mod, Coilovers, NightOwl Halo kit, trailing arms, full/solid subframe busings