In the world of fast street cars, no group has become as popular as quickly as the cast of Street Outlaws. In the past six months or so, the insanity of what these guys do has escalated with addition of or upgrade to full blown Pro Mod chassis being used on the street. As the cars raced on TV become less and less relatable to most normal human beings, it’s no surprise that most of the cast members have actual street cars that are much more relatable to you or I.
One such cast member is Derek Travis. In the off-season, Derek’s silver Third-Gen Camaro (nicknamed the Silver Unit) was stripped down to nothing more than a factory roof and rear quarter panels for the cars next iteration. While this car had gone way beyond what even the most hardcore street guys would consider a street car, Derek also has a real street car that he tells us is way more fun and enjoyable–a 1999 Camaro SS.
Derek’s Fourth Gen is every bit of real street car. It rolls on stock-style wheels, has no weight reduction, sports a pretty killer stereo system, and is motivated well into the 11-second zone on 17-inch radials by a mildly modified LS1 with some nitrous. It even has a stock 4L60 transmission with a stock converter!
When Derek bought the car, it had a blend of stock and unknown aftermarket suspension components on it. In the near future, the LS1 is coming out for a little work, and when it goes back in it should have no problem propelling this Fourth-Gen well into the 9’s. That being said, Derek wanted to upgrade the suspension in order to adequately handle the power to come.
For this he turned to the pros at BMR Suspension in Seffner, Florida. The parts list included adjustable chromoly lower control arms, lower control arm relocation brackets, an adjustable chromoly Panhard rod, a torque arm, a torque arm relocation cross member, and a set of subframe connectors. All of the parts are either adjustable or lightweight, and some are a combination of both. This suspension package will give Derek the ability fine tune the suspension, so hooking up on the street or track won’t ever be an issue.
Derek invited us to his shop in the outskirts of Oklahoma City to document the installation of the goodies from BMR Suspension. Follow along as we help take Derek’s ’99 SS to the next level of suspension performance.