But STREET RODDER was there when one hot rodder approached the Kugels with a unique problem. The traditional-inspired Deuce roadster he'd recently finished didn't ride as nice as he wanted (he called it a "buckboard"), so much so his wife refused to go for rides with him. After racking up 3,000 miles in his highboy, he was really ready for a smoother ride.
This roadster had a one-off rear suspension that turned out to be the culprit. Its concept—a rocker-arm design with coilover shocks that were laid over—was good in theory but not in this application. Because of the space restrictions under the highboy, the parts didn't have enough room to rock, so their binding caused an uncomfortable ride.
The solution was some R&R or, more simply, remove and replace. The Kugels showed the owner how one of their IRS systems, which is sold as a finished and complete unit, could be installed and they guaranteed he'd get a better ride out of it. Sold on the idea, the owner also took advantage of Kugel Komponents opening their shop doors for them to do the work.
This installation was going to be a drive in and drive out repair. But with this particular car, some other areas also needed to be addressed. The Kugels normally use 28-inch-tall tires with the car they set up, but the owner wanted to retain his 32-inchers to keep the look he'd developed for the car. Kugel will make their IRS systems in varied widths (52-62 inches, in 1 inch increments) so they built this one to spec. Also, because the IRS' width changed during the swap, the backspacing on the wheels needed to be modified to keep the overall look of the car the same.
Once the work was completed, the ride was so vastly improved, both the owner and his wife didn't have any complaints at all about the ride and, as any hot rodder knows, that is a situation every rodder would like to be in!