Living in the internet age, hot-rodders have no shortage of aftermarket suppliers to turn to when they need something for their latest projects. With a huge array of companies in the area, it can be difficult in choosing the correct part for your application. If you’re not up on all of the facts about the specific part you’re looking for, you could find yourself bolting on a component not intended for your goals.
Wild Rides Race Cars
Enter Wild Rides Race Cars (WRRC). Being directly involved with producing some of the best chassis components for most popular vehicles since 1993, Gene Giroud founded the company in the late ’80s in Corrado, New Jersey. Since then, Giroud relocated to a new facility in Farmingdale, New Jersey in 1993.
He’s made a name for himself. Giroud’s fast-growing operation builds the highly recognized S-Box systems for Fox body and SN95 Mustang owners, among many numerous other offerings for the Blue Oval crowd. Giroud has recently expanded his operation into the GM A- and G-body departments, and is in the process of developing products for the F-body foray.
Wild Rides Race Cars owner, Gene Giroud, discusses how to obtain increased traction through the use of its various products for GM A- & G-bodies.
We can’t say we blame him – with those vehicles being of particular interest to a majority of gearheads from all walks of life, from drag racers to autocross aficionados, you would be foolish to think there wasn’t a market for those vehicles.
“Our S-Box kit for Mustangs is the most popular item we sell, and we’re happy to offer the same kit for our A- & G-Body customers” -Gene Giroud
However, before we do, it should be pointed out that Giroud generally does not use part numbers, but relies solely on website orders, emails, or phone calls to fulfill his customer’s needs. It’s how he has operated since day one.
Some parts in his inventory do carry unique SKU numbers, and we’ve included those where applicable. Also, Giroud openly admits to building one-off parts for customers frequently, so if there’s anything out of the ordinary a customer needs, he can usually make it for them as well.
WRRC 8-Point Rollbar
When it comes to building a quarter-mile drag machine, it’s not that different from anything else. Just like a house, starting with a solid foundation is where it’s at when putting together a strong race car and that begins with a roll bar. Lucky for GM fans, WRRC offers several for the aforementioned classics, available in either mild steel or 4130 chromemoly steel.
If you aren’t aware, the difference between mild steel and chromemoly is in the strength, weight, and ease of welding. Chromemoly is lighter and stronger than mild steel, however, more expensive and difficult to weld together. There’s definitely a tradeoff between the two, and it all comes down for what’s best for you and your application.
The WRRC high-strength roll bars are pre-fitted to clear arm rests and the rear seats (for those of you who are actually concerned with bringing passengers along), and arrive at your door ready to assemble and install into your car. To ensure this, Giroud notches the tubing with an end mill for a perfect weld joint, so there’s no cutting or grinding necessary. Let’s be honest, less down time in the shop means more fun on the dragstrip.
WRRC roll bars are available in six and eight-point varieties, along with offering the customer an option of having a swing-out bar. These meet all NHRA safety regulations, of course, up to a 10:00 ET. These cages are available for not only the GM intermediates, but for the ’67-69 F-bodies too (SKU16160).
It’s also worth mentioning that in the event that a customer needs additional sheet metal to patch up any holes that may have emerged while installing a cage or the roll bar, Giroud is happy to comply in that department as well with either of the available grades of steel.
WRRC A- & G-Box
Once you’ve gotten your in-car safety and body rigidity under control, you can focus on other aspects of building the perfect street/strip ride, and that’s in the chassis and suspension. The most common problem you hear from a drag racer, or any kind of racer really, is traction. It’s a beautiful thing if your car can produce massive amounts of horsepower, but what good is it if you can’t put all of that power to the ground?
Giroud initially designed the S-Box kits for the Fox body Mustang boys nearly ten years ago, and little did he know how hugely popular they would become. Now these kits are found underneath some of the fastest Mustangs.
Recently, Giroud has created the new A-Box and G-Box systems (SKU16222 ) for you guessed it, the ’64-88 A- and G-body GM vehicles, and we have to say that we’re impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship.
While both of these kits are designed to let those who run a stock suspension/small tire car to have a huge amount of instant center adjustability, it’s also a great way to repair a car with broken stock upper mounts.
The ability to adjust your center on the quick is perfect for those of you guys who like to tweak their setup in between runs at the track. This way you can tune it to your launch technique, and the track’s conditions. These kits can be used with the stock springs and shocks, or an aftermarket coilover kit as well.
WRRC S- and G-Box
- Greatly increases traction
- Multiple adjustability settings
- No horsepower limitations
- Offers the adjust instant center
- Can be used with either the stock springs or an aftermarket coilover setup
- Excellent quality and craftsmanship