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Special Performance Front & Rear Suspension
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1968-69   |   1970-72   |   1973-74   |   1975-79

The F41 package was a special performance suspension package designed to make the Nova handle corner better. Early on it was only available on the SS (1968-72) and it was a set of special springs (1968-69). For 1970 it changed to being special front and rear shocks and anti-sway bars. The standard suspension front anti-sway bar was .6875" (11/16") but the F41 front bar was .8125" (13/16"). F41 also added a rear .5625" (9/16") anti-sway bar. For 1973-74, the equipment didn't change but the availability did. The F41 was now available on non-SS cars as long as front disc brakes were ordered. With the revised chassis of the 1975-79 Nova, the F41 packaged was revised too. It was now available on any Nova as disc brakes became standard in 1975. The shocks were still special but the front anti-sway bar grew to 1" compared to the standard .875" (7/8") bar and the .9375" (15/16") bar used on the Concours and Customs. The rear anti-sway bar remained the same at .5625" (9/16"). Lastly, 14x7" rims became part of the 1975-79 F41 package.

The Nova F41 suspension was similar to the Camaro Z28 and made the Nova as good at the Camaro when it came to turning corners. The F41 also became the platform on which the 9C1 Nova Police Package was built upon. The Nova Police car was very good and served police departments well for many years. This is just another example how the Nova was able to do all and be all when properly equipped.


1968-69 Special Performance Front & Rear Suspension - RPO F41

Model Availability

  • Nova SS coupe - 11427

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

  • Chassis
    • Special front and rear multi-leaf springs
    • Special front and rear shocks


1970-72 Special Performance Front & Rear Suspension - RPO F41

Model Availability

  • Nova SS coupe - 11427

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

  • Chassis
    • Special front and rear shocks
    • Special .8125" front anti-sway bar (stock was .6875")
    • Additional .5625" rear anti-sway bar


1973-74 Special Performance Front & Rear Suspension - RPO F41

Model Availability

  • Nova hatchback - 17
  • Nova coupe - 27
  • Nova sedan - 69

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

  • Chassis
    • Available only on Novas with power disc brakes and E70-14B tires
    • Special front and rear shocks
    • Special .8125" front anti-sway bar (stock was .6875")
    • Additional .5625" rear anti-sway bar


1975-79 Special Performance Front & Rear Suspension - RPO F41

Model Availability

  • Nova hatchback - 17
  • Nova coupe - 27
  • Nova sedan - 69

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

  • Chassis
    • Special front and rear shocks
    • Special 1" front anti-sway bar (stock was .875" standard, .9375" on Concours/Custom)
    • Additional .5625" rear anti-sway bar
    • 14x7" wheels


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