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itllfly

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Special handling package rts
« on: October 09, 2019, 05:47:52 PM »
Original invoice on 78 trans am reads special handling package rts  but this is not a special edition car  is that to say it’s same as would be in a y88 with bigger stabilizer bars and such.   It’s 403 and not 400 car also.   

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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 10:05:10 PM »
The WS6 Special Handling package had nothing to do with the Y82, Y84, or Y88 package. It also didn't matter what engine you picked. You could order a WS6 handling package on a bone stock red 301 powered T/A. And not all Y88's (I'd go as far to say that the majority of Y88's) did not come with the WS6 handling package. A Y88 is the exact same in terms of performance and handling as a standard 1978 Trans Am. The Y88 is an apperance package, nothing more. It modified the look of the car, and that was it.
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 11:20:58 AM »
ah yes the super RTS (radial tuned suspension).....just a logo.
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 11:23:22 AM »
ah yes the super RTS (radial tuned suspension).....just a logo.

He's talking about on an invoice. 
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2019, 12:31:12 PM »
Radial tuned suspension came about because of the change to radial tires. With radial tires they could tune the suspension for better handling due to better tire construction.
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 01:35:17 PM »
RTS and "special handling package" are 2 different things.

All Trans Ams came with RTS (radial tuned suspension) from like 1975 and up. I think in 73-74 it was optional. So, even a regular TA with no special package would come standard with RTS. They all got that little RTS badge on the dash bezel.

The WS6 special performance package was an option and should show WS6 "spec perf pkg" on the build sheet. WS6 was optional on any Trans Am, so you didn't have to have a Special Edition to get them. As Max said, even some Special Editions didn't have WS6 or WS7, since it was optional.

WS6 included a faster ratio steering box, lower a-arm braces, 8" wide snowflake wheels, and a bigger rear sway bar (3/4" diameter). The front sway bar didn't change, being 1-1/4" like any Trans Am. There may have been stiffer springs and bushings, and a better rearend ratio thrown in too.
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2019, 04:21:15 PM »
WS6 included a faster ratio steering box, lower a-arm braces, 8" wide snowflake wheels, and a bigger rear sway bar (3/4" diameter). The front sway bar didn't change, being 1-1/4" like any Trans Am. There may have been stiffer springs and bushings, and a better rearend ratio thrown in too.

FWIW, my PHS reveals W72 WS6, car came with all the above. Rear end ratio is 3:23.

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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2019, 10:44:46 AM »
RTS and "special handling package" are 2 different things.

All Trans Ams came with RTS (radial tuned suspension) from like 1975 and up. I think in 73-74 it was optional. So, even a regular TA with no special package would come standard with RTS. They all got that little RTS badge on the dash bezel.

The WS6 special performance package was an option and should show WS6 "spec perf pkg" on the build sheet. WS6 was optional on any Trans Am, so you didn't have to have a Special Edition to get them. As Max said, even some Special Editions didn't have WS6 or WS7, since it was optional.

WS6 included a faster ratio steering box, lower a-arm braces, 8" wide snowflake wheels, and a bigger rear sway bar (3/4" diameter). The front sway bar didn't change, being 1-1/4" like any Trans Am. There may have been stiffer springs and bushings, and a better rearend ratio thrown in too.

The early 78 special performance package also included the W72 engine at a price of $324.00.
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Re: Special handling package rts
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2019, 09:41:39 AM »
The 78's had different tires on them as well, but that was the only year.  They were still using GR-70's in 1978 while the "performance package" tire was 225/70R15.

Cost-wise, WS6 was almost free on a special edition because they had aluminum wheels already paid for.  However, they certainly aren't all equipped that way.
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Re: Special handling package rts
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