Detroit Speed X-GEN Series Front Subframe Module For Any Application

The performance aftermarket is soaked with part and components to turn any bland daily-driver into an exciting thrill-ride. The problem is, sometimes, what you think has potential on the road course or autocross track isn’t always supported by your favorite aftermarket supplier.

X-Gen 535 and 595 Series Module Quick Notes

  • DSE exclusive suspension geometry for superior ride and handling
  • OEM quality stamped crossmembers for improved structural rigidity
  • Tubular upper and lower control arms
  • ‘Detroit Tuned’ aluminum body coilover shocks
  • ‘Detroit Tuned’ power rack and pinion steering
  • Caster tuner bushings which allow independent caster/camber adjustments
  • Integrated anti-roll bar

Not to worry though. Detroit Speed & Engineering, a favorite among serious wheelers, has designed and perfected a series of front subframe modules, the X-Gen 535 Series and 595 Series, which allows the integration of Detroit Speed suspension into nearly any vehicle.

While the majority of the work requires some welding experience in order to graft the Detroit Speed suspension modules to the front of your unique application, it shouldn’t be anything that your local speed shop can’t handle.

Once the module is welded into place for final, the remainder of the front suspension including the rack & pinion, upper and lower A-arms, spindles, JRi shocks and splinded sway bar remains completely bolt-on.

In order to create a system that works for a multitude of vehicles, Detroit Speed has designed two different module subframes based on track width (hub to hub).

The X-Gen 535 Series module is available with a 53.5-inch track width while the X-Gen 595 Series module is available with a 59.5-inch track width. Both modules come complete with suspension and are ready to be subbed into your unique application.

Each module, such as this X-Gen 595 Series shown here comes complete with all the major suspension components with options available to fine-tune the subframe.

Depending on your level of tuning, Detroit Speed offers a base shock system or has three other shock systems available as options.

Of course, Detroit Speed didn’t stop there. With a high demand for individual tuning needs, Detroit Speed also offers a unique advantage with a variety of shocks options depending on level of comfort. Each module (X-Gen 535 or 595 Series) comes with a base, non-adjustable, DSE/JRi “Detroit Tuned” shock system; a perfect blend of racing pedigree with an emphasis for improved street driving and excellent ride quality.

If that’s not enough, a single-adjustable and double-adjustable DSE/JRi shock are also available. While the single-adjustable handles the rebound with one simple knob, the double-adjustable handles both rebound and dampning with two individual knobs for a refined ride for the street or track. Yet, if that’s still not enough, Detroit Speed has the option of upgrading to their DSE/JRi double-adjustable with remote canister. This setup has all the qualities of the double-adjustable, however, incorporates a gas charged bladder to provide high frequency and low speed dampening control.

X-Gen 535/595 Specifications

Remote canister shock mounts are the perfect addition when upgrading to the double-adjustable shocks with the remote reservoir. Each shock mount is made from billet aluminum and securely mounts the reservoir safely to the vehicle with a bolt-on installation.

Track Width (Hub to Hub): 53.5-/59.5-inch

Maximum Wheel Backspacing: 5-/6.125-inch

Total Suspension Travel: 6-inch

Framerail Dimensions: 2″ x 4″ x .120 w

Outer to Outer Frame width: 30.5-/34.25-inch

Framerail Length: 24.75-/25.25-inch

Distance from Rear of Framerail to Susp. Axis: 12.25-/13.188-inch

Nominal Ride Height: 1.5-/1.9-inch

Other add-on options include, a remote canister for shock mounts. These billet aluminum shocks mounts are manufactured for securing your remote shock canisters to the vehicle. The shocks mount with two, 1/4”-20 x 1/2” buttonhead screws. Detroit Speed also allows the user to upgrade the wheel bearings as well to a severe duty SKF wheel bearing.

These are the same suspension systems found in DSE’s bolt-in front frames so they have been designed, engineered, and developed to provide the ultimate in performance on both the road and the track.

Though both the X-Gen 535 (pictured here) and 595 Series look identical, they differ in track and frame width, ride height, framerail length and maximum wheel backspacing.

 

About the author

Sean Haggai

The former Associate Editor of Chevy High Performance, joins publication Chevy Hardcore, Sean is a true blue Bow Tie guy and a core do-it-yourself technician. If it doesn't run a "mouse motor" or a big rat between fenders, Sean ain't interested.
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