The Red Bird

1998 Pontiac Trans Am

If you talk about iconic muscle cars long enough, the Pontiac Trans Am will inevitably become part of the conversation. For over thirty years, it captured the imagination of the American public whether on the big screen, the television screen, or black marks left on the asphalt! It doesn’t matter if it was Burt Reynolds, David Hasselhoff, or your crazy uncle. Someone in your life had a screaming chicken, and you wanted it! But the big question is…was the last generation the best?

There’s no doubt the 4th and final generation Pontiac Trans Am was a serious performer right out of the box. But it really came alive in 1998 when GM fitted the venerable LS1 in the F-Body. Unfortunately, time and miles have not been kind to many of these. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it means they are now affordable to most gearheads. To demonstrate the incredible potential of these cars, Stacey takes a road-weary 98 Trans Am and begins to transform it into a stout performance machine. Fittingly named project “Red Bird”, this build focuses on how you can improve the handling of a 4th gen F-body on a budget by installing aftermarket front and rear suspension, front subframe, torque arm, and more.

The Red Bird Partners & Products


  • Front suspension: tubular upper/lower control arms

  • Lowering springs

  • Koni shocks

  • Sway bar

  • Tubular crossmember

  • Rear springs

  • Torque arm

  • Driveshaft loop

  • Panhard bar

  • Sway bar

  • Rear lower control arms

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

Big Brake Kit - Front and Rear Calipers and Rotors

From the Store

The Red Bird Episodes

  • Project Red Bird Part 3 1998 Pontiac Trans Am


    June 28, 2022
  • Project Red Bird Part 2 1998 Pontiac Trans Am

    This week project RED BIRD is back under the knife!

    April 12, 2022
  • Project Red Bird 1998 Pontiac Trans Am

    The Pontiac Trans Am is an iconic piece of American muscle car history. For over 30 years it brought us plenty of movie and television memories and left more than its share of rubber on the road!

    April 01, 2022