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Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks because the are 2 inches lower then stock coil spring? Also what do you all recommend I use, Monroe..Bilstein HPS 1000?
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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

No, stock fit shocks are still used. Hotchkis can provide a custom valved shock designed for their springs but many find Koni Classic's are an awesome match with Hotchkis springs...

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

Isn't there a big price diffrence between the two?
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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

On both of my cars I am using KYB Gas A Just shocks front & rear with Hotchkiss springs.

On the '69 the ride is firm but handles great.
On the '70 I am less impressed with the KYB, and would consider an stiffer shock.

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

I have the full hotchkis tvs setup on my 67. Installed everything and drove it with KYb gas adjust while waiting for the bilstien shocks from hotchkis.

The ride was very firm and little bumps came right into the car. However, once I switched over to the hotchkis shocks, the suspension was still firm but could soak up the smaller bumps and overall the ride and handling improved greatly over the kyb shocks.
Its funny because I rode with the kyb and thought it was great until I got the bilstien shocks in and then i knew how much better it could be.

So, I guess my answer is no, they do not require special shocks but I recommend them or some adjustable ones (like the koni's)
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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

When I did my springs 10 years ago I went with the Bilsteins from Hotchkiss. They ride firm but do soak up little bumps well. If I was to install shocks today I'd go with Koni 1914's that are adjustable.

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

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Isn't there a big price diffrence between the two?
I have the Koni Classic adjustible shocks controling my Hotchkis springs and find the ride and handling excellent for the street. They are set to the lightest setting, I tried adjusting them firmer and the ride got harsh on the typical crappy streets here. If used for open track or autocross I can see adjusting them firmer. That's the one big plus over the Bilstien IMO.

I don't know which is the least expensive but I do know Koni and Bilstien are almost twice the cost of KYB and others...

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

Go to TireRack.com and put your cars make\model\year in and search on "shocks". You get a list of all that fit and their prices for a comparison.

(If I put a link to TireRack in this reply, it opens up Discount Tire Direct site instead?!?! Wierd man....)

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If you want a performance shock, go with the Bilstein or the Koni's. If you just want a smooth ride, the Monroes are just fine and a lot cheaper ! Stay away from the KYB gas-a-justs.

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

I recommend the Koni Classics as well. DSE has them for $99.00 each. That is the best price I have seen anywhere. They normally go for around $120.00 each.

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

I think I'll go with the DSE koni shocks. thanks for the all your help
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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

Hotchkis recommend's using the Bilsteins and are tuned for there spring's and TVS system ,but a person can make what decision they think is best for them self. For myself I went with the whole TVS system ,and am very happy with the ride /handling/and feel of the car .Good luck & Happy Motoring

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I think I'll go with the DSE koni shocks. thanks for the all your help
You won't be disappointed...

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Re: Do Hotchkis 2" front coil springs require special shocks

I have the Koni from Detroit speed ordered and should arive this Wed! Hope to staert this project tomorrow so expect more question.
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I have the Koni from Detroit speed ordered and should arive this Wed! Hope to staert this project tomorrow so expect more question.
Great...you will like them..Here is something to put on your screen saver until they arrive.




I set mine on the softest setting and noticed a difference right away. I'm thinking of getting the Hotchkis 2" drop front springs too.....more money

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