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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 09, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help: Shock Absorber Selection

I am trying to determine which shock absorbers to use on my '69.
I realize the importance of correctly matching shocks for the application, and believe the goal is to achieve a slightly under-damped system.
I am setting up the car mostly for street use, but would like to keep up with Detroit's newest muscle cars in the turns.
I have the following components:
  • Small block chevy (Approx. 450 HP)
  • Stock control arms w/ poly bushings
  • Global west S-2 coil spring (1" drop)
  • Global west L-16 leaf springs (1.5" drop) on ford 9" w/ poly bushings
  • Trying to decide which sway bar to use (prob. 1" Global west)
  • Rack and pinion steering
  • 4 wheel disk brakes
I would like to have the "best of all worlds" with tight steering response and smooth ride, but don't know if it's achievable.
I am looking at the Bilstein's, Edelbrock IAS, Koni's and QA1 adjustable shocks.
Is it worth having adjustable shocks if I'm not a racer?

Thank you for your help!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 09, 04:15 AM
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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

I have the Bilstein's on my 69 Camaro and like them a lot.
I had the Edelbrocks IAS's on my 77 Camaro and they were also nice shocks.

IMO: Adjustables are not worth it for you.

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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

I redid my front and rear suspension using all GW parts. I have the L-2's in the rear instead of the L-16's. I am running Koni adjustable shocks set at softest setting all the way around. I do like them in the front but I am not as happy with them in the rear. I need a softer shock to accommodate the stiffer L-2. Based on the application description on GW website, I think the L-16 may be a bit softer spring than the L-2. If so then Koni may not be a bad choice. I would call GW and ask them how the L-16 stiffness compares to the L-2. If they are about the same then I would recommend not using Koni's for the rear.

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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

i've heard nothing but good stuff about bilsteins so...i went with the black bilsteins all the way around on my 67 camaro...hasn't seen the road yet but hopefully they're worth the $320 i paid for them.
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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

Bilsteins here supplied with the Hotchkis TVS system ,Speed tech A Arms,rides and handles wonderful Happy motoring

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 09, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

Thank you for all of your input. I think a Bilstein / Edelbrock IAS type shock would be best. Is there a real difference between the two, besides the hideous yellow and blue appearance of the Bilsteins? (don't want my shocks to be the focal point of my car)

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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

Bilstiens are probably the best medium cost non adjustable shock.

I'm running single adjustable qa1's on my camaro, and they are fabulous, best ever no question. But... I picked them up barely used from a forum member who decided to go to coil overs. I wouldn't have them at what they cost new.





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Re: Help: Shock Absorber Selection

I vote for the Bilstiens. I have the TVS kit and they work great, but the kit is a 2" drop in the front. Can't hurt to call GW to ask them for their opinion.

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