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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Shock choice?

I installed 2" lowering coils in the front and 2" lowering leaf springs in the rear (although I question if it really is lower in the rear).
Now it is time for some shocks. I searched the forums and wasn't really able to come up with an answer.
Which shocks should be used on a lowered car?
I searched Summit's website, but most of the shocks listed state they are for stock height vehicles.
I know a lot of people here have lowered their cars. What shocks did you all use? Would shocks for stock height cars work well with a lowered car?
I'd really like to avoid spending $400 on a set of shocks if possible.

Thanks for the help.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 10:26 AM
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Re: Shock choice?

I have the same springs. Additional 3/4" lowering block in the rear. Just buy the shocks of your choice to fit a 68 Camaro. Do you have mono or multi leaf plates in the rear?


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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 10:40 AM
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Re: Shock choice?

I use Koni shocks for my Camaro but have used this setup from Ground Up if money is a concern.

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Re: Shock choice?

I have Koni all around but I don't like them as they are too stiff for the rear with my setup. I have them on the softest setting. I have GW lowering multi-leafs.

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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 11:19 AM
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I am happy with my Monroe gas shocks. $100.00 will buy all four.

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Shock choice?

Thanks for the replies!

I have Competition Engineering traction bars which replace the lower shock plates. They have the shock mounts built in.

$100 for four Monroe shocks sounds like just what I need!

Thanks again.

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Shock choice?

Jeff:

The kit from Ground Up looks like a good idea too. I might have to stop up there and pick a set up.

Thanks.

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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 07:50 PM
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Re: Shock choice?

For $46.00 a piece and 3 different adjustments, the competition engineering shocks don't look like a bad deal. I'm about to order them, along with drop springs in the front.
KYB's are pretty fair on the price, but very stiff.

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 10, 08:18 PM
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Re: Shock choice?

I did the AC Delco Premiums with Road Response. Absolutely no complaints. The rears come with hardware and bolts and I had to use the "shock extenders" but they would probably go right in yours with the lowering springs. When everything was new I had to climb in the trunk to get it to drop enough for just the shock with no extender to come through. My leafs have settled a bit so maybe the extenders can come out.

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Shock choice?

Thanks for all the suggestions. After reading your posts, I am leaning towards the AC Delco or the Monroe shocks.

Has anyone tried the Summit adjustable shocks?

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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 10, 11:35 PM
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I did the AC Delco Premiums with Road Response. Absolutely no complaints. The rears come with hardware and bolts and I had to use the "shock extenders" but they would probably go right in yours with the lowering springs. When everything was new I had to climb in the trunk to get it to drop enough for just the shock with no extender to come through. My leafs have settled a bit so maybe the extenders can come out.
Steiner, why did you have to use shock extenders? Do you have mono leafs?
I think the mono leafs require longer shocks, correct?
I'm going from mono leafs, to five leafs and will probably need to use lowering blocks... If I have to use the extenders, I would probably rather keep monos and get different shocks, after reading about the extenders.

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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 10, 10:04 AM
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Re: Shock choice?

I believe that mono leaf shocks and multis are the same length. It is the lower shock eye and how they are mounted that is different. Check on David P. site.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 10, 11:08 AM
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Steiner, why did you have to use shock extenders? Do you have mono leafs?
I think the mono leafs require longer shocks, correct?
I'm going from mono leafs, to five leafs and will probably need to use lowering blocks... If I have to use the extenders, I would probably rather keep monos and get different shocks, after reading about the extenders.
The shocks are the same length. The lower shock mount plates are different. The muti leaf plate has a higher shock mount to make up for the increased thickness of the multi-leafs. If going from mono to 5 leaf multi I suggest DSE shock plates. A lot of folks report problems with the repro multi plates - wrong bend in the shock mount tab. The DSE plates are the same price and are beautifully made, and 5/16" thick - fit like a glove.


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Steiner, why did you have to use shock extenders? Do you have mono leafs?
I think the mono leafs require longer shocks, correct?
I'm going from mono leafs, to five leafs and will probably need to use lowering blocks... If I have to use the extenders, I would probably rather keep monos and get different shocks, after reading about the extenders.

Since I had to climb in the trunk to sink the rear and get the shocks through, I put the extenders on since I was concerned about rebound letting the shocks slam apart too hard. When I tightened the nuts, it actually pulled the car down without the extenders. I have a multileaf car and bought the correct multileaf shocks (at least that's what the box said). I think the main thing was that my rear leafs were brand new. The car has settled a good bit since install and they could probably come out.

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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 10, 08:42 PM
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Re: Shock choice?

I used Bilstiens on all 4 corners after adding the Hotchkis suspension kit 2" drop in front/1.5" in rear & it's great. If anything it's a bit on the rough side but handles way better it feels like a modern car not a 43 yr old dinosaur!
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