Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: front shocks suggestions
Bilsteins are low cost and ride well, but the shocks use very small pistons which don't control well. If you look at your stock shock placement in the middle of the lower A arm, the shock moves half as much as the lower ball joint and less than half of the wheel. So the shock is at a mechanical disadvantage at the start, then using a small piston slows shock response even more. Where it shows up as, is lack of shock control over small wheel movements, the wheel has to move a lot before the shock "knows" it.
More ideal is for the shock to be mounted closer to the lower Ball Joint and have a larger piston area so it starts pumping fluid through the valves sooner. Then it needs to have the right valving and have long lasting components so it won't leak or wear out.
I like the Ride Tech shocks the best, gas charged single piston, high quality, guaranteed for life. Single adjust (Rebound) is the best value so you can tune your ride quality. The Koni's are hydraulic twin tube, so the piston is small like the Bilstein but they are adjustable so that's a plus. The Bilstein ride well for being so small, they are small piston gas. Not something I'd autocross a lot with using aftermarket springs. OK for street use. On the rear, switching from a hydraulic Koni to gas shock will raise the car 1/2" due to the gas pressure. Gas pressure also gives the efffect of a stiffer spring. Most gas shocks add 40 pounds of force.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
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Last edited by davidpozzi; Dec 21st, 18 at 11:05 PM.