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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 19, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Shock suggestions

67 camaro. 1.5" Ridetech drop front springs. 2" lowering block rear (shock & mono leaf in stock location)

Currently have Edelbrock shocks which came with the car. IDK how many miles on them. Rear is very unforgiving and I feel more "road" through rear than front. IDK if it is because of the lowering block but the ride was basically the same without the blocks


KYB's are cheap...the KG5524 & KG4515

Hotchkis 1.5's are $519 (ouch) for all 4. Can't find info if the fronts are good with a 1.5" drop

RideTech are noted by Pozzi as being his fav....but $185 each

Edelbrock no more as Q1 bought them

I don't drag or AutoX this car. Just looking for good ride quality and street handling

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 19, 05:36 PM
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Re: Shock suggestions

I like Bilsteins for a street driven car.

Donít skimp on shocks. They are a major determinant of ride quality.

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I like Bilsteins for a street driven car.

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I do to, have them on my Impala..

Not seeing rear Bilsteins, just fronts (24-029728). for a "Non" drag shock

Have a part # or x reference for rears??

https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/produ...36162841812792
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I do to, have them on my Impala..

Not seeing rear Bilsteins, just fronts (24-029728). for a "Non" drag shock

Have a part # or x reference for rears??

https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/produ...36162841812792
Maybe they discontinued them. They used to make Hotchkis shocks before they went with Fox to compete with Ridetech. I would go Ridetech or Hotchkis then.

Bilstein lists rear shocks for 68-69. Not sure why 67 is different. They call out the same drag shocks for 67-69....

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Re: Shock suggestions

Scroll down to the increased handling/ performance category.
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...+absorber,7556

Plus Rock Auto is a sponsoring vendor on TC, you get a 5% discount.
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Re: Shock suggestions

Shocks are a very personal choice IMO....I would go adjustable to get the ride YOU want/like

Up front costs can be high, but changing shocks 3,4,5 times is too.

Look into some ViKings.
DT and bhodgdon400 like this.

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 19, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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^^^^, thanks...but I have a 67 so no Bilsteins shown for that year. 67 has rear shocks both facing forward so that may be a specific part vs 68-69...but RA shows Bilsteins for 68-69 for rear mono leaf.

Anyone using Bilsteins on 67 mono leaf?

what is the TC rock auto code?
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^^^^, thanks...but I have a 67 so no Bilsteins shown for that year. 67 has rear shocks both facing forward so that may be a specific part vs 68-69...but RA shows Bilsteins for 68-69 for rear mono leaf.

Anyone using Bilsteins on 67 mono leaf?

what is the TC rock auto code?
Then why same Bilstein drag shocks for 67-69? I think same shocks as 68-69 will work on 67....

Ridetech calls out same shocks for 67-69.

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Re: Shock suggestions

I have the adjustable Hotchkis/Fox with 2Ē drop, no issues and love the ride quality.

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what is the TC rock auto code?
Roger, This should work. If not just Google Rockauto discount.
https://www.retailmenot.com/view/roc...Channel=online

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Then why same Bilstein drag shocks for 67-69? I think same shocks as 68-69 will work on 67....

Ridetech calls out same shocks for 67-69.

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From Bilsteins application 411 it would appear their rear shock is only for 68-69. I assume the dual front facing shocks on a 67 are a different length
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Re: Shock suggestions

I had brand new KYB, they were terible in my opinion. I removed them almost immediately and bought Ridetech.

I just took my hotchkis 3" drop leaf springs and Ridetech HQ adjustable rear shocks out, maybe 3000mi on shocks.

https://www.ridetech.com/products/sh...ock-hq-series/

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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 19, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Shock suggestions

While Bilsteins site, and Summit also, they don't list the AK2073 for 67, just 68-69. Ricks Camaro lists it for fitting 67-69

I can't find measurement data for it (collapsed and extended length) to compare to what a stock rear shock measures for a 67

So anyone running the Bilstein AK2073 on a 67?

with 2" lowering blocks?? (shock mounted in original position)
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Lowering blocks do not affect shock length. Pretty sure Bilstein has an error in their listing since as near as I can tell all other shock manufacturers spec same shocks for 67-69. Bilstein also does for their drag shocks....

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Yeah Don I suspect the Bilsteins will work for 67 but was hopeful to find specs on collapsed and extended length. Weird Bilstein does not note anything on their site as just about every other brand does. (fully collapsed & extended + piston max travel)

Going to measure the Edelbrocks that are in now. Not sure they were ever the right size but they came on the car. Rear end seems like zero "shock" effect dampening. I will pull bottom bolt to see if there is any resistance left at all in the shock. IIRC when I installed the lowering blocks they did have a good amount of pressure but will check

Noticing rear view mirror image blur from vibration when driving on serrated (grooved) sections of Fwy. Also speaker grills on package tray vibrate lose so something causing vibes in rear. I initially thought DL angle but that has been checked several times. Pinion is 2 1/2 degrees and tranny is 3 degrees so 1/2 degree difference. I can try a thin washer under tranny to bring it = to 2 1/2 degrees but from my understanding 1/2 degree difference between tranny & pinion is fine
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