with regards to shocks.....IMHO:
1) Koni- Excellent for racing applications- overpriced for street applications
2) Tokico, QA1 & Bilstein- A very good shock forstreet/strip applications. If you are running very stiff tires on the street(such as Bridgstone or tires with profiles shorter than 50 series), theseprovide the extra give that you need for both comfort & stability- but I will also say this...Bilstein has had QA issues for the past few years and seems to vary at any time..although they do stand behind their warranty.
3) KYB- A very good shock for street/strip applications (these are really not oem equivalents). Ifyou are running a softer tires on the street (such as BFG or tires withprofiles not shorter than 50 series), these provide the extra stiffness thatyou need for both comfort & stability. The Exel-G’s (formerly GR-2) are theequivalent to the Edelbrock IAS automatic adjusting units. Overall, stiffnessbetween the Gas-a-just and the GR2’s are the same, the difference is the GR-2'svalving which stiffens things up from a oem setting to that of the Gas-a-justunits.
4) Gabriel- A very nice good quality HD OEMreplacement type unit.
The thing to remember, if you get a shock that is too stiff, you will loose tire patch traction.....any shock you select for street use on these cars should have (IMHO) 1.5 inches of both give/take to allow for road conditions and also allow the tires and suspension components to do their job.......
5) Monroe- stay away from that junk!
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