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Looking to possibly buy a new pair of shocks for my dragster, anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking at penske and JRI but am open to a good manufacturer. Car currently has KONI's on it.....
 
Posts: 57 | Location: youngstown, oh | Registered: February 11, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I can't say what's best but I have been using Ohlin shock with good results so far.


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OHLIN...
 
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Ohlin for me as well.....
 
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I wanted to go with JRI but I had the worst customer service from them so I gave up and went back to afco,they work real well
 
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Penske from Kinetic is what's on my car.


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Number of good companies mentioned here, but from what you asked, Penske's hands down. JRI's are very good also but you get nothing for a bunch of added cost. I have used both in the recent past, Penske's on the car now.
 
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Penske on my car, great product and great customer service.
 
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The best shock will be the one that someone takes the time to know your car, and valves and springs it properly. Could be a Monroe, Koni, Bilstein, Afco, Ohlin, Penske.



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Personally, I think a lot of these high end shocks are a complete waste of money for dragsters...

Strange double adjustable shocks on my car, deadly as any car out there and fast, with zero reason to change shocks. A customers car goes 6.30's @ 215+ on strange doubles as well and also very consistent, enough to be one of the few to win 3 national events in NHRA td..

Anyway, that's just my opinion, from my experiances


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Personally, I think a lot of these high end shocks are a complete waste of money for dragsters...

Strange double adjustable shocks on my car, deadly as any car out there and fast, with zero reason to change shocks. A customers car goes 6.30's @ 215+ on strange doubles as well and also very consistent, enough to be one of the few to win 3 national events in NHRA td..

Anyway, that's just my opinion, from my experiances


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Simple answer to your statement is yes and no. Dragsters by design do not rely as much on the suspension as door car do so by design there sweet spot is much larger, same for four link settings. However the faster the car is the more these shocks will show the dollars needed to buy them are worth it,, but you do need to look a little closer to see their benefits! A data logger with shock travel will open your eyes! It all boils down to how hard you want to look for further improvements as small as some may be!
 
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Originally posted by Roger McGinnis:
The best shock will be the one that someone takes the time to know your car, and valves and springs it properly. Could be a Monroe, Koni, Bilstein, Afco, Ohlin, Penske.



I agree with this........your Koni shocks can be revalved to meet your needs if new shock $$ is not in the budget.


Also agree with Will........85% rear weight dragster shocks are doing a lot of riding along.
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Ohlin is the way to go..Pm me and I'll hook you up with a great price..
 
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Looking to possibly buy a new pair of shocks for my dragster, anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking at penske and JRI but am open to a good manufacturer. Car currently has KONI's on it.....


Door car or dragster? weight and ET?

These are all factors into what level shock you need. There are a lot of companies out that that have great products, all depends on what you are wanting to do. No need to buy a Bentley if all you need is a Chevrolet (no one needs a Ford, LOL). you are probably somewhere in between but there is a lot of "in between" on shocks.


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I just bought a set of coil overs from Menscer Motorsports. Very helpful people to deal with. I dont know what you`re looking to spend but these were $1800 which is pretty cheap for a custom made shock.






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Another vote for Mark Menscer. He used Penske for me.

Here's an example of Mark: I call him to get some recommendations on how much to soften shock settings for a bumpy track (around 800ft) I'm going to be running on. He says "you got a wing on there - keep giving it more angle till you loose 1-2 MPH - leave the shocks alone. So I did what he said.


Agree with some posts above: Strange Engineering worked great for me till I reached a pretty high power level.
 
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Originally posted by 434 olds:
I just bought a set of coil overs from Menscer Motorsports. Very helpful people to deal with. I dont know what you`re looking to spend but these were $1800 which is pretty cheap for a custom made shock.



I have a similar Menscer setup on my car. My off the shelf strange shocks worked well up to 470s on my door car. Shook the door off trying to go faster. Swapped on a pair of Menscer Afcos and problem solved.
 
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Another vote for Mark Menscer. He used Penske for me.

Here's an example of Mark: I call him to get some recommendations on how much to soften shock settings for a bumpy track (around 800ft) I'm going to be running on. He says "you got a wing on there - keep giving it more angle till you loose 1-2 MPH - leave the shocks alone. So I did what he said.


Agree with some posts above: Strange Engineering worked great for me till I reached a pretty high power level.


HA HA,, most people think wings are for show! When I run mine the ride height changes a good 2" lower down track so it is producing some decent down force.
 
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