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Ridetech HQ adjustable shocks by Bridgetown
Started on: 03-27-2014 11:18 PM
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Does anyone have any expieriance with Ridetech HQ shocks? They make a shock (part # 22139841) that would fit the front of an '84-'86 with the optional trunion mount.
I'm interested in the shocks because they are reasonably priced and offer externally adjustable rebound. The shocks are made for Ridetech by Fox racing.
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Never heard of them before http://www.ridetech.com/store/shocks/

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They are more well known for their air ride systems. They recently got into conventional shocks, via Fox racing. Ridetech hs been catering to the hot rod/ muscle car market, especially the pro touring scene. They have a good reputation in those circles, and it looks like they are trying to branch out into other markets. I know Fox has a pretty good reputation in the offroad world.
I am interested in these shocks because the only externally adjustable shocks I have found (other then these) are the HAL units. They are better shocks then the ride techs I'm sure, but are quite a bit more money. The Konis (which i am running now) are adjustable, but require removing the unit to change the settings.
I am working on designing/modifying my front suspension to allow me to adjust ride hieght and rebound using conventional coil springs and factory style shocks. This will give me the ability to change suspension firmness and ride hieght front and rear (I have rear coilovers with adjustable Konis) I would also like to add the adjustable swaybars as well. This would give me a completely adjustable suspension to play with at both ends of the car.
I know I could convert the front end to coilovers, but the only available vendor right now is Arraut (formerly Held) and their reputation lately has slipped, and their conversion is a little out of my budget at the moment.
I think I have an idea that is going to offer the same adjustability (and hopefully performance) as a coilover conversion, at less cost.
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I was looking into these and it looks like they only offer the trunion bottom mounts. I guess you could run the shock upside down but you'd have to contact them and make sure it's ok to run them that way. It's worth a call.
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Emailed them to get some answers on the trunion mounts and if the shocks can run inverted.

I have done some reading and from what I can gather a "mono-tube" shock design can run inverted.

From another site:
"Mounting Shocks "rod end down":
Our shocks (Shockwave or Coil Over) are a monotube design. . .so there is oil around the piston and valves and nitrogen nearest the bearing on the body end. There is a dividing piston that keeps the oil and nitrogen separate (so you don't get cavitation as there is no air in the oil).
As the nitrogen is constantly pressurizing the oil the shock does not care which way you mount it."

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