Koni Red vs Ridetech HQ

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by sandiego74, May 14, 2016.

Which shock is better for street and autocross use?

  1. Koni

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  2. Ridetech

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    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I wasn't able to find anything comparing the two shocks, and it seems everyone seems to like both quite a bit. From what I can see, the Konis are almost half the price, while the Ridetechs seem to be extremely easy to adjust with the turn of a knob in an easy to access location. But as far as ride quality and adjustability goes, how do they compare?

    I plan to auto cross the car as soon as I fix everything to be able to pass tech, mainly an oil leak. The Bilsteins I have now are worn out and the ride is pretty harsh on the roads here in San Diego with the stiff springs, along with the other mods shown in my sig.
     
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    Why not Viking shocks as a third option.
     
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    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I've just heard more reviews about these two. I'm open to anything better.
     
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    Turbo70Camaro Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Custom works sells them, I'd give him a call and pick his brain.
     
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    I would choose the Ridtech's since it's a monotube shock and has adjustability.

    The Viking shocks are twin tube which I would not consider for any performance oriented suspension, twin tube shocks tend to not dissipate heat very well and tend to fade.

    I have no experience with the Koni's and can't really find any info on their construction.
    I would highly recommend that you do some research on the difference between monotube vs twin tube shocks.
     
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    The Koni is FAR superior for our cars. The valving on the Ridetechs isnt even in the ballpark. I personally like the Koni yellows. If you want a step up then look into JRi, its a lot more expensive but you get a lot of value from them.
     
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    You could also look at Varishock DA.

    Through Chris Alston's chassisworks.
     
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    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The Koni's are a twin-tube design. I will look up the difference right now, but what you said makes sense.
     
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    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    What makes you say that they are far superior for our cars? If they are, I'd certainly like to know why, and for what.
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This kinda depends on if you plan on adjusting the shocks to tune the car, or just want something that works well and want to set and forget.

    Koni makes a fine shock, but I've never been in love with them on 2nd Gens. They have to be removed to be adjusted, and the adjustment is designed to counteract wear, it's not really a great tuning tool. If I was thinking about Koni, I'd probably go Bilsten instead, they are really well dialed in for a steady state shock.

    Ridetech's are made by Fox Racing shocks who are excellent. They are adjustable without being removed.
    You might also consider JRi
    http://www.jrishocks.com/shop/street/pro-touring-shocks/


    Mike Maier has a nice primer on shocks here

    [youtube]XjuDoEWYQWk[/youtube]
     
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