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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2016, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Shocks - '66 Coupe

I am wanting to buy some good shocks for my '66. I typically drive her to local shows and just running around on the weekends, but I run her hard when I do have her out. I have replaced the rear springs last year with standard rate and height springs.

any suggestions for a good handling shocks?
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Bilstein sport-valving from SorT. Have them on my '67 daily driver and they are great for "spirited" driving!
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The Bilsteins are great shocks. When RCD and I created that shock package I was amazed in their performance. We came from revalving Koni's to get the most out of them for vintage racing. It was normal to put in 1500 dollars to get the Koni's working to the level we needed. RCD had a Street shock system that we tested about ten years ago. They were amazing. However they lacked some control in the front with stickier tires and aggressive driving. So from there we developed the Sport and then the Race. All the while never changing the rears. They did not need to be changed. So... with that said there are no Sport rears. The fronts are what change in the kits. We have never used a Koni again after that.
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The Bilsteins are great shocks. When RCD and I created that shock package I was amazed in their performance. We came from revalving Koni's to get the most out of them for vintage racing. It was normal to put in 1500 dollars to get the Koni's working to the level we needed. RCD had a Street shock system that we tested about ten years ago. They were amazing. However they lacked some control in the front with stickier tires and aggressive driving. So from there we developed the Sport and then the Race. All the while never changing the rears. They did not need to be changed. So... with that said there are no Sport rears. The fronts are what change in the kits. We have never used a Koni again after that.
So the Bilsteins for the rear and RCD for the fronts?
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No... RCD is the company that pulls the Bilstein parts together to make a vintage Mustang shock. Then they sell to companies Like Mike Maier inc, ect. They do not sell direct. Bilstein does not want to deal with vendors much smaller than 100K pr year worth of sales and this is why the RCD middle man. So the bBilstein kit is all Bilstien produced by RCD. We were the ones that helped them come up with the Sport Valving and Race valving.
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I'm very, very happy with the Bilstein Sports on my 66. They're not harsh in normal driving but firm up when needed. They are firm.

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Got it. Thank you sir
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 04:21 AM
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I've got the sport valved Bilstein shocks from Maier Racing on my 1965 fastback and love them... great handling but they don't sacrifice the ride quality and are much better than those KYB gas a joke shocks that I had on the car before
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