Blue shocks


Anderson

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Does anyone have any data on the preproduction blue shocks? Was it just the blue anodizing or is the valving different too?
 

roketman

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Ditch those shocks and put on Scott’s shocks
. Best single upgrade you can do.
 
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Specracer

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@sahlman would know the answer to that (also the supplier of the shocks referenced above)
 
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Mark McGowan

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Jul 31, 2006
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Preproduction blue shocks were anodize. The valve code is the same on the PB builds as the production silver units. The reason we went from blue to silver was that the color did not work well with the blue of the engine valve covers
 

NorthwoodGT

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Jun 12, 2009
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Mark is correct. I've had several sets of the early blue shocks and ran them on different GTs and never noticed any difference whatsoever in ride or handling over the silver production units. same on the springs. eibach made them in black or red for some of the early cars. no difference there either as far as I know. Mark would know better.
 
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2112

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Ditch those shocks and put on Scott’s shocks
. Best single upgrade you can do.
No doubt the coilovers are incredible, but aren't switching tires the single biggest upgrade you can do?

Asking for a friend. ;)
 

Anderson

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Thanks for all the insight - interesting history! Yes, I was planning on shelving these eventually and going with the Ohlins. I need tires first since mine are dated ‘05.
 

roketman

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Read the post on where to get tires! Radial tire has been our savior!
 
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Anderson

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Read the post on where to get tires! Radial tire has been our savior!
Thanks, he looks to be a great resource, and I assume the Bridgestones are the preferred replacement. I see a few people running the HRE / Michelin combo. Deciding between those two options although one is decidedly more expensive than the other…!
 

Specracer

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And duh, so would Mark.

Preproduction blue shocks were anodize. The valve code is the same on the PB builds as the production silver units. The reason we went from blue to silver was that the color did not work well with the blue of the engine valve covers
 

PeteK

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Apr 18, 2014
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Thanks, he looks to be a great resource, and I assume the Bridgestones are the preferred replacement. I see a few people running the HRE / Michelin combo. Deciding between those two options although one is decidedly more expensive than the other…!
Switch to Bridgestones first. See how they work for you. After a year or two, if you’re still looking for “more” then switch wheels and tire size. IMO, you get no noticeable greater performance from the HRE/Michelin combo on the street. Maybe a second-plus on the track. But if you’re serious about track duty, get the Hoosiers, and get a spare set of wheels for them. So, other than a different look, a dent in the wallet, and bragging rights, I see no reason to switch wheels.
 

Anderson

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Switch to Bridgestones first. See how they work for you. After a year or two, if you’re still looking for “more” then switch wheels and tire size. IMO, you get no noticeable greater performance from the HRE/Michelin combo on the street. Maybe a second-plus on the track. But if you’re serious about track duty, get the Hoosiers, and get a spare set of wheels for them. So, other than a different look, a dent in the wallet, and bragging rights, I see no reason to switch wheels.
That’s the direction I’m leaning and put the money saved into the shocks. Thanks again!
 
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