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Old 05-17-2018, 10:00 AM
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Default Friction shocks... yes or no?!?

Thinking about front shocks on my current project and have never used friction shocks and just wondering about anyone's experience positive or negative. Suicide front end with BB Nailhead providing motication! Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-17-2018, 05:11 PM
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:54 PM
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:48 PM
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I've read the Speedway ones are junk. If I were going to use any, I'd hunt down a old set of originals.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:21 PM
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I have home made ones on my dragster. Also, my '27 Lakes roadster (sold) had home made ones too. They work fine on the dragster and the roadster was good too. I had to tighten them up every week though. If you are going to drive fast on irregular surfaces, I'd go with tube shocks.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:40 PM
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I have used them on 2 projects and they have worked just fine. I drove both with out them and then added them. The don't have any rebound, so they do feel different than tube shocks. But they did work for me. I would use them again.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:32 PM
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Haven't used them personally but if you study the ones available, it shouldn't be hard to fabricate some that would work just fine.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:41 AM
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True friction shocks are too ineffective and finicky for street use IMO. If you want the look (or have a fitment issue), use some hydraulic lever action shocks. Early Ford Houdaille units work and look good, but sometimes they can be a little large to fit in tight quarters. I use Armstrong shocks, common on MGs and other small British cars. They work great, aren't hard to find in good working condition, and they look "right" on hot rods!

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