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Ballistic Fabrication Coilover Shocks Article by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com

Ballistic Fabrication
Coilover Shocks

By Bill "BillaVista" Ansell
Photography: Bill Ansell
Copyright 2008 - Bill Ansell
(click any pic to enlarge)

Introduction

I love what the internet and on-line shopping has done for the availability of parts for our still relatively obscure (but growing!) industry. Now, anyone in the world has access to a huge array of parts that they simply didn't a few years ago. That said - if I'm making a substantial investment I really like to be able to physically handle the parts in question. I find that this is a great way to get a true feeling for the fit, finish, and quality of part - which years of experience has taught me is very often a great predictor of the overall quality, function, and reliability of a part.

The problem is - there are some great parts available for your rig, and mine, that you simply can't go down to the corner store and check out.

That's why, in my feature product reviews, I bring you so many high-quality digital images of the products I review - often from multiple angles. The goal is to produce an article that will be the next best thing to actually being able to handle the part yourself before making a purchasing decision.

Such is certainly the case with this instalment - a full review of the recently released 16" Ballistic Coilover Racing Shocks.

Ballistic Shocks are built in Tucson, AZ, USA in a partnership between Ballistic Fabrication - one of the fastest-growing offroad fabrication shops in the business; and ADS machine - a local Tucson machine shop with years of experience and a loyal following in the southwest racing and sand-car scenes.

The shocks are built solely for Ballistic Fabrication using Ballistic's exclusive specifications. Designed for extreme use in race and recreational settings, Ballistic Shocks are manufactured on state of the art machining centres from high quality materials and are re-valvable, fully rebuildable and highly adjustable. 

A Detailed Look at the Ballistic Shocks

The shocks come packaged in their own snazzy boxes.
 
They are extremely well packaged in protective bubble wrap.
 
The minute I got them out of the box and unwrapped, the sheer beef and extremely high quality of the shocks was apparent.
 

Ballistic shipped my shocks with Blue Coil coil springs in the lengths and rates that I had specified.

Unique amongst current coilover shocks, the Ballistic Shocks are constructed with a shock body having a 2.125" outside diameter.

However, they still use the common 2.5" ID springs.

 
The Blue Coil springs have their length and spring rate indicated on the box...
 

... and on the spring itself with a small tag.

My springs were powdercoated in gloss black.

 
The Blue Coil helper springs (for triple-rate setup) are helical wound of circular-cross-section spring wire.
 
They have a free length of 5 " and rate of about 20 lbs/in.
 

The double- and triple-rate sliders of the Ballistic Shocks are big and beefy.

The sliders are machined from solid Nylatron ($$$), a bearing-grade graphite impregnated nylon that does not squeak like other sliders can.

 
The shocks come with these bling aluminum remote-reservoir clamps that have a 2.5" ID section for the reservoirs and are available in 1.5" or 1.75" ID to match the tubing of your chassis.
 
Schrader valve end of the remote reservoir.
 
The reservoir's are 11" long and 2.5" in diameter.
 

Here's a look at one of the features I love the most on the Ballistic Shocks - a feature I so appreciate that I literally yelled "hallelujah" when I saw it.

The spherical bearings in the shocks have an oversize ID so that the custom misalignment spacers fit snugly into the bearing and are thus retained without falling out.

Here one side is removed from the bearing.

 

Here's a shot of the misalignment spacer installed in the bearing.

The bearings themselves are high quality FK brand, made in the U.S.A.

 

This may not seem like a huge deal - unless you've ever actually had to install a coilover with the little spacers that you have to hold in place either side of the bearing while trying to hold the shock in place and install the bolt all at the same time.

Given that you have to do this every time you change springs (which you end up doing a lot during test and evaluation in pursuit of the perfect setup) the Ballistic bearing-and-spacer design is a godsend.

 
The upper spring seat (aka the "adjuster") is a single piece using a split-ring design that utilizes an Allen-head pinch-bolt to secure it in place.
 

The stop-ring, used to set the transition from initial to final spring rate in a dual-rate setup, uses a double locking nut design.

With this design, the lower ring is set to the desired height, and the top ring tightened down against it to secure both in place.

It's a little tricky to do once the coils are installed on the shock (it helps to jack up the corner and allow the springs to droop free, giving more space between the coils, during on-vehicle adjustment) but this approach doesn't suffer when the coils rub (as they always will) like some other designs that use grub screws to secure the stop-ring.

 

The Ballistic-specific sliders are big, beefy pieces that fit very nicely on the shock.

Of course with the shocks having a unique 2.125" diameter body, they can't be interchanged with any other brands or designs.

 
The bearing cap uses a high-quality seal and is retained with three Allen-head screws.
 

Along with the bearing-and-spacer design, the Ballistic approach to the lower shock mount also helps make for quick and easy spring changes.

There are no snap-rings involved, nor any tools required.

 
To remove the lower spring seat, you simply slide the rubber bumper up the shaft...
 
...slide the lower spring seat off the rod end...
 

... and slip the gap in the seat over the shock shaft.

It's that quick and easy.

 

You simply reverse the steps to put the spring seat back in place.

One of the great advantages to coilover suspensions is their high degree of flexibility and tuneability. In order to make the most of these abilities, however, a great deal of testing and trial and error are required. The combination of the integrated misalignment spacers and the quick-release lower spring seat used in the Ballistic shock design remove a lot of the heartache from such repetitive testing and trialing.

 
The Ballistic shock use a high-pressure Parker Hydraulics hose with straight NPT fittings to connect the shock to the remote reservoir.
 
Shock, fully extended.
 

Shock, partially compressed.

Another impressive feature of the Ballistic shocks, which can be clearly seen by expanding the picture to the left, is the fact that they have a far greater percentage of their body threaded than most any other shock. This translates into greater flexibility and adjustability with respect to spring length and ride height than otherwise possible.

 
Reservoir with decal applied.
 

Dual-rate slider up against stop rings.

The Ballistic shock bodies are electro-nickel plated for corrosion resistance.

 
Upper end of shock, showing integrated misalignment spacers, remote reservoir hose, and upper spring seat.
 
Lower or "rod end" end of shock, showing lower spring seat held in place by tight-fitting rubber bumper.
 
Close-up of lower or "rod end" end of shock,
 
Close-up of dual-rate slider against stop rings.
 
Close-up of upper spring seat.
 
Close-up of top cap.
 
16" main spring, 14" tender spring, and 5" helper spring.

Ballistic Fabrication 16" 2.125" Series Remote Reservoir Coilover Shock Dimensions

Weight, bare shock: 16 lbs
Weight, fully dressed with springs: 28 lbs
Eye-eye length, open 42.5"
Eye-eye length, closed 26.5"
Travel 16"
Rubber bumper thickness: 0.5"
Width across mounting spacers (i.e. mounting tab spacing): 1.25"
Spherical bearing ID: 0.62"
Mounting misalignment spacer ID (i.e. mounting bolt size): 0.5"
Body length: 25"
Threaded portion of body: 16"
Body OD: 2.125"
Reservoir length: 11"
Reservoir OD: 2.5"
Hose length: 15"
Hose OD: 0.8"
Shaft OD: 0.87"
Slider ID: 2.13"
Slider OD: 3.48"
Slider length (overall): 2.25"
Slider thickness between springs: 0.66"
Stop ring length: 0.5"

Installation

Installing the Ballistic Shocks is no different than for any other with just a couple of things to watch for when mounting the reservoirs.

There are many different methods that will work - in this case I am building at ride height (as opposed to building at full bump, which is also a very good method).

This isn't a full-blown suspension design article, so I won't go into too many details here, but I will share a couple of tips.

 

You can mount the shocks ends in any orientation that works for you as long as the you get full range of travel of the shock without any binding.

The most common method is to orient one of the mounting bolts in a transverse (side-to-side) orientation, and the other in a longitudinal (front-to-back) orientation.

This way, the shock has the maximum range of misalignment to account for slight geometry changes that happen through the full range of suspension travel.

 
I chose to mount the lower (axle) end transverse...
 
... and the upper end longitudinal, simply because that worked best with my particular chassis design.
 

Whichever orientation you use, it's critical that you check for clearance between the tire and springs, between the springs and chassis, and for any binding throughout the full range of suspension travel - both ride travel and flex (or warp) travel.

 
You can be creative - here I am using a piece of tube and a spring to check for chassis-to-spring clearance at full droop in flex travel.
 
Close-up.
 
The lower shock mount is easy - it's usually on the axle or knuckle, as far outboard as you can place it without having the tire rub the springs.
 

The upper shock mount is usually more of a challenge and will depend on shock length, ride height, desired droop available at ride height, and chassis layout.

 

 

One method that works is to position the chassis at ride height, then set the shock to the position you want it to be in at ride height:

In my case: 16"' shock with 9"' of droop desired at ride height, position the shock with 16-9=7"' of shaft showing.

Then mark where the upper mount needs to be based on this.

Of course, this presupposes that you have your spring length and spring rate calculations correct - a subject for a separate article!

 
Fabricating upper shock mount. I built the upper mount at an angle to match the angle of the installed shock so that the maximum misalignment would be available from static position. That is, so that the position of the shock at static ride height wouldn't consume any of the available misalignment available in the bearings/spacers.
 
Checking the angle of the mount.
 

Mount welded on.

See - I can lay a decent bead if I need to! ;-)

 
Upper end of shock positioned in mount.
 

With the shock mounts tacked in place, re-check all your clearances, including tire-to-chassis clearance and adjust as required.

Yes, it's a time-consuming and repetitive process, but the results are worth it.

 

Here's a little tip:

You don't have to have the springs installed on the shock to check for clearance, as the dual-rate slider has the same OD as the springs.

 

Therefore, if there is sufficient clearance between the chassis and slider during suspension travel - there will be sufficient clearance between chassis (or tire) and spring.

With the mounts built and clearances checked, it's time to assemble the springs on the shock prior to final installation of the shocks.

Installing the Springs on the Shock

One of the most frustrating aspects of most coilover shocks, including the Ballistic Shocks, is that if you want to use a triple-rate setup you have to install a second slider to separate the helper coil from the tender coil.

The problem is, the slider can't be installed from the bottom end of the shock as it wont go over the stop rings (obviously). And the stop rings can't be threaded off the bottom of the shock as the minor diameter of the threads is smaller than the shock body OD.

 

That means that the triple-rate slider must be installed from the top of the shock, necessitating either the removal of the reservoir hose, or possibly even the top cap itself - either of which will allow air into the shock.

Of course that means just installing a triple-rate slider means you then have to disassemble the whole shock to bleed the air out!

 

Frankly I wasn't looking forward to having to do that so i decided to try a different approach.

I decided to split one side of the triple-rate slider by cutting it along its length in the bandsaw.

 

Only cut through one side.

The idea being, that I could now ''spring open'' the slider enough to force it over the stop rings from the bottom.

 

With the triple-rate slider so modified, clamp the top cap misalignment spacers in a vice and position the shock on the bench.

Depending on your spring lengths, it can be helpful at this stage to run the upper spring seat all the way to the top of the shock.

 
Slide up the rubber bumper and remove the lower spring seat.
 
Slide the unmodified dual-rate slider off the shock.
 
Slide the helper spring over the lower end of the shock...
 
... and into place against the upper spring seat at the top of the shock.
 
I then used a small chisel and a pair of vice grips to open up the triple-rate slider a bit.
 

This allowed me just enough extra space to get the triple-rate slider over the stop rings and up against the bottom of the helper spring.

It took a bit of careful persuasion but worked a treat.

 

My original intent was to then tightly wrap a CV-band clamp around the triple-rate slider one it was in place, but frankly ran out of time (OK, I forgot to) before my first run on the new shocks and, after several hard runs, have found that there are no ill effects to having a small slit in the triple-rate slider.

In other words, by modifying the triple-rate slider, I hugely simplified the task of installing it and the springs with no less of functionality.

 
Now I'd just like to see a company design and market a triple-rate slider that comes with a split and some sort of retention device like a pinch bolt - similar to the design of the Ballistic upper spring seat.
 
With the helper spring and triple-rate slider in place, slide the tender spring on the shock...
 
...followed by the dual-rate slider...
 
...and finally the main spring.
 
Slip the lower spring seat over the shock shaft...
 

... and secure in place with the rubber bumper.

Note that the rubber bumper only needs to hold the lower spring seat in place when there is no load on the springs. With any force on the springs (including that exerted by the helper spring) the springs themselves hold the lower spring seat in place.

 
Where the main and tender coils meet at the dual-rate slider, orient the ends of the two coils so that the very ends of the springs are opposite one-another where they seat against the slider.
 
You can now position the top spring seat where required to get the spring length / preload required for your setup.
 

This shows the initial position of my upper spring seat.

 
The final step is to charge the shock reservoir with 100-200 psi of nitrogen.
 

Fully assembled shock ready for final installation.

Note that the heavy-duty reservoir hose on the Ballistic shocks is fairly short and stiff, so careful attention must be paid to reservoir mounting location. Of course you want to keep the reservoirs away from heat sources such as exhaust and engine and protected from damage in the event of a flop or roll.

Final Installation

A gallery of the installed shocks.

 

Inside the shocks

Despite what I said earlier about not wanting to tear into brand-new shocks right away, what BillaVista review would be complete without taking stuff apart! Sheesh - the things I do for you, my dear and loyal readers!

To disassemble the shocks, clamp the shock body vertically in a vice with the rod-end up. Use something soft between the jaws of the vice and the shock body to avoid damaging the shock.

Remove the three small allen-head cap screws...

 
... and slide the bearing cap up the shaft.
 
You can now see the bearing (aka rod guide or seal housing) inside the body of the shock.
 
You must now remove the internal snap-ring. Work carefully with a quality pair of snap-ring pliers and a small pick to avoid scratching the polished surface of the shaft.
 
Slide the snap-ring up the shaft and out of the way.
 

Then carefully tap the bearing into the shock body with a soft brass punch or wooden dowel, exposing the circular retaining ring.

Carefully pry the retaining ring from its groove and slide it off the shaft.

Carefully remove the rod and piston from the shock by pulling up on the shock shaft and gently rocking it back and forth.

Be careful not to spill any of the shock oil as you remove the rod and piston.

 

You can now lay the rod and piston on the bench and perform any necessary work such as replacing the teflon wear band, o-ring and seals, or re-valving the shock.

 
Here's a closer look at the business end of the shock.
 

From left-to-right:

  • Bearing cap
  • Snap ring
  • Bearing with o-ring
  • Shaft spacer
  • Extension washer
  • Compression valving shims
  • Piston with teflon wear band
  • Rebound valving shims
  • Spacer
  • Locknut
 
The compression side of the piston.
 

Side shot of piston.

Note teflon wear band has been removed from piston.

 
Rebound side of piston.
 

The Ballistic Shocks ship with Shell brand, 10 weight, anti wear hydraulic fluid with high viscosity index 158.

 
Close up of the bearing (aka the rod or shaft guide) and the primary o-ring seal.
 

To disassemble the shaft components (as you would to re-valve the shock), proceed as follows:

Clamp the rod end spacers firmly in a vice and support the shaft on a CLEAN workbench.

 
Loosen the locknut.
 

Slide off and carefully lay out the individual components.

Pay attention too and make careful note of their orientation as they com off the shaft.

The system that works well for me is:

to take each piece off one at a time and set it down with the side that goes on the shaft first (i.e. the side of the component that faces away from the shock cylinder) touching the workbench.

That way, when I reassemble the shaft, I pick each piece up, and the side that was down, touching the bench, is the side that goes on the shaft first.

 
Bare piston
 

Dimensions +/- 0.02"

Rod OD: 0.62"

Piston ID: 0.61"

Piston OD: 1.85"

Shim ID: 0.61"

 

Rebound valving shim stack.

The rebound valving shim stack uses a series of .012" thick shims in varying outside diameters, stacked in a pyramid fashion with the largest diameter shim next to the face of the piston, and successively smaller diameter shims stacked after that.

 

Rebound valving shim stack.

There are a maximum of six possible shim diameters, referenced as 1 through 6, with 6 being the largest diameter. Larger diameter shims provide more damping than smaller diameter shims.

In the "stock" configuration, the rebound stack uses all six shims, stacked in order of decreasing diameter starting at the piston face and working out. That is, the stock rebound stack, starting at the piston, is: 6,5,4,3,2,1.

This pic illustrates just four of the six shims in use.

 
Rebound side of the piston.
 
Compression side of the piston.
 

Compression valving shim stack.

The compression valving shim stack uses a series of .015" thick shims in varying outside diameters, stacked in a pyramid fashion with the largest diameter shim next to the face of the piston, and successively smaller diameter shims stacked after that, but with two additional large shims stacked on top of the smallest.

 

Compression valving shim stack.

The compression shims are also referenced as 1 through 6, with 6 being the largest diameter. Again, larger diameter shims provide more damping than smaller diameter shims.

In the "stock" configuration, the compression stack uses eight shims, stacked in order of decreasing diameter starting at the piston face and working out, with the addition of two additional #6 shims on stop of the #1 to provide additional damping on the compression stroke of the shock.. That is, the stock compression stack, starting at the piston, is: 6,5,4,3,2,1,6,6.

This pic illustrates just six of the eight shims in use.

The "stock" configuration of the shim stacks is only a base for the customer. The shims can be stacked differently based on the users preference. Additional shims are available from Ballistic Fabrication.

The bare machined end of the piston end of the shock shaft.

Quality of machining throughout the shocks is clearly evident here.

Reassembly / Bleeding

Parts of the shock shaft laid out, right to left, from rod-end to piston end. That is, the rightmost parts in the picture are those towards the rod-end end on the shock shaft. Those parts on the left side are the parts closest to the piston-end of the shock shaft.

Individual rebuild parts are available direct from Ballistic Fabrication, should you need to replace or refresh any seals or need to replace a worn or broken component.

 

As above, assembled on the shaft.

If you study the picture above and then this one, you should be able to see how my system for keeping the correct order and orientation of parts works.

In the above picture, starting from right to left, each piece would be picked up and the side that was facing down, touching the yellow T-shirt would be positioned facing the shaft and then the part slid on the shaft.

The result would be the picture at left.

The following shows pics of both sides of each part on the shock shaft.

In the left column - the rod-end side of the part (i.e. the side that faces the rod-end on the end of the shock shaft, in other words, the side you slide on the shaft when assembling the shock).

In the right column the pics illustrate the piston-end side of the part (i.e. the side facing the piston or inner-most end of the shaft).

The pics are shown in order, from the rod-end to the piston end - in other words in the order you would place them on the shaft when assembling the shock.

Part Piston-end side (inside or compression side) Rod-end side (outside or rebound side)
Bearing cap

Bearing

(rod guide)

Rod Spacer
Extension Washer
Compression valving discs
Piston

Compression side

The piston has 3 adjustable bleed ports that can be left open for maximum bleed (reduced low-speed damping) or plugged with a 6-32 x ¼” set screw for reduced bleed (increased low-speed damping).

The bleed port adjustments are independent of valving shim adjustments - the more bleed ports that are open the less oil passes the shims with a corresponding reduction in damping (making the shock feel softer).

Rebound side

Conversely, the fewer bleed ports that are open the more oil that passes the shims with a corresponding increase in damping (making the shock feel stiffer).

The "stock" configuration is two bleed screws "in" on the engine end of the vehicle and one bleed screw "in" on the non-engine end of the vehicle.

There is also one small, non-adjustable, permanent low-speed bleed port as seen in the picture above.

Rebound valving discs
Spacer
Locknut

Once the shaft and piston are reassembled and the locknut tightened, proceed to reassemble and bleed the shock as follows:

  • Clamp the shock body in a vice with the open end up and arrange the reservoir on the bench beside the vice.
  • Remove the Schrader valve from the end of the remote reservoir
  • Through the resulting hole in the reservoir end-cap, carefully insert a length of 1/4-NC20 threaded rod (or a rod with at least the very end threaded to 1/4-NC20) and thread it into the internal floating piston (IFP) in the reservoir.
  • Push the IFP all the way to the hose-end of the reservoir.
  • With the IFP pushed to the bottom of reservoir, fill the shock with oil up to the retaining ring groove.
  • Gently stroke the IFP in and out in the reservoir several times in order to remove air from the hose and reservoir.
  • Again, push the IFP all the way to the hose-end of the reservoir and check that the oil level is at the retaining ring groove.
  • Add oil as necessary.
  • Pull the IFP 3” to 4” up from hose-end of the reservoir in order to make room for the piston and shaft assembly to be inserted in the shock body.
  • Carefully insert the piston and shaft assembly into the shock body. As you do so, the oil level will rise as it is displaced by the piston. It can be helpful to have an assistant hold the IFP in place as you do this by using the threaded handle.
  • Insert the piston and shaft sufficiently far into the shock body so that the oil level rises almost to the top of the open end of the shock body - how much shaft needs to be inserted to accomplish this will depend on how far back you drew the IFP in the reservoir and consequently how much oil is in the reservoir.
  • With the oil level near the top, carefully slide the bearing down the shaft and insert it in the shock body until the primary o-ring seal is flush with the top of the open end of the shock body but not sealing.
  • Hold the bearing and o-ring seal in this position and carefully continue pushing the shaft into the body so that the oil level rises and expels the remaining air in the shock.
  • When the oil begins to show at the o-ring, press the bearing into the shock far enough so that the retaining ring can be inserted.
  • Insert the retaining ring.
  • Pull the piston and shaft up to seat the bearing against the retaining ring.
  • Insert the snap ring.
  • Slide the bearing cap down the shaft and screw it onto the bearing.
  • Secure the bearing cap with the three Allen-head cap screws.

Conclusion

Try as I might, I just couldn't find anything I really didn't like with the Ballistic shocks. I noted a few things which may or may not be an issue for any given user, but which certainly couldn't be described as drawbacks - let's call them "neutral" observations. And I noted a lot of really cool things about them that I liked a lot!

The Neutral

The triple-rate slider, if used, cannot go on from the bottom of the shock, as described in the article above. This is a pain in the ass, but can hardly be fairly described as a negative since every other shock I know of is like that too - and with the beefy Ballistic sliders I did find a suitable workaround. What I would really love to see is someone design a triple-rate slider to go on easily as I described in the article. With Ballistic's reputation for innovative designs I wouldn't be surprised if they come out with something.

The "standard" remote reservoir hose is relatively short and stiff. How much this matters depends on where you want to mount the reservoirs in relation to the top of the shock. Personally, I think a slightly longer and less stiff hose, perhaps even with a 90° fitting on the shock would afford greater flexibility in reservoir mounting; but the supplied hoses are certainly beefy and high quality - matching the rest of the shock. That said, a customer can special-order any length of hose and / or fitting angle they need if they desire.

A very minor point - but it would be nice if the "standard" shocks shipped with a loose bleed screw for the third bleed-port , just to afford maximum flexibility in tuning should the user decide to block all three bleed ports (although, admittedly, very few would do this). That said, a customer can special-order the number of bleed screws installed if they so desire.

Probably my least favourite issue is the lack of a comprehensive re-valving scheme. Yes, the user has a wide range of adjustability by custom mixing and matching of the shims, but there's no guide, chart, or table to help you understand how different stack combinations will increase or decrease damping. For example, without testing on a shock dyne, I can't tell if a rebound stack of 6,5,4,4,3,2,2,1 would provide more or less damping than a stack of 6,5,5,4,3,2,1,1. This will add significantly to the trial and error phase of tuning the shock damping.

Finally, the fact that the Ballistic Shocks are a unique diameter (2.125") obviously means that they don't share any parts commonality with any other brand. Again, not really an issue, but something to be aware of just in case you were planning on re-using any existing parts (like sliders) you may already have.

The Cool

There is a lot to like in the Ballistic Shocks:

The beef is substantial and notable. Everything on and about these shocks is big and brawny.

Quality and finish: the quality of the parts used, the machining, and the fit and finish of the shocks is first rate. Again, close examination of the large versions of the pics in this article should amply demonstrate this.

One of the greatest attributes of a coilover shock is the ability it provides to tune the vehicle's suspension to the driver's preference and even the trail / track's conditions. A big part of this tuning involves the test and eval of lots of different springs - at least it does if you are after ultimate performance. Two features of the Ballistic Shocks that I LOVE because of how much easier they make the spring-swapping process: the lower spring seat and the integrated rod end spacers. Heck - even if you only install the shocks one or twice these two features are real beauties.

A major advantage of the Ballistic Shocks is the amount of the shock body that is threaded. Fully 16 inches of the shock body is threaded. That compares very favourably to other shocks that have perhaps 10 or 11" of the body threaded. The nice thing about having more body threaded is that it gives you much greater range of adjustability of the upper spring seat - which in turn provides greater adjustability for a range of spring lengths and pre-load conditions - and, after all, the name of the game is adjustability with coilover suspensions.

The reservoir clamps with the Ballistic Shocks are far and away better than most, if not all, of the others I have seen. They are very nice pieces.

I'm also a big fan of the style of the upper spring seat and stop rings used on the Ballistic Shocks. With a single upper seat using a pinch bolt, adjustments are quick and easy without having to adjust two rings. Conversely, the two-ring style of the stop rings is nice because the stop rings take a beating from being rubbed by the springs. In this case, a two-ring style is preferable as there is no small grub screw in the stop rings to get worn away by the springs.

The Nylatron sliders and electro-nickel plated shock bodies are stand-out, top quality features.

Yet another terrific feature of the Ballistic Shocks is that they can be custom ordered where the customer can specify there preference for features such as valving shim stacks, bleed screws in, hose length and fitting angle, and shock colour! Now that's an option hard to find anywhere else! Of course, doing so adds time to a customer's order, but a complete custom set of shocks can usually be built in 3-5 working days.

Finally, I have to admit, the black and silver colour scheme is pretty bad-ass. And you know what they say - there are two rules to offroading: 1) know what you're doing, and 2) look good doing it!

As I said - there's a lot to like in the design of the new Ballistic Shocks!

References:

Sources:

Ballistic Fabrication
2010 W. McMillan St
Tucson, AZ 85705
USA
520-888-4441 / Fax: 520-888-1438
http://www.ballisticfabrication.com
sales@ballisticfabrication.com

 


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