VAS shocks/springs anyone?

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VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by PhillySpider » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:35 am

Anybody running Vicks hydrasport shocks and progressive spring kit? Comparison between koni yellow and these appreciated! On special $330 all around...http://www.vickauto.com/newstore/index. ... ts_id=4641
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by PhillySpider » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:06 pm

Nobody? How about general consensus on progressive vs linear springs? In the market now, can't decide which to pull the trigger on. Seems progressive can be a bit "sloppy" compared to linear on initial compression. As I understand, progressive will give you a softer ride than a performance spring for every day road use, but are more up to the challenge of hard cornering vs a linear spring. Anyone go progressive and wish they went linear?...anyone go linear and wish they'd gone progressive? Thoughts please.

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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by lanciahf » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:45 pm

Mike I went with AR progressive springs based on my previous good experience with Spider Points progressive springs. Hopefully ARs versions are the same spec. I think VAS sells progressive's also.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by bartigue » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:57 pm

The comparison to koni is a bit unfair - relative to konis they are a budget item. But konis can be damned firm, even on the softest setting, and that’s not always a good thing. Bear in mind that these cars handled very well on the stock stuff, which wasn’t anything more than pedestrian grade stuff, almost anything modern is an upgrade by comparison.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by atruscott » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:26 pm

I run Koni yellows on full soft less a half turn - and have found them good. Firm, but good.

Springwise - I’ve moved three cars over to the AR springs purely because of the most excellent progressive reads. I think that they offered the spiderpoint ones at one point as an alternative, not sure if they do now.

I’ve actually had good performance with KYB gas shocks on AR springs too.

I seem to recall someone on the Facebook threads having issues with mismatching VAS springs or something - but it got resolved. Don’t know any more than that I’m afraid.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by PhillySpider » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:09 pm

I'd likely go VAS shocks vs koni due to budget and the discontinuance of the reds. AR not an option for me these days lol. I searched the forum first and saw the commented on the VAS total setup dated around 2012... haven't spoken with them about the current setup, but would like to know if/how it was addressed. Their current description points to some wonderful matched setup... could just be marketing speak with the same old parts, dunno know.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by cgranju » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:34 pm

I don't know what the current I-need-it-right-now price is for Koni yellows, but in my experience they are enough of a transformative upgrade to a 124 that I can't imagine putting anything else on one. That said, I have a 124 on cut stock springs with KYBs that handles great, so go figure. Guess that's to say there are a lot of recipes, a lot of variables (how/where you drive, for instance) & each probably has its place. Oh, I take that back, generic parts store gas shocks for these cars are terrible.

Spring-wise, I also am transferring my cars to the progressive type. I've also enjoyed the old "IAP" red springs (left out the perches on top in the rear to get the ride height correct) and 131 wagon rear springs for the rear of a 124.
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Re: VAS shocks/springs anyone?

Post by atruscott » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:45 pm

To throw another angle here.... take a look at Spax. Incredible performance, adjustable on car, matching springs too.

Now chris and I also have the enjoyment of tracking down rear shocks and springs for our sedan/wagon fetishes...... Late 80s Toyota Tacomas provide a source!
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Post by kmead » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:51 pm

I had recommended the VAS shocks to go with the AR variable rate springs for one of my FCA club mates, he has been very happy with them on both the road as well as at local auto crosses. They are a great combination, not harsh or too stiff. He is a heavier guy and they deal well with the added load.
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Post by vandor » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:05 am

atruscott wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:45 pm
Now chris and I also have the enjoyment of tracking down rear shocks and springs for our sedan/wagon fetishes...... Late 80s Toyota Tacomas provide a source!
Wagon only. The Sedan has the same shock setup as the Coupe/Spider.
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