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From desert race trucks and
competition rock crawlers to your daily driver, shocks play a pivotal role in
how the vehicle handles and performs. When it comes time to choose the shocks
for your next project don't compromise on run of the mill shocks. Ballistic
Fabrication offers some of the top performing shocks on the market.
Customers will sometimes ask us
why our shocks are more expensive than other brands of shocks when they all
look the same. Because our customers put
their trucks through the most extreme challenges we want to make sure that we
offer only the best quality products.
What makes buying shocks
particularly difficult is that they all look pretty much, the same. It's what's going on inside the shock that
differentiates shocks from one another. For
example, one of the worst failures for a shock is having a shaft fail. While the shaft often looks alike on various
brands of shocks, they can be very different.
One brand may offer only a single hardened shaft that will snap under
extreme stress causing the wheel to deflect violently and possibly even come
off completely. A more expensive shock, like
the Ballistic shock, while it looks the same, will under same conditions only
bend and not snap allowing the driver to maintain some control over the vehicle. This is one of several examples that
differentiate a true race shock from a performance shock.
Compare the Ballistic race shocks to other competing
performance series shocks:
What it means
Hard coat anodized ACQ aluminum with threaded cap
Hard anodized 6063 aluminum with c-clip cap
A threaded cap insures a secure and tight seal without worry
of contamination when removing the cap
6061 T6 aluminum with large spherical bearing
6061 T6 aluminum with spherical bearing
Larger spherical bearing which allows for use of stronger
Reservoir hose material
Tough cover large diameter 2 wire high pressure with
Standard high pressure
Stronger hose material with larger diameter for more
gas flow with an O-ring seal instead of tape or pipe dope seal
Shock piston sealing to much higher temperatures
Heim spacer material
Larger surface area billet 303 stainless steel
Cadmium plated steel
303 does not corrode over time like plated steel and the
larger surface area allows for forces to spread over a wider area
Valve shim material
Heat treaded spring steel
Heat treated stainless alloy
Spring steel has a much higher yield strength insuring
that the valve shims will not deform or break under high stress
Double hard chromed with 6 RA finish
Hard chromed with 6 RA finish
Twice the thickness of chrome makes the shaft much less
prone to catastrophic failure
7075 T6 Hard Anodized aluminum
6061 T6 aluminum
Hard coat anodized is 38,000
more tensile strength
6061 T6 aluminum with large spherical bearing and long body
Larger spherical bearing allows for
use of larger diameter hardware and long body offers more thread engagement
resulting in a stronger connection between the end and the shock
1 piece billet Nylatron
2 piece composite
Single piece CNC Nylatron design offers much higher
strength and resistance to breakage than a composite 2 piece design.
Bump stop material
Urethane offers greater longevity and resistance to
failure than rubber
While standard performance shocks
will serve some people very well, it is for those customers that require
uncompromising performance and reliability that we offer our Ballistic race shocks. We have had more than one customer buy an
economy product only to regret the purchase after a failure and wish they had
spent a little more and done it right the first time.
Ballistic shocks are built to
order for your particular combination.
Every vehicle is different so we want to make sure that the shock you
receive is set up for your vehicle.
If you want only the best for your truck, rock crawler, or off road
racer then the Ballistic race series shock is the shock you need! Give us a call today to get more information
or to place your order!