Gaz Gold Pros or Pro Techs

Gaz Gold Pros or Pro Techs

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m4tti

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4,952 posts

119 months

Sunday 15th April 2012
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Anyone have experience with both of these on the Tuscan. What are the real world differences between the shocks are?

I'll be doing about 6 track days a year so cant really justify going to nitrons. Have read other threads but no one ever really quantifies why one or the other is better.


Edited by m4tti on Sunday 15th April 13:59

nawarne

2,908 posts

224 months

Sunday 15th April 2012
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m4tti said:
Anyone have experience with both of these on the Tuscan. What are the real world differences between the shocks are?

I'll be doing about 6 track days a year so cant really justify going to nitrons. Have read other threads but no one ever really quantifies why one or the other is better.


Edited by m4tti on Sunday 15th April 13:59
Now! I'm sure you'll have many replies!
I've just put Gaz GP's on mine..I had two of the originals that were in fairly parlous condition.
The ride/handling is much more sure footed now - as you'd expect.

Someone once said to me that Nitrons are double the price of Gaz/Protech....but do you get double the improvement? (And, only someone that has tried both back-to-back, can answer that) Without a doubt Nitrons have a superb reputation...well earned I'm sure...but it does come down to budget.
at the end of the day. You pays your money and takes your choice.
Nick

TUS 2 CON

467 posts

242 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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I had Gaz Golds on my car for a couple of years and they are a massive improvement on the standard suspension. Combined with the Silverstone spacers, I was pretty happy.

However, I now have nitrons fitted and they are as good again. The big thing for me is that they seem to eliminate body roll so that you can 'lean' on them and really feel what the car is doing. i know what you mean about price though...

truck71

2,328 posts

136 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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Gents how do Racing Reds fit into this equation? Been recommended them by the specialist who looks after mine and they seem a decent price. Sorry OP to bump this a bit. Cheers Andrew

tef

82 posts

117 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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Have had Racing Reds on mine for about 6 months....car feels totally different. Mind you, they did have to saw the originals off, so perhaps that was the problem....

m4tti

Original Poster:

4,952 posts

119 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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I've heard the overall finish of the racing reds is not on par with the Gaz Golds. On top of that I beleive they are made in the far east and dont have the product support over here of say Gaz or Nitron.

Anyone confirm this..

m3jappa

5,174 posts

182 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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TUS 2 CON said:
I had Gaz Golds on my car for a couple of years and they are a massive improvement on the standard suspension. Combined with the Silverstone spacers, I was pretty happy.

However, I now have nitrons fitted and they are as good again. The big thing for me is that they seem to eliminate body roll so that you can 'lean' on them and really feel what the car is doing. i know what you mean about price though...
Thats interesting to know, i have gaz golds (came with car) and often wonder what the nitrons would be like.

Are yours the same spring rates etc?

Robertjp

2,281 posts

189 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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I think you need to be careful with gaz line up as the gaz golds are not as good as the gaz gold pro's, which looked as well built if not slightly better when i compared with racing reds. I fitted gaz gold pros massive improvement on standard and im happy enough. Gaz also now do a monotube which is meant to be excellent and still less than the nitrons.

Cant comment on protechs thouygh sorry

rens914

678 posts

195 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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Have been running the protechs and they were to soft for me. they did however stiffend them (without extra costs.After that they were superb.
So i would say.
Stiffend protechs can compete with nitrons but are half the price
I do live on the main land though and our roads are different. (more autobahn and higher speeds)
In the UK you guys love to drive with soft suspension(are you american related ??)
rens

m4tti

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4,952 posts

119 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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rens914 said:
Have been running the protechs and they were to soft for me. they did however stiffend them (without extra costs.After that they were superb.
So i would say.
Stiffend protechs can compete with nitrons but are half the price
I do live on the main land though and our roads are different. (more autobahn and higher speeds)
In the UK you guys love to drive with soft suspension(are you american related ??)
rens
Just rubbish roads to be honest, in the last couple of years with the bad weather and cut backs its like driving on a Greek Island..

Brummmie

5,278 posts

185 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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I have had the former on my Cerbera, i gave in and bought the latter..

m4tti

Original Poster:

4,952 posts

119 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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Were they Golds or Gold Pros Brummie?

Brummmie

5,278 posts

185 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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m4tti said:
Were they Golds or Gold Pros Brummie?
Pro Techs, nice people, but they just did not work.
Not for me anyway, Nitrons i go 5 clicks either way for track or road.

m3jappa

5,174 posts

182 months

Tuesday 17th April 2012
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Robertjp said:
I think you need to be careful with gaz line up as the gaz golds are not as good as the gaz gold pro's, which looked as well built if not slightly better when i compared with racing reds. I fitted gaz gold pros massive improvement on standard and im happy enough. Gaz also now do a monotube which is meant to be excellent and still less than the nitrons.

Cant comment on protechs thouygh sorry
Its the pros i have.

I have been looking into these gaz monotube dampers and cant work out what benefit i would get over the gold pros, and then what benefit over the nitrons.

I really need to look at my spring rates as i like the car stiff but its overdamped right now so need stiffer springs.

I want to make the car more of a b road tool, i'm sure i could acheive that somehow.

truck71

2,328 posts

136 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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Hi Folks

Reading through the feedback would the order of preference look something like?

1 Nitrons
2 Gaz Gold Pros
3= Pro tech
3= Racing Reds

Sorry if this is a poor interpretation. Next question, where do you buy them?

Cheers Andrew

haircutmike

19,544 posts

168 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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Gaz Monos should be No 2.

They do give a compliant ride when set soft and are fantastic on track when stiffened a tad without being rock hard.

Robertjp

2,281 posts

189 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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I think its more about the value equation if you are going to put them in order of preference. Its a different equation for everyone.

My view was that nitrons may be the ultimate for track day work and maybe even the best damper on the road too, but they were also the most expensive and i have never tracked the car in 3 years....so are they worth the extra?

Maybe, maybe not, but i couldn’t justify another £500 on top of the GGP’s for a ‘maybe....’ The GGP’s are working well for me and can be refurb’d when i need them to be....

Are you a super advanced driver? If not, are you confident you could take the difference between the GGP’s / protechs / nitrons? Given the fact that the biggest improvement is actually moving to one of these dampers in the first place, its then a case of marginal improvements when moving from the mid level damper to top end damper (i.e. it not night and day)...and on the road i would be surprised if you need it or could even feel it for 99% of the time.

Just my humble opinion (dons the flame coat........), people always lean towards their personal choice unless they recognise it was a bad one (aka Brummie)

7 TVR

2,589 posts

132 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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az Mono +2

MrChips

3,113 posts

174 months

Wednesday 18th April 2012
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I really like the factory standard shocks on my tuscan paperbag

Will be interesting to see if they ever need replacing as i'd probably want s close match!

m4tti

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4,952 posts

119 months

Thursday 19th April 2012
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To be honest there's nothing physically wrong with my shocks, but would like some added confidence to push the car on some track days this year without unpredictable handling.

Like Robert says I think their has to be some cost benefit or value equation too. Taking that into consideration and the fact absolutely shocks will do me a good price I'm going to go for the Gaz Gold pro's. Did consider the racing reds but can't really find much in the way of review online.