A few things..
Full disclosure: I have run bone stock shocks from 2006-2015. I tried shocks revalved from a few vendors( not Fat Cat) given to me during that time and All SUCKED! Lots of the new shocks were all over the place. I found someone I felt was knowledgeable and honest to send me a balanced set, NOT modified but were rebuilt with factory unmodified parts and all balanced and tested the same. I sent them in for testing AT SCCA and the curves are the same as stock, they passed. They passed again at a random compliance test at a super tour event. I have run them in 2016-17 with no issues.
On why, I assume SMAC felt there was a problem and decided to change something which is what they should do. However, I think the current proposal is a VERY bad idea. Asking John Bauer to look at a graph "shapes" basically and making a judgement call is not a good idea. Especially when we aren't using numbers and his decision is not appealable. The problem as described to me is that at higher inches per second testing the stock shocks are all over the place and they were unable to come up with a spec to encompass all, but the curves were similar. I have no issue with people rebuilding the shocks, but IMO we should not be allowed to change the internals or modify parts. If we are no longer allowed to open, then I will run what they say as I can get there buying a few sets and testing them.
As far as the video above.. What a condescending fluff piece... Obviously Shaikh has no clue what the members of this class want and he wants to sell his shock service which I don't have a problem with. However, his claims are exaggerated, grossly exaggerated IMO. I heard the same claims from Bernie at Stewart when I told him his shocks were terrible in my car. "I have been getting nothing but people telling me how great these shocks are" My answer and unfortunately what I still believe, most in this class, yes MOST can't tell the difference and if something is "supposed" to be better and they paid a good biot of money for it... All of a sudden, it is better, at least in their mind.
The 1 second a lap claim...
Well p1-2 in qualifying this year in the biggest race EVER were both cars that I had built, both cars had out of the box NEVER touched or rebuilt shocks on them. If these or Any shocks provided a 1 sec per lap advantage, we would ALL have them even at $5000 a set. It would also show up BIG TIME. Does anyone stop and listen for a second and just think how silly these claims are? Especially when the top 15 cars were within a second? Or perhaps Chris and Preston would have had an additional second on the field if they ran those shocks?
Shaihk did a set of shocks for me for my 2002 STL Miata and IMO, they cost me the Runoffs win in 2013. I burned the tires off a miata in 3 laps.. At Road America no less! I had the lightest "handling car" at a track that doesn't wear tires.. yet I burned through mine in three laps and the heavy FWD civic and RX8 did not. I probably just don't know how to properly set up or drive a miata. Had I gone back and just run out of the box Billsteins I feel I would have a VERY good shot at the win and had I put real shocks on the car, IMO I would have won. In all fairness to Shaikh, I should have put more time in testing and possibly sending back for different valving, but we were out of time. But his first shot at these was way, way off, which was surprised me with his 'expertise and knowledge", the end result was a shock far worse than i sent off to be modified.
So to the demeaning tone taken in the videos where I feel the entire class was being spoken down to by a self proclaimed expert who knows little of our class or racing in general.
I offer this challenge..
At ANY Super Tour test event test day in the 18 season...
You pick any SM driver of the top 25 in supertour points in 2017..
We install the best shocks you can build that pass the current spec
We run two sessions on your shocks... two sessions on stock shocks..
No suspension or set up changes other than correcting toe.
If your shocks are faster by 1.0 second plus relative to the field average ( temp and track compensation) I'll pay you $5000, if they aren't you pay me $5000.00 and look at how many shock rebuilds you will sell.
You can structure the rules however you like as long as they encompass the general feel of what I mentioned above.. I'll provide all the labor and scales to verify set up and can give a list of drivers that would be more than willing to drive in this test.
The entire shock deal is being blown out of proportion IMO