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Instinct Adaptive Shock Absorber Technology

RideTech Instinct Shock Absorbers electronically adjust from luxury-car comfortable to super-car aggressive in mere milliseconds. Instinct adaptive technology is easy to install and includes a custom calibration which can be fine-tuned by laptop to suit your specific vehicle dynamics and driving style. In most instances, however, Instinct will adapt instinctively to vehicle dynamics in real time such that calibration revisions may be unnecessary.

Street and Track At The Push of a Button

11-time SCCA Solo II National Champion Mary Pozzi runs RideTech Instinct Shocks on her 1972 Chevrolet Camaro. The car, equipped with Art Morrison suspension, has logged thousands of track and street miles. At their very first Instinct-equipped competition, Mary and her Camaro finished on the podium in 3rd place.  On the street, Instinct provides a modern, controlled ride quality that exceeds passive, mechanical dampers. Mary thoroughly enjoys driving her Camaro on the street and on long road trips.  

Senses Every Road Imperfection As Well As Cornering Forces

How does this system react instinctively? The brains of RideTech’s Instinct system is a fast-processing ECM that analyzes and adjusts dampening forces based on real-time inputs from a 3-way g-load sensor as well as brake pressure, vehicle speed, and throttle position sensors. All four shocks work in concert and adjust in milliseconds to keep your car sure-footed in all driving scenarios.

The Complete Instinct System Includes:

  • Four Electronic RideTech coil-over shock absorbers with remote reservoirs
  • DSC Sport Electronic Control Module
  • Sensors: including 3-way g-load sensor, TPS, Brake Pressure, VSS
  • Wiring harness and sub-harnesses
  • Comfort/Performance mode select switch
  • RideTech custom Instinct calibration
  • Tuning software and technical support
ORDERING:  Please call to set an appointment for consultation. Be prepared to provide specific vehicle details such as corner weight, shock installed height, tire selection, suspension details, and intended usage. Pricing: From $10,500

Darren Schilling: 812-481-4706 (IN)  darren@ridetech.com

Chris Smith: 419-448-8080 (OH)  smitty@ridetech.com

Bret Voelkel: 812-481-4787 (IN)  bret@ridetech.com

NOTE: While the Instinct System is adaptive in real time, it cannot compensate for poor suspension design (e.g. improper spring rates, geometry, alignment settings). As RideTech employs an engineered approach with each Instinct System setup, the aforementioned vehicle details, along with a consultation, are mandatory prior to purchase. Trackside support can be arranged.

Featured Drivers and Instinct-Equipped Vehicles

Chris Smith: RideTech Motorsports Manager: 1972 Corvette stock frame with Track 1 Suspension.

Josh Leisinger: 1965 Summit Racing Corvette. Tube chassis with lightweight fiberglass body.

Mary Pozzi: The most respected autocross racer in pro-touring. 1972 Camaro: Art Morrison Chassis.

Bob Gawlik: 1968 AMX. One of a kind wide-body custom build with Art Morrison IRS.

red-logo-blacksoftware-buttonInstinct Shock Dimensions

Because of the internal configuration of the Instinct electronic shocks, they do not follow our normal dimensioning format. Instinct shocks are approximately 1” longer in compressed, ride, and extended height than our HQ and TQ Series shocks. It may be necessary to fabricate new shocks mounts for your particular application.

Stroke Compressed Ride Height Extended Body length  Notes


11.259” 13.250” 14.330” 8.858 2.283” extended upper eye to accommodate DSE frontend
4” 11.118” 13.625” 15.118” 9.645” 1.496” standard height upper eye
5” 12.126 15.625” 17.126” 10.629” 1.496” standard height upper eye