The Master Series was up next, and with the truck being prewired for testing, we set off to do the ride quality test again. As I headed over to the bumpy road I could feel the difference in ride quality and noticeably firmer suspension feel. The brake pitch felt less when applying the binders and in turns. The airbag settings were all set at the same air pressure as the previously tested Black Series. Once again we found the autocross track under the tires and Bret improved his time by 1.42 seconds. For my turn I asked Bret for tips but he kept saying to drive more consistently; I tried but still could not beat his time. The Master Series shocks placed First in overall ride numbers from the computer by managing the larger bumps a lot better with shock valving and the ability to adjust rebound on the shock. The Master Series is also a twin-tube design, but with RideTech's machined aluminum body. RideTech offers two types of shock to go with the Master Series. One has a single adjustment and the other shock has rebound and compression adjusters. Both the single- and dual-adjustable shocks have knobs on top of the shock towers.
Ride Meter Score: 8.87
The Select Series was one of my favorite shocks that RideTech offers. The Selects have a very good ride quality to them and were really close to being the fastest time on the autocross track. In fact, it was the fastest airbag on the track. With the Select you can choose from a dash-mounted switch what setting you want to be in: Soft or Firm. RideTech also has the option to get two selector switches and control the Soft and Firm setting from front to back. This, in my opinion, is ideal for any kind of towing or load inside the bed. The steel body has a machined aluminum bottom lip that holds a bearing that you can customize the hole size to fit your truck's shock bolt size. In fact, all of the RideTech shocks have the lower and upper Kevlar bearings to keep the shock traveling straight, thus improving suspension bind. If you're wondering why my time didn't improve much, it's because the right rear tires after Bret was done were almost down to the steel core. Plus, I kind of did a little spin that made me slow down for fear of damaging John's truck. (I could be making excuses for my slower time.)
Ride Meter Score: 9.362 Soft Setting
The final shock tested was the all-new RideTech forged aluminum-bodied coilovers. These new coilovers feature a 5/8-inch diameter shaft and 26 clicks on the rebound adjustment, while the compression valve has no adjustment. Overall ride quality is top notch, but you will need to adjust ride height from the underside of the truck unlike the air-ride setup that's as simple as pressing a button with the Ride Pro digital or analog. When adjusting the height on the coilovers the adjuster that is screwed on the outside of the body has a pinch bolt to crush it to the treads, unlike other coilovers that will damage the treads when locked down. As I said, the ride quality is great but it is also the track that makes the coilovers shine. After getting over my fear of spinning on the track I hopped back in the truck and beat my best time by .571 second. Bret also beat his and my best time as expected.
Ride Meter Score: 9.141
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Greg Schneider's '67 C10 with the Master Series DA was also a blast to drive. Greg's truck
When it comes to track time with RideTech products Bret has been there, done that and his knowledge of little tweaks and turns has been passed on to the product. Believe me, I tried my hardest to beat his best lap times. I even tried to skip the slalom, but still couldn't beat his time. Whether you're looking for a basic adjustable airbag to help ride down the road smoothly, or the full-out race truck, and anywhere in between, check out these parts made in Jasper, Indiana.