Road car shocks are so totally diverse as to be rediculous.
Once put some Bilstien gas shocks into the rear of a Commodore,, it was undriveable as the gas pressure was obviously way too much. On other vehicles gas pressure shocks lifted and firmed the ride which was excellent.
I have fitted 'off road shocks' to 4wds and some are excellent and others useless, either to stiff or soft and floaty. And again both good brands as well as cheapies too
Back at the start of HQ Racing they used Bilstiens as the contro shock which obviously had a problem as when the rear got sideways the wheels danced big time. The Pedders used now do not do that.
Using Gabriel shocks in my Ford Galaxie they were stuffed in 10000km. Now the thing has some used Pedders gas shocks in the rear from the Falcon racecar and some 7 rate basic AFCO steel body street stock shocks. All of which are a vast improvement.
And the racecar has got some 'Pro Shocks' built by Wayne Randall for the car and while hardly ideal they are a LOT more supple than the stiff road car shocks previously installed. And a LOT cheaper than many so called race shocks.
Had a Gabriel 'top out' in the Super Mod, that was junked also. Now I use all proper speedway shocks though had one give up and it had the wheels really dancing while going quite slowly. The track was poor. Though that shock probably leaked the oil out. It had sat for quite a while.
I now before every meeting disconnect the top of the shock and feel them to make sure they are ok.