Adjustables are not the cheaper alternative; they are the better alternative, or at least for me who used to race on the weekends. If you are building a cruiser you can buy fixed valved shocks, or even rebuildable Bilsteins for less money.
The rebuildable Bilstein shock offer you fixed valve packs economy, but you can change the valve's bleed rate (or have Bilstein rebuild them for you) to reflect how you want the car to handle most of the time.
Or you can accept the standard 50/50 shock rate used on stock applications buying a higher quality nitrogen filled shock with better seals, chromed rods (to resist rusting that abrades the seals causing them to fail) or heavy duty shocks with larger diameter shocks that contain more gas and oil to reduce heat build up used on police cars.
I build my cars to accept a coil over shock on all four corners. I used QA-1 or Koni shocks for my cars (the Europeans seem better at building shocks because they seem to enjoy driving rather than pointing their car and texting).
Adjustable coil overs allow me to change the spring rate in minutes; and the shock valving a click at a time. I can also change my ride height up to an inch by just turning a big nut with a spanner.
Last edited by Big Dave; 11-28-2016 at 12:36 PM.