SFGM Shockwave Rebuild?

Thursday, September 5, 2002 4:39 PM
I mentioned this idea in another post but I will bring it up again. If the cars have been removed and there are surveyors marks in and around the Shockwave then maybe someone like Chance/Morgan is doing a re-design similar to what was done to the Steel Phantom. Sure the Shockwave dosen't have the big 2nd drop like the Phantoms Revenge but the 1st drop could be lengthened and the station, lift hill, and braking system could be retained. It seems like a very good coaster could be built at a resonable cost using this technique.
Thursday, September 5, 2002 5:23 PM

I think Shockwave will be open next season as it is but you never know you could be right. I have never riden Steel Phantom but I rode PR and it was great.

L. Kris Allen that wasn't very nice.

Thursday, September 5, 2002 6:26 PM
I don't think ShockWave is going to be reprofiled. It's either staying as it is, or being ripped out altogether.
Thursday, September 5, 2002 7:29 PM
If they could just smooth out a couple of transitions on it then it would be great ride again. I guess that SF isn't into spending money on old attractions. :(
Thursday, September 5, 2002 9:34 PM
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Don't forget that SP was a WAY different layout than the three sisters....the PR make-over was possible largely to the spread-out nature of the ride...they definitely kept the best part of the ride, IMO, but I've yet to check out the new parts...;)....

For whatever reason, Viper is the good one, the other two are "the wicked stepsisters" in comparison to SFMM's Cinderella....

Friday, September 6, 2002 1:46 AM

I don't think it's likely, but I really, really hope that they are reprofiling it. Still, I doubt it.

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Friday, September 6, 2002 2:49 AM

I told my friend this about magnum.

Just have intamin(since B&M makes 4-across)design a train that fits the arrow track. We have talked about this before, its the wheel assemblies, not just the transitions.

Friday, September 6, 2002 4:38 AM

Coasterdude04, on Magnum, the transitions are somewhat smoother than Shockwave probably partially do to the fact that it was built later in the Arrow "lifetime." However on Shockwave, there are two transitions that contribute greatly to the headbanging. In case your scratching your head, the two transitions are the one after the first vertical loop and the one into the mdcbr.

Edit: However there are three features to that ride that make it really great, the quick laterals out of the station, the awesome (and, well quite smooth) first drop, and those tantalizing corkscrews.


*** This post was edited by SFGAMDie HARD on 9/6/2002. ***

Friday, September 6, 2002 8:49 AM

SFGAMDieHard, Magnum opened just one year after Shockwave .. I think it's more ridable because it doesn't have Over The Sholders, and the layout is far more simple.

Shockwave would actually be fine if the left turn into the brakes were fixed. Turn it into a right, three-quarters, upward helix, and it would rule.

But I can't really see it happening, to be honest.


Cameron Silver

Friday, September 6, 2002 10:28 AM

The only real problem with Shockeave is when it enters into the bloke brake. The transition is aweful and the designer of the ride should be shot. If they fix that alot of the pain would disappear. It only took Arrow 2 try's to fix the best Super Looper Viper. The transistion into the block brake is flawless.

I really would be surprised if a re-profile would take place, but you never know with Six Flags, hell they couldn't even make up their mind about the Whizzer, Time will tell.



Friday, September 6, 2002 12:04 PM
Mamoosh's avatar And let's not forget that Magnum was reprofiled after opening...the third hill/camelback, if memory serves me correctly.

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 7:33 AM

I say that they tear the whole ride. I get headaches from that ride every time from all the head banging.

Sunday, September 8, 2002 11:34 AM

Actually the track into the Mid Course Brake Run has been reprofiled/replaced a little bit a few years ago when they replaced the track at the top of the vertical loops. They couldn't do much but atleast they tried to improve the turn.

Before the reprofiling

[url="http://www.angelfire.com/mn/cwsr/021688.html" target="_blank">http://www.angelfire.com/mn/cwsr/021688.html

After the reprofiling. (Notice the short section of new track and also notice the tops of the vertical loops)


So atleast SFGAM tried to improve Shockwave. Give them some credit.

Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull

Sunday, September 8, 2002 11:47 AM
Solution: Have Premier design new cars for it.

Arrow Engineer: "Well, we just tested the prototype Suspended with an inversion and the car broke off the stick thing. We plan to reuse the stick things on a future prototype called a 4th dimension."


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