if the shocks are set stiff & moving slowly & w great effort (by hand) most likely they are ok. usually, when they go bad, they are worn out and offer no resistance.
btw, they are only adjustable in rebound. jounce valving is fixed.
can't remember what you have for spring rates, but the reds are a good place to start. people say to set rears dead soft and fronts ~ 1/2 stiff.... not saying i am endorsing that, but over time, that has been the common recommendation. try there and see how the car reacts. shocks mostly (aside from the bump thing) determine transitional behavior - balance on turn in and out. if the front & rear spring rates are reasonable, ride heights ok - and if you are using a shankle/iap/centerline type package, and nothing bizarre w sway bars, should be pretty close. then any oddball behavior in transition, most likely result of shock tuning. trial and error tune to get car where you like it.
you will have fun.