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'69Stang
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posted 03-19-2003 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for '69Stang        Reply w/Quote
In an effort to approach something that vaguely resembles traction at the drag strip I have been advised by my venerable local speedshop (Ramchargers)to consider these cool 12 way adjustable drag shocks from QA1. I guess they are adjustable without having to remove them. They are retailing for $156.99 a piece. Anybody have any experience with them?

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'69 Mustang Fastback, 351C, Holley 950 HP, New Parker Funnelweb intake, ported 4-v quench heads, 10.75:1, UD pulley, windage tray, Top Loader, 3.89 9" rear
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Moneymaker
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posted 03-19-2003 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by '69Stang:
In an effort to approach something that vaguely resembles traction at the drag strip I have been advised by my venerable local speedshop (Ramchargers)to consider these cool 12 way adjustable drag shocks from QA1. I guess they are adjustable without having to remove them. They are retailing for $156.99 a piece. Anybody have any experience with them?


YUP!
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$149.95 + shipping each from MMR

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kid vishus
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posted 03-19-2003 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus        Reply w/Quote
That's what is on all 4 corners of my car. They work great!

Moneymaker
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posted 03-19-2003 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kid vishus:
That's what is on all 4 corners of my car. They work great!

We even fix 'em once an a while too!

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Alex Denysenko
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'69Stang
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posted 03-20-2003 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for '69Stang        Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info guys, I'm sold.

Alex, if you would, e-mail me regarding ordering a pair from you.

Moneymaker
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posted 03-20-2003 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
You have mail.

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Alex Denysenko
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matt d
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posted 03-20-2003 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt d        Reply w/Quote
Are these shocks adjustable to the point where you can dial them for decent street driving then change the setting at the drag strip? Or are they a drag-only type shock? I am looking for ways to get the best of both worlds (street/strip).

Thanks.

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-20-2003 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
They are race shocks and as such are not guaranteed. You can soften them up enough to have a soft or firm ride on the street.
As much as I like to sell parts, I personally would not invest $300 in a pair of aluminum race shocks that some unfilled pot hole may destroy.

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Alex Denysenko
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Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
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Stang85
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posted 03-21-2003 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang85        Reply w/Quote
Alex: What brand of shocks are you running on Moneymaker and could you share some of your shock tuning expertise with us? Really would be interested in a "cause and effect" type of approach, ie; the car is doing this so I adjust that is this manner. I know you understand.

Thanks in advance.

Moneymaker
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posted 03-21-2003 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
HAL/QA-1 Stocker Stars on all 4 corners.
They were custom built for me by Hal himself.
The valving is a bit more sensitive on my personal shocks than the factory units.
The QA-1 rear shocks on Tony's Capri and the convert are as is out of the box. They have been dynoed and tested several times. One only needed some valve adjusting.
We have several "set ups" for MM depending on track conditions, tires being used (radial or biased)and how fast I need to go.
With the ladder-link, floater, fiber glass spring suspension, we do all of our suspesion tuning via the shock adjustment, tire pressure, and front end tie down only.
I NEVER have to touch the ladder bars or links.

Once I know how a car is set up and what it is currantly doing, I can always get it better in the 60 foot if it has the QA-1 shocks.
Cal-Track cars with a mono leaf Flex-i-Form and QA-1's can be tuned with tire presure and shock adjustment infinatly.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,&'03
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28
Professional Manwhore
The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
www.moneymakerracing.com

jsracingbbf
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posted 03-21-2003 02:35 PM              Reply w/Quote
Some shocks are not adjustable but, in an adjustable shock, manipulating the fluid movement through the valving of the shock changes the dampening characteristics -- softness and stiffness. Rebound is the shock's resistance to being pulled apart. It can be used to control chassis separation, the point at which the axle housing is pushed away from the chassis and the tires are applied to the track. As a rule of thumb, a "slick" starting line will require a softer rebound setting to apply the tires with more force. A "good" starting line can use a stiffer setting, as inherent traction exists and a sitffer rebound setting provides quicker vehicle reaction times; excessive separation only wastes time and energy.

Compression (bump) is the shock's resistance to the chassis moving down or the axle housings moving up or into the chassis. The compression adjustment is an important setting, as it determines how long the tires are held down on the track after chassis separation. When a soft rebound is selected, a rule of thumb seems to be to use a slightly stiffer compression setting, so as to control the rebound of the tire. Track testing can determine the correct setting.

I run QA1's on the front of my car ( single adjustable ) and Aldan eagle double adjustable on the rear. I consider them both to be very well worth the money & effort for what they do. I haven't really had enough track time on them yet to know for sure, but I think they are going to work out fine.
You know QA1 makes shocks for all types of OEM stuff. I wish they would have been around way back when

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-22-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jsracingbbf:

You know QA1 makes shocks for all types of OEM stuff. I wish they would have been around way back when




Me too!

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Alex Denysenko
Co-Administrator and Moderator

NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,&'03
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28
Professional Manwhore
The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
www.moneymakerracing.com

matt d
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posted 03-22-2003 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt d        Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reply Alex. I guess I'll look for a different option for my car.

Moneymaker
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posted 03-22-2003 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
Rancho 9204's are "poor man's" substitute.
They are a street shock in reality that many guys use for racing and are warranteed.

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Alex Denysenko
Co-Administrator and Moderator

NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,&'03
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28
Professional Manwhore
The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
www.moneymakerracing.com

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