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dre383
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted June 17, 2004 09:18 PM  
im currently running blistienes and was considering the new QA1 shocks was wondering if anyone ran them and what they tink of them

udecide66
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted June 17, 2004 09:52 PM  
I run them, bought 4 new ones, the tool kit and re-valving kit for them.
My brother is the driver, he said he could definetly feel the difference from pro shocks to QA1's.
They say you can re-valve them in 10 minutes, well it takes me about 30 minutes, I will probably get faster as I do more. Re-valving is messy, oil is all over the area you are working.
I recall hearing or reading, where a guy brought in a QA1 shock to be dynoed, they asked him what the valving was and he said "you tell me" they dynoed it and the valving was exactly what he valved it as.
I don't know if it is true or not just what I heard.
I like them simply because you can easily replace a bent shaft or dinged shock body or a rod end, for less than $25.
I like them and will continue to use them.
I think you can buy them for around $80 a shock now, the 50 series. The tool kit is $50
the re-valving kit is $149?
Hope this helps on your decision
Don't get me wrong the bilsteind are good shocks just a little to much $$$

racerwilson
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 357
posted June 18, 2004 09:20 AM  
Pro and QA1 are what they are cheep shocks. Bilstien shocks are the best inexpensive shock for the money.

dirtbuster
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Total posts: 2007
posted June 18, 2004 10:43 AM  
Freind of mine pulled an old beat up Pro shock out the other day and dynoed it and it was perfect. Dynoed 4 new afco and none of them were as close as the pro.

If I remember right he had talked to JAson Hughes at a usmts race and that was all he was running now was pro shocks. So they must not be all that bad.

imca35
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted June 19, 2004 10:27 AM  
I've also got some QA1's... haven't put them on the car yet just got 'em and had one dynoed... the guy doing the dyno said " these are **** good shcoks" this is someone I trust and usually deals with very high quality shocks ( penske, ohlins etc.) 66 where did you buy the tool kit I have a revalving kit ...
curt

FearDaPierce 35
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted June 19, 2004 07:31 PM  
We have run the QA1's on our car for 5 yrs and have good success with them and like 66 said they are very easy to re-valve and replacing just on peice is much cheaper then buying a complete different shock

fr1
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 93
posted June 19, 2004 09:58 PM  
I was at the USMTS race at Memphis, MO this Thursday and Jason Hughes #12 came from the middle of the pack and won. His shocks were all Blue. The next 2 cars, #3 and #45 were also on Blue shocks. The track was dry and slick. You have to watch what people are putting on the Internet as facts. Sometimes they are just rumors and second hand information.

Kromulous
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Total posts: 796
posted June 20, 2004 09:51 AM  
What kind of oil do they run in the QA1 shocks? Do you have to buy it from QA1 or is it some kind of general type oil, aka ATF fluid ?

Also who all builds rebuildable revavlable shocks? QA1, Afco & Pro ?

udecide66
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted June 20, 2004 10:01 AM  
The QA1 shocks use a 10w suspension type fluid, you can buy it from QA1 or any ATV shop that sells shock fluid.
I personally use the Amsoil suspension fluid in my QA1 shocks.
I believe that Pro now makes a rebuildable/revalvable shock but don't know any more info on them.

Kromulous
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Total posts: 796
posted June 20, 2004 10:46 AM  
Could someone pass along to the part numbers for the revalable and rebuildable shocks from QA1 please?

Looking for the 9" one, and the 7" one.

These websites that sell them **** !

udecide66
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted June 20, 2004 12:45 PM  
www.qa-one.com
7" shocks (steel body) 507--
9" shocks (steel Body) 509--
The last two digits would be the valving you want like a 5076-2 is a steel body shock 7" with a 6 compression and 2 rebound or a 5094 is a steel body shock 9" with a compression and rebound valving of 4. another common shock number is 5095-3 5 compression and 3 rebound.
The QA1 web site has pretty good info on them, just click on mototsports in the upper left then click on circle track shocks. The rebuildable are called replaceable bearing.
Hope this helps, sometimes just calling them and speaking to a sales rep is best, that's what I did, not just with QA1 but with pro, afco and bilstein.
I would call QA1 direct to order, or at least they can tell you a dealer close by.
1-800-721-7761

dirtbuster
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 2007
posted June 21, 2004 07:00 AM  
I wouldnt say a shock is a certain manufacturer jsut because of color. They can be painted pretty easy if needed. We have done it before and I am sure we are not the only ones.

fr1
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 93
posted June 22, 2004 06:28 AM  
I guess I don't understand why Jason would paint his shocks blue if he was telling your friend that Pro's are the best. Wouldn't that be helping a different shock company?

dirtbuster
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 2007
posted June 22, 2004 07:12 AM  
Again remember this is all second hand to me but I heard it from a couple different people who were at the Osky, IA race, and I am not saying he thought the blue were necessarily bad. I think his comment was that you can buy a new Pro shock for what you can rebuild a blue one, and the Pro were just as good. Maybe he meant he was going to start buying pros instead of fixing his blue shocks. Thats when my buddy went and dynoed his old pro shock and found it dynoed better than his afco blue shocks. In my first post I guess i should have left out the part about hughes and just said the pro dynoed better than the afco, sorry for any trouble it has caused.
As for painting them, that was just an idea I threw out there. I am not saying he did. I know guys that do stuff like that all the time just to throw people off and keep guessing.

topnotch
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted June 22, 2004 03:43 PM  
is anyone concerned with the weight of a qa1 shock. Initially they were incredibly heavy. I idea is excellent though

RACEINMUD
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 323
posted June 23, 2004 12:41 PM  
Went to Dodge City KS. last night to watch the World of Outlaws and help a friend run his hobby/street stock. Actually got to pit with the Outlaws. First for me. Anyway, I looked at their shocks and some run AFCO and some run PRO and another purple kind w/no name. Steve Kinser runs PRO and I asked how he likes them and he said that is all he has ran. Maybe a sponser thing. But I do feel better about the Pro's on my streetstock. Later , Race

dbradley
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted June 23, 2004 07:19 PM  
The purple ones are probably supershox..they look mighty cool...Alot of the guys in the North East are following the leader and going to them...mighty expensive though

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