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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted June 19, 2004 07:07 AM  
I,ve seen a bunch of info on different brands...What do you think are the best and why?? Are some easier to set up than others?? What about the big money shocks???, here in the East the guys spend a ton $$$.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted June 19, 2004 08:46 AM  
I think shocks are the most important item on the setup. You can tune your shocks and do things the boys with the little 50/50 straights can't do. Just like anything else, MONEY TALKS! I'm personally a bilstein fan but carrera and others make a decent adjustable piece. My experiences indicate money matters. The best shock tech information is in off road racing. Do the search and get your mind ready for the best shock tech and tuning tips you will hear. AFCO has shock tuning tips also in the rear of their catalog. Its very basic and describes how to stuff only not the why stuff. Just food for the brain?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted June 19, 2004 10:07 AM  
i like bilstiens, they are a very good shock for a mod. an upper level afco would be a good choice, like posted above money talks. unless you spend some money you dont have great shocks. i mean some of the pros are good, i have ran them. and some white body afcos ok, but i have heard sometimes on both they are not the shock you ordered, get something different.
friend of mine uses qa1 and loves them, they are cheaper per shock than bilstien and give you adjustablity.
if i was buying new and money no option on a mod get bilstiens, or qa1's with a tunning kit would be a good choice.
when it comes to shocks the old saying you get what you pay for is true.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted June 19, 2004 05:53 PM  
When I first started in mods I ran the Pro shocks. In the middle of the season I switched to the white Afco (which made a big difference in the handling of our car). This year I have switched to Bilstiens and will run those the rest of my racing career.
What I have seen is the car is just as fast at the end of the race as it is at the beggining with the Bilstiens. The cheap Pro and Afco seem to fade as the race goes on and the bilstiens stay the same!

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 256
posted June 19, 2004 07:08 PM  
I like the Bilstiens also just can't afford them.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted June 19, 2004 09:27 PM  
The guys here in the east are running Penske, supershox, and the like..We just can't afford that kind of money

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted June 20, 2004 07:34 AM  
I know that a lot of fast mods run bilsteins, but I don't care for them. I feel like the car skates and lacks forward bite with them. Maybe, you have to drop the the spring rates to compensate for all that rod pressure. If you want a gas shock I recommend either the new Carrera 43 series of the Afco, steel bodied gas shock. These are low pressure gas shocks that do not effect the set up as much as a bilstein. As an entry level shock I like the Carrera 31 series. The run about $75 with rod ends, but are very consistent and don't fade like a $50 Pro or AFCO. I have also run the QA1 with good results, but for a few more dollars you can get into the gas shocks which are generally better, especially for tracks that get rough and give the shocks a work out.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted June 20, 2004 07:46 AM  
ive run the 43 series careras for 2 years and luv em but since they are now made with chinese **** ill be looking to change when my current stash runs out

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted June 20, 2004 08:15 AM  
Now that carrera was bought by QA1 will that change anything..How about shocks in combination with coil overs...Does anyone have experience with them

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted June 21, 2004 07:39 AM  
Are they really making Carrera's in China? I have been trying to find out what's going on with them ,but news has been hard to come by. I used to talk to Chad Fox there. Does anyone know if he's still there.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 357
posted June 22, 2004 09:45 AM  
Chad was fired from carrara a few months back. He went off on his own for a while. He is now working for Pro shocks. Chad only too the job for the benefits.

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