Testing/Matching shocks

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Testing/Matching shocks

Post by BOOT » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:27 pm

How do you test the rate of a shock?

I got some really old 50/50 shocks that worked well on a car and am replacing them with some qa1 SA while upgrading the suspension some. The car worked well but the modified stock components are disintegrating, so gotta replace and upgrade. I was thinking maybe I could use a fish scale to get me close on the qa1, still idk if that would work and since I don't have one.
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Re: Testing/Matching shocks

Post by BOOT » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:43 am

I know I can dial the new shocks in, but I figured there has to be away to test your shocks. I'm sure some people are checking them after each race, season or once in awhile to see if they need adjusted or sent in for rebuild.
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Re: Testing/Matching shocks

Post by Jeff Lee » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:22 am

I've recently been using a shock dyno and I see no way a fish scale could simulate the conditions of a dyno which can be regulated for the rate of speed for bump and rebound. With a dyno you can graph the old shock and assuming it is good, set the new shock up as long as it is an adjustable shock. If not adjustable, you can compare shocks for similar characteristics or even new characteristics. For example you may want a tighter rebound on a rear shock for a stick car. If your comparing non-adjustable shocks I'll bet you will go through a pile of them to get a matched set.
Other than that, it's just hit the track and test-n-tune until you are happy (or worn out!).
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Re: Testing/Matching shocks

Post by dirtracr5 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:34 pm

BOOT wrote:I know I can dial the new shocks in, but I figured there has to be away to test your shocks. I'm sure some people are checking them after each race, season or once in awhile to see if they need adjusted or sent in for rebuild.
shock dyno is the only way to do it. Standard piece of equipment and any local chassis shop...especially circle track.

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Re: Testing/Matching shocks

Post by SLPRACINGENGINES » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:58 am

to answer your question.no you cant test with a fish scale..the only true way of testing it is with a shock dyno..find a circle track shop in your area ..and they can point you in the right direction.i have one at my shop..and i usually charge 25.00 per shock to do the test with the print out ..gives you the graph of the shock in compression and rebound.

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Re: Testing/Matching shocks

Post by BOOT » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:07 pm

Good info thx guys!
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