Suspension & Brakes - Decided to invest in front shocks/springs, what should I get? QA1, Strange, or other?




Vetal
04-29-2012, 06:56 PM
I decided to invest in front shocks/springs to help weight transfer on our terrible tracks, now I have Billsteins HD with WS6 springs all round.
What should I get for the front? Car is 90% street / 10% strip, auto, 3600#.
I see many here like Strange shocks over QA1. I just don't understand what all these "series" mean, do these shocks require their propriety springs, and how much adjustable do I need them?
Thanks for any help!


WonBadZ28
04-29-2012, 07:09 PM
I bought a set of used QA1 Type R's and single adj rears and LOVE them. I like the fact you can get a nice soft street right and then with a few clicks you can get aggressive at the track! I would highly recommend these shocks to anyone!

Streetablity=A+
Track=A+
Installation=A+
Ease of Use=A+

WonBadZ28
04-29-2012, 07:10 PM
Oh, and I kept the rear shocks, just did the heater hose mod which dropped it alot!


Vetal
04-29-2012, 07:35 PM
Another questions - what does it mean when people say "I have single adjustable in the back and coil overs in the front."? Aren't they all coil overs?

MFCptnMorgan
04-29-2012, 08:39 PM
Also at this same point. Wondering what the differences in single adjustable and double adjustable? Also what spring rates to run?

Blwn_by_Twins
04-29-2012, 08:49 PM
No, coil over means the coil is over the shock, like in the front. You can run a coil over in the rear, but many like myself, are running just a single adjustable shock and separate spring in the rear.

Single adj uses 1 knob to adjust comp and rebound. DA's have separate knobs to control each separately.

Vetal
04-30-2012, 01:18 AM
Damn I forgot that on f-body rear shock is separate from the spring :)
As I understood, bot SA and DA Strange shocks require also new springs, right? Set of SA's would be about $540 and DA's about $620, right?

ssvert99
04-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Single adjustable shocks adjust rebound only, bump is a set valve rate. Double adjustable shocks are adjustable on both bump and rebound separately. The front f-body shock is coil-over from the factory, the rear spring is separate for the shock, but can easily be converted to a coil-over setup. The benefit of the aftermarket coil-over setup is adjustable ride height and some weight loss.

I have the guaranteed best deal on any Strange or Afco shock setup. I can also do the QA1's, but the Strange shocks are better quality for the same or less cost.

Homeless2bNY
04-30-2012, 06:38 PM
i have no regrets about my new set up...

QA1 single adjustables with BMR springs and sping seat.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj152/homeless2b/allpix009.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj152/homeless2b/allpix006.jpg

Vetal
04-30-2012, 07:35 PM
What's the difference between S5269 and S5271 Strange single adjustables?

Vetal
05-01-2012, 07:39 PM
Bump on S5269 / S5271 difference!

ssvert99
05-01-2012, 11:09 PM
5269 is the street version, uses a special spring(SPC300) that still utilizes the stock rubber upper spring mount.

5271 is the race version, includes a 2.5" ID coil-over upper spring seat and the mount for the spring seat on the shock shaft.

it is basically the exact same shock otherwise.

Vetal
05-02-2012, 02:25 AM
5269 is the street version, uses a special spring(SPC300) that still utilizes the stock rubber upper spring mount.

5271 is the race version, includes a 2.5" ID coil-over upper spring seat and the mount for the spring seat on the shock shaft.

it is basically the exact same shock otherwise.
Then I probably want "street", with rubber mounts. F-body is hugely noisy as it is, wouldn't want to further decrease comfort.
So with 5269, spring bearings go between spring and rubber upper spring mount?

ssvert99
05-02-2012, 09:08 AM
The optional spring seat bearings go between the lower adjustable spring seat on the shock body and the spring.

Vetal
05-02-2012, 11:14 AM
Are 5269 in any way inferior to 5271, would I sacrifice anything going with "street" version?

Vetal
09-26-2012, 05:33 PM
I've got my Strange single adjustable front shocks finally and now I'm in the process of installing (though I broke top "stud" on one of them after torquing to about 37lbs).
I was a bit surprised to see that fully extended these shocks are not longer than my Bilsteins, so they will not allow the front of the car to raise higher. I thought they would be much longer. I'm thinking of getting new "stud" machined a bit longer to allow the car to sit higher relative to the shock. Is this a good idea or not?

lethal bird
09-26-2012, 09:54 PM
I have strange sa coil overs with 300lb springs and love them.

Vetal
09-27-2012, 01:14 AM
Why you love them?