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Shock Absorbers

With a long history of designing and manufacturing shocks for the performance motorsports industry, QA1 applies this knowledge and technology to shocks and other solutions to motion control issues.

Whether you need a sophisticated custom design as part of a complete motion control system, a standard product, or a semi-custom product, we have the flexibility to make application-specific damper shock systems for a variety of markets in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

We manufacture twin tube and monotube shock absorbers in a variety of sizes, mounting configurations, and valving options, all of which can be adjusted to fit your application. Our extensive offering enables you to select your ideal product, with customized valving and spring combinations resulting in optimal performance. 


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Innovative Solutions for a Variety of Industries

Shock AbsorbersWe design and manufacture a variety of shocks and motion control solutions for commercial and industrial OE manufacturers in various industries, including:

  • Exercise and play equipment
  • Transportation equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Industrial equipment
  • Trucks and trailers
  • Neighborhood electric vehicles
  • Commercial lawn and garden equipment
  • Utility vehicles
  • Seat shocks
  • And many more!

Leveraging decades of experience in suspension and motion control, we can design and produce a custom solution for nearly any application.

Case Studies

Monorail shock absorbers

Application: Monorail/People Mover Dampers
Challenge: Develop dampers to control sway and rocking of vehicle cars in monorails and people movers that operate in all types of weather conditions around the world.
Solution: Custom shock absorbers with unique valving and mounting configurations were engineered to obtain the desired motion control of vehicle cars while being able to perform in various weather environments.
Product: Custom Shock Absorbers


Theme Park Ride Shocks

Application: Theme Park Rides
Challenge: Spec a damper to control the motion of theme park rides that would provide the desired experience to park visitors while also being serviceable.
Solution: Unique shocks were constructed utilizing standard parts with custom mounting options, making them rebuildable for regular service and keeping R&D costs to a minimum.
Product: Semi-Custom Serviceable Shock Absorbers


Application: Mobility Chairs
Challenge: Develop an aesthetically pleasing shock that would integrate with the current chair design while providing a better ride and optimizing safety for users.
Solution: Worked closely with OEM engineers to develop a small custom coil-over shock to meet design and performance criteria.
Product: Custom Coil-Over Shock Absorbers


Application: Playground Equipment
Challenge: Create a damper to control the speed at which a piece of playground equipment rotates.
Solution: Leveraged a standard shock with a unique valving system that allows for free motion at low RPM while regulating high-speed rotation.
Product: Custom Speed Damper System

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What are the differences between monotube and twin tube shocks? - Here's an infographic that explains. 

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