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Suspension Theory Class

Tuition: $609 (Enrollment package discount available).

Do you want to become a better suspension tuner for your race team, your business or just for yourself? Want to make profit on suspension performance?  How does suspension and valving really work?  Want to know the 'why' behind the 'what'? Not just guesses and rumors.

How do you gain knowledge on suspension theory without going to school for five or six years?  Where can you find correct information that's easy to understand and use? Even decades of practical experience won't teach you.

Race Tech's Paul Thede is now holding seminars on cutting edge suspension theory & practice. Paul graduated Summa Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, and has a distinguished technical background.  His 41 years of practical and professional  racing experience combine to benefit those interested in increasing their knowledge and earning power.  You can't afford to miss this seminar if you are seriously interested in state-of-the-art suspension technology.



He's convinced that the more you know, the more you'll choose Race Tech.


The first step is the Suspension Theory Class. It applies to Motorcycles, Automobiles and Bicycles for Dirt and Pavement.

Subjects covered:

    -  Suspension Theory
    -  Suspension Tuning
    -  Springs and Spring Theory
    -  Suspension Fluids
    -  Hydraulics
    -  Damping, Damping Curves
    -  Valving Theory, Valving System
    -  Shock and Fork Gold Valve Theory
    -  Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator Theory
    -  Testing Procedure
    -  Troubleshooting

Attended by engineers from major automotive, motorcycle, and bicycle manufacturers, as well as mechanics, tuners, and dads.

Shop Skills Class

Tuition: $609  (Enrollment package discount available)
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Seminar

Race Tech's two-day cutting edge "Shop Skills" Suspension Seminar teaches how to properly service shocks and forks. Learn the newest techniques of suspension assembly, disassembly, setup and valving.This class takes the information learned in the Basic Seminar and applies it to real world applications.

Note: Demonstrations are done by the instructor, students will not be getting oily (we hope).

Subjects covered:

    -  Fork Assembly and Disassembly
    -  Shock Assembly and Disassembly
    -  Valving
    -  Shock and Fork Gold Valve Installation
    -  Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator Installation
    -  Troubleshooting
    -  Spring Testing

Attended by engineers from major automotive, motorcycle, and bicycle manufacturers, as well as mechanics, tuners, and dads.

Track Day Class

Tuition: $375
Prerequisite: none

This brand new class is designed to teach students Race Tech's testing and development methods combined with the data acquisition focused Kinelogix course.  This course puts you straight into action fine tuning suspension trackside.  The "Track Day" course also includes the former Kinelogix class developed to teach riders and technicians interpret data acquisition information and use it to train riders to the highest levels.

Track Day Testing takes you trackside with Race Tech's Head of Research and Development, Rob Brown.  You will get a first-hand look into Race Tech's R&D process using test riders.

*Note: This class takes place trackside at a local motocross track

Subjects covered:

    - Clicker Changes and Results

    - Geometry Changes and Results

    - Common Scenarios and Solving Common Issues

    - How to Remove and Install Suspension during Test Sessions

Kinelogix uses the latest data logging equipment to measure both rider and equipment. Kinelogix creates performance measurement accessible to technicians and enthusiasts alike. Primarily for road race but crosses over to all types of riding (including motocross) and auto racing. This inexpensive technology becomes simplified and will allow you to get the most out of your rider and machine. Riders typically see significant improvement in the short term and continued improvement over a long time.

This class will be hosted by a person who has made a significant influence in the evolution of the use of data acquisition for rider/driver training, Kamal Amer of Kinelogix.

Student attending this class will be required to bring a laptop. All of the latest downloads will be available to allow you to analyze the information at the touch of your finger.

    -  Lap and Sector Times
    -  Top speed, Corner Speed, Acceleration and Braking
    -  Throttle Roll-on, Braking and Smoothness
    -  Rider effect on Vehicle Handling Characteristic

Advanced Class

Tuition: $559 (Enrollment package discount available)
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Seminar

In the Advanced Technical Edge Suspension Seminar students will continue where they left off in the Suspension Theory Class and learn more practical solutions and advanced applications. Leverage Ratio Curves, Data Acquisition, Valving theories and much more! Read up on your notes, there will be extensive class participation.

Subjects covered in more depth for Dirt and Pavement:

    -  Suspension Theory
    -  Suspension Tuning
    -  Chassis Geometry
    -  Damping, Damping Curves
    -  Leverage Ratio Curves
    -  Rear Wheel Force Curves
    -  Hydraulics Valving Theory
    -  Valving Systems
    -  Data Acquisition




Leverage Ratio Dirt
Leverage Ratio Street
Spring Rate Calculation
Testing Sheet