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Suspension Theory Class Tuition: $609

Saturday and Sunday

Next class Fall 2024

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.

WHY IS HE REVEALING THIS HARD EARNED KNOWLEDGE?

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
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Seminar

Monday and Tuesday

Next Class Fall 2004

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 the real world.

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.

Shock Dyno Class Tuition: $400
Prerequisite: none

Wednesday

Next Class Fall 2024

We have been doing development using Suspension Dynos since the 1990s. This class is designed to teach students basics on how to use a Suspension Dyno. It is taught by Race Tech's Head of Research and Development, Rob Brown.

Advanced Suspension Class Tuition: $559
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Seminar

Thursday and Friday

Next Class Fall 2024

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

Engines Seminar Tuition: $800

Saturday and Sunday

Next Class Fall 2024

What makes a "world class" engine? How do you create low end power and powerband while improving peak power at the same time? How do you build a high performance engine that will last?

For mid to advanced engine builders.

Subjects covered:

- Engine Blueprinting
- Cam Timing and Valve Trains
- Top-End Assembly
- Fuels
- Dyno Analysis Introduction
- Flow Bench Introduction
- Mapping Introduction
- Valve Seat Profiles
- Engine Failure Analysis