Jim Smart
March 23, 2017

Hooking up has long been the challenge for drag racers everywhere. Lost contact patch at launch translates to disappointing 60-foot and quarter-mile times. Weight distribution and transfer at launch are everything to hooking up and feeling good about yourself when you get the timeslip at the end of the return road. So what to do?

VariShock has a solution in its QuickSet 2 coilover shocks for Fox Mustang racers who seek better weight transfer and better eighth- and quarter-mile elapsed times. QuickSet 2 is a quick solution for weight transfer issues, and we are going to show you how.

One avid Fox Mustang drag racer told us, “We had old-school nonadjustable shocks and struts on our Fox-body Mustang and still managed 1.23 short-times on 26x8.5 slicks and 1.22 on 28x10.5s. However, we needed the ability to adjust the suspension to help balance the power and varying track conditions, which is why we chose VariShock QuickSet 2 coilovers.”

What VariShock QuickSet 2 performance means for you are 16 different settings each for rebound and compression, with 256 potential combinations to micro-tune suspension dynamics. For now, we have the install handled, but expect to see a full update once we get back on the track and shake it down.

1. VariShock QuickSet 2 coilover shocks offer double-adjustable performance with 16 different settings for both rebound and compression, adding up to 256 combinations of control for drag racers. You can install these guys in an hour or two and start reaping the benefits right away.

2. Assembly begins with the coil spring adjustment ring. Thread it down to the bottom of the shock.

3. Coil spring installation is next. Position the spring onto the spring adjustment ring.

4. The rod end is installed at the end of the shaft as shown, along with the spring retainer.

5. Next, the rod end stop nut is tightened, which secures the rod end. It is suggested you use a thread locker.

6. Installation is a cakewalk, with a single bolt at each end.

7. As you can see, installation is straightforward. Grade 8 bolts secure the installation.

8. The double-adjustable QuickSet 2 from VariShock allows you to dial in rebound (red) and compression (black).

9. The front VariShock QuickSet 2 struts for Fox Mustangs allow you to tune the front suspension for the same reasons we tune the rear—good weight transfer and hookup by allowing the front end to rise and shift weight.

10. Begin front strut installation with this spacer, which slides over the shaft. The spring adjustor is also threaded onto the strut body.

11. The top spring mount and thrust bearing are installed next.

12. These adjustable camber/caster plates from Maximum Motorsports afford you complete alignment tuning capability with an easy installation.

13. The studded camber/caster plate mount is positioned in the strut tower along with spacers and washers.

14. The Maximum Motorsports camber/caster plate is mounted and secured. Do not completely tighten the self-locking nuts until you are ready for strut installation and static alignment.

15. The strut is secured at the camber/caster plate and tightened.

16. Down under, the strut is tied to the spindle with spacers and torqued to specifications.

17. Our VariShock fully adjustable QuickSet 2 strut is installed and ready for ride height adjustment. Proof positive is when we take this small-tire ride to the track for a workout.