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Pete1122 07-20-2012 10:33 PM

Koni Shock question
 
I want to pick up some Koni shocks for my 2008 LGT however the fronts are inserts and need to be fitted in the stock housing. Can anyone recommend a shop that would do the inserts?

Mike

S402 07-21-2012 02:03 AM

do it yourself saves money there are plenty of write ups i would recomend ziptie to buy the shocks tho. ill help if you really want some.

LeGiT_Flat4 07-22-2012 10:38 PM

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I worked on mine today. If you're going to it yourself, make sure you have a good breaker bar or really high torque impact wrench to get the upper and lower strut bolts off. Those things were a pain even after soaking them with a ton of PB blaster. After getting the strut housing out and playing around with it a bunch, I figured out that I need a pass thru ratchet/socket for the nut on the top of the strut so that was the end of my fun for today. So I didn't really get very far so I'll have to try and find some time tomorrow. Also, I got the spring compressor tool from O'Reilly's through their tool loaner program. They require that you return it within 48 hours but I'm sure if you need it longer you can just take it back and then check it right back out for another 48 hours. Anyway, it doesn't seem like there's anything too scary about the job (granted, I'm not all that far in to it yet) but seems pretty doable. I had checked Solid Autoworks' website for their pricing and it shows they charge $199 for springs but I'm assuming that doesn't include the inserts so I'm guessing it would would be quite a bit more for the whole job. Even if it was only $199 total, that's still a bit more than I'd be willing to pay for the job so hopefully it will turn out ok doing it myself. Here's a pic of my mess with the strut housing out:

S402 07-22-2012 11:48 PM

your doing koni inserts legit if so i want a ride to see how they feel. same thing in anyone wants to give me a ride with kws or rce tarmac1s please.

Aracheon 07-23-2012 12:00 AM

Fred Beans did an excellent writeup for the procedure - and really, it's a very easy job to do yourself. A couple of tools that REALLY helped me along:



- Digital caliper. Bought one from Harbor Freight for about $15.

- A set of pass-thru sockets from Lowe's (for tightening the upper strut nut... had one that wouldn't sit still even with the car's weight on it) for about $15.

- A pipe cutter. Also bought this from Lowe's... paid about $30 for it. Well worth the investment... the cut was clean, fast, and accurate. (Remember... measure twice, cut once.)

Pete1122 07-23-2012 12:44 AM

Great advice guys, the only issue I have is I don't really have the downtime to do it myself. My car is a daily driver, maybe I should just drop it off at Solid autoworks for a day.

Pete1122 07-29-2012 07:09 PM

Decided to have Solid Auto Works do the job along with some Whiteline LCA bushings and anti-lift kit. I should have everything done next week.

Paring my Cobb springs with the Koni struts should give me the ride I'm looking for.

S402 07-29-2012 10:03 PM

mind if i can get a ride/test drive nothing to wild just want to fill the stiffness.

Pete1122 07-29-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by S402 (Post 4003265)
mind if i can get a ride/test drive nothing to wild just want to fill the stiffness.

Sure thing, it may be a week or so. Waiting for the parts to arrive then after the install I'll need an alignment and wheel balance.

I'll PM you when it gets wrapped up.

S402 07-29-2012 11:01 PM

alright thanks

JDMChizad 07-30-2012 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by S402 (Post 3993106)
your doing koni inserts legit if so i want a ride to see how they feel. same thing in anyone wants to give me a ride with kws or rce tarmac1s please.

You're always welcome to check out my KWs... The ride is amazing. Some people get the Tarmacs for the pillow-ball top hats, but we just put BC BRs (pillow-ball) on my girlfriend's Legacy and the KWs ride ten times better still. I'll never buy another coilover!

Firepuma 07-30-2012 08:39 PM

I've had the koni/Cobb setup. You won't be disappointed. Just keep access to the rear dampening adjustment knobs free for a while to get your setup dialed in. Just switched to bc/br an they're not as terrible as I would have thought. If you've got a set of cobbs that have any rake in them I'd suggest putting some whitline etc. part in to adjust the camber in the rear.

S402 07-30-2012 10:01 PM

sweet chad ill have to take you up on that ive never felt your brakes either let me know sometime your available.

JDMChizad 07-30-2012 10:57 PM

Hit me up any time man

Pete1122 07-31-2012 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Firepuma (Post 4004930)
I've had the koni/Cobb setup. You won't be disappointed. Just keep access to the rear dampening adjustment knobs free for a while to get your setup dialed in. Just switched to bc/br an they're not as terrible as I would have thought. If you've got a set of cobbs that have any rake in them I'd suggest putting some whitline etc. part in to adjust the camber in the rear.

Good to hear! I am also having the Whiteline LCA bushing and Anti-Lift kit installed at the same time. That matched with the Cobb rear swaybar should be a nice set up.


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