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Old 8/29/18, 06:50 PM
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Adjustable Shocks

I currently have the Koni Orange on my car, and I have noticed my front struts are starting to leak, and when I was at the track they were feeling floaty at speed. So I'm thinking about some adjustable shocks. The 2 I'm looking at are the Koni Yellow, and Ford Racing. Does anyone have any experience with the Ford Racing ones? How do they compare to the Yellows? Or are the Yellows the best way to go and dont over think it.
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Old 8/29/18, 08:16 PM
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I've had the Yellows in my car for over 5 years with no issues.
I've also installed a set of Yellows in my wife's GT500, about 3-4 years ago.
Serious autocrossers think they suck, and I've heard of the occasional failure, but not in personal experience, that's for sure.

No experience with the Ford Racing set-up.

If I was to do it again, I'd look into the Bilstein shocks though.
Not adjustable but supposedly top-quality stuff.
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It seems that the Koni workmanship has been going down hill. There are some complaints on this very issue. I have been satisfied with the Bilsteins that hold up well in the desert heat with no fade. They self adjust depending on conditions. Mono-tube design works.
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+1 vote for Bilsteins from a previous Koni Yellow owner. Or just drop $3k on AccuAir
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Iíve had a great experience with my Yellows. I like the adjustability a lot. Iíve arrived at optimized settings for my most frequent tracks.

That said I would consider either Koni or Bilsteins. If you like to tweak your settings go Koni. If you want to install and forget go Bilstein.
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Originally Posted by 5.M0NSTER
Iíve had a great experience with my Yellows. I like the adjustability a lot. Iíve arrived at optimized settings for my most frequent tracks.

That said I would consider either Koni or Bilsteins. If you like to tweak your settings go Koni. If you want to install and forget go Bilstein.
That's what I didn't care for on the Konis. With the roads around here, I never got them "just right" for most conditions. Track is one thing, but on the street I never got them comfortable for me. In both sets of Bilsteins I've owned, they are perfect out of the box.
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That's what I didn't care for on the Konis. With the roads around here, I never got them "just right" for most conditions. Track is one thing, but on the street I never got them comfortable for me. In both sets of Bilsteins I've owned, they are perfect out of the box.
similar experience here Pat. On the streets I always wishes for one extra soft setting, but the dividends they payed on road courses were phenomenal.
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Gentlemen, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll have to pass on the 3k air suspension lol. I'm kind of leaning toward the adjustable's since I'm hoping to have more track time, but will look at the Bilsteins.
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I picked up a set of Koni Yellows on a Black Friday Deal from LMR along with J&M Caster/Camber plates. I have GT500's on there now, and will be replacing all of it. I did get the rears on, but the fronts look a bit intimidating. Any tips on installing the fronts. I'm going to need to rent a spring compressor.
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Originally Posted by 5.M0NSTER View Post
I’ve had a great experience with my Yellows. I like the adjustability a lot. I’ve arrived at optimized settings for my most frequent tracks.
I have a set of Koni Yellow in box that I haven't installed yet. What settings would you recommend for regular street driving vs autox? Track Pack springs. Whiteline sways.
I've heard people recommend half on front and near full soft on rear. I'm curious what you run?

I have Koni Yellow single-adjustable on my Firebird with I think half on front near full soft on rear (but I installed them some years ago and haven't adjusted them since so I don't exactly remember).

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For the street I would recommend full soft. With the TP springs you could meybe get away with one click (90deg) towards stiff. With Steeda sports this was too harsh.

I didnt do auto X but for road course duty I liked (depending on track) 3/4 to full stiff front and 1/2 to 3/4 stiff rear. The smoother the track the more you can stiffen it. I always ran the back a bit softer than front.

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