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Old 02-26-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
 
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Koni yellow vs FSD

I'm looking for a direct comparison to help me chose one package over another. It appears that the FSD provides mid level performance and Daily Driver comfort while the Yellow's are adjustable up to higher levels of performance while sacrificing comfort. Am I on the right path here? I have a 9-5 Aero that will NOT be track driven anytime soon. I want my ride to be both firm and comfortable so naturally I'm leaning towards the FSD, however, I'm not looking to replace my Aero shocks/springs if I won't notice a difference. The suspension upgrade will likely be paired with SAS sways if that makes a difference. personal experience please.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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I went with the FSD on my '02 9-5 Aero Sportwagon last year. The results are great with a more planted feeling but still has a great ride. Highly recommend them!
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The yellows ride very comfortably in 9-3's... I would imagine they'd ride similar in a 9-5. If you're going to do it, just get the yellows in the first place. You won't regret it.
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The yellows ride very comfortably in 9-3's... I would imagine they'd ride similar in a 9-5. If you're going to do it, just get the yellows in the first place. You won't regret it.
Especially since Koni has a 25% off sale through June.

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The yellows ride very comfortably in 9-3's... I would imagine they'd ride similar in a 9-5. If you're going to do it, just get the yellows in the first place. You won't regret it.
Well, you might regret it. On the 9-3 the yellows are adjustable on the car. You have to remove them to adjust them on the 9-5. What is 'comfortable' is highly subjective so I would ask yourself if you even want to worry about it. Especially when you have to set the shocks right off the bat and then wait a few weeks before they actually settle in and you know how they will ride. If you are unhappy you have to remove, adjust and then reinstall.

The FSD's are going to be pretty much awesome, all around, from what I've experienced in other cars. I haven't been in a 9-5 with them yet, though. I can't imagine them not being a better shock than the stock Aero suspension, and you should be using the stock springs with the FSD's from what I've read.

I have the yellows on my 9-5 on pretty aggressive settings and, though I have no problems with it on a daily basis, I frequently hear about how harsh the ride is from parents/family members/non-car enthusiast types.
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Well, you might regret it. On the 9-3 the yellows are adjustable on the car. You have to remove them to adjust them on the 9-5. What is 'comfortable' is highly subjective so I would ask yourself if you even want to worry about it. Especially when you have to set the shocks right off the bat and then wait a few weeks before they actually settle in and you know how they will ride. If you are unhappy you have to remove, adjust and then reinstall.

The FSD's are going to be pretty much awesome, all around, from what I've experienced in other cars. I haven't been in a 9-5 with them yet, though. I can't imagine them not being a better shock than the stock Aero suspension, and you should be using the stock springs with the FSD's from what I've read.

I have the yellows on my 9-5 on pretty aggressive settings and, though I have no problems with it on a daily basis, I frequently hear about how harsh the ride is from parents/family members/non-car enthusiast types.
Depends on how stiff you have them set... It's a hard decision, I'd rather have the option to adjust (even if I had to take them out to do it). I have ridden in many 9-3's with Koni Yellows and they rode soooo nice (they weren't set to full stiffness).
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The yellows ride very comfortably in 9-3's... I would imagine they'd ride similar in a 9-5. If you're going to do it, just get the yellows in the first place. You won't regret it.
What springs should I use with Koni yellow on my 9-5 AERO? Can I use the stock springs? If not, what springs? Anyone used the genuinesaab kit for 9-5?
As I have already written in this 9-5 section, I really have to do something in order to improve the ride in my 9-5, now that the Viggen is all set
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What springs should I use with Koni yellow on my 9-5 AERO? Can I use the stock springs? If not, what springs? Anyone used the genuinesaab kit for 9-5?
As I have already written in this 9-5 section, I really have to do something in order to improve the ride in my 9-5, now that the Viggen is all set
I'm running Eibach springs with the Koni Yellows and they kick ass. A lot of people argue over Bilstein or Koni for the shocks, but basically every 9-5 owner agrees that the Eibach springs are where to go.
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Is it right that with the eibach and the koni's, the ride would also be lowered a little bit but the FSD's wont?
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I had H&R springs with Koni Yellows.....I didnt like them, sorry to say..switch to eibach springs and didnt like the ride either.....so i just got my fresh set of Bilstein and i paired it with the eibachs and i love it. Its a little rough cause these philly roads suck major balls but the handling and quality is awesome.
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