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Old 08-30-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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shock/spring options?

ill be gettin new shocks and springs soon. i will probably be getting bilstien HDs and am considering eibach springs. anybody have any experience with these? I know there are over/underdamping issues if you dont get the proper spring/shock combo. my goal is to have the car lowered and lowered evenly at all 4 corners and still have a comfortabley tight ride (preferably more comforatble than stock haha)
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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With the the koni/eibach setup you are all set. You can set the shocks how you want them and I found, related to my viggen, that the car is more comfortable to drive then with the stock shocks and springs. This is with the shocks set to pretty soft.
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I am running the Koni Springs and Koni Adjustables on my car and the ride is way better than stock. When the wife is in the car I keep them set to full soft and the ride is comfortable (dont get me wrong you will still feel the bumps). On full hard the car handles amazing with the ARB upgrades and such.
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+1 on the koni/koni, the adjustability is just too nice. Soft most of the time (smoother than stock! - but still handles better too), then hard for when you want to carve it up.

Not sure how you people live with only one setting!
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:48 PM   #5
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http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...7cfebc81b63505

is this the combo you guys are refering too? i didnt realize this was adjustable or do i need to get the coilovers too? the reason i was going to go with the bilstiens is because of the price and the lifetime warrenty offered by bilstien. if i were to go with the BS HDs, what springs should i get?
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:55 PM   #6
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get the koni's, MUCH better then the Bilsteins

I also use koni/koni on my viggen, so much better then stock

that is the correct kit & is all that you need!
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Koni is lifetime warranty as well. They rebuilt my set that was 10 years old, even did custom valving to match my springs....free. Just hold onto your receipt.
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Koni's are lifetime warranty as well. They rebuilt my 10 year old struts, even did custom valving to match my spring rates for FREE, just wanted a copy of the receipt.
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is this the combo you guys are refering too? i didnt realize this was adjustable or do i need to get the coilovers too? the reason i was going to go with the bilstiens is because of the price and the lifetime warrenty offered by bilstien. if i were to go with the BS HDs, what springs should i get?
That is the right kit.

You could also get just the struts and then buy your own springs if you didn't want the koni springs for w/e reason. I think some of the other springs GS has available might lower the car even more than the koni ones do.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:06 AM   #10
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I've got the Bilstein HDs + Eibach pro-kit on my car and absolutely love it. Handles incredibly, even if the ride is a little rough.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:23 AM   #11
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oh nice i didnnt realize that the konis were adjustable. i thought i had to get the coilovers to make them adjustable.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:58 AM   #12
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Coil overs will let you adjust the ride height - the koni's are just adjusting the stiffness (hardness, harshness) of the damper. Softer == bouncer, harder == firmer.
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There have been quite a few discussions about springs and dampers in recent months. A search should clear up any/all questions. My vote goes for Koni.
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I have bilstein sports, and have been very pleased.

Some say they are hard, but I think they are perfect, and MA roads are not forgiving.

They feel like stock+1 if you know what I mean.

More or less like stock, but with less roll, etc.
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so does this mean you came to your senses and decided to keep the Viggen?



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so does this mean you came to your senses and decided to keep the Viggen?



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haha yeah. after driving an 83 volvo for 2 months, made me miss it. plus no other car following has a saabtoberfest. i still need to take the link out of my sig.
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:04 AM   #17
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lookin for someone with experience with koni springs on a viggen...how much more easily does it scrape? also, any before/after pics? or just after pics? i guess i can get the before ones by lookin in my driveway haha
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:12 AM   #18
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lookin for someone with experience with koni springs on a viggen...how much more easily does it scrape? also, any before/after pics? or just after pics? i guess i can get the before ones by lookin in my driveway haha
It really doesn't scrape more. If you are going to scrape it with the Koni's, you were going to scrape it stock. It lowers the rear far more substantially than the front.
Here are a couple of lowered pics:

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It really doesn't scrape more. If you are going to scrape it with the Koni's, you were going to scrape it stock. It lowers the rear far more substantially than the front.
Here are a couple of lowered pics:

drool. i love that car. im really glad to hear it lowers the rear more than the front. the proportions seem especially awkward on a four door. that looks great. i hope a four door will look that even.

any pics of a fourdoor with konis?
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:26 AM   #20
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Count me in on support for the Koni/Koni setup.
I recently bought my setup from Nick at GS. I put it through a 1800 mile test drive, and I think I'm in love with the car all over again.
I keep in set around 50% of the firmest for driving around the city by myself, but relax it down to almost full soft for when the girlfriend is with me.
I had it set at the firmest, and forgot about it. My girlfriend went to get groceries, so I gave her the keys. When she came back she said something was wrong with the suspension ... hehe
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