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Old 11-01-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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Full koni suspension kit on convertible

Everyone here seems to love the Konis, but I would like to hear from members who have installed the full shock and springs Koni kit on their Old style 9-3 convertible. I am seriously considering them for my summer only 2000 9-3. Trouble is some of the roads I encounter in Boston are not the greatest and I with the stock suspension I really feel the bumps and slow way down to make sure I don't damage the rims and/or get the feeling I am shaking the car apart.

What I would like to know is:

1. Year of convertible installed on
2. How long have you had them installed
3. What type of driving do you do (highways vs. city/rough roads
4. What setting you started with and now drive with
5. Would you recommend the full Koni kit

This is a big $ commitment and I want to make sure I don't make a mistake. I am looking for improved handling and hopefully better ride over the bumps.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-02-2007, 05:44 AM   #2
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We have done quite a few of the koni kits on the convertibles. I have not had any complaints.

Only thing is since the convertible is the heaviest 9-3 count on it setting on the bump stops if you have 4 large adults, a full tank of gas and a trunkload. But this will happen with any lowering springs and probably close on a factory car.
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my stock og9-3 had crappy ride quality compared to snow4_1man viggen with a koni shocks and vogtland springs. going over bumps i thought my wheels were going to rip of his was alot better.
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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Just ordered the kit for my 2001 Viggen Vert.
Seattle-area streets aren't the greatest, either, so I'll let you know.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:32 AM   #5
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I have Koni all the way around on my 1995 ng900 vert and its an improvement over stock in my opinion. They are much better than the KYB's I tried first with Voxtland springs.

On full soft the ride is pretty comfortable and better than stock on control and handling in the corners. On full firm they corner like the car is on rails, but there is some trade off with comfort and its a fairly stiff ride, but I also have 6pt subframe brace, steering rack brace, rear arb, poly bushings on the control arms. It handles nice in the turns, but its a little stiff for comfort.

I now run about 3/4 soft in the front and full firm in the rear and like that combo for daily driving and power and turns... I need it to be fairly stiff with my 400bhp and 400wtrq

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:48 PM   #6
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im very pleased with my koni kit on my 99 9-3 vert. i drive on all sorts of roads and do all sorts of driving. i am happy with them. and really you either go with the konis which you can adjust firmness with or go with something else and have only one setting.
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