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Old 01-17-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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ok im looking to get my springs soon. i really like everything ive heard about the konis. my q is, i read if you use the konis w stock shocks, its bouncy. well i dont want bouncy. does anyone know of a fairly priced a/m shock to reducy the bouncyness, besides the koni dampeners, cuz i dont have the $ to blow on those ATM
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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You can go with Bilstein Sports instead (http://www.shox.com/appguide/shoxsho...tsdisplay.php). From what I understand, they perform very well, just do not offer the ability to adjust stiffness like the Konis ($230 less, but only $150 if you get the Koni kit). You could do a search, but those who have paired them with either Vogtland (Koni) springs or Eibachs, have given good reviews.

Another alternative is to find a Viggen owner who have upgraded their struts, and is selling their stock Sachs set. I got a set from Jameson for the SE with 30k miles on them and fitted them with Eibach springs. They are not bouncy, although handling-wise, the combo pales in comparison to the Eibach/Koni set-up on my Viggen even with the Konis set to full soft...
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I thought that lowering the car without better shocks made it bouncy. I am sure just adding konis will be fine.
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I thought that lowering the car without better shocks made it bouncy. I am sure just adding konis will be fine.
This is correct.
I installed Koni's on my old '99 9-3S with the stock base springs. It was quite the improvement. No complaints and no effect on ride height. Body roll was improved, but not to the extent that the springs would have helped.

Viggen Springs can be picked up for less than 100$ sometimes.
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Viggen Springs can be picked up for less than 100$ sometimes.
I may have a set of Viggen springs available, soon.
Got the Koni Shocks & Springs set from GS.
Still trying to decide if I should let them go, or not...
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:05 PM   #6
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^^ ok it seems like everyone has my q backwards, except for JA, i want the koni springs, but im looking for a good shock to go with it. i was looking at the kyb's, the make the gas a just for the rear but not the front, and the gr2's for both front and rear but the gr2's are only slightly stiffer than stock.
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I recently did KYBs on all 4 corners in my Viggen. I did not replace the springs. I have the GR-2s in the back and...something else in the front. My LF strut was totally blown, so anything was an improvement over that. If you're looking for a good all around strut/shock for good money, go with the KYB. If you're doing it yourself you can probably pick up the shocks for less than $50 a piece, with the struts coming in at about $75-80. Expect 40% markup or more at a shop if you pay to have it done.
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You do know what KYB stands for, right? But $50 a pop sounds awfully nice.

I like Bilsteins, but must have the Heavy Duty ones.
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I like Bilsteins, but must have the Heavy Duty ones.
I'm also thinking Bilsteins since they're self adjusting and I don't want to play with my shocks! Why are you considering the HDs and not the Sport?
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I'm also thinking Bilsteins since they're self adjusting and I don't want to play with my shocks! Why are you considering the HDs and not the Sport?
Sorry - I was not clear. I had HDs on my c900t, and will be getting KONIs for the Viggen.
HDs were great for longevity, and I think it was all that was available for the c900; adjustability was not available, either
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