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stilson 5th September 2014 09:23 AM

stilsons koni king spring combo!
Today I got the phone call I've been waiting for, original SG struts have been modified to fit new koni inserts, standard height king springs had arrived and everything was ready for me to pick up.

Unfortunately the shock travel is still the same as no longer travel konis exist that will fit.

The replacement standard height kings will lift my car back up to what it was new and I couldn't find standard spring rates so have had to go with the +30%. Unloaded they may even sit slightly higher than stock ~10mm.

Pics and part numbers to follow shortly and review as soon as I have put them through their paces.

stilson 5th September 2014 10:50 AM

Koni 8610-1351sport
Koni 8610-1408sport
Kings KSFR28
Kings KSRS43

Bump stops are Kings KSBS04

Ratbag 6th September 2014 03:40 AM

Gidday ST

Any comments on the new ride/handling?

Hope it's worked out how you wanted it to ... :).

stilson 6th September 2014 04:28 AM

Not yet fitted RB, I have to drill holes in my lift blocks so the damper rebound adjustment is accessible then powdercoat them. Then fit it up and perhaps get an alignment.

Ratbag 6th September 2014 05:00 AM


I didn't think of that ... :poke:

Must be all the cold galvanising paint fumes I have been inhaling yesterday and today.

BTW, it seems that Killrust have made a bad batch of this stuff. I have had to take a few cans back in the last couple of weeks. Been using it in either ordinary can or spray can form since the mid-1970s, so I guess they are allowed to have an off batch occasionally :iconwink:. Anyway, Morgans swapped them over without the slightest quibble. Good mob to deal with IME.

stilson 7th September 2014 03:31 AM

Bugger, rear shocks have 30mm less stroke and fronts have 10mm less.

Back to the drawing board!

Ratbag 7th September 2014 03:38 AM

Oh poop ... :( :cry:!

jf1sf5 7th September 2014 06:21 AM

Originally Posted by stilson View Post
Longer koni inserts and threaded extensions on factory struts.
Haven't found any longer than 205 mm stroke Koni inserts…SG oem struts have 190 mm.

I ordered custom Hotbits coil-overs with 240 mm stroke front and 260 mm stroke rear, they have just been finished and should arrive within a week, I'll give you more details
Quaife f/r, Proflex, DCCD, 1,59:1

We have already written about the Koni inserts…and I looked at them in the past but they just don't have more stroke than oems.

I'll put my Hotbits in my Foz very soon (doing the engine swap right now) and will report on my members journal.

stilson 15th September 2014 07:40 AM

Inserts refitted with spacers, I'm told they have the same stroke but the bodies are shorter but I'm not sure i believe them. Problem is first 2 times I went in to discuss they didn't want to know about it and the last 2 times I had the kids with me and couldn't really hang around in the workshop and check everything was what I wanted. Getting pretty tired of this "it's just a forester" crap. I think what I have now is better than what I had before but I'm sure it's not as good as it could have been. My mate works there and they did it all without charging labour and there was very little mark up on the springs, (unsure about the dampers) now I feel like they've done me a favour (which they have) and I don't want to keep going back and being a pain in their arse.

Initial impression on the road is that it handles much better, body roll is almost non existent and ride is firm boardering on harsh.

Car is sitting about 20mm higher i guesstimate. Hopefully the springs soften a little over time.

Will report back once it goes off road.

What I've learned: an expert shop is really no match for a passionate enthusiast when it comes to researching a custom setup.

Even though I got the whole lot done for under $1300 I wish I had just ordered the parts myself online.

stilson 17th September 2014 09:37 AM

Monster Energy: Ballistic BJ Baldwin Recoil 2 - U…: this is how my car feels now :)

May have jumped the gun.

These are values taken with sus fitted and a plastic rule and I wont re measure in case I am wrong because I am happy again:

Front +3mm compressed and +10mm extended = +7mm travel.

Rear -5mm compressed and + 12mm extended = +17mm travel.

Car feels so tight I think I could disconnect both sway bars and it would still be way better onroad and I would gain all my articulation back, maybe even some extra to boot.

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