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Fitting Koni's in a 5ktq
I installed the RD Enterpsises Koni front shocks in the 5ktq last
night, pity they don't tell you in the instructions which way they
should be rotated to stiffen them. As it turned out it wouldn't have
made a whole lot of difference anyway.
The operation was delayed slightly after stripping the 7mm socket at
the top of the original shock. Thanks to the dremel, a BFH and two
sets of vice grips etc. the nut gave up the ghost. The other side was
much easier - well except for putting a permanent twist in the allen
socket when the nut eventually broke loose.
Adjusted the Koni's to the same settings and installed..... hmmm
Martin Pajak who assisted during this operation was most satisfied
when he performed a bounce test on his side. He was surprised with my
reaction, so we swapped sides. The left hand side was nice and firm
lotsa damping, the right hand side felt no different to the old
shocks. Soooo, we removed the bouncy shock and tried to readjust the
stiffness, no matter where we adjusted it this shock could be easily
moved up and down with two fingers and a thumb. Tried pumping it up
and down a couple of times, no improvement. The other strange thing,
you could hear a bit of air inside the shock and depending on where
the piston was in its travel there were points where there was hardly
So in my limited experience this shock is toast straight out the box?
Any other experiences with Koni's failing from the factory I kind of
assumed these things were 100% tested.
Oh RD didn't include any receipt or warranty information and the
address on the shipping invoice was for a company called ASI? So I
guess this is where the fun really starts.
Now, where did I put the Boge and Bilstein catalogs....