favorite - strut/shock/spring combo?

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Wed Jul 9 20:30:57 PDT 2008

Not so, Robby! Apparently you don’t believe or understand a thing  
that I’ve added to this thread. You are polling for fellow non  
believers. You want it all! A non believer in simple physics, but  
money can buy everything! Go of it, boy.


On Jul 9, 2008, at 5:50 PM, robert weinberg wrote:

> very true bernie,
> i guess my thing is i need a poll of people and their experiences.  
> bilsteins are a fair amount cheaper than konis. if i can get  
> acceptable ride and still be able to joyfully fling it around with  
> bilsteins and V8 springs compared to blowing $789 for konis and H&R  
> springs, i'm all for it.
> again, i MAY track the car at some point - like once just to see  
> how it does - but it's a big ass sedan, it's not a track car. it's  
> meant to tear up the highway and the occasional mountain road.
> Robby
> --- On Wed, 7/9/08, Bernie Benz <b.benz at charter.net> wrote:
>> From: Bernie Benz <b.benz at charter.net>
>> Subject: Re: favorite - strut/shock/spring combo?
>> To: "Ed Kellock" <ekellock at gmail.com>
>> Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at audifans.com>
>> Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 4:22 PM
>> There is but one optimum, “critical” damping for a
>> specific combo of
>> spring rate and unsprung weight!
>> Bilstein‘s marketing strategy is to over damp all stock
>> applications,
>> so the dumb customer can feel a big difference and thus
>> feel good
>> about his poor application and thin wallet. Obviously, I
>> don’t like Bs.
>> Konis can easily be and often are also adjusted to an over
>> damped
>> condition (read 2B). Damping has little to do with ride
>> quality,
>> Spring rate controls ride quality. Damping controls the
>> suspension’s
>> response to dynamic bump inputs, the timing for shortest,
>> optimum
>> return to SRH.
>> Bernie
>> On Jul 9, 2008, at 3:09 PM, Ed Kellock wrote:
>>> snip<
>>> I really don't like the HDs.  They are not
>> compliant enough over
>>> minor road
>>> irregularities and the ride is jiggly and harsh.
>> Based on prior
>>> discussion,
>>> I believe I am clearly in the minority in this area
>> however.
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