[V8] suspension update

qshipq at aol.com qshipq at aol.com
Wed Oct 1 19:07:09 PDT 2008


The yellows have more damping and more rebound than the reds.? They are considered a "sport" shock.? The yellow rebound is better than the stock Bilstein HD's to a point.? IMU, the valving on the HD allows total bypass of the damping if a sudden impact happens.? That said, I really think what makes the best shock really depends on what the tire and wheel combo is.? IME, the B-HD work really well with heavier +2 wheels and tires, and the Koni yellows work well with 0 or +1 combos.? IME2, the konis in the winter can be brutally stiff, but bang for buck on the v8 the yellows are certainly not a bad compromise.

Many on the S car list have sent the bilsteins to be custom valved to have more rebound.? With that added feature (IIRC like 50 bucks a shock), they are far and above the koni yellows.? Where I do like the konis is in the rear of a type 44 with linear rate coil over conversions on type 44 cars.? I ran these for years in many type 44's.? Living in Chicago, I found the front Koni's to get really stiff when the weather got cold.

The best thing you can do for a v8 is put it at stock ride height, whatever shocks you choose

HTH and my .02

Scott J
92 v8 ABT chip, euros, 17x8.5 mit 255/40 HTRZII,? stock suspension for now


-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Kellock <ed.kellock at msn.com>
To: 'q - V8' <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 3:24 pm
Subject: [V8] suspension update

I finally caved and took my 93 to a shop to have stock springs put in to
replace H&R's.  For some reason, I thought I had Koni Reds in there with
the H&Rs.

When I picked it up and headed home I was _very_ impressed.  Very nice
ride.  Absolutely _none_ of the jiggly wiggly busy ride that Bilstein HDs
have exhibited in my 91 5spd, my 91 Avant, and even in my 83 GTI that I
had long long ago.

I got under the car for another reason yesterday and discovered yellow
tubes marked KONISPORT in the back.  Wow.  I'm trying to remember if these
are supposed to be stiffer than Reds or just what the differences might
be.  I have a brand new set of Reds that I bought a couple years ago for
the 5spd.  I've been trying to get some subjective feedback from various
people who are using them with stock springs, but I think first-person
experience is the only way to know for sure.  If Reds are less aggressive
than Yellows, then I'm pretty sure I'll be pretty happy with them.  I
could always change up what I'm doing and put the Yellows on the 5spd and
vice versa.

Anyway, I've driven about 50 miles of mixed driving, city, interstate, one
passenger and four.  Still really impressed.  It has felt a bit abrupt in
a couple of instances, but still a fraction of anything untoward compared
to the HD's.  I'm really impressed with the rock-steady feel of it.


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