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    Thread: FS: NEW Koni FSD Shock Absorbers @ GMP Performance

    1. Former Advertiser GMP - Matthew's Avatar
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      09-29-2005 04:46 PM #1
      NOW taking orders on Koni FSD Shock Absorbers!
      Retail $860
      GMP Price $602

      http://www.gmpperformance.com/...20190
      Frequency Selective Damping
      The first shock absorber offering superior road-holding without compromising comfort.
      Soft suspension can cause
      › poor steering response
      › car sickness
      › problems with speed bumps
      › excessive body movement
      › less stability
      Firm suspension can cause
      › a harsh ride
      › problems with speed bumps
      › discomfort
      › reduced grip on poor roads
      › low profile tyre harshness
      These shocks are designed to increase handling without compromising ride comfort. There are expensive systems on the market that do this with electronically adjutable valving but Koni is doing it with mechanical valving. Standard shocks use a piston moving through oil and the Koni actually has a parallel pathway with a special valve to control the flow of oil.
      When a driver hits hard bumps, this valve opens allowing the higher flow of oil to pass and results in a softer dampening force. While turning corners, the oil flows at a steadier and slower rate, allowing the shock to function traditionally. The pressure is built up and the valve is closed resulting in better handling, better stability and faster cornering.
      The Mini Cooper owners are extremly fortunate because this strut is designed with them in mind since the Mini has for years been plaqued by incredible slot car handling at the sacrifice of a very rigid ride.
      These shocks are designed for driver's who want better handling without compromising comfort. It is not recomended for vehicles with lowered suspensions since the mechanical shocks utilize hydraulic principles rather than hydraulic, it is a lower cost alternative to the electric systems but must have time and distance to function. Koni is not replaceing their popular Sport shock since this is not designed for aggressive handling.
      When installed, customers will experience the best of both worlds in the FSD shock and have a product designed to last 110,000 to 150,000 miles.



      Modified by matt@GMPperformance at 9:48 PM 9-29-2005

    2. 09-29-2005 04:52 PM #2
      I'm getting these eventually . . . decided that I never want to lower the car anymore than sport.
      Do you have these in stock or do you just dropship from Koni? Koni has one set left from when I checked today.
      Dave

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      09-29-2005 04:59 PM #3
      They have ONE set left and a few more on the way any day. We have ordered pretty much all those.
      If you do not plan on lowering it more than stock, these are PERFECT!

    4. 10-06-2005 06:50 PM #4
      The A3 sets will be tested tomorrow at GMP. We will have 8 sets coming in October 8th. These fit the Jetta V too.

    5. 10-06-2005 08:27 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by matt@GMPperformance »
      NOW taking orders on Koni FSD Shock Absorbers!
      Retail $860
      GMP Price $602


      This may be a newbie question, but do you know what kind of springs would best compliment these dampers? Are they designed around a stock spring, or can stiffer, linear rated springs (read: no drop) be used without comprimising the effectivemness of the Koni?

    6. 10-06-2005 08:28 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by A3Tripod »

      This may be a newbie question, but do you know what kind of springs would best compliment these dampers? Are they designed around a stock spring, or can stiffer, linear rated springs (read: no drop) be used without comprimising the effectivemness of the Koni?

      They are designed for stock springs only.
      If you want to change out the springs at all, get the Koni Yellow Sports . . . . they have manual damping adjustments. Great shock.
      Dave

    7. 10-12-2005 05:37 PM #7
      Can I use these Shocks if I have Premium stock springs??

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      10-13-2005 11:37 AM #8
      Yes, you can

    9. 10-13-2005 11:51 AM #9
      These sound promising. How would they compare to the existing stock Sport package as far as ride and ride height. Not sure but I beleive the A3 Sport package sits lower than the Premium package.
      Looks like I'm stuck getting the Premium package as they don't offer the options I want with the Sport package. I really want the Sport suspension though.

    10. 10-13-2005 11:52 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by rcase13 »
      These sound promising. How would they compare to the existing stock Sport package as far as ride and ride height. Not sure but I beleive the A3 Sport package sits lower than the Premium package.
      Looks like I'm stuck getting the Premium package as they don't offer the options I want with the Sport package. I really want the Sport suspension though.

      ride height won't change because of the shocks

    11. 10-13-2005 11:59 AM #11
      We spoke to Koni and they are not yet sure how far they can go down on the shocks before the design quits working. They are testing it on certain models. It is known that the Neuspeed springs lower it too far and adversely affect the ride. Once they put stock springs back in the car, it rode well.

    12. 10-13-2005 12:14 PM #12
      If say the A3 had the Sport package already would the handling improve?

    13. 10-13-2005 12:18 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by rcase13 »
      If say the A3 had the Sport package already would the handling improve?

      most likely . . . .
      I'm looking at getting a set of these or a set of bilstein sport shocks for my sport package A3. Gonna keep the sport springs since I like the drop.
      Dave

    14. 10-13-2005 03:10 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by crew217 »
      most likely . . . .
      I'm looking at getting a set of these or a set of bilstein sport shocks for my sport package A3. Gonna keep the sport springs since I like the drop.
      Dave

      Well that answers my question then. The Sport does have a height drop.

    15. 10-13-2005 05:06 PM #15
      So, these FSD shocks are appropriate for the 'stock' springs on the A3. The question is, are they referring to stock sport OR stock premium/base springs? We know the sport springs are lower.

    16. 10-13-2005 05:08 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by SDR »
      So, these FSD shocks are appropriate for the 'stock' springs on the A3. The question is, are they referring to stock sport OR stock premium/base springs? We know the sport springs are lower.

      both work . . .. the diff in drop between the two stock springs isn't that great.
      Dave

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