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Old 03-30-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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SVT springs+Koni Sport dampers - will it work?

Hi guys,

My 2004 SVT has some front suspension issues. The front right corner seems lower than the left one. Plus, there is a huge thump from the right when going over even small road depression/bump. I have springs from Multimatic Dynamic FRPP kit all around, the rear shocks are from the same kit, the fronts are Koni Sport adjustables. I put them on about 2 years ago. For a year everything worked like a charm, then the rear shocks started leaking, and the front became loose so I swapped the fronts for Konis and the rears for new shocks from MD/FRPP kit... But it never was as good. :(

My question is - is it possible that the front right spring is sagging? Also, living in the NYC I would like more ground clearance/suspension travel and compliance. All my shocks/struts are fairly new (about 6 months old). Will those work with standard SVT springs, or will it be way too overdamped? Or should I just change everything back to stock...

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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i would like to know the same. both living in the big apple and i too will have konis all around. ive read the same issue about the koni being to much for svt springs. the big apple is a killer on suspensions. i was told that the setup will do fine but i hope some one will give another opinion. im running e pros in rear to lower back and have svt up front.

my question is do svt front springs have, can, ever sag?
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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So you have SVT fronts? How is it? I have FRPP Dynamic springs all around and it is a bit too stiff plus that issue with the front right I mentioned.... Ha, many people read, but noone has a comment. :)

I g hate NYC roads... You need a rally set-up to have a firm ride and not having to avoid every pothole... Or maybe I just my suspension up, should've left it stock to begin with. :)
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There are people running stock regular springs with Koni's. They're adjustable so you can set them to your springs and preference and what mood you're in.
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besides adjustable dampers, how would stock springs do with shorter sport dampers like eibach or equivalent
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Because of the adjustable damping provided by the Koni shocks they can be used with just about any spring. Because the SVT springs are not quite as firm you need to keep the Koni's at the minimum setting (least firm). I've never been a fan of mixing shocks. An imbalance in damping (regardless of the springs and rates) doesn't always work well. The same holds true when springs are not well chosen or mixed. I suggest (at a minimum) that you go with a matched set of shocks (eg add Koni's to the rear). I also suggest that if you go with SVT springs that you use them at all four corners. My guess is you'll see an immediate change for the good.
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A good friend of mine had Konis with stock springs and loved it. Says all he had to do for track events was dial up the damping a touch and it was golden. Off the track it was full soft. You might want to look at Gaz and Spax dampers as well. I hear good things about them and it is supposed to be easier to adjust the rears than the Konis as the knob is on the side instead if the top. The Gaz are also prettier than the Konis imo.
I live in Yonkers and am reluctant to give up any suspension travel as well. My front left corner seems to be a little low but I had that problem before and had the strut replaced under warranty. I guessing the compression damping is going there and allowing some sag as the spring looks OK from a cursory inspection.
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