Special or Sport: Which KONI product is right for your vehicle?

Friday, June 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Shock absorbers can be complicated if you're not precisely sure about your individual needs. There are a variety of shock options, and each option directly affects ride comfort and stability—even safety. Take a look at the following force velocity graph:
The red portion of the graph represents KONI Special shocks and the yellow portion represents KONI Sport shocks. Any crossover in performance is indicated by the color pink. In essence, the graph is a visual representation of the adjustment range. The column marked "A" represents damper speeds that result from braking, accelerating and rolling. Column "B" represents road hazards like bumps and railroad tracks.

Based on the chart, you can see that KONI Special shocks compromise the most in terms of road handling and comfort. Sport shocks, on the other hand, are made for aggressive driving. Read "Comparing KONI Special vs. KONI Sport" in our library of Suspension Tech articles and then shop by vehicle for a specific list of components that are right for yours.

BMW M Roadster Suspension Upgrade

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
1999 BMW M Roadster

Take a look at the BMW Shock Absorber and overall suspension upgrade I did on my 1999 BMW M Roadster before I traded it a couple years back. I do miss it, and was verry happy with the suspension upgrade I did on the car.

First I installed the KONI Sport Shocks. They offered great performance and rebound adjustability so the ride didn't suffer any more then I wanted. At the same time, I lowered the vehicle with some H&R Sport Springs with a very mild drop of 1.3 inches. Here is a picture of the finished product!



Shocking Great Deals Now on Select KONI Products

Friday, May 14, 2010 by Nick Shreve


KONI has been known all over the world by enthusiasts for their high performance and racing shock absorbers.  Come and check out what KONI offers in terms of Sport Shocks, STR.T street strutsFSD Kits, Sport Springs, and Coil-Over Kits for your particular vehicle. Please search our large inventory of KONI products in our Upgrade Garage.

Bilstein Shocks: What Shocks are Right for Me?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Derrick Ling
A very common question when it comes to shocks that I get is, "What is the biggest difference between all the shocks?" or "Why are the Bilstein so much more money over the other shocks?" or even " Are they really that much better then KYB or KONI?"

Well here is the answer to that.

There is a reason the Bilstein's do cost more, and there is a performance difference between all of the shocks. Bilstein shocks carry a lifetime warranty unlike KYB or KONI. Bilstein shocks and struts will last 4 times longer then the Orginal Equipment shocks and struts. They are also designed to improve the ride, handling and control of your vehicle. Bilstien is able to do this due to the quality of the shocks material and the specially designed valving system that Bilstien has designed. Bilstein has been in busniess longer then I can remember and for years manufactures have been trying to copy what they do, and have not been able to come close. This is because of Bilstein's extensive research and the quality of material used to build there shocks and struts. By using top notch quality material when building there shocks and struts, is the main reason you end up with a product that works so well and is able to carry a lifetime warranty.  
   
In my opinion, the Bilstein Shocks are well worth the money and will dramatically improve the comfort and ride quality of your vehicle. If you are looking for a way to improve the ride quality and performance of your vehicle, Bilstein is the way to go. Don't settle for second best when you can have the best built shock in the business.

For more information on how to purchase Bilstein shocks and struts for your vehicle visit Tire Rack.





On your mark, get set...go get those new competition tires!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Racing season is upon us, and now is the time (if you haven't already) to give your vehicle the once-over. And whether you need to replace shocks or find a new competition tire, Tire Rack can help.

Let's start with shocks. Take a look at the following, and as always, search by vehicle to get more specific.

KONI Sport Shocks
KW Coil Overs

As for tires, more than likely you'll head to Hoosier tires. But take a look at a few others, too. BFGoodrich, Kumho, Michelin and Pirelli.

Prepping for a race? Take a look at Tire Tech for a library of race-specific tech articles. You'll find information on tire pressure, shaving and more.



If you're in need of Mustang shocks, Tire Rack can help.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Mustang shocks. Where to begin?

At Tire Rack, actually. We're in the business of vehicle-specific upgrades. We closely study our products and carefully chose what we offer so that we can predict how each product will perform on your vehicle.

When you're in the market for Mustang shocks, or any shocks for that matter, you can trust that we'll point you in the right direction.

Like maybe toward a new KONI FSD Damper set. These specialized shock absorbers offer the best of both worlds—a firm ride and maximum comfort. With Frequency Selective Damping technology, damping is actively controlled based on the vehicle's body and suspension movement frequency.

To see if these Mustang shocks will work for you, you'll want to search our entire collection of aftermarket suspension products.


Before you buy shock absorbers, check out our test results.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you need to update your suspension system with replacement shock absorbers, springs or even an anti-sway bar—you'll want to spend some time reading our test results. We get to know our products so that we can recommend the best of the best to you. It's just one way Tire Rack attempts to streamline your purchase process.

Sure, we test tires. But over the years, we've done quite a bit of suspension component testing. We've covered brands like EibachH&R and KONI, and we'll continue to cover even more in the future. Here's a few that might interest you:

"Form and Function: Performance Suspension Upgrades Can Deliver Both"
"Eibach Pro-Kit vs. H&R Sport Spring Ride & Drive"
"KONI FSD Dampers Improve Handling Without the Traditional Sacrifice in Ride Quality"

Whatever you want to upgrade, we know you take it seriously. Without a smooth suspension system, you'll feel every bump in the road. Which means your ride quality and safety levels could be compromised. Get the best.

Shop by vehicle for suspension components.

Koni Shocks on Special at the Tire Rack.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Tire Rack has more than just tires! Check out KONI Suspension products for your car!  Koni Suspension

KONI Special Shocks (KONI Reds)
    Designed for drivers who want a general improvement.
Koni Special Shocks (Koni Reds)

KONI Sport Shocks (KONI Yellows)
    Designed for sporty drivers focusing on exceptional road handling with acceptable comfort.
Koni Sport Shock (Koni Yellows)

KONI FSD Damper Set
    KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) shocks combine excellent road handling characteristics with no-compromise comfort levels. Offering firmness for sporty driving on even road surfaces and smoothness for a comfortable ride on uneven road surfaces. The best of both worlds.
Koni FSD Damper Set

KONI Shocks come with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser for as long as they own their car. One may also read some consumer survey reviews of the KONI Shocks by clicking on the specific picture of the KONI product. Take a look to see which KONI Suspension products fit on your vehicle.

Koni Shocks

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team


KONI has been producing equipment for the transportation industry since 1857, but now they are primarily known for high performance and racing KONI shocks.

And those KONI shocks are known for producing superb performance and enhanced car control. KONI experts know that every vehicle has a different dampening system, which is why they custom build a wide variety of shock absorbers using three different technologies: twin-tube hydraulic, mono-tube high pressure gas, and twin-tube low pressure gas. The result is a shock absorber tweaked to perfection that lasts a lifetime—and often outlasts the vehicle itself. 

Koni shocks are available in two different performance categories:

• KONI Special shock absorbers Typically painted red, these KONI shocks please drivers seeking to improve general vehicle comfort and handling.

• KONI Sport shock absorbers Typically painted yellow, these KONI shocks focus on exceptional road handling.

Search all of Tire Rack's suspension products by vehicle.

Corvette Shocks

Friday, December 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
If your Corvette shocks need to be replaced, Tire Rack can help. For example, if you drive a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 (like the one pictured), you might be interested in the following:

KONI Sport Shocks: "They made my Integra look so sexy and the ride quality is still very good. These shocks and springs are very good!" — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Acura Integra, TN

Bilstein HD Shocks: "Fantastic ride. I'm using the Bilstein HD in the rear and KONI Sport in the front. Wow what a ride and handling! Fun and safe to drive." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Audi A6 2.7T, NY

See all shocks and struts.

Shock Absorber Reviews

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
We do a lot of testing. And not just on the tires we sell.. We want to know all there is to know about the suspension products we sell. By educating ourselves in this way, we can better serve you throughout your purchase. If we can't drive with it—we wouldn't suggest that you drive with it.

For example, "KONI Sport Ride & Drive...An Absorbing Experience" takes a look at how KONI Sport Shock absorbers in soft and firm settings held up against Original Equipment Lexus IS300 shock absorbers. On the road, the "firm" KONI shock absorbers provided responsive handling, but supplied a "jiggly" ride. In other words, potholes were noticeable. We wouldn't recommend this setting for all drivers all of the time, but the "soft" setting might be the answer. (Read More)

And, it never hurts to get a second opinion, which is why we post the shock absorber reviews that our consumers write. Here's what they're saying about the KONI Sport Suspension Kit:

" Wow, what a difference from stock! These struts really changed the character of the car; it doesn't seem quite so cheap anymore. The ride and handling are light years better. I highly recommend them." -- Nissan Sentra, Colorado

Shop by vehicle to discover the performance shock absorber that is perfect for your vehicle. Product pages will include links to all consumer reviews (when available).

You CAN find shock absorbers online!

Monday, November 2, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we'll do our best to end your exhaustive search for shock absorbers online. We've developed our inventory by compiling some of the industry's best suspension products.

Search our stock by vehicle. It's easy! We'll generate a list of suitable suspension products, like shock absorbers, springs and strut boots—all of which are ready to ship from one of our distribution centers.

You can also search by brand:
Bilstein
Eibach
H&R
Hotchkis
KONI
KYB

Regardless, you'll find the information you need to make an educated purchase. If not, contact us. Our team of performance specialists would be happy to help you find shock absorbers.

Let's Review: Shock Absorbers, Tires and More

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack—we love a good review. Even if it's bad. Our consumer survey results give you great product information. From shock absorber reviews to snow tire ratings, every comment our previous customers provide helps you, in turn, make an educated purchase. And it also helps us determine which products are right for you, too.

Search by vehicle. We'll recommend a few solid shock absorbers, affordable tires, brake components, even Wheels and Tire Packages. Then you can read the reviews. Here's an example:

"I'm a pretty aggressive driver. I've gone through several suspension setups and overall I am very satisfied with the sportline springs. I paired these up with some KONI yellow sport shocks and it's amazing."

Not convinced by your peers? We've done some pretty extensive tire and suspension testing at Tire Rack. We go the extra mile on our test track—literally—to review the products we sell.

And if you still have questions, contact our sales specialists. They're ready and willing to help you compare performance tires or find the right shock absorbers online or over the phone.

Once you do, don't forget to write suspension and/or tire reviews!

So smooth, it's shocking.

Monday, September 21, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we make it really easy to buy shocks online. Search by vehicle, and we'll recommend the best suspension options for your car, light truck or suv. We've done the research, comparisons and testing. From Bilstein to KYB, KONI and more— every brand we offer is an industry leader that meets our strictest standards.

Bilstein Logo Koni Logo

Shocks are an integral part of the suspension system. They help maintain tire performance and driver comfort. Want to learn more? Check out the suspension tech information we've compiled. And if you've still got questions, our knowledgable sales specialists are always ready to help. Just call 1-800-461-5527.

Koni Sport adjustable shocks large improvement over old original shocks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Gary Stanley
I bought my 1997 Audi A4 with almost 100,000 miles on it.  After replacing the wheels and tires I was shocked at how poor the ride and handling felt.  The problem was the old suspension. 

After updating to Koni Sport Shocks and Eibach lowering springs, the car felt just like it should.

Noticeable differences :
  • Reduced body roll when cornering
  • Reduced pitch and dive when braking and accelerating
  • A much more controlled ride
  • Much improved cosmetic appearance from lowering
These changes made a night and day difference, and even though my car had very high mileage it felt like a new car. 





KONI Damper Set Improves the Mini

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Mark Veldman
After hitting 60,000 miles on the my Mini Cooper S, I could tell it was time (and maybe a little late) for replacement shock absorbers.  The car wasn't settling as quickly after dips in road and small bumps were becoming much more noticeable.  I considered shocks from a few different manufacturers like KYB, KONI and Bilstein.  But after reading the shock absorber reviews on tirerack.com, I decided to go for the KONI FSD Damper Set.  I have had great experiences in the past with Koni shocks, so I had high hopes for the Damper Set.

The customer reviews were correct...the Koni FSD Damper Set was fantastic.  The handling was improved with quicker response to steering inputs and less bounce after bumps or unsettling maneuvers.  But true to the customer feedback, the ride quality actually improved absorbing bumps in a more subtle fashion than the stock shocks.

The Koni FSD Damper Set is a definite step up from standard shock absorbers, but there are also a huge step up in ride quality and performance.