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.