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Old 09-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Koni STR.T compared to OEM?

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So just hit 125k and figured its time for a suspension refresh. i've been researching and found the Koni STR.T for a decent price. I have searched and found many reviews on them, but not many when compared to OEM sport suspension. So how do these compare with stock sports suspension? (ride quality, stiffness, etc). I know many also recommend going with the Koni Yellows, but to me, unless I decide to hit the track anytime soon, I don't see much of a point to go with the adjustable's. I'm gonna be running them with my stock sport springs. Don't need it any lower for daily driving.

So are these a good alternative to OEM? Better or worse than OEM? Should I even replace my stock parts? What do you guys think? Car is a 2002 330ci sports suspension.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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I'd say a bit smoother than stock shocks but maybe a touch less connection to the road. That's an educated guess versus using Koni Sports and new OEM stuff. Sachs sport damping seems around halfway to Bilstein.
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I am running them and am unimpressed with them. Front left strut did not fit from factory, had to modify and now it makes noise over bumps. Seem like a cheap version of Konis. I am not too happy. Would not buy again.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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Hmm interesting. Really making me reconsider them now... Originally I was just planning on getting OEM ZHP suspension, but this deal intrigued me.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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I recently put a set on my ZHP. I also had to modify the left front shock. Its nothing major, the locator tab on the back of the shock is about 1/4 too long, it takes about 30 seconds with a hacksaw to fix. As for the ride, I got my car with 105k miles on it, so I don't really have a good baseline to compare it to, but the ride is good, and it feels fairly well damped. To be honest though I only bought these because I didn't have the money for the coil over kit I was planning on getting next summer.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #6
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Yeah i'm not looking for anything to crazy, since I won't be tracking it. So i'm looking for a good replacement for my worn out parts while not compromising any performance. For daily driving is it worth it to pay the extra money and get the yellows?
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You are way off thinking you need to be a track junkie to use koni yellows. First of all, I have installed the Koni Str.t's on a few cars and not sugar coating it, they suck. Mushy, disconnected, and vague are all words I would use. I have ridden in a car with Monroe sensatracs and they felt about the same as those.

The yellows, set to full soft, are as good as the Koni FSD, and BETTER than Sachs OE shocks. Firm but not abusive, solid without being harsh. If you ever want to make your car significantly better you can increase the damping for more handling. Win/Win IMO and a MUCH higher quality item. Personally, why WOULDN'T you want a suspension you can dial in to your personal taste?

Orange are a waste of money. Yellows will make you smile all day long.
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You are way off thinking you need to be a track junkie to use koni yellows. First of all, I have installed the Koni Str.t's on a few cars and not sugar coating it, they suck. Mushy, disconnected, and vague are all words I would use. I have ridden in a car with Monroe sensatracs and they felt about the same as those.

The yellows, set to full soft, are as good as the Koni FSD, and BETTER than Sachs OE shocks. Firm but not abusive, solid without being harsh. If you ever want to make your car significantly better you can increase the damping for more handling. Win/Win IMO and a MUCH higher quality item. Personally, why WOULDN'T you want a suspension you can dial in to your personal taste?

Orange are a waste of money. Yellows will make you smile all day long.
Eh... they do the job and feel better than blown shocks. After riding in a car with Yellows, there really is no comparison. Having the benefit of being able to adjust them to your own liking is a major plus, too.
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I have streets with hotchkis sport springs. I have never rode in a car with Koni yellows but for a daily driver I think the streets fit the bill just fine.
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You are way off thinking you need to be a track junkie to use koni yellows. First of all, I have installed the Koni Str.t's on a few cars and not sugar coating it, they suck. Mushy, disconnected, and vague are all words I would use. I have ridden in a car with Monroe sensatracs and they felt about the same as those.

The yellows, set to full soft, are as good as the Koni FSD, and BETTER than Sachs OE shocks. Firm but not abusive, solid without being harsh. If you ever want to make your car significantly better you can increase the damping for more handling. Win/Win IMO and a MUCH higher quality item. Personally, why WOULDN'T you want a suspension you can dial in to your personal taste?

Orange are a waste of money. Yellows will make you smile all day long.
Very well put. Thanks for the info Might as well just spend the extra money and get the yellows. Not really that much more, and i'm sure they'll be well worth it!
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Have you considered a set of Bilstein sports? I debated between Bilstein Sport and Koni sport (yellow) and eventually went with Bilstein, I found them for an excellent price (cheaper than the Koni's) and I am extremely happy with their performance. I paired them H&R race springs and for as low as I am, the ride is still pretty good.
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Have you considered a set of Bilstein sports? I debated between Bilstein Sport and Koni sport (yellow) and eventually went with Bilstein, I found them for an excellent price (cheaper than the Koni's) and I am extremely happy with their performance. I paired them H&R race springs and for as low as I am, the ride is still pretty good.
Yeah I have considered those also, but I haven't found them cheaper than the Koni's anywhere! Where did you find them?
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Yeah I have considered those also, but I haven't found them cheaper than the Koni's anywhere! Where did you find them?
I purchased them when BavAuto had a sale featuring 10% off Bilsteins. That put the price significantly below Koni. Even though that sale isn't going on anymore, I know of two places in California that can get you a similar price.
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I purchased them when BavAuto had a sale featuring 10% off Bilsteins. That put the price significantly below Koni. Even though that sale isn't going on anymore, I know of two places in California that can get you a similar price.
Awesome! So cal i'm assuming? I'll be down there in about 2 weeks. What are the places?
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Pretty close to original equipment standard suspension for cheaper.

Of course you are going to be disappointed if you are wanting and expecting sportier handling.
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Of course you are going to be disappointed if you are wanting and expecting sportier handling.
Yeah thats what I figured. I'll keep doing my research!
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from my personally experience, I would go Koni Yellows. IMO, they are your best bet! I installed them on my car earlier in the summer and haven't had any issues what so ever and install was simple (that is if you have the right tools...lol). The ride is sensational and eats up bumps like nothing. I've got my left on the firmest setting and the right at about 3/4 firm, and I would say it's better than OEM ride quality wise.
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I recently put a set on my ZHP. I also had to modify the left front shock. Its nothing major, the locator tab on the back of the shock is about 1/4 too long, it takes about 30 seconds with a hacksaw to fix. As for the ride, I got my car with 105k miles on it, so I don't really have a good baseline to compare it to, but the ride is good, and it feels fairly well damped. To be honest though I only bought these because I didn't have the money for the coil over kit I was planning on getting next summer.
No its not the tab thats too long, that is what I thought at first as well. It is actually the strut not seating all the way in the collar there was almost a half inch to go! In order to straighten out geometry in the front I actually had to lift the right strut out of the collar a half inch in order to even out the front end. And that is after trimming that tab back. Like I said not good setup. And they are a little mushy and not as responsive as I would like but I guess I got what I paid for.
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