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Old 04-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Koni sports w/ OEM ZHP springs

Has anyone run Koni adjustable (yellow) Sport shocks/ struts with the OEM ZHP / Sport package springs?

- Intersested in feedback on this set-up
- Any impact to ride height (believe there should be none)?
- Recommended settings for street application?



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Old 04-24-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Has anyone run Koni adjustable (yellow) Sport shocks/ struts with the OEM ZHP / Sport package springs?

- Intersested in feedback on this set-up
- Any impact to ride height (believe there should be none)?
- Recommended settings for street application?

Thanks!

No, I haven't run them with BMW ZHP springs, just on an older race car. But they will work perfectly with those springs when set to the softer settings. You should see NO ride height difference. The Koni Sports are an excellent choice in this application because you can set them on a softer setting to work well with your stock springs. If & when you upgrade to a higher performance spring (higher spring rate) you'll just turn up the damper adjustment to match the new higher performance springs. Buy them, you'll really enjoy them.

Take a look at the most current Koni USA adjustment procedure.

http://www.koni-na.com/adjustment.cfm


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Old 05-01-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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Here you go:

Read through the whole thing, there are several updates along the way. IMO, they are EXCELLENT with the ZHP springs.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=608290
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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I've ran the OTS Koni Yellows with Sport package springs before on my last sedan and they were indeed excellent. One of the best rides I've experienced on a e46 for all around performance vs. comfort. IIRC, my settings were pretty low like 2f/1r. Turned them up on an Autocross and was amazed on how stiff it could get.
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Sorry to revive such an old post, but I figure it's better than starting my own on the same topic...

When I purchased my ZHP over two years and 32k mile ago, it came with Tein coilovers. One has been blown for a while so I finally decided to install the Koni Yellows and stock ZHP springs that I got from the previous owner. After swapping everything over and replacing a few wear items while I was in there, I finally dropped the car off the jack stands and couldn't believe the front wheel gap...I understand that the springs may take some time to settle, but I can literally fit my entire hand in between the tire and fender. I know that stock ZHP's don't ride this high. Can I expect this to settle down over the next few days, or do I need to reexamine how I assembled everything? I'm reluctant to go get the car aligned until I'm confident that everything is installed properly.

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Sorry to revive such an old post, but I figure it's better than starting my own on the same topic...

When I purchased my ZHP over two years and 32k mile ago, it came with Tein coilovers. One has been blown for a while so I finally decided to install the Koni Yellows and stock ZHP springs that I got from the previous owner. After swapping everything over and replacing a few wear items while I was in there, I finally dropped the car off the jack stands and couldn't believe the front wheel gap...I understand that the springs may take some time to settle, but I can literally fit my entire hand in between the tire and fender. I know that stock ZHP's don't ride this high. Can I expect this to settle down over the next few days, or do I need to reexamine how I assembled everything? I'm reluctant to go get the car aligned until I'm confident that everything is installed properly.

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My thought is that you did everything right.

There's a Big difference between coilovers that are adjusted low, compared to stock OE sport springs. I have no doubt that you can jam your hand up in there, they might settle a little, but don't expect much. If you can't get use to this after a month or so, your best bet would be a set of either H&R Race springs, Eibach Sportline springs, or Vogtland Sport springs. All of these springs will get you very close, if not all the way back to where you were.


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Old 08-19-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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Thanks. I've done this a few times before so I'd be somewhat surprised if I assembled something incorrectly. Hopefully it just needs a few days to settle out. I'll just cruise around in 4x4 mode in the meantime
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:40 PM   #8
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Sorry to revive such an old post, but I figure it's better than starting my own on the same topic...

When I purchased my ZHP over two years and 32k mile ago, it came with Tein coilovers. One has been blown for a while so I finally decided to install the Koni Yellows and stock ZHP springs that I got from the previous owner. After swapping everything over and replacing a few wear items while I was in there, I finally dropped the car off the jack stands and couldn't believe the front wheel gap...I understand that the springs may take some time to settle, but I can literally fit my entire hand in between the tire and fender. I know that stock ZHP's don't ride this high. Can I expect this to settle down over the next few days, or do I need to reexamine how I assembled everything? I'm reluctant to go get the car aligned until I'm confident that everything is installed properly.

Thanks
This post has a scan of the Bentley page with OEM ride height specs by suspension and wheel size along with proper measurement procedure.

I have new OEM springs and Koni Sports sitting in the garage waiting to be installed. Weather hasn't be cooperative the past few weekends. I'll try to remember to follow-up when I finally do get them installed.

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Old 08-21-2014, 10:09 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. I drove it around a bit yesterday and it has definitely settled down a little. Part it certainly has to do with the fact that the car was so low for the past 2 years, so seeing it at stock height is a shock!
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