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Old 08-01-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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Koni STR.T's rear shocks on 330ci M-SportII REVIEW

well i have a 330ci msportII eurospec
equivilant off the 330 zhp from america
so i have msport suspension, rubbers, swaybars etc

like all e46 cars
my left rear shock died on me
al the oil leaked out, it was like driving an old american car
those that sways a lot you know them

i went online and searched a lot

eventually i ended my search at koni
koni yellow
koni fsd
konu str.t

yellow very expensive
fsd mixed reviews
str.t's not a lot reviews (that why im doing one now) but the ones that are
reviewed were positive
so i went for the str.t's

i diy it all myself
you HAVE to put new bumpstops and the rest a choice like the mounts
because mine were fine after almost 200.000 km's
but replaced them anyway

now the ride
simple and shot
in the beginning they were stiff
but when you break them in they get softer after 600km
they are good quality shocks
but they sway after a speedbump on the road
body roll is not bad, but there is still more body roll then the
oem msportII rear shocks
so all and all
koni str't's good/ a imporovement for a normal e46
but not great for a msportII or zhp
because oem zhp or msportII is stiffer

hopefully this helps the people who are dangeling between str.t''s and oem/whatever
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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Thanks!

I will probably buy a full set of Koni STR.Ts for my '00 323Ci with the early sport package (larger sway bars than ZHP/M-sport II etc) and see how that works

The STR.Ts might be similar to the early sport shocks then if they are not stiffer than the ZHP/M-Sports.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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I will agree that the STR.T's are not much of an improvement from OEM ZHP from experience. Koni Yellow's may be more expensive but they are FAR SUPERIOR than the STR.T's. I just recently went from STR.T's to Yellows and they are SO much better.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:24 AM   #5
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I will agree that the STR.T's are not much of an improvement from OEM ZHP from experience. Koni Yellow's may be more expensive but they are FAR SUPERIOR than the STR.T's. I just recently went from STR.T's to Yellows and they are SO much better.
if you haven't put a review on the str.t's online
shame on you
because if i knew that, i wouldnt have bought them

if you did make an review
shame on me for not finding it
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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if you haven't put a review on the str.t's online
shame on you
because if i knew that, i wouldnt have bought them

if you did make an review
shame on me for not finding it
Shame on me for not creating a review

The STR.T's are a great & affordable alternative over OEM and feels fine but the Yellows feel completely different... I'm not exaggerating either.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for this! My left rear shock just gave out on my ZHP coupe and looks like I will be going with the Koni yellows. I have UUC springs and sachs "stage 3" struts on the car now.
just hoping i can reuse my UUC springs (they have 100k) miles on them. I really dont want to spend $1000+ for a coilover setup. so if i I can get away with Koni Yellos w/ my UUC springs, I will be happy. need to save money for a new clutch. at 125k, my OEM clutch isnt feeling all that great.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:14 PM   #8
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Thanks for this! My left rear shock just gave out on my ZHP coupe and looks like I will be going with the Koni yellows. I have UUC springs and sachs "stage 3" struts on the car now.
just hoping i can reuse my UUC springs (they have 100k) miles on them. I really dont want to spend $1000+ for a coilover setup. so if i I can get away with Koni Yellos w/ my UUC springs, I will be happy. need to save money for a new clutch. at 125k, my OEM clutch isnt feeling all that great.
Koni yellows will transform the car and allow you to tailor it to your needs for about $650. The orange ones "STR.ts" suck and are in no way akin to the ZHP OEM suspension. They are mushy and vague and still understeer like a mug. BLAH!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #9
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Koni yellows will transform the car and allow you to tailor it to your needs for about $650. The orange ones "STR.ts" suck and are in no way akin to the ZHP OEM suspension. They are mushy and vague and still understeer like a mug. BLAH!
thanks.. what do you have your yellows adjusted to? even for my DD, i'd like my ride to be on the firmer side. Should I adjust all they way to max stiffness? Middle? something in between?
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:30 AM   #10
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you HAVE to put new bumpstops and the rest a choice like the mounts
because mine were fine after almost 200.000 km's
but replaced them anyway
r
Hi, did you use OEM bumpstops or after market? did you modify these at all if you went lower at the same time?

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