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Old 08-08-2006, 11:14 PM   #1
SammyRex
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2006 WRX Wagon
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Default Another review and question of koni inserts on wagon

Just completed the installation of koni inserts on Saturday.
And my current suspension setup is listed below:
1. RCE cc plates
2. Group N rear strut tops
2. SPT pink wagon specific
3. Cusco 22mm F/R swaybars (shoud have listened to Big Sky for getting
WL Front bar)
4. whiteline F/R HD endlinks
5. koni inserts

After the installation, I took it for a ride through local streets (knoi
adjustment: 1 turn front and 1/2 turn for rear).
My first impression for koni is "softness". It feels that the koni is sligtly
underdamped when mating with the pinks. But it gives the car an excellent
streetability. Compare to the toyota MR2 (91) I had (Eibach spring w/ tokico
inserts), Koni is way more comfortable in addition to its wide adjustability.
But I wish the koni to be a little be stiffer just because long history with
MR2, I am so used to the stiff suspension. And finally, I feel my wagon's
handling is above my MR2 and my wife's mazda 3 wagon .
I am wondering how long it normally takes to break in the new strut inserts?
And after the break in period, will I feel a little bit stiffer? And I start seeing
that maybe I should have used JDM pinks like PJC1909 or Tarmac like Big Sky
since I already have RCE plates. But I really like my car's even drop front
and rear under current setup. Wish that Big Sky's project wagon spring can
be out soon .

About the handling on the corner, there is no doubt, feels like 10x better than
oe struts (oes are hard on street driving and soft on cornering ).
I love my knois, they are well worth the money, except the fact that they
takes time to build. For anyone who is looking for good combination of streetability
and performance, this is definitely the best bang for bucks. If you want to
have higher quality struts than knois, you might just have to pay lots more for the improvement.

Here are other reviews from big sky and PJC1909

cheers,

Sammy
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