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Old 06-01-2012, 08:33 AM   #51
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I've been driving for several days on the new Koni's, and I'm starting to get a "knocking" sound on low speed bumps from the front driver side. Has anyone else had this issue?
Check the hex-head bolt that you used to secure the insert into the housing. Also, the easy stuff- endlink bolts, tophat bolts, the 3 strut tower bolts, etc.
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Great write-up, and fairly easy install. I would add a metric pass-thru socket set to the list of things that are a must. It's impossible to tighten the nuts on the top hat without it. http://toolguyd.com/craftsman-max-ax...t-and-sockets/
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  • Metric sockets (I have “go-thru” sockets from harbor Freight as well as regular metric sockets)
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  • Allen head sockets- specifically 6mm and 8mm
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  • Punch (or a really hard, sharp screw or nail)
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  • Masking tape
  • Threadlocker (Red)
Also, I don't know why the second link to go-thru sockets from your post did not show up, but when I quoted you I saw that you linked to the exact set that I have. I'll post the link:

http://www.harborfreight.com/21-piec...set-67974.html
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:45 AM   #52
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Thanks cianuro. Just to clarify...the holes your speaking of are the holes for that the rubber damper is held in place with, right (i.e. pressed into the holes and protrude through the perch)? Thanks again...
They're in the top perch, the one that holds the spring in place before you start the reassembly. I had the same knocking/vibration issue and when I took out the shock I noticed the top perch was not properly aligned. I had a look at the service manual and it said that the holes need to be parallel to the car's side, therefore parallel to the bolts that hold the complete shock assembly to the car. The noise stopped after doing this.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:43 AM   #53
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Credit to phenryiv1 for the picture and cianuro for orientation clarification

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Old 06-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #54
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I need to check that orientation on my own car, now that you mention it...
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #55
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I found my orientation was correct, but my HD link nuts had come loose during the install process. My guess is they've loose for a while but started making noise after I jacked the car up. Yikes! Best be checking those more regularly.

As previously posted...my "knocking" noise wasn't coming from the shocks at all. Check your HD link nuts while your under there!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:30 AM   #56
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Used this thread extensively for my Koni install last night. Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:24 PM   #57
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Used this thread extensively for my Koni install last night. Thanks!
Glad that it helped!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:15 AM   #58
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Well done on the install/walkthrough. I don't recall whether or not there have been other Koni install threads for the 2008+, but this one gets the seal of approval. It's been added to the install/walkthrough sticky
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #59
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This is a great write up. Followed this for my install. Thanks !
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:02 PM   #60
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This is a great write up. Followed this for my install. Thanks !
Good deal. If you want print-all-at-once format, see the link on Page 1 to my homepage.

EDIT: Nevermind- that link is not yet hot.
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Good deal. If you want print-all-at-once format, see the link on Page 1 to my homepage.

EDIT: Nevermind- that link is not yet hot.
Thanks here too; this came in handy. I wouldn't have otherwise realized that I needed to buy the longer bolts!

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Old 03-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #62
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Bumping this as the annual Koni Shock Value sale is either underway or just around the corner.
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hey brother, I have 2011 Legacy GT that I want to do this install in. I am in Italy so OEM WRX struts are hard to find all for donors. I have searched on ebay to see them but to no avail on a complete set that are 08 WRX. I was thinking of using the upgraded version of the KYB which only gives a stiffness of 15% over stock. Will this work as donors? I plan on using RACE COMP springs as well. Do you think this project will work for me? Also what bump stops did you use? I have to use my OEM top hats as well.

https://shop.bostonmotorsports.com/K...cy_p_1587.html
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:35 PM   #64
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hey brother, I have 2011 Legacy GT that I want to do this install in. I am in Italy so OEM WRX struts are hard to find all for donors. I have searched on ebay to see them but to no avail on a complete set that are 08 WRX. I was thinking of using the upgraded version of the KYB which only gives a stiffness of 15% over stock. Will this work as donors? I plan on using RACE COMP springs as well. Do you think this project will work for me? Also what bump stops did you use? I have to use my OEM top hats as well.

https://shop.bostonmotorsports.com/K...cy_p_1587.html
I don't know if the strut bodies on the KYBs will work...I don't know if the body is the same specifications as the OEM Subaru bodies, so you do run the risk of the body being too large or too small to fit the inserts. If Boston has them in stock (they might drop-ship them), they might measure them for you. If so, post up and I can measure one of the spare struts that I have for comparison.

I can tell you that I have a set of 2010 and a set of 2011 WRX housings in my garage. The 2010 set is on my car but I bought a set of 2011 struts to gut to re-do the install, as the different design of the mounting points on the '10 struts give me more "natural" negative camber than I'd have if I used '11 strut housings.

Now that I have the '11s, I will either be removing the '10s and selling them (already prepped for Konis) or I will be selling the '11 set in the near future.
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Also what bump stops did you use? I have to use my OEM top hats as well.
I honestly don't know. If you scroll back to my bumpstop pictures I had 2 different pairs...I don't know what they came from- I just know which ones I actually used. And even those were shortened.



The middle one is the same as the left one but I cut off the bottom part.
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I don't know if the strut bodies on the KYBs will work...I don't know if the body is the same specifications as the OEM Subaru bodies, so you do run the risk of the body being too large or too small to fit the inserts. If Boston has them in stock (they might drop-ship them), they might measure them for you. If so, post up and I can measure one of the spare struts that I have for comparison.

I can tell you that I have a set of 2010 and a set of 2011 WRX housings in my garage. The 2010 set is on my car but I bought a set of 2011 struts to gut to re-do the install, as the different design of the mounting points on the '10 struts give me more "natural" negative camber than I'd have if I used '11 strut housings.

Now that I have the '11s, I will either be removing the '10s and selling them (already prepped for Konis) or I will be selling the '11 set in the near future.
2010 WRX struts won't fit my 2011 Legacy 2.5 GT. I have to use the 08 WRX struts. The KW3 coilovers that were made for the 08 WRX fit my car and I know a couple members in the LGT forums that run them. I like the Bilsteins from RCE but they have started producing it yet. I like the Koni's only because they are adjustable. I kind of like that function on drop in shocks and springs. I have the tools in Italy on base to do a lot of the work. I just don't have the parts to actually do it. I am afraid of getting the wrong parts and having it as a complete wash. I am not that mechanically inclined. But from the step by step it looks simple enough. I just have to do it for a legacy lol.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:57 PM   #67
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2010 WRX struts won't fit my 2011 Legacy 2.5 GT. I have to use the 08 WRX struts. The KW3 coilovers that were made for the 08 WRX fit my car and I know a couple members in the LGT forums that run them.
It is interesting that the only WRX struts that will work as donors would be the 2008. While the rates (both spring rate and strut rate/stiffness) in '08 were vastly different from '09-10 and then later '11-13 models, it was my understanding that the housings form 2008-2010 were identical, with only the guts being different. Thus, if an '08 strut design would mechanically fit in your Legacy then logically an '09-10 should as well, with an '11-13 model working but giving more positive camber.

As the Konin install process completely guts the housing, my understanding was that that would make all 2008-10 housings identical in function as they relate to a Koni install.

I could be completely nuts, however.

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I have the tools in Italy on base to do a lot of the work. I am not that mechanically inclined. But from the step by step it looks simple enough. I just have to do it for a legacy lol.
It really is as simple as it looks, and if you have access to a shop on a military base you have more than enough tools to accomplish the task.
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It is interesting that the only WRX struts that will work as donors would be the 2008. While the rates (both spring rate and strut rate/stiffness) in '08 were vastly different from '09-10 and then later '11-13 models, it was my understanding that the housings form 2008-2010 were identical, with only the guts being different. Thus, if an '08 strut design would mechanically fit in your Legacy then logically an '09-10 should as well, with an '11-13 model working but giving more positive camber.

As the Konin install process completely guts the housing, my understanding was that that would make all 2008-10 housings identical in function as they relate to a Koni install.

I could be completely nuts, however.


It really is as simple as it looks, and if you have access to a shop on a military base you have more than enough tools to accomplish the task.
hmmmm I wonder how much truth to it does it have? I just saw someone on the 08 koni install in the for sale forums. However, it is on an 08 2.5 non wrx. I wonder if that would fit?
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hey brother, I have 2011 Legacy GT that I want to do this install in. I am in Italy so OEM WRX struts are hard to find all for donors. I have searched on ebay to see them but to no avail on a complete set that are 08 WRX. I was thinking of using the upgraded version of the KYB which only gives a stiffness of 15% over stock. Will this work as donors? I plan on using RACE COMP springs as well. Do you think this project will work for me? Also what bump stops did you use? I have to use my OEM top hats as well.

https://shop.bostonmotorsports.com/K...cy_p_1587.html
why can't you use your existing legacy struts as the donors? i have a brand new set of excel g's at home, waiting for me to make some time to install them... when i get home today, i can measure the strut housing OD for you.
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hmmmm I wonder how much truth to it does it have? I just saw someone on the 08 koni install in the for sale forums. However, it is on an 08 2.5 non wrx. I wonder if that would fit?
Non-WRX struts are often used as Koni cores since they get gutted anyway.
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the housings ARE identical between 08-10. i have a 2010 WRX, i used 2008 WRX struts as donors. same thing.

only 2011+ WRX are different.
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It is interesting that the only WRX struts that will work as donors would be the 2008. While the rates (both spring rate and strut rate/stiffness) in '08 were vastly different from '09-10 and then later '11-13 models, it was my understanding that the housings form 2008-2010 were identical, with only the guts being different. Thus, if an '08 strut design would mechanically fit in your Legacy then logically an '09-10 should as well, with an '11-13 model working but giving more positive camber.
the front '11+ wrx struts are also a half inch longer from the spring perch to the mounting bracket. i wanted to put stock 2012 wrx stuff on my 08, but am going to avoid it for the lack of negative camber and extra front height.
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the housings ARE identical between 08-10. i have a 2010 WRX, i used 2008 WRX struts as donors. same thing.

only 2011+ WRX are different.
ok so the ones that OP might be selling soon would be good to go for this project?
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why can't you use your existing legacy struts as the donors? i have a brand new set of excel g's at home, waiting for me to make some time to install them... when i get home today, i can measure the strut housing OD for you.
I can only have one vehicle here in Italy and it's my DD. Finding Legacy Donor Struts is a pain in the you know what right now. Especially 2011's. That would be awesome. I guess I can search EBAY again.

but.....if anyone is selling their 08 Koni's let me know. I am in the market.

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I can only have one vehicle here in Italy and it's my DD. Finding Legacy Donor Struts is a pain in the you know what right now. Especially 2011's. That would be awesome. I guess I can search EBAY again.

but.....if anyone is selling their 08 Koni's let me know. I am in the market.
sure, but i would imagine you could dissect your current struts and get them reassembled with the inserts, new springs, etc. within a reasonable amount of time. especially if donor struts are such a scarcity, it seems well worth the effort to make it happen.
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