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#1 Old 03-15-2007, 10:47 PM
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These Koni Yellow install instructions are weird...

I get about 99% of the install instructions. Basically, remove the tops and springs off the strut assembly. Chop the old crap off, insert the Koni shock... Secure it with the bolt through the bottom of the strut (and torque properly). Then reassemble the strut assembly with new springs and camber plates/strut tops.

However, I have no freaking clue what the hell this page is trying to explain :


If anyone can tell me what that means.... let me know. It looks like it's showing you a way to adjust the shocks without using the top stem piece that you adjust with the white knob, but I could be dead wrong who knows... Otherwise it's instructions on how to give a hand job to a shock absorber.

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Also, from looking at Step 4:


It looks like what I have to do is measure L1 (46mm as indicated on the chart there), that I have to measure L2 (40mm) down from the top of the original strut as the place to chop. In all the tutorials and pictures I've seen of people doing the Koni installs, I just see them chopping the strut right below where the shock is bonded to the tube. Is it necessary to cut this precisely or should I just chop it off like everyone else did?

Otherwise I think I have this covered.... I'm going to begin this endeavor tomorrow at 9 or 10 am so any help would be much appreciated!!!
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this is why I'm just getting coil overs... SHEESH!

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that might be instructions to "prime" the shock before installation...I had a big 4x4 once and when I bought new shocks, there were instructions to pull and push the shock for a bit before installing...that's my best guess
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that might be instructions to "prime" the shock before installation...I had a big 4x4 once and when I bought new shocks, there were instructions to pull and push the shock for a bit before installing...that's my best guess
you are correct, its telling you to prime them before you install them. you dont have to stick it in a vise though.

I would chop the strut 40 mm like it says, you dont have to be exact but you should make it as close as possible.
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I have them and it's really not that hard. Pretty much what you said the first time is what you have to do. Chop the top off ( no it doesn't need to be perfect ) drill a big hole in the bottom for the bolt to secure the insert in ( try to get that as center as possible ) plus I used lock tight on the bolt that scures the insert in. Oh, drill a small hole on the bottom first to drain out the stock strut fluid. After that all you need to do put it all back together.

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those top instruction do not pertain to your inserts- your adjustment is on the top of the shaft. some Konis have to be removed to be adjusted (that's what is showing in the top diagram- how to do it)- wouldn't that be fun!

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Having just done these this winter, in the snow, I can confidently say "fear not". They aren't a difficult install. Use spring compressors so nobody loses an eye or anything, and drill, cut, drill larger, and bolt, bolt you're done. I am not a mechanic, and did them in about 2 1/2 hours for the rears, and maybe a little longer for the fronts because I was also installing camber plates. I bled a bit but that was because I'm a bone brain occasionally. Do it man !!
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Wow, this thread is four years old! I'm about to do this install today or tomorrow at my garage. Given I bought my 03 WRX Wagon three months ago (136,000 miles).

If anyone is interested feel free to contact me or respond to the thread.

Cheers!

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