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Join Date: Dec 2003
There is another issue with Koni FSD, not really mentioned much here but quite often on forums in Italy or Germany. The rear FSD damper shares the same shell for 147/156/GT. The damper fit them all, thats ok, but with original dampers there are differences in location of the upper holes for the 2 screws for wheel hub on the lower mount and this affects rear wheel camber. 147 has more rear camber than 156/GT and if you use FSD with original rear springs on 147 the camber will be wrong. With lowering springs it gets close to original values. Eibach or bilstein coilovers go over this problem by having oval upper holes so that you can mount the wheel hub upper screw in 2 positions, for 147 or 156/GT. Bilstein B6/B6 do have different damper bodies for 147 and 156/GT. Just Koni uses identical damper body for 147/156/GT both by FSD and sport dampers. I read quiet often about this on internet and during the time I considered FSD I confirmed for example with Larkspeed that few of their customers complained about rear camber issues on 147, especially when using FSD 156 GTA version on 147. not to speak about many leaking FSDs I read about on BMW forums.... together with this height issue I really don't like Koni development process to build one shock and sell it to as many cars as possible. for example FSD front dampers have 12mm rod diameter instead of alfa 10mm so you have to modify the front upper damper mount with Koni bush to fit the wider rod. Another reason I think that koni has only one or two versions of FSD internal components and fits them without much consideration to all damper shells they have for all manufacturers. Wrong ride height, wrong camber, different damper rod diameter....for me enough reasons not to take Koni "development" seriously.
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Last edited by gotcha; 08-03-11 at 09:19.