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OK, this is probably a daft question - excuse my naivety if so!

Can the Koni shocks (Koni Sports shock absorber set for Alfa Romeo gtv parts and spares) be run with stock springs?

I don't want to lower my car just improve the ride/handling.

Several friends have advised me to get Bilsteins but it seems all the Alfa specialist sites recommend Koni, is there any particular reason?
 

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The Big Blue Bruiser ( 3.0 ) GTV has been running on Koni Sports with stock springs for several years :thumbs: These + Q2 have transformed the handling. The ride is much better than on stock shocks , speed bumps are handled with aplomb + you can adjust the damping rate, easy on the fronts a tad harder on the rears , though unless you track the car and use it daily as well most folks seem to fit / set up to your favourite setting and leave them as they are.
 

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Excellent! Thanks for that, already have the Q2, lightweight flywheel and GTA clutch. Looks like I'll be getting the 330mm brakes and set of Konis from EB soon and the Alfaholics handling pack.
 

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I have OEM springs on Koni Sports. They are very good and close to perfect at the front. Except the rear shocks only have 3 settings which is annoying. I really need a setting in between 2 and 3. The front shocks have 4 x 360 degree turns with infinite settings. Downside is Im constantly fiddling with the settings

At least if you got Bilsteins they are already optimised to the best setting from the factory so no need to keep fidling with them
 

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+1 for OEM + Konis, only I am too lazy/busy to adjust mine! I get the impression that Bilsteins are getting hard to find ...?
 

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I just put Koni sports with stock springs on my GTV, but I have not tried it yet since the car is stuck in the garage until April (I just use it during summer). I was first looking for Bilsteins, but they were impossible to find but I hope that the Konis will do the job....

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i I had Koni sports with std springs for a couple of years, then bought some Eibachs.
These totally transformed the handling, propably the best £160 thst I have spent.
The front Konis needed to be adjusted up a few notches but wow !

They really do not lower the car that much when compared to used original coil springs.

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i I had Koni sports with std springs for a couple of years, then bought some Eibachs.
These totally transformed the handling, propably the best £160 thst I have spent.
The front Konis needed to be adjusted up a few notches but wow !

They really do not lower the car that much when compared to used original coil springs.

Mike
What about the ride comfort ?? What settings do you have the Konis on now with the Eihbachs?
Was thinking of doing the same to my car
 

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The rear only have three settings, mine are on two.

The front are on 2 1/2 full turns.

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Hi . I've just bought a GTV with adjustable konis and eibach springs, car handles really well but it's sitting a little low at the back for me and I'm worried about ground clearance.....where the hell do you adjust the rear ones?:confused: cant see how you get to them! Anyone have photos?

Bit off topic but steering wobbles at around 70mph which I guess means the wheels need aligning? Also pulls a bit to the left in a straight line, would aligning also sort this?
Thanks all
 

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To adjust the rear shocks you need to access them from the boot, so you'll have to remove the carpet lining.

Mine behaved similarly and yes, wheel alignment sorted it out perfectly.
 

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My rears are adjusted off of the car

1. Remove the plastic dust cover to expose the adjusting knob (fig. 2).
2. Depress the knob fully, and hold it in that position while adjusting (fig. 1 & 2).
3. The adjusting device has been provided with a number of distinct stops (clicks), each of which marks an adjustment position (fig. 4).
4. To increase rebound-damping, turn the piston rod one or more clicks to the right (clockwise),
and release the adjusting knob. DO NOT USE FORCE!
5. Make sure that the adjusting knob springs fully back into position.

NOTE: 26 Series range limited to 2 clicks, 30 Series range limited to 3 click

1 Click +20%, 2 Clicks +50%, 3 Clicks +100%

WARNING: Adjust both left and right dampers identically. Failure to do so may lead to unstable handling and uneven tyre tread wear.

See adjustment procedures in this link for 30 series.......



Koni: Adjustment

2 ltr and 3 / 3.2 ltr have exactly the same rears but different fronts.....

Rear 30-1608Sport

Front 2 ltr - 8741-1324Sport
Front 3 / 3.2 ltr - 8741-1404Sport

http://www.koni.com/254+M54c51ca667d.html



Mike
 
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