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Koni
By Larry Edsall

Koni Koni offers kit to enhance suspension control
Shocks and springs are a lot like those beds that Goldilocks borrowed from the three bears. They can be too hard or too soft or just right. To make things not only just right but also a lot easier for auto enthusiasts, two prominent automotive parts specialists have gotten together to develop a suspension kit designed to enhance performance without destroying ride and comfort.

In 2005, Koni introduced its patented Frequency Selective Damping system for shock absorbers. Since then, it has worked with Eibach springs to develop an engineered suspension system – the Koni FSD Eibach kit.

Koni's Roger Sears explains that Frequency Selective Damping puts parallel valves in the shock absorber to control oil flow – one valve is tuned to respond to body motion and the other to individual wheel frequencies. The result is the kind of firmer ride and enhanced dynamic response that enthusiasts want, but without making the ride to harsh or uncomfortable.

Auto enthusiasts like a firmer ride, but they also like to lower their cars so they ride closer to the pavement. But lowering the car can "get into the bump rubbers more often," Sears adds, explaining that shock absorber can get false feedback when the ride is lowered and sometimes back off rather than maintain firmness.

Koni got together with Eibach and engineered a suspension setup that combines Koni's dampers with Eibach's Pro-Kit lowering springs to produce a properly engineered setup. Koni was founded in The Netherlands in the 19th Century, began supplying auto parts in 1918, and since 1972 has been part of ITT Industries Inc.

"This is an engineered kit," Sears says, adding that each application is thoroughly tested and thus kits are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee. He adds that the kit is designed for daily driving and provides a level of comfort well beyond a special track day or autocross suspension setup.

Sears notes that while some electronic and air suspension setups can achieve the same goals, they are much more expensive and much more limited in application. The Koni FSD Eibach kit is priced in the $600 - $800 range, depending on specific vehicle application.

For more information or to find an auto shop or parts store that carries the kits, visit the www.koni-na.com website or call (859) 586-4100.

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