SHOCK ABSORBERS

If you intend to do some hard work on corrugations, wash aways, negotitating rock strewn terrain, etc in your 4WD then from experience we suggest you look at upgrading your standard shock absorbers and possibly springs. Good quality shock absorbers will improve your ride, braking and handling on-road, but will importantly be built to perform in more rugged environments. We can only advise, don't let happen to you what happenned to us in our early days of 4 Wheel Driving. We got caught in heavy rain while crossing from the Gammon Ranges through to Broken Hill. After pushing through many bog holes we broke one of the car's original shock absorbers midway. The resulting slow trip landed us in Broken Hill on the Saturday of Easter. This meant a three day unscheduled wait before a replacement shcok absorber could be fitted. We learnt from that experience to only use better end shock absorbers like Koni and Bilstien so that our trips away don't suffer like that again.

We can offer fitment or supply only. If we are unable to fit your vehicle in or you would preffer to save cost by doing the fitment yourself then we will sell the product to you at dealer prices.




















Koni

As Koni aim for the best performance and not necessarily the most economic solution they can be found on cars in the top-end of the automobile segment; supplying cars like the Lamborghini Diablo, Chrysler Viper, Lotus Elise, etc. Generally these manufacturers put strong emphasis on handling on their cars.
Koni Produce a wide range of shock absorbers for cars, classic cars, trucks and 4WD vehicles. Their rugged construction and the use of first class materials are the essentials for Koni quality.
Koni is not your average shock absorber, they feature a number of standards that make them unique.
Adjustable
Set them to your personal preference and to compensate for wear.
Tailer Made
They are not a copy of the original that came with your car, but are designed to give a specific upgrade in performance.
Improvement
Individually tested until the optimum in handling and comfort is reached.
Safety
The handling of your car is a major issue for your own safety and other road users.
Involvement
Koni test-drivers are dedicated car enthusiasts themselves.
Built for a lifetime
A set of Koni shock absorbers will usually outlive your car.


SPECIALThe red KONI Special is designed for drivers who want to improve their car’s handling. Improved comfort and road holding combined with a higher level of safety, available for almost every car. Each shock absorber is customised for the car model. Hence, a KONI Special is always the best choice for replacement as well as improvement.

SPORTKONI serve sporting drivers with a carefully designed range of sport shock absorbers. This line focuses on exceptional road holding combined with an acceptable level of comfort. Its characteristics include responsive steering, reduced body-roll and limited body movements. Externally adjustable shock absorbers make fine tuning even more easy.

CLASSICThe KONI Classic line makes modern shock absorber technology available for classic cars and cars from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. They have the same superior qualities which the KONI Specials offer to modern cars. Classic shock absorbers are finished with the traditional black or red gloss (Identified as (black) or (red) and "wing” logo.

SPORT-KITThe sporting motorist who wants nothing but the very best in roadholding is offered a unique range of suspension kits by KONI. They consist of matching shock absorbers and lowering springs. Either a fixed lowering or an adjustable lowering upto 65 mm., in combination with the externally adjustable damping give the car maximum tuneability for absolutely superb roadholding and great looks.

4WDKONI produce a wide range of shock absorbers for the popular 4WD-Vehicles. They are designed to last, even in harsh off-road conditions. A rugged construction and the use of first class materials are the essentials for the KONI quality. On the street the ride and stability of your vehicle will improve consistently, providing more safety and overall performance.

UNDERSTANDING CAR DYNAMICS

Over steer and under steer are two often misunderstood concepts related to the way a car handles. The following explanations and diagrams should clear up any confusion you may have.

Over steer

Over steer is when the rear wheels are carving a larger arc than the front wheels or the intended line of the turn. Rear "slip angles" exceed those of the front tires. This is often described as a "loose" condition, as the car feels like it may swap ends, or be "twitchy."
This condition can be caused by "power over steer", where you need to reduce power in order to bring the back end back into line.

Under steer

Under steer is when the front wheels are carving a larger arc than the rear wheels. This is often described as "push" or "pushing" - as the front end feels like it is plowing off of a corner.
Further acceleration only compounds the push, as weight shifts back to the rear drive wheels off of the front turning wheels, leading to a further lessening of the car's ability to turn in.
Under steer can be remedied by slight modulation in throttle to transfer weight forward to the front wheels, aiding their traction and ability to carve the turn.
Many cars are designed to have a tendency to under steer. If the driver gets uncomfortable and "lifts" off the gas, that will cause the front end to tighten the curve - a relatively safer, and more predictable condition.


When the car's body leans in a corner, the outside suspension compresses and the inside suspension extends. In other words, the outside suspension moves in bump direction and the inside suspension moves in rebound direction

Tuning Tips
If the car rolls on the rear outside suspension during corner exit, increase rebound damping force at the front inside. The front inside suspension affects the car mostly on corner exit. By adding rebound damping you will loosen the car up on corner exit.

If the car rolls on the front outside during corner entry, increase rebound damping on the rear inside suspension.

By adding rebound damping to the front on both sides equally, it will tighten the car some.
By adding rebound damping to the rear on both sides equally, it will loosen the car up some.

Note that the shock absorbers do not change the amount of weight transfer, only the time it takes to transfer this weight.

Only adjust enough rebound into each shock absorber to eliminate the undesirable characteristic. Adjusting too much rebound may mask a handling problem of another sort and may even be make things worse and dangerous.


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