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This is a discussion on shock question within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I wanted Bilstein HD shocks on my 98 z/28 but the fronts are on back order as you all know. ...

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    I wanted Bilstein HD shocks on my 98 z/28 but the fronts are on back order as you all know. I was wondering if Koni single adjustable shocks for the front and the Bilstein HDs on the rear would be ok (trying to save a little money)? I use my car for daily driving and would like it to handle good around turns. Are the Konis worth the extra money? Thank you in advance.

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    That's a hell of a great combination... I'd go with the Koni SA in the front.
    Also note that with the Koni SA, you can chose between stock height or ~3/4" lowered due to 2 perch locations on the shock.
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    cool - one other thing- would koni s/a rear shocks have a 3/4 drop as well? Do you know of a spring that lowers the car 3/4" that is not harsh? I have a bad back - I can deal with a lil bit firmer ride then my stock z/28 has but didnt want to get jarred when I hit a bump. I was thinking 3/4" lower due to the shocks and 3/4" more due to springs=1.5 lower. (I realize to do this I will have to put konis in the rear as well correct?)
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    to get the 3/4" drop in the rear I have heard of people using rubber tubing insted of the OEM rubber spring bushing. Protects against the metal to metal contact and lowers the car.

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    thanks for the input

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    cool - one other thing- would koni s/a rear shocks have a 3/4 drop as well? Do you know of a spring that lowers the car 3/4" that is not harsh? I have a bad back - I can deal with a lil bit firmer ride then my stock z/28 has but didnt want to get jarred when I hit a bump. I was thinking 3/4" lower due to the shocks and 3/4" more due to springs=1.5 lower. (I realize to do this I will have to put konis in the rear as well correct?)
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    no... since the spring doesn't go over the shock.
    You can simply remove the rubber over the spring and replace it w/ rubber hose on the 1st coil... lowers same amount... called the hose-mod.

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    awsome I will be going with the konis s/a in the front and bilstein HDs in the rear since I can lower the same amount in the rear by using hose.- I will have to try and find out what size hose. I appreciate all the help man.

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    I think garden hose does the trick, if not mistaken.

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    any risk of problems from not using the stock rubber?

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    nah... many people use the hose-mod, and even in racing, SCCA cars run them as well... passes safety requirements and so far, never seen any documented failure.
    The point of that rubber is just to avoid metal-metal contact.

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    Thanks-for all the info. man. I am gonna order them in the next 2 weeks. I will let ya know how it handles/rides when its done (just bought baer slotted/drilled rotors and Hawk ceramic pads for it too).

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    Can you run rubber hose with the stock rubber isolators? I want to give my pro-kit a bit of a lift for taller tires. Eventually I'll put different rear springs in it.

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    I woudln't see why you couldn't add the rubber hose to add height, but I do believe that the rubber to rubber contact would eventually cause wear on one of the rubber components, most likely the hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    I think garden hose does the trick, if not mistaken.
    You use heater hose but I can't remember which diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuttyprofessor View Post
    I woudln't see why you couldn't add the rubber hose to add height, but I do believe that the rubber to rubber contact would eventually cause wear on one of the rubber components, most likely the hose.
    That's what I was afraid of. I'd hate to take a chance and kill the stock rubber parts so maybe I'll just wait until I get new rear springs.

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    exactly...if you need to take it aprat to just stick a band aid on it, might as well just stick a different spring in and not worry about it.

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    Sort of similar...do you HAVE to get your bilstein's revalved if you get lowering springs?

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    ^ I have heard YES but not 100% sure on that.

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    I have another question about the KONI shocks. Do the KONI S/a rear shocks provide a 3/4" drop like the fronts do? (I am thinking no)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LETHALxLS1 View Post
    I have another question about the KONI shocks. Do the KONI S/a rear shocks provide a 3/4" drop like the fronts do? (I am thinking no)

    forgetful today? See post #6.

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