Koni Yellow Sport Adjustables

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chassis Upgrades' started by Smokin, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. FORZDA 2

    FORZDA 2 Member

    The main physical difference is the bracket for the damper weight. If they list the ST, the struts must include the OEM bracketry.
     
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  3. meFiSTo

    meFiSTo Active Member

    Watching this thread! Waiting on front ST-specific fitment as well. Will go in the (growing) pile for spring installations.
     
  4. Mightymango

    Mightymango Active Member

    I know, I contacted the main rules guy over at the SCCA but he said the "normal" Fiesta ones should be legal but if there is going to be a specific one...I'm going to wait.
     
  5. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    Any updates from Koni? I would like to get something on my car before San Diego if possible.
     
  6. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    interested in this too...hoping that some Koni's will save what has been otherwise a frustrating car for me. I see the rears out there but no fronts yet. In it for Wheels, Tires and Konis and I am on the fence trying to decide if I am better off spending the money on the Ford, taking my lumps with an early trade and getting something like the Camaro SS with 1LE package (should have done this to begin with)...or holding the ford as my Daily and spending the money on another old miata to compete in while I wait for the ford to be a better trade.
     
  7. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    There are fronts for the car, they just don't have the correct brackets for the ABS and mass dampeners.

    I've not found the car nearly as frustrating as others have. Maybe it's my driving style or maybe it's because I left the setup alone and concentrated on learning the car but I was quite successful taking my first-ever NWR Pax class championship against some very tough competition. So don't give up on it, it's a great car!
     
  8. Personally, I wouldn't worry about the brackets.

    Mass dampener : Doug Gill already cleared it (or lack thereof).

    ABS Wire : Might be one of those "have to see it first to understand it" things, but trust me when I say the (one out of two OEM) bracket on the Koni plus ONE zip tie per side will be, it anything, more secure and LESS likely to come loose from the shock and harm the wire than the OEM attachment. See picture for details.

    Put on the shocks (front and rear) a week ago and ran the first TnT event last weekend in the car. I never did autocross the car on the stock shocks, but will say that on the street the Konis transformed the car (turns in sharper, sticks better AND even rides a little BETTER than the stock shocks). Still on the stock swaybars no-less...
     

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  9. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Alan, I am just being super negative ;) I have been holding off on changes trying to figure out what we need to do. Just a really frustrating car as it is for me... Not as satisfying as my mini was. Probably because I had really high hopes. I am sure this year will be fun... Even if I am chasing a bunch of other cars around the course.
     
  10. k757

    k757 Active Member

    Get what you want and can afford. Life is too short to not be happy
     
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  11. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    So aside from the brackets are there any other differences possible? Will valving be different? Just emailed back and forth a bit with someone from Koni and the fronts don't seem to be close yet (by close I mean not in time for April/May). At least according to Mason they were still in development and he said this could be a long process, but I am not sure how clued into the real timeline Mason is.

    That said if the only thing I am waiting for is a bracket that can be addressed with a zip tie then I am not bothered. If there are possible tuning differences then that is another story.
     
  12. ksconekiller

    ksconekiller New Member

    So some people have the Konis installed, but some people are waiting for them to be available? That doesn't make sense. Are they available or not?

    My father just purchased a FiST, and his only complaint is the choppy ride on the street due to the high compression damping of the stock shocks. He is a casual autocrosser (4-6 local events per year), so he doesn't need to do a whole lot for car prep, but would it be worth switching to Konis for a better ride? Many people here have mentioned that it helps; is it really noticeable?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  13. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    They do not have a st specific front yet. The standard Fiesta fits except for a bracket that you really don't need. Not sure if that will be the only difference, so that is why I am waiting. They make a big difference.
     
  14. Des

    Des Active Member

    I just installed mine. Those who have done so, have you made some kind of adjuster extension for the fronts?
     
  15. ksconekiller

    ksconekiller New Member

    Des,

    When the shocks are set on soft, do they make the ride less harsh than the OEM shocks?

    There used to be a "star" adjuster for Konis that allowed you to adjust it from the side rather than the top; not sure if they still make those.
     
  16. Des

    Des Active Member

    Thanks for the tip on the adjuster -- now I remember seeing these for Miatas and found one online.

    Shocks on soft, the ride feels a lot less busy. (The 45-series daily tires I put on last fall took a lot of impact harshness out as well).
     
  17. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    Let me know if you think they are a big difference for competition. I am planning on getting a set but having to replace the street tires early have made it necessary to push that out a month or two.
     
  18. Ride is definitely softer than the OEM shocks. This is on stock wheels/tires BTW for both the OEM and Koni shocks.

    Front Adjuster : will that "star" adjuster still fit with the brake fluid reservoir in place? As I recall (from looking at it again yesterday) the clearance from the adjuster to the reservoir in the "flat" (i.e. not up towards black plastic) direction was fairly tight.

    For the Test-n-Tune at Laguna last month, I just removed one of the two reservoir nuts (the one closer to the fender that is tougher to remove/tighten) for the day and only installed the other (easier to RnR) one. Next event in the car (and first "official" event) is this Sunday down at Marina (concrete).

    That said, from what I found at Laguna I suspect full soft on the front shocks may end up the right setting anyways. More rebound in front would make the transition feel a little better...but also was making the power-on wheelspin out of corners worse.
     
  19. Des

    Des Active Member

    Ed, forgot to tell you I put a Corksport 22mm bar on, too. Transitions felt terrific, but of course until I get some dry runs it's all just wishful thinking.
     
  20. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    Front sway bar? Keep us posted.
     
  21. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Front sway is on my list too...as long as it does not make it too much more difficult to get power down.
     

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