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#2366870 - 09/07/17 09:36 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Nice clean slick work AndyF. A lot of your stuff over the years have been my inspiration.

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#2390012 - 10/19/17 06:54 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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I designed a different style of shock plate for my Duster project and now I'm thinking I'll switch to this style on my Coronet also. The double shear design is stronger and easier to R&R. It is also a more flexible design which allows me to place the lower mount exactly where I want it before I weld the assembly together.


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#2399163 - 11/05/17 10:50 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Got the Coronet running again after sitting in the back of the shop for 10+ years. Might get it out to a track day next summer. Doubt I'll drive it very hard but might take it out for a few laps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvGBDgF6sZk&feature=youtu.be

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#2399164 - 11/05/17 10:55 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Cool video, thanks for sharing!! Coronet sounds good.
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#2399967 - 11/07/17 12:11 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Andy, how much for a pair of those rear shock plates?

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#2401260 - 11/10/17 12:13 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: 73MagDuster]
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Originally Posted By 73MagDuster
Andy, how much for a pair of those rear shock plates?


Depends on which ones you are asking about. The ones one the Coronet are fairly simple so they'll be around $90 from Mancini. The ones on the Duster will be a u-weld it kit and might be $120 or so. The Duster ones will have the extra plates for the CalTrac bars.

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#2407325 - 11/22/17 10:01 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Andy- great work as always. What hub/disc are you using on the front?
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#2407854 - 11/23/17 11:13 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Custom hubs with Baer rotors and Porsche calipers.

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#2495521 - 05/13/18 12:15 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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I did get the Coronet out for some driving the other day. The Koni shocks make a big difference in how the car feels. The car was really harsh with the old shocks that I had on there but now with the Koni shocks it just soaks up the bumps. I have 0.960 torsion bars up front but I think I can step up a notch to the 1.00 inch bars without any issues.


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#2495961 - 05/14/18 11:58 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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The adjusters are screwed in flush with the LCA plates with the 0.960 bars so it wouldn't hurt me to go one step larger to a 1.00 bar. That would give me a few more threads of adjustment.

I weighed the Coronet and it is 3800 lbs without driver. 50/50 weight distribution. So that is 1900 lbs on the front end which means a 190 lb/inch front spring rate would work.

I haven't tried different settings on the Koni shocks yet. I installed them with the adjustment in the middle of the range and they seem to be working fine so I'll probably leave it for now.

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#2496555 - 05/15/18 03:57 PM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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Within 2 or 3 days I had the adjustable shocks on my Dart fairly set up to my liking.
Hotchkis front / QA1 rear, 1" torsionbars, Hellwig front swaybar, 7 leaf springpacks in the back (because of 2 propane tanks).

The car felt like sticking to the road much better than ever before.
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#2508702 - 06/15/18 12:36 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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I got back on this project and finished up a set of rear shock plates with a double shear mount for the Koni shocks. I used a 5/8 hole in the bracket so I could use a 5/8 diameter mounting bolt. The Koni engineers used the wrong hole size in their shocks so I just adjusted my bracket to fit. A 5/8 diameter bolt is way overkill for this application but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.


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#2511606 - 06/22/18 12:48 AM Re: Anyone running Koni shocks? [Re: AndyF]
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I have some miles on the car now and I think the Koni shocks are worth the money. It was a huge hassle having to build the custom rear shock plates but I suppose it was also a good learning experience. I'm lucky that I have the tools available to me so I can build stuff like that. Without those tools I'd been screwed. I'd still have a couple of Koni shocks sitting in a box that wouldn't fit on the car. No idea why Koni makes the wrong shocks for our cars but I guess that is just the way they roll.

I talked to the guys at Firm Feel about the Koni shocks and they told me that Koni has always made the rear shocks wrong. Koni engineers told them that the Mopar rear stud is 5/8 which is why they make their shocks that way. Evidently the Koni engineers refused to admit they were making the shocks wrong and refuse to change the design. Kind of funny in a perverse way. I've worked with engineers like that so I understand it. Convinced that they are correct while everyone knows they are wrong............

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