Konitrasting stories

As regular visitors to this site would be aware, my Saab 9-3 Viggen is currently out of action due to a burst left front shock absorber.

Earlier this year I got a set of Koni adjustable shocks for the rear, which have been fantastic. The ‘soft’ setting is like riding a normal set of OEM shocks and it just gets firmer from there. Depending on what you need you can go from Elton John to Yngwie Malmsteen with the simple twist of a dial.

I want to match the fronts with the Konis in the rear.

Abbott Motorsport say I can get some.

Genuine Saab say I can get some.

However, Koni themselves say I can’t and Elkparts’ dampers page seems to agree. I spoke with Koni’s distributor here in Australia today and they say that because the Aero and the Viggen are lowered there’s not enough travel for the damper and they’ve had too many warranty claims. He says they’ve had quite a few discussions with an Abbott distributor here in Australia about the issue and the number of claims (about 5 or so) has led them to stating that the 9-3 sport shocks in their online catalogue are NOT suitable for the Aero and Viggen.

So who’s right? The aftermarket guys selling Konis against Koni’s own advice – or the Koni distributor looking to minimise his exposure.

Your experience will be welcome. If I can’t source some reasonably priced Konis I’m thinking of either going with OEMs or Bilsteins, though neither of these have the adjustability.

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6 Comments

  1. I recon its koni covering themselves, almost all the mod-ed ng900’s and 9-3’s that i know off all use these struts. post it on Saab Central and guarantee they will tell u to go with them.

    Interestingly i spoke with Abbott in Australia last week and they were keen to sell some.

    al

  2. I recon its koni covering themselves, almost all the mod-ed ng900’s and 9-3’s that i know off all use these struts. post it on Saab Central and guarantee they will tell u to go with them.

    Interestingly i spoke with Abbott in Australia last week and they were keen to sell some.

    al

  3. I’ve had a bit of experience with koni and the result has almost always been noise comming out of the frontend of the car due to miss-fit of the shocks… Saab original is the only thing that will work 100% with a Viggen. Aero hasn’t got the same chassi as Viggen.

  4. al aero: “I recon its koni covering themselves,”

    It isn’t. Koni has _always_ specified that these dampers are unsuitable for Aero and Viggen models.

    al aero: “…almost all the mod-ed ng900’s and 9-3’s that i know off all use these struts.”

    It doesn’t mean that it is right, though.

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