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328 Shocks: Replace with QA1's or rebuild original Koni's?

Discussion in '308/328' started by oceanview328, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. oceanview328

    oceanview328 Karting

    Dec 7, 2012
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    A few years ago, most guys were replacing their Koni's with QA1's so, I bought a set with the intention of replacing them. I'm finally getting around to dealing with it and I was wondering what people's opinion's are now-a-days. I see that the value of these cars has gone up quite a bit, and I assume there is more of a push now to keep them as original as possible. Which do you think is the better way to go?
     
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  3. 4right

    4right Formula 3
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    Image Unavailable, Please Login Given that this isn’t a permanent alteration that you are making to the car, the originality consideration shouldn’t be an issue. Unless you are interested in having the car judged. I went with rebuilt Koni’s that are adjustable and give the look of originality at the same time. I still have the originals that I can change back to when and if needed.
     
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  4. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    QA-1 are great shocks but whatever you use keep the original.
     
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  5. ginoBBi512

    ginoBBi512 Formula Junior
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    I dont think that using shocks other then the original Konis, ( which I have used in my recent suspension rebuild ) are going to make the 328 handle better. AT 100,000 miles, my original Konis where still working very well. I would say, the best way to get the 328 to handle better is to use 17 inch wheels with P ZEROS, or maybe a set of Continental Extreme contact patch tires. I have had 17s on my 328 for 21 years, I just put on a set of Compomotive wheels, 17 inch, but now with 9 inch wide at the rear and 8 inch wide at the front, instead of 17s and 7.5 inch wide on all four legs. I can almost feel chunks of asphalt get ripped up when I go around corners, thats the level of grip I feel I am getting, not a 4 S 911, but darn close lol !! I would also replace the motor mounts with new ones. So 255/ 265 45 17s on the rear, 235 / 245 17s on the front with a rebuilt steering rack. And as far as adjustable shocks go, 99 % of drivers dont have the skill to drive their cars fast enough to feel any difference. Its that simple.

    Thank you
     
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  6. oceanview328

    oceanview328 Karting

    Dec 7, 2012
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    Thanks for your responses! My current shocks are seized up so, I have to deal with it anyway. I'm not super concerned about improving performance but, I bought the QA1's at the time since that's what everybody on Fchat was recommending. Since I already have them, I guess I'll go ahead and install the QA1's and see how I like them but, I'll definitely hang on to the original shocks and springs. If I'm not happy with them, I'll look into getting the originals rebuilt.
     
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  8. AZDoug

    AZDoug Formula 3

    Jun 17, 2009
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    if you have the QA-1s, I would use them seeing as they are already paid for.

    Shocks are very easily changed.

    Its not like you are putting a Honda motor in your car.

    Doug
     
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  9. M.Burroughs

    M.Burroughs Karting

    Dec 11, 2010
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    Amen to that! You're just putting QA1s on it... you know, real renowned for their prowess. ;)
     
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