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Old 03-26-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Best shock for 2013 GT - Which one to get?

So I just got done putting the wheels and H & R Super Sport springs on and now it is time for new shocks. I knew it would be a hard ride but did it anyway. I hear good things about Koni's and Tokico but looking for some advice from people who have them on their car. Right now leaning torward the Tokico's but am willing to get anything that works well.

Anyone have experience with maybe both?
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Koni single adjustables hands down for me. Bilsteins are good shocks as well.
Tokicos are ok but not like the other brands mentioned,
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Looks sweet! Now you got me rethinking the K springs. Did you replace struts already in the front and did you use CC plates or just camber bolts?
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So far all I have done is springs, adj Panhard Bar and Camber Bolts. When I do the shocks and struts will probably do CC plates.
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Well I might need to run out to my computer and place my order for the Koni's real quick then cause they are out of stock. Get my name on the list first How did your alignment go?
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Koni single adjustables hands down for me. Bilsteins are good shocks as well.
Tokicos are ok but not like the other brands mentioned,
don't do bilsteins as they can't handle that far a drop. They will ride really rough and bottom out.

I have Koni and H&R SS springs and I wouldn't trade the Koni for anything. I can't imagine these springs on the stock shocks and struts. Your ride has to be terrible haha.
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Koni makes some of the best dampers for our cars, Tokico makes the FRPP dampers, including the adjustable boss dampers, I still wouldn't take them over the konis that I have
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I am on Koni SA yellows. Your ride quality will suffer when u change ur spring rates.
You will need a shock to match the spring rates of your springs.
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Koni makes some of the best dampers for our cars, Tokico makes the FRPP dampers, including the adjustable boss dampers, I still wouldn't take them over the konis that I have
You should listen to this man, I did, sometimes he actually says things that are worth while
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don't do bilsteins as they can't handle that far a drop. They will ride really rough and bottom out.

I have Koni and H&R SS springs and I wouldn't trade the Koni for anything. I can't imagine these springs on the stock shocks and struts. Your ride has to be terrible haha.
LOL, yes it feels like I am sitting on a cement seat. Thanks for the input, will have to check out the Koni's. Any idea where to get a good deal online?
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LOL, yes it feels like I am sitting on a cement seat. Thanks for the input, will have to check out the Koni's. Any idea where to get a good deal online?
haha ouch. I duuno man i got them from americanmuscle with the forum discount.
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LOL, yes it feels like I am sitting on a cement seat. Thanks for the input, will have to check out the Koni's. Any idea where to get a good deal online?
I think the rears are in stock at AM, just the struts on back order.
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Not trying to thread jack but what about strange struts and shocks? Single adjustable. The price looks great and they offer an 11+ strut. I never heard bad things about strange eng but how do they conpare to the Koni's?
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Maximum Motorsports has good prices on Koni yellows. I bought shocks from them and will be buying struts shortly and theyve been in stock each time I looked.
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Not trying to thread jack but what about strange struts and shocks? Single adjustable. The price looks great and they offer an 11+ strut. I never heard bad things about strange eng but how do they conpare to the Koni's?
Strange is more of a drag type shock, more geared towards strip action than street action
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Is Koni more road course?
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Is Koni more road course?
Strt are the more streatable ones, the sports or the "yellows" are definitely For road course racing
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Oh ok I understand thinking about the strange single adjustable set up for me since I mostly drag. I haven't installed my springs yet because I want to replace the struts and shocks at the same time
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Strt are the more streatable ones, the sports or the "yellows" are definitely For road course racing
OK so is it possible to get a decent, almost stock, ride out of Konis Strt and then adjust them for Autocross or road course duty or is the "softest" setting still much stiffer than stock?
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OK so is it possible to get a decent, almost stock, ride out of Konis Strt and then adjust them for Autocross or road course duty or is the "softest" setting still much stiffer than stock?
The Strt are non adjustable. The yellows are the ones that are adjustable. You can make them soft or stiff with a number of settings in between.
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OK so is it possible to get a decent, almost stock, ride out of Konis Strt and then adjust them for Autocross or road course duty or is the "softest" setting still much stiffer than stock?
I have tokico on k springs and in the softest setting it is softer than stock but in the hardest setting it is super stiff track only and very uncomfortable on the street with minimal body roll.
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OK so is it possible to get a decent, almost stock, ride out of Konis Strt and then adjust them for Autocross or road course duty or is the "softest" setting still much stiffer than stock?
The strt is non-adjustable, but is exactly how the car should have felt in stock form. The yellow are fully adjustable and are both streatable and extremely road course capable
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FWIW, my FRPP adjustable damper full suspension kit arrived. Planning to gitRdone April 5 and will report.
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FWIW, my FRPP adjustable damper full suspension kit arrived. Planning to gitRdone April 5 and will report.
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Is that the FR3? If so I'll be interested to hear when you're done. I'm considering this for a mid-summer upgrade for my DD but don't want to kill the ride. It looks like a well engineered system with good testing and production pedigree behind it. Good luck on the install.
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It is the FR3. I'll post by Sunday.
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FRPP FR3A install went well

Reporting on the swap out of a 2013 GT suspension for the FRPP FR3A. The ride is virtually the same as with my previous as-delivered Track Pack setup. I like that. But these are adjustable and I'm starting with a middle stiffness. The big diff is in brake-dive. There is now virtually none. A bit stiffer in cornering and really no roll. Quiet - I cannot tell they weren't original. 1 inch lower all around and that's not enough to worry about C&C plates or the lobbed strut bolt. Nice upgrade.
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Car looks good now.
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Anybody check BMR Suspension? They have package with Koni yellows front and rear plus the BMR Springs like for $763.00. Granted, you might want more of a drop than those springs give.
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Reporting on the swap out of a 2013 GT suspension for the FRPP FR3A. The ride is virtually the same as with my previous as-delivered Track Pack setup. I like that. But these are adjustable and I'm starting with a middle stiffness. The big diff is in brake-dive. There is now virtually none. A bit stiffer in cornering and really no roll. Quiet - I cannot tell they weren't original. 1 inch lower all around and that's not enough to worry about C&C plates or the lobbed strut bolt. Nice upgrade.
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Sounds like you made a wise choice on the upgrade path. Sorry to pepper you with questions but did you have a Ford dealer or other shop do the install? Can you give me a rough idea of the parts and labor cost? You can PM me if you like. Thanks and keep us updated on the long term feel with diff adjustments.
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Ford dealer did it. Warranted. $300 plus cost of alignment. Kit was 10% over cost. So total was about $2100. They let me come back into shop, take photos/inspect it all and they cut flaps in cargo carpet for adjusting. There are different kits. This one retails for $2100 or so. Adjustable. No strut tower brace with this kit, which was fine - track pack one still fits.
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Ford dealer did it. Warranted. $300 plus cost of alignment. Kit was 10% over cost. So total was about $2100. They let me come back into shop, take photos/inspect it all and they cut flaps in cargo carpet for adjusting. There are different kits. This one retails for $2100 or so. Adjustable. No strut tower brace with this kit, which was fine - track pack one still fits.
Thanks for the details. Do you plan any track days or autocross or hoping to enjoy the cloverleafs and on/off ramps more?
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