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    E30 Shock Option Thread

    This thread will list which shocks you can use, outside of E30 specific. It will also list any necessary modifications needed, advantages, and most importantly - part numbers and dimensions.

    Post up any additions, verifications, and/or corrections and I will update as necessary.
    Also post up sales when applicable, to keep people updated.

    Brand/Model----F/R----Fits----------------Made For-----------Part #-----------Notes----Verified?

    Bilstein Sport……Front 318is,325,i,is…….Corrado G60……………………..F4- P30-3066………..(*1)........Yes
    Koni Sport....……Front 318is,325,i,is…….85-90 Golf/Jetta.……………..8611-1258-Race…….(*5).......Yes
    Koni Sport………..Rear 318is,325i,is……..94-04 Mustang Exc. IRC…..8041-1186-Sport……(*2).......?
    Koni Sport………..Rear 318is, 325i,is…….94-04 Mustang Exc. IRC…..8042-1134-Sport…….(*3)......?
    Koni Sport………..Rear 318is, 325i,is…….87-93 Mustang, 8 cyl……….8042-1026-Sport…….(*3)......?
    Koni Sport………..Front 318is, 325i,is…….Corrado G60…………………….8641-1198-Sport……..(*1).....Yes
    Koni Sport (GC) Front 318is, 325i,is…….E30…………………………………..?..................... ......(*4).....Yes
    Koni Sport………..Front 318is, 325i,is…….05-08 Subaru Legacy……….8610-1447-Sport……..(*6)....?

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    *1 – Corrado G60 shock casings are shorter, thus these are used for people lowering their spring perches and running spacers under the shock. Shock casing diameter is also 6mm narrower. Custom gland nut for Bilstein Sports – # U232A1

    *2 – Mustang Koni Sport rear shocks are used because they are top adjustable, unlike the Koni Sport rears made for E30’s

    *3 – These Mustang Koni Sports are double adjustable (External Rebound and Compression), as opposed to single adjustable like the ones above.

    *4 – I’ve heard these Koni Sports carry the same part number as the Corrado G60 Koni Sports, however, they are “custom valved” specifically for Ground Control. Anytime I try to get more info on them from Ground Control they avoid the questions… Dimensions? Part numbers? Revalving description? Who knows, but they’re $50 more than the G60 shock.

    *5 - Double Adjustable (External Rebound and Compression). Shock casings are shorter, thus these are used for people lowering their spring perches and running spacers under the shock.

    *6 - Koni Sport top adjustable - Made for Subaru Legacy (Liberty) 2.0, 3.0, 3.0R incl. GT Wagon
    Last edited by Moto-Mucci; 03-22-2010, 08:32 AM.

    #2
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    i'm very interested in how this thread moves along as i've been considering KONI for my shock replacements (as i've run them on all my past cars) but I was not aware that the rears werent top adjustable. (how do they normally adjust?)

    Are these other struts properly damped for the e30 application? Just because it fits, doesn't always mean it's ideal.
    Originally posted by FredK
    However, in your absence, I will likely sit in your seat buck naked while making racecar noises as if I were maxing your E30 out on the Mulsanne Straight while allowing the perforated vinyl to soak up my butt sweat (going 200 mph does that to you).

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      #3
      The thread I have been searching for all my life! Sticky this STAT!
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        #4
        just for you Patrick ;)

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          #5
          Good idea, Subscribed

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            #6
            Would be great to see a price comparo as well. Perhaps shocks meant for other applications could work out to be cheaper? (like using a mustang 02 sensor instead of a BMW one).
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              #7
              8611-1258-Race (#5) can be verified. I have them as they are what TCK uses for their coils and obviously the strut housings must be shortened.

              '91 318is - OBD-II S52 swapped - E30 M3 5-lug - 5x120 BBS RC090 (E39 Style 5) - TCK D/A coilovers 550/700 [SOLD]
              '87 535i - Vacuum brake conversion [SOLD]
              '93 525iT - 5-speed swap - 320k and counting
              '09 328xi - 6-speed

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                #8
                Verification and details updated*

                Gooch, what is the diameter of the casings? Do they fit snugly into the housings, or do they have about 6mm of play like the G60's?

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                  #9
                  Diameter is 1.71" according to Koni's website. They fit snug in the strut housing, there is no play.

                  '91 318is - OBD-II S52 swapped - E30 M3 5-lug - 5x120 BBS RC090 (E39 Style 5) - TCK D/A coilovers 550/700 [SOLD]
                  '87 535i - Vacuum brake conversion [SOLD]
                  '93 525iT - 5-speed swap - 320k and counting
                  '09 328xi - 6-speed

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Gooch View Post
                    Diameter is 1.71" according to Koni's website. They fit snug in the strut housing, there is no play.
                    Where did you find casing dimensions on their site? I'm wondering if the Jetta/Golf shocks fit better then the G60 ones. # 8641-1198-Sport

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                      #11
                      Only the race models seem to be listed.

                      http://www.koniracing.com/8611.cfm

                      '91 318is - OBD-II S52 swapped - E30 M3 5-lug - 5x120 BBS RC090 (E39 Style 5) - TCK D/A coilovers 550/700 [SOLD]
                      '87 535i - Vacuum brake conversion [SOLD]
                      '93 525iT - 5-speed swap - 320k and counting
                      '09 328xi - 6-speed

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                        #12
                        Ok Mucci. I'm wanting to go to coils and cut out the middle man (GC.) Which inserts do I need to order? With Koni's 25% off, this could be a good deal. I'm looking to go low and still have some damper to sit on. Suggestions? It doesn't look like the "Race" dampers are part of the deal; maybe i'm misreading it.
                        -tim
                        Originally posted by Jordan
                        I like the stance
                        -Coining hip terms since 10/9/03

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Gooch View Post
                          8611-1258-Race (#5) can be verified. I have them as they are what TCK uses for their coils and obviously the strut housings must be shortened.
                          How high are these? My GC modified strut housings are 15 and 3/4" in height (inside from the bottom to the top of threaded end).
                          Mtech1 v8 build thread - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=413205



                          OEM v8 manual chip or dme - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho....php?p=4938827

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                            #14
                            Looks to be. . .
                            Attached Files
                            -tim
                            Originally posted by Jordan
                            I like the stance
                            -Coining hip terms since 10/9/03

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                              #15
                              Hmm.. where are you getting this from? Link please? :)
                              Mtech1 v8 build thread - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=413205



                              OEM v8 manual chip or dme - https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho....php?p=4938827

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