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Old 07-13-2011, 05:37 AM   #43
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I just returned from a 3100 mile trip. The majority of the roads traveled were the same as previous trips (x3). Prior to this long trip I planned to later have the Air Ride installed. I've now changed my mind. The changes that the Koni shocks made to the ride are noticeable - more than I originally thought. Subjectivity is sometimes difficult and my previous short trip did not help. I have a whiskey compass on my dash (you pilots know the type), I just have a habit of looking at it for some reason - even though I have a fully capable GPS. The point is that this little compass turned out to be a good indicator of ride smoothness. Before the Konis the compass was almost unreadable at times. Now, easily readable and no more "Dash Crash" (that jolt that moves the dash). The ride changed so much that now I can definitely determine I have wheel imbalance (most noticeable at 45 and 70mph). I did not notice this before because it was masked by the poor ride. For me, the Koni shocks were worth the money spent. After the installation of some wheel balancers (Centramatic), I feel I have invested enough for a reasonable return. I now have a very nice riding
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:32 AM   #44
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Katherine, appreciate the update and glad you are a happy camper. As you know, I did the Kelderman thing back in May. I was impressed with the ride improvement on the 500 mile trip home from Kelderman. Now we are on a 3,000 mile roundtrip to the Outer Banks and I immediately noticed even more improvement when we departed. I attributed this to being heavier since we were loaded for the trip. I was loaded very light for the ride to and from Kelderman. Maybe your Koni shocks seem better to you now for the same reason, you were heavier on your trip. Just a thought. Happy travels!
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