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    Koni rebuild cost

    Im sure its been covered but im being lazy and didnt look.
    What is the cheaper way to go, rebuild or replace my Koni's?? I saw them listed for $652 for all for at LMR.
    The other question is how long does it normally take to get them rebuilt and returned?

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    My cost from 2014 was $400 for the front struts. Cost from 2015 for the rear shocks was $190. They do not rebuild the quad shocks.

    Turn around was less than three weeks, but that is always dependent on their workload in the shop. They are very easy to work with.

    Since I show my cars in MCA Concours class, Koni replacements were not an option. Wrong style adjuster, incorrect date code, and of course wrong color

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    One of the guys on here just had his rebuild at another shop, Truchoice and had a good experience. You can read it here:

    http://www.svoca.com/forum/showthrea...n-Front-Struts
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    So Koni will repaint them the correct color too? It's not a big deal about that but I have an 84. Do they rebuild the to the 84 specs or will they revalve them to the 85-86 specs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagenham View Post
    So Koni will repaint them the correct color too? It's not a big deal about that but I have an 84. Do they rebuild the to the 84 specs or will they revalve them to the 85-86 specs?
    They use Duplicolor Chevy engine orange out of a spray can, while "somewhat" close, it is not correct.

    From my experience, they will valve to what you want.

    Give them a call... nice guys to work with.

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    unless you're after specific valving, it's typically a bit cheaper to buy new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVOeric View Post
    unless you're after specific valving, it's typically a bit cheaper to buy new.
    Very true as you can typically find them on sale.

    My motivation to have my originals rebuilt was to retain the original parts; date codes, engineering number, proper "D" style adjuster, etc. since I show my cars in MCA Concours class.

    That being said, I will agree that at this time, the MCA judging for the 3rd Generation cars has not gotten to that level, but it is slowly getting there.

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    I see both points. Keeping the original part numbers is nice but I don't intend to show in a concours class. I have done the MCA thing but not on that level. Mostly driven or modified classes.

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    part numbers are the same. There was a design change around 1995ish, if I remember correctly, that changed the adjuster on the top, from a D-shape to more of a tab

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVOeric View Post
    part numbers are the same. There was a design change around 1995ish, if I remember correctly, that changed the adjuster on the top, from a D-shape to more of a tab

    Sorry, I was referring to he Ford Engineering part number stamped into the housing.

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    So that means the original knob won't fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagenham View Post
    So that means the original knob won't fit?
    Correct, the new struts will be supplied with a new knob. The original knob had a molded D hole to match the adjuster tip and the new knobs have a pressed in insert with a slot opening in them. They look the same till you turn them over.
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    I believe the answer is no. Keep it in the glove box, though, it's a nice piece of history.

    When I pulled the 'Koni's' off our 86, with the idea of getting them rebuilt, it was obvious that a PO had gone with cheap inserts. It looked like they took a church key to cut the top of the strut off, and drop the inserts into the old Koni shell. I was pretty angry about that, but what are you going to do at that point? We ordered new Konis and continued winning class in autocross. :-)
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    I've got an extra old-style knob somewhere...
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