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DIY RedShift Koni/Swift (8thgen) Combo

redsfan

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This thread is more of a reference than a true DIY, I thought I took more pics than I did. But at least if your a 1st timer you can get an idea of what your getting yourself into. :)

Here's a couple pics of my car before the install..




Koni Adj. Sport Dampers w/ Swift Spec R (Progressive) Springs:turboleghump:

Spring Rates: 257 lbs/in (F) / 294 lbs/in (R)
Ride Height: 1.2" (F) / 1.1" (R)
Other Notes: Koni Front Insert. meaning your required to mod the stock front Showa strut housings.
(I personally purchased everything pre-fab & assembled from RedShift Motorsports, Chris is awesome to deal w.)

Front Installation

-After removing a few plastic pieces off the cowl loosen these top 3 14mm nuts, don't completely remove just break them loose..


-So if you haven't noticed the wheel is missing..:hiding: (The car is also on jackstands, you'll need the jack later)
1) Unclip the 2 clips & push the sensor to the side as much as you can
2) Now take a 19mm wrench & 22mm socket attached 1/2" breaker bar (maybe overkill), break those nuts loose on the knuckle pinch bolts
3) Take an allen & 14mm wrench then remove the nut from FSB tab
4) Then there is a 12mm bolt holding the brake line, remove it
5) After you've done all that, take off the 22mm nuts & tap out the 19mm pinch bolts
6) Everything should drop down w/ a small push on the brake hub
7) I had an extra hand to remove the top 3 14mm nuts, while I held strut from dropping

Comparison of the 2

^^Bottom one is the stockie. Though the Koni/Swift could almost be fooled for stock..:wigglesmiley:

Installed

-Hopefully after removal you got the gist of how it goes it all goes back on. I found it to be easiest to start by putting the strut in 1st, then hand tight the top 3 nuts.
-Then use a jack to help guide & get the pinch/camber bolts in. Also, to tq everything back down.
-22mm flange nuts (157N.m, 116 lbf-ft.)
-14mm nut on FSB tab (34N.m, 25lbf-ft.)
-Top 3 14mm flange nuts (59N.m, 44lbf-ft.)

Note: it's quite tricky to wedge the adj. in there & back off but it's somewhat manageable..


Progression pic before rear install :dopey:


Rear Installation

-Remove these 3 clips & break the PITA clip, then fold the carpet to the side


-Personally I found the rear removal to be super easy & no need for steps, just remember that clip because if you don't you'll stretch the hell out of the wire trying to get the spring out.. You can tell it's a bit stretched in the pic w/ everything still on..

Stock comparisons




Installed

-14mm camber arm bolt (108N.m, 80lbf-ft.)
-14mm bottom strut bolt (59N.m, 44lbf-ft.) Be sure to load w/ a jack when tightening down this bolt
-The nut removed up top is replaced w/ one supplied in hardware bag along w/ a lock washer. I found no need to use a tq wrench since it's only like 22 lbf-ft for stock self-locking nut anyway.

Couple of notes:
To reuse the dust boot cover you'll have to drill it out, because the koni's piston rod is thicker in diameter than stock

^^ Already drilled out above, compared to a washer that use to sit up top of the cover
(use the washer that came w/ the new struts)

Also, a pic of what you have to remove from the 8thgen isolator


OK time for some pics....:dance:







Hopefully this helps! :beer:

Also it helps to have a great helper..
 

redsfan

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It actually reminds me of the ol' Mugen, the way it rides. Of course it sits a bit lower than it did, but that's a good thing :) But overall it's a really nice setup & i'm happy w/ it!

The only thing is the front springs seem to make a clanking noise over small bumps. I'm guessing it's where the closer windings on the spring are making contact . I noticed on the swift sport springs there is like rubber insulator on the spring, mine didn't have em.. :hmmm?:



As for the price contact Chris at RedShift, my price might vary cause they were bought during Koni's sale. And honestly I don't remember. :confuzzled:
 

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Wow how did i miss your DIY great write up Reds!
As for the price contact Chris at RedShift, my price might vary cause they were bought during Koni's sale. And honestly I don't remember. :confuzzled:
Koni sale goes through the end of may
 

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do you have to send your struts in first?
 

SCFast

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Nope you pay for used ones and then send in yours and they will refund...But i think red went with the new sleeve option
 

redsfan

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I went w/ used housings. Actually I think there brown_bear's old ones.. :wigglesmiley:

I'm getting ready to send in my cores this week sometime. They only got 10k on them, for whoever's next...:D
 

RedShiftChris

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We only have the 1 set of housings in circulation so far. Might need to order more just to have them for more cores... that's why we charge $200 core for them.... because that is the cost of the new ones; so I can always get new ones if you don't send yours back.

I will be setting up a 2012 Civic suspension page shortly.... I know lots of people have been waiting for a good central location for all this info and stuff.... just taking some time because I have other things going on as well.

Chris
 

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I went w/ used housings. Actually I think there brown_bear's old ones.. :wigglesmiley:

I'm getting ready to send in my cores this week sometime. They only got 10k on them, for whoever's next...:D
Man those are clean struts they looked new to me!
 

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It actually reminds me of the ol' Mugen, the way it rides. Of course it sits a bit lower than it did, but that's a good thing :) But overall it's a really nice setup & i'm happy w/ it!

The only thing is the front springs seem to make a clanking noise over small bumps. I'm guessing it's where the closer windings on the spring are making contact . I noticed on the swift sport springs there is like rubber insulator on the spring, mine didn't have em.. :hmmm?:

any update with the noise or how the ride is now?
 

redsfan

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I think I got that clunking noise straightened out, I'll find out for sure here n a bit when I go pick up my friend.

I'll let you guys know here shortly.. :)
 

redsfan

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OK mini review..

So I'm thinking it has to be the springs chattering. Everything is tq'd down & tight (actually put an extra 2-3lbf-ft on everything). The noise seems to be less but I also turn the dampers another turn.

The noise is really minimal but it was enough to make wonder if I did something wrong. If you have the radio on you'd never hear it. It's not something I'll lose sleep over or not be able to live w/. The cars ride quality is great, that extra turn on the damper made me love the ride a lil bit more honestly. It also handles a lil bit better than the Mugen did. Overall I think it's a great set up, now it's time for a Progress RSB & to move on to another area of the car..:)
 
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