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Installed KONI Sport struts with TEIN Springs

Old 03-29-2019, 10:20 PM
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Installed KONI Sport struts with TEIN Springs

I've finally installed my front KONI Yellow struts to accompany my previously-installed rear ones and TEIN S.TECH springs, as my front stock struts were getting very creaky and felt overly stiff. Now I finally have a square suspension setup. I set all of my KONI struts to the softest setting for street driving (there are a LOT of speed-bumps, pot-holes, drainage troughs in driveways, etc. in SoCal!), and they still sit about 1/2" lower than the stock struts with the TEIN springs. I really like the way this combo drives; it's got enough travel and bounce to be comfy, but enough stiffness to prevent body-roll and feel tight while taking turns and changing lanes.

Wheels are Konig Lace 18x9.5 powdercoated hypersilver, +45 Offset but the 25mm Garageline spacers put the actual offset at about 20mm.

Front Tires:
-265/40/18
-Federal RS/RR 595

Rear Tires:
-275/40/18
-Nexen N-Fera SUR4

Despite being listed as 265-width, the front Federal tires are really about 270mm upon measurement; this makes my tire setup pretty close to the RX8 ideal of a square setup.

Fenders rolled and flared as much as humanly possible (almost an inch of total extra clearance, IIRC), and the internal wheel-well shrouds have been cut back a lot as well along the outer-facing edges to prevent rubbing. I left as much material towards the tops and inside-facing edges as possible for road-noise dampening and weather protection, although it's not very wet or salty in sunny San Diego so I've never had a problem.

And now for your infotainment, I present to you a brief photographic tour of the incredibly protracted installation of my suspension!


Stock struts with just the TEIN S.TECH springs, circa mid-late 2014
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Installing the rear KONI Yellow struts, mid-2015
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Rear KONI Yellows in rear, with TEIN springs, mid-2015
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Installing the front KONI Yellow struts, early 2019
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Using spring-compressors rented from AutoZone to remove the springs from the struts, early 2019
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Front KONI Yellows installed with TEIN springs, early 2019
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Before any suspension work (circa early 2014), and still with the super-thin tires the previous owner had installed (I'm not a fan of the lifted monster-truck look on sports cars)
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After suspension work and new tires - circa early 2019
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Rear isometric view after new suspension and tires (the supercharger in the background is almost ready, and that's why I put the larger 275/40 tires on the rear - otherwise that's obviously a ludicrous amount of tire for a stock NA RX8!) - circa early 2019
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Front with 265/40/18 tires and TEIN/KONI suspension - circa early 2019
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Front with 265/40/18 tires and TEIN/KONI suspension - circa early 2019
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Rear with 275/40/18 tires and TEIN/KONI suspension - circa early 2019
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Getting rid of those taillights should be your next priority..
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Car looks good but tail lights need to be set on fire
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Hmmm. I did buy those several years ago. Suggestions? Maybe the smoked variants? Anything but stock S1 tails - those things are ****-ugly.
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Look at my recent posts, not long ago i posted up my S1 with the same style tail lights but are black in the areas where yours are chrome. Looks way better, and doesnt break the bank
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Originally Posted by OtherSyde View Post
Hmmm. I did buy those several years ago. Suggestions? Maybe the smoked variants? Anything but stock S1 tails - those things are ****-ugly.
The stocks are a million times better than the ones on the car currently.
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