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Old 04-23-2009
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Default Koni Shock Failure

Well, yesterday I pulled my front shocks off my 86 FC35 to check and see where the adjustment was. Right shock was all the way tight and very stiff. Left shock was very "loose" and I could not engage the adjustment mechanism. When I say "loose" I mean I could extend and compress the shock easily with one hand. The adjuster just seems to turn and make a grinding/clicking noise. The shock has evidently failed internally. This would explain the bouncy ride in the front end I was having. The failed shock was installed by the PO in 2004, purchased from BB at Ft. Valley for 160 dollars. I found one at a local parts supplier for 150 dollars my cost .

Should I replace both or just one???? I'm leaning towards just the one.
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i would do both.
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Are these rebuildable? The Konis I had on my 66 Shelby were bad and I had them rebuilt by Koni for a fraction of the cost of new.
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I'd do both also. This way you get brand new rubber bushings at the shock mounting points. These are wear items.
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They are not the rebuildable kind.
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Would be a good idea to do both.

That way, you'll have identical stiffness across the entire front axle, and your bushings will be nice and tight.
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Have you checked with Koni, I believe they have a lifetime warranty on those.
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I looked at their website and you have to be the original retail purchaser. You must apply for a return authorization and provide the receipt and current vehicle registration. Then, if you qualify, you send in your shock or take it to a authorized dealer for repair or replacement. I am no the original retail purchaser, so I'm out of luck.
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