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William Tripodi
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Koni shock rebuild

#1 Post by William Tripodi » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:08 am

I'm looking for someone who rebuilds Koni shocks. I've heard of a "Craige Smith in Morro Bay", does anyone have a contact for Craige or any other contacts for Koni rebuilds?

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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#2 Post by Bob Lee » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:26 am

William Tripodi wrote:I'm looking for someone who rebuilds Koni shocks. I've heard of a "Craige Smith in Morro Bay", does anyone have a contact for Craige or any other contacts for Koni rebuilds?
If it's leaking send it back too Koni's rebuild program, their guaranteed for life.
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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#3 Post by Brad Ripley » Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:52 pm

Maybe your Konis are not rebuildable? As discussed a few times previously, if you can pull your Koni to its full extension and can see a gland nut at the top of the main housing, then it's rebuildable. Then send off to:
http://www.koniracing.com/services.cfm

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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#4 Post by Peter Silten » Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:24 pm

Koni replaced my shocks in 2006 under their guaranteed for life program, which I believe started in the early 70s when Koni was acquired by its present owner. Older Konis are not covered by this program. When I contacted Koni, about their guarantee, they asked for a copy of my original receipt for the shocks to show the date of purchase and that I was the original purchaser. I told them that I never received a receipt, as they were installed by my mechanic who was long gone. The way we resolved this problem was by me providing them with the date that was stamped on the shocks and a copy of my vehicle registration to show that I was the owner of the car when the shocks were manufactured. I also had to send them my old shocks.

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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#5 Post by Dick McNaney » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:25 pm

Interesting, just today I installed new shocks I purchased in 1978 plus or minus. I looked at them with a magnifying glass there is lots of patent information in barely discernable stamping but no date. The box has no date but has ID information that correctly identifies them as the correct for my Porsche, they are red. The directions are identical for the blue ones I removed with no ID or date information. After a short test run they seem to be fine after being on the shelf all that time.

The blue ones I removed appear to work just fine but the bushings on the rears failed and more or less disintegrated. Maybe I will go to the trouble to have new rubber and bushing installed and shelve them for when the red ones wear out? I'm guessing the original Boges (sp?) probably lasted 5 or 6 years so I installed the blue Konis in the late 60ies. Maybe there are dates buried under the grime?

It is fun bringing these wonders back to life. I feel sort of like Rip Van Winkle.

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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#6 Post by Dick Weiss » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:48 pm

I had a set of blue Konis rebuilt a 1/2 dozen years ago by Koni of North America in Hebron, KY and not paying attension to their construction of the top end being welded vs. the screw cap, they found out that particular construction would cost @ least double of a new Koni ($300+). The only reason the 'blues' were needed was for the '60 S90 Cab installation wanted by the owner.
Otherwise, Orange (or red?) Koni # w/dates and Porsche part # costs about $135-150 and no warrenty.

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Re: Koni shock rebuild

#7 Post by Jim Liberty » Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:26 pm

Mr. Ripley, you are always a wonder to me. Who else would know that about Koni rebuilds.

......................................................Jim.
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