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      Baleno Koni Strut Inserts install

      Koni Yellows. The install was done in 2008 at RAC Koramangala

      Last edited by mclaren1885; 8th Jul 2010 at 21:05. Reason: Title edited to indicate car name.

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      Look forward to reports as to how they perform.
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      Install process:

      1. Hold the strut on the wrench, cut & remove the internal damper.





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      2. Drill a hole in the bottom & fix the Koni's inside by hammering the top body - ring part.






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      3. Finished strut - Hammered inside, bolted from bottom, top covered with rubber sleeve & white plastic ring.


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      Settings:

      The front damping adjustment can be done without removing the shocks, adjusted using a white knob by opening the bonnet & turning the top stud on the shcoks. But the rear has to be removed for adjustment. Setting for the rear is done by compressing the damper rod & turning the top nut using an 'allen key'.

      Clockwise to harden, anti-clockwise to soften.


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      The drawback of strut inserts is you need an old discarded set of dampers to work on. Pedders have spring perches. So a direct fit -unlike Koni's

      Currently the Damper setting is at the softest with Stock springs. The softest is slightly harder than stock dampers which is perfect for street driving.

      Chassis oscillations while going over a pot-hole or bump have greatly reduced but not to make the ride uncomfortable.

      At low speeds (below 30 kmph) if there are wavery undulations in the road you can feel it because of the hardened damping. However as speeds increase it is minimal.

      The handling is quite good with these struts. But if are rough & go over pot holes fast the suspension will bottom-out at the softest setting.

      The weakest link in my car are the tyers - Apollo Accelere 185/65 14". upto 150 kmph ok, beyond that confidence is inversely proportional . Poor wet grip.

      Need to upgrade to V-rated BF Goodrich 195/60 14"

      My brother-in-law has in his AVEO - very good stability at high sppeds.


      Ask crazydiablo. He's got a similar setup in his car. Also he communicates better than me.
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      This is for Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

      Recently I got the dampers stiffened to medium setting. Now the suspension does not bottom out as in the softest setting. The handling has also improved.
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      Eapen I also need to do the same, I run slightly stiffer at the front. This is absolute treat for the car, but sadly its not available anymore.

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