Rebounding from shock

Yesterday, I fell a willing victim to impulse shopping. A very happy victim, I must admit.

From my autocross friends in NC I found out about a sale on double-adjustable Koni shock absorbers, discounted so low that I found it impossible to pass on the opportunity.

I estimate that the stock shocks on my car have about another 10-20 thousand miles of life left in them. Granted, they are good shocks, but they aren't adjustable.

Now the plan goes like this:

  1. Konis arrive and get installed on the S2000.
  2. Stock shocks go into storage, alongside the stock front stabilizer bar.
  3. When it's time for the yeller-screamer and I to part ways, she gets all her stock parts back, and I sell the performance parts separately.
  4. Profit.
The "shocking" part of this is of course the unbudgeted-for purchase. However, this purchase would have become necessary eventually, and I was thinking of swapping the shocks out some time later next year anyway.

Now of course I can't wait for the parts to arrive, so I can admire them and begin screwing with the setup. Because the sooner that happens, the sooner I will stop going back and forth between child-like anticipation and feeling guilty about splurging on the shocks in the first place :)


  1. It's a shame they aren't yellow - would've matched the car better :-\

    Are you going to DIY them or take the car to the shop?

  2. I hope to be able to find someone who'll let me use their garage for a day to do the swap myself, but chances are, it will be faster to just take the car to the shop. I did the springs on the Miata with a help of a friend last year, and it was not too bad. On a newer car, there will be few frozen bolts (if any) and everything will be clean and rust-free. It should be fun.

  3. "Faster" in the earlier comment means, faster than finding someone to let me use the space and tools. It's a bit slower to do this work without a lift, but not by much. Plus, it's more fun to do it myself!