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Old 07-27-2018, 09:16 AM
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Looking at buying some koni yellows that were underwater for a day on a car in Texas about a year ago, haven't been driven on since. Think they're still good? Any way to test before installing?
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They were never good.

Unless the flood somehow improved them, avoid.
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"Still" implies they were good at one point. I'd like to reject your reality and substitute afm's.
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50/50 chance they will be good at "dampening". Patum, pum, tsh
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As long as the shaft does not have rust (check right where it goes into the body, where it might be hard to clean off with scotch-brite), I would think it should be fine. The internals are pressurized, so I wouldn't expect water to get inside somewhere it shouldn't be.

You guys are funny about Konis! I ran them for a few years (now I have FM Fox), they were a great low budget autocross solution. Not as comfy around town as the fancy shocks for sure, but I assume you are getting these at a discount, so they should be pretty cheap. I would go for it.
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Originally Posted by Magic_Smoke View Post
As long as the shaft does not have rust (check right where it goes into the body, where it might be hard to clean off with scotch-brite), I would think it should be fine. The internals are pressurized, so I wouldn't expect water to get inside somewhere it shouldn't be.

You guys are funny about Konis! I ran them for a few years (now I have FM Fox), they were a great low budget autocross solution. Not as comfy around town or as good as $400 brand new Bilsteins for sure, but I assume you are getting these at a discount, so they should be pretty cheap. I would go for it.
Fixed that for you.
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Fixed that for you.
It might be true that bilsteins are more comfortable around town. I wanted something adjustable for autocross, so Konis were a good alternative.
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Depending on what was in the water (floodwaters can have all sorts of contaminents, which is why the gubment always makes a lot of cautious statements about not wading through floodwaters bc open sores could collect really nasty stuff) you could really have a chemical compatibility issue with the seals, bushings, etc. I really wouldn't trust any automotive component which was in floodwaters except maybe buying glass as replacements.
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Bilsteins may be better around town if they're valved properly. Otherwise they're a good shock in a shitty application.

Konis are a solid shock for the money and can work with a pretty wide range of spring rates. Not sure why all the hate.
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