With our brake line brackets finally fitted to our new Koni struts, we were oh so close to getting the new suspension installed on the car. Koni just didn't want Nancy to get a new set of shocks =(
Here in lies the issue. When we compressed our new Eibach Pro-Kit springs over the STR.T strut, there was an issue with how the spring sat on the perch.
We went through the process several times taking off the spring, adjusting, readjusting, pivoting, rotating, and moving the spring around to get it to property seat. As much as we enjoyed using our Honda spring compressor, we never want to see it again.
We even brought the assembly to a Honda dealer as we were starting to doubt ourselves. Nothing helped. This is how it looked:
Now at this point, "frustrated" would've been a bit of an understatement. This entire suspension install should have taken just 4 hours, tops. Instead, it spread out over the course of 3 weekends. It was time to call Koni and ask for an explanation.
After some useless back and forth with a sales rep, arguing over whether or not we installed it correctly and getting even more annoyed with the company, we were delighted to get a call from a true suspension guru.
If you've been in the Honda game as long as we have, you've probably heard of Mr. Lee Grimes. Lee is a brand ambassador for Koni and over the years, has owned his fair share of Hondas - specifically EF Civics. Luckily for us, Lee heard about our restoration project and jumped on it right away.
Lee apologized for our experience and informed us that there was indeed a manufacturing error with the STR.T shocks:
The key on the perch is the diameter of the ramp area that keeps the spring tail centered. There is a 6 mm OD difference between the smaller EG perch and the larger CRX/EF perch on the yellow KONI Sports but the same smaller sized one is used on the orange KONI STR.Ts that is made in a different factory.
We also also did some measuring of our own. Using a digital caliper, we measured both the perches and the width of both the OEM and Eibach springs. As you can see, the coil was just way too big to sit property on the Koni STR.t strut.
Although the circumstances weren't ideal and time was lost, we were happy that Lee reached out to us, owned up to the problem, and is working on making things right.
Lee was great to work with so we decided to give Koni another shot at our business. We'll be returning the entire STR.T Suspension Kit back to Koni and replacing them with a set of Koni Yellow Sport shocks. We'll be using our stock OEM springs and ever-so-slightly lowering the vehicle using Koni's adjustable perch. Unboxing and review videos soon to come!
At the same time, Koni will be taking a look at all their STR.T 88-91 Honda CRX inventory and making sure the perches are fixed. A win for us, for Koni, and most importantly, for anyone interested in this suspension.
While we're waiting for our new shocks to come, I suppose it'd be a good time to get started on brakes =)