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So I attempted to install Koni Adjustables this weekend and i ran into a problem. when i finally got done, My 6 had become a 4 X 4 in the front.

From what i understood from the directions, you are to cut the top assembly of the OEM housing approx 2 - 3 inches. Basically the konis were just as tall as the stock assembly (right above the notches so the OEM sleeve would have something to lay on). Well i installed them and this was the result!!!







...I understand that the specifics of my installation are a bit vague but i will answer any questions.
 

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Wow, let me know how it handles offroading lmao....... At first I read the thread and I was like "OH SHIT.. another person bagged the 6.. FUCK"
 

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I think the problem is you aren't supposed to use those threaded spacers. I would take them out and see what happens.
 

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yeah these are the Koni Yellows from CVR.

The instructions for the spacers were specifically for the MX-6 i believe because i didnt use spacers. The Koni just slid right into the OEM housing.
 

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I would take them apart and double check everything. Maybe you left something inside the shocks. But I can't see any reason for it to stay high like that.
 

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hahahah...sorry but I can't help.

Agreed. Must be something went wrong during installation. Check it out. It's even higher than stock, how could it be possible?
 

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BTW i have read the how to for installation of koni inserts but i still dont know what i did wrong.

http://www.mx6.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144248
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What you did wrong was follow instructions for an MX-6. You're not supposed to use spacers. The instructions specifically tell you in the diagram how much to cut off from the top of the strut. And for me, the strut inserts did not just "slip" into the strut housing. I actually had to screw the attaching bolt from the bottom of the strut housing to pull the insert in.
 

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I wouldn't think that the shocks would bottom out at that height...even with the 5 inches of gap...i think its something with the spring...did it seat prperly? did you install the bump stop? how much of the shaft is sticking up above the strut tower? see if you can take some pics of behind the wheel
 

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Wow, put 22's on!! haha j/king. Though I would feel your pain if I see that.

What springs do you have? I can't imagine it's the stock and spring assembly if you were able to get things together. Have you check to see if the strut assembly is sitting snuggly in the lower A arms? That's the only thing I can think of.
 

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i really dont think you put it back together properly.


best of luck.
 

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First off, thanks guys for your help. Im really stressing about this and your comments and insights will eventually uncover the mystery that is my mazda6 truck.

Upon further investigation last night (and reading the instructions again) the only thing that i didnt do was prep the strut (Step 8 on the Koni Instructions) but how much of a difference could that make? Are the excessive amounts of gas still in the strut?

The bump stop is installed on eibach springs. The shaft above the strut tower looks normal. I will look if the assembly is snug on the a arm today.

I have another question though... is there a difference between i4 struts and v6 struts? i dont think so but i just wanted to make sure? also do they make these koni inserts for a mazda3? not pointing fingers at CVR but i just wanted to make sure that i did get the right parts.

hell, i just want my car back to normal!!! :swearin:
 

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A few suggestions as to where you could've added height to the system:

On step 7 of the instructions if the Koni Cartridge isn't drawn the entire way into the OEM housing (the bottom of the Koni cartridge should be all the way at the bottom of the OEM housing) that could add some height.

When you re-assembled the housing to the wishbone bracket that connects the spring/shock assembly to the lower control arm did you make sure that the collar of the wishbone was back in its original position relative to the OEM shock housing (on mine there is a tab welded on the housing that mated with a slot on the wishbone)? That would be the first place I would look.

If both of the above are as they are supposed to be, the spring is seated correctly, and everything is buttoned down you may not have the correct shocks.
 

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On step 7 of the instructions if the Koni Cartridge isn't drawn the entire way into the OEM housing (the bottom of the Koni cartridge should be all the way at the bottom of the OEM housing) that could add some height.
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Thats what i was thinking as well but we measured the OEM height and it was almost identical to the height of the Finished product (OEM housing and Koni Insert).

I really feel like im leaving something out. Like theres something so obvious that im not telling you guys. FARK!!!
 

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A few suggestions as to where you could've added height to the system:

On step 7 of the instructions if the Koni Cartridge isn't drawn the entire way into the OEM housing (the bottom of the Koni cartridge should be all the way at the bottom of the OEM housing) that could add some height.
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But it's only drawn a few millimeter into the housing.

Also, make sure you have the correct amount cut. The bottom of the shock should be very close to touch the bottom of the inside housing. It should not be off by more than a few 3 or 4 millimeter. If it is, you didn't cut enough off the top.

And the only thing I can think of, as sl1200 has mentioned, is if it is not sitting correctly on the collarbone. If it is sitting correctly, take some pictures with the car on stands but one with the wheel and one with the wheel off.
 
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