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944S Suspension upgrade?

With the proceeds from the 924, I'm looking to upgrade the suspension on the S.
The Koni Sport Suspension Upgrade Kit M474 is most likely the way I'll go, but wanted to get some opinions before I pull the trigger on $1300.00 in parts.
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Depends on what you're looking for, and how you use the car.

Give us a few more details, and we can give some opinions.

What is the car currently lacking?
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Depends on what you're looking for, and how you use the car.

Give us a few more details, and we can give some opinions.

What is the car currently lacking?
Dantilla,

Currently running on stock gear & it's beyond shot.
Chances are my car will never see a track, I mainly run mountain back roads with steep turns & gradient changes.
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I am not sure what extra the M474 package gives you over just going with koni yellows all around, which is what I did, for about 1/2 the cost (you do have to cut the strut housings, though). I set the shocks/struts on the soft side. And I left stock springs. Most will say go stiffer. And lower. And lower the rear.

What sways are on there (stock can mean many things it seems)? Stock for me is 25.5mm/18mm (F/R). Good, but I'd try bigger if you can.

968 castor blocks are a great thing to do as sell.

And a good alignment when you're done.

I like this set up for a daily driver.
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I started my stock '88 with Koni's all the way around. It made a great difference with handling and the car hugged the road pretty well. The only down side is the ride got a bit harsh.

Next, I upgraded to 968 M30 sway bars. That was the biggest improvement ever. The car got stiffer but only on the turns- But, the biggest benefit was that they smoothed out the harshness of the Koni's and the suspension felt firm, tight, but smooth.

Next, I upgraded to 16's with lower profile 50's. These added to the handling but the ride harshness was back. I was almost considering switching back to the 15's because I had the ride and handling perfect - but I got used to the 16's.

This week, I added 200lb springs to the front, and adjusted the excentric bolts on the rear to lower the ride height in the back until the car was back to level - It's now perfect! the harshness went away with the stiffer springs (which makes no sense to me at all - other than possibly the koni;s are just too firm for a stock spring). Anyway, that's what I did.

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Thanks for the info, guys!
Been poking around a bit more to see what other options are out there & ran across this Bilstein set up from Lindsey Racing...

http://www.lindseyracing.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=LR&Category_Code=944SUSESCORT
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Spoke to RickV & have decided to start with the Bilstein Firehawk package along with a set of front sway bar stiffener brackets.
I might follow up with a Cambermeister strut brace, depends on how she handles.
http://www.lindseyracing.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=LR&Category_Code=944SUSFIREHAWK

Anyone running this set up?
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Good move you go with Bilstein.
I install Koni Shock on my Son 83 944 (front) I don't like the way the car behave on the slow speed before it stop like the front off the car bounce up and down slightly Compare to driving my 86 944. And when it was time to replace the Shock on the 86 944, I in stall Billstein on it.
Strut Brace is the best .I bought one for my 87 930 and didn't install it a year later and kcik myself not installing it earlier. The car doesn't even tilt on one side on the corner.
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Bud9344,

Thanks for the info, sounds like I'm on the right track.
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