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Strut Ear Failure

Double0Fox

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On my way from work yesterday, and getting off on a off ramp, and all of a sudden the car veered to the right. Didn't loose control, but moved over about 10 feet. Babied the car home, and this is what I found. I put these struts on in Aug of last year. No tracking, or accidents/Potholes. Not even any real aggressive driving. I have had alot of Koni products before without ever a issue. Looks like the ear was missing some welding, and was only welded at three points. I admit I didn't notice the lack of welds when I installed them. Ordered a full set of Koni Yellows, and will check them over real well when they get here.





 
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302BOB

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You hate to see and have equipment fail like this and not even being a year old....Glad the outcome turned out for the best..All things considered................
 

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I'm glad it didn't result in a serious accident. Were they new when you installed them?
Yes they were new. Same here, keep telling myself it could have been much worse. In all honesty I felt like the STR's were a little "bouncy". Hope the Yellows are not that way.
 

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Sounds like you should at least get a free replacement. Check with the retailer and then directly with Koni.

Oranges are like Yellows on full soft. You should be able to tune out any under-damped issues with the rebound adjustment on the yellows.

Glad there wasn't any injuries as a result.
 

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IIRC, Koni had endlink bracket problems early-on with the S197 struts. Waiting for the fix getting into and through the supply pipeline took nearly a year. That was back about 2009. I'm now on a second set of yellows, not due to anything like breakage.

I'm sure yours was a case of a single strut or maybe a small batch sneaking past QC.


Norm
 

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