KONI Dampers - Variable Damping Forces

Characteristics of KONI shock absorbers including KONI Special and KONI SportKONI dampers all have different damping characteristics which are suitable for different driving conditions and styles. Changing to a different KONI damper, with different characteristics, will affect comfort, road holding, stability and safety

On the right is a force velocity graph of two KONI dampers, a KONI Special and a KONI Sport, both designed for the same vehicle. The graph displays the adjustment ranges for the two dampers. The pink area shows the overlap in range where both dampers can be adjusted. The red area indicates that range unique to the KONI Special, while the yellow area is specific to the KONI Sport damper only.

"Velocity" refers to the speed at which the damper is being compressed or extended, and "Forces" refers to the resistance the damper generates in order to dampen the movement.

When a car accelerates, brakes or rolls, typical damper speeds are in the column marked (A). Damper speeds caused by road surface irregularities usually are in the column marked (B). Whereas KONI Special dampers are more biased towards comfort, KONI Sport dampers are biased towards handling.

The shape of these characteristics is of great importance to the experts at KONI use this information in the development of KONI dampers.

Externally adjustable dampers are at the high-end of the range. They can be adjusted while remaining mounted on the car so that damping levels can be adapted to personal requirements in a matter of seconds.