Review & Install Video
Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com here with an overview of the KONI STR.T Shock & Strut Kit for 2011 to 2014 GT, V6, and Boss Mustangs. In this video, we're gonna over a few topics when it comes to this shock and strut kit. We're gonna talk about the benefits of this kit, the performance you can expect from the kit, and we're also gonna talk about the install as well. I'll get into more detail with the install later, but I can tell you right now that the install for this is going to be a two out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter. The KONI STR.T Shock & Strut Kit is gonna be for the S197 owners out there that are looking for entry-level performance from a nonadjustable shock and strut setup. This kit would be a good option for you if you're looking for an OE replacement, or they can complement a set of lowering springs, or if you're looking for a smaller upgrade and you're on a budget. Now, I say that about lower springs because, usually, when you lower your car with set of springs, you also shop for shocks and struts. If you run your stock shocks and struts with lowering springs, they'll not only wear out the shocks and struts faster, but you also won't get the most performance or the best ride quality from the springs. Shocks and struts like the STR.Ts here are more capable of working better with a lowering spring because they're designed to work with a firmer spring rate and lowered ride height. So it's nice that this kit'll work in both cases, whether you're just looking for a stock upgrade replacement, or you're looking for something that'll work with lowering springs. These are considered the entry-level kit. These are the KONI Orange, which is one step below the KONI Sports or the KONI Yellows. Even though this is an entry-level kit, you are still getting a bump in performance over your stock components.
Now, while these are performance oriented, you aren't getting the most performance-based kit with these here, either. These are nonadjustable, as opposed to an adjustable option that you have. That means that they have a fixed damping rate, and these have a standard twin tube gas pressure design and a steel body. But like I said, these are still upgrades over the factory shocks and struts.
When it comes to price, you're looking at spending just south of $500 for this kit. Now if you're just looking for a basic set of shocks and struts and you're really on a budget, there are some other options on the site that are even less expensive, but just know that the KONIs here have been around for decades, so they're tested, proven, and reliable.
The install here is gonna be your normal shock and strut install that should take about four hours to complete. I'm gonna call this a two out of three wrenches on the scale. You need a spring compressor and a lift would help you out here as well, but the job can be done with a jack and jack stands. You're gonna need to get down to the spring strut assemblies, so everything like the wheels, the brakes, the ABS lines will need to be moved out of the way so you can pull the assemblies out of the car. A spring compressor will help you remove the spring from the strut and install the new front struts, which install the same way that the factory struts came out. The install's the same for both sides. The rear is where things are a little bit different, but it's nothing crazy here. Just like the front, the rear springs and shocks install the same way that they were uninstalled. No surprises here. Once that's done, you can bolt everything back up and you're ready to go.
Wrapping things up here with the KONI STR.T Shock & Strut Kit. This is KONI's entry-level kit, but it's still gonna offer performance benefits over the factory components. This can work as a factory upgrade replacement, or it'll work with a set of lowering springs to give you better handling performance. You can check this kit out more online for yourself, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
Improve overall ride handling and road hold while minimizing bounce and body roll with the KONI STR.T Shock and Strut Kit. The set includes four quality KONI components, two front struts and two rear shocks, that have been completed in a classic orange finish. Together they deliver a noticeable upgrade to your 2011-2014 Mustang's suspension system with consistently reliable performance. Quality Custom Design.
KONI is known the world over for its pioneering work in designing and engineering high performance suspension damping technology. With more than 70 years of innovative experience, KONI knows how to create suspension systems and components that deliver results. This combo features a durable twin-tube gas pressure construction with fixed-rate damping customized for your S197. The result is a smooth, sporty and responsive ride. Bang for the Buck.
The KONI STR.T Shock and Strut Kit is considered an entry-level performance kit, which means it's an excellent choice for the value-conscious driver. If you're looking to replace older OE parts with a quality set that offers an upgraded sense of road hold, safety, comfort and stability, look no further. It's all here. Application.
This KONI STR.T Shock and Strut Kit is specifically designed to fit all 2011-2014 Mustangs, including V6, GT and BOSS models with stock springs or aftermarket lowering springs.
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- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Shock & Strut Specifications
||Front & Rear
||GT, V6, BOSS|
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- Boss 302 - 12, 13
- GT - 11, 12, 13, 14
- V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14
Not Compatible with GT500