Available from Toperformance

Just as a chameleon adjusts to its environment, Toperformance says Koni Special Active seamlessly transforms to suit various road conditions and driving styles.
Vehicle damping has always been a compromise between comfort and roadholding. A good example is a Formula One racing car, which offers the best possible roadholding but with minimal comfort.
An example at the other end of the spectrum is a large American saloon or 4WD, with a plush ride but when taken through a sharp bend feels as if the vehicle might tip over – lots of comfort but low roadholding.
These days one expects to experience the ultimate in comfort, combined with safe roadholding. Minimum damping is required for your comfort whilst strong damping is needed for safe and stable driving. This conflict of goals cannot be solved with conventional front and rear dampers, says Toperformance.
It says Koni shock absorbers with Active damping technology offer the solution. Specifically designed for each application, Koni Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology combines the ultimate in comfort and roadholding.
Being a purely mechanical technology, Toperformance says this system removes any cost, reliability, or complexity problems which can arise from using electronically controlled suspension components.
Koni Active high-performance dampers are the first choice in solving the everlasting problem of “all condition vehicle damping.” Toperformance explains conventional dampers are unable to solve the conflict in terms of comfort and handling, however if you can create a damper which is able to change the damping force level in relation to the frequency of the movement, you will be able to solve this conflict – and it states Koni Active technology does just that.

How does it work?
In standard shock absorbers the main damping characteristic is defined by oil flow going through the piston assembly.
Combining this standard damping characteristic with the Active feature, Koni added a special valve (FSD) which can control a parallel oil flow next to the one going through the piston. This parallel oil flow is closed by the Active feature, giving a rise in damping force almost linear to the time that the piston is moving in one direction.
Put simply, the Koni Active feature is a hydraulic amplifier that delays the build-up of pressure. One could say that an extra tuning option has been created to get the best possible combination of handling and comfort.
Since it is an integrated part of the hydraulic valve system inside the damper, no additional cables, sensors, or any other electronic devices are needed to operate a Koni Active damper.
Toperformance lists the following as the advantages of Special Active Shock Absorbers:
• Improved safety and road holding
• Original equipment technology proven on over 1.5 million factory equipped vehicles
• Secure and stable feeling for spirited driving
• An unrivalled aftermarket solution which can be fitted to most new, older and some classic vehicles
• Driving refinement for cars, trucks, 4WDs and some light commercial applications etc.
• Technology that rivals expensive original equipment electronic systems
Toperformance says Koni Special Active not only creates an improved driving experience it also creates a “calmer chameleon.”

For more information, visit www.toperformance.com.au