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Koni - to Raid or not?

Koni have the 'normal' Track Raid shocks that I've always used and had very good milage and value from over the last 14 years in a few sets, even if they have doubled in price without changing.

It's now time to proactively change them out again, and wondering if the larger and more expensive 'Heavy Track Raid' offer any benefits?

Vehicle is a 1991 Defender Hard Top with expedition equipment used for long trips in Africa
LR Heavy Duty Springs, 130 helper springs at the back.
Dual koni shocks at rear.
Single Koni shocks at front
No ARB's fitted

Advantages I can see:
- do away with dual shocks at the rear.
- carry less spares as less likely to fail?
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I also have the Heavy Track without the Raid part.
Some people said that I really should get the Raid version and not the normal Heavy Track as it was not working for them. But their cars are pushing the max of there load rating. I have no idea what people do with them but I just like to take less stuff, I guess.
But you already have dual shock aborbers. And you write about spares. Do you actually take spare shock aborbers with you? Even if you already have double shock aborbers?

Anyway I would never bring shock aborbers as spare. A car without shocks drives completely sh*t, but it still drives and gets you to a place where you can buy some new ones.

I guess for you, I would just buy what is cheaper, 2 times hheavy track or 1 time heavy track raid. The raid has an external cilinder as the extra benefit, but you jave that already by javing a second shock aborber.
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