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Ok this could really kick off what do you guys recommend?

New shocks and springs

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Lowering springs

The idea is to improve both the look and handling of the car over standard set up....
 

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Hi stu, i recommend shocks and springs. I have got a koni kit on mine. You'll have to try it out next sun. :)
 

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Sounds good Sunday it is then!
 

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Yea defo, you can have a good look at my induction kit and my 17'' alloys. So you can get some idea's for yours.:) Not sure if my 5 would like a twin though.:D
 

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Will be really good to see another splash green with some mods :thumbsup:
 
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I have fitted lowering springs to my Mark 3 because I think they ride too high as standard. Conversely I think the Mark 2 / 2.5 standard ride height is fine as designed by Mazda and so would not fit lowering springs myself.

Upgraded shocks and springs may improve the way the car handles and drives so may be a worthwhile investment however.
 
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Because my 5 comes as standard with Bilstein shocks, I opted for a set of -30mm Eibach springs. Got them fitted by a friend (for a mere £40) and a full geo set-up by another friend (for an amazing £25, but it pays to be 'in the know'). It transformed the handling and looks and hasn't harmed the ride quality, so a win win win situation. The only downside is I do have to be careful going over certain types of road humps and very careful getting on the local ferry (depending on which one is available at the time). Why Mazda thought the car should look like a 4X4 with the standard springs escapes me. I thought I read somewhere that Mazda had to raise the ride height for the European market (to pass pedestrian crash laws), but I may have been wrong and that that story may just be an urban (or internet) myth.
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I, too, have heard that urban myth
If it's true then why do other sports cars seem to sit much lower? eg Z4s? Boxsters? etc etc
 

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I, too, have heard that urban myth
If it's true then why do other sports cars seem to sit much lower? eg Z4s? Boxsters? etc etc
Cannot answer that but wonder whether it has anything to do with the shape of the front of the car - the Mark 3 being relatively square whereas the Z4, Boxster etc have more sloping fronts - just a guess
 

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may just be an urban (or internet) myth.
Would be nice to assume so, but the cars speak for themselves.
Take a look at every stock Mk3 that hasn't been "done" and you'll see the back end in the air like a bustle and the front raised up like a begging dog.
My advice is, for anyone with a stock Mk3 that wants the best handing out of the car, the way it should be and that can afford to do so - to get it "done".

Untwiddled with is here:

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Anyone got any pictures of a lowered mk2.5 then :)
 

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Cool on shopping list :)
 

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Would be nice to assume so, but the cars speak for themselves.
Take a look at every stock Mk3 that hasn't been "done" and you'll see the back end in the air like a bustle and the front raised up like a begging dog.
S'funny, but when I got the MX5, I couldn't dare say that I was unhappy with how it drove. The front felt like Thunderbird 2 on the take off ramp, the steering was all over the place (except on billiard table smooth roads) and the car just didn't instil me with the confidence that I had experienced with having drives in the earlier marks. Getting the springs done was a priority, one that I haven't regretted.
 

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
What do we think about Gmax springs any good?
 

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Don't know anything about them, sorry:oops:
 

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Cheap ones they are. Don't get any springs yet, wait to see mine on sunday.:thumbsup:
 
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Ok will wait lol
 
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