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Postby boydie » Thu Jul 15, 2004 5:58 pm

I need some info on fitting shocks and springs to my mx5. Is it a job that is relatively easy to do by myself? I have fitted shocks and springs to an escort before and found it straight forward, until I came accross a siezed bolt on one shock which I ended up shearing & had to get a garage to do the rest as I had no idea how to get the bolt out. This situation is making me think twice about doing this job again.
I currently have a spax adjustable kit fitted along with 17" wheels but the rear springs have sagged badly and the front shock adjusters have siezed!
the rears now slam into the bumpstops on bumpy roads so need to change the kit very soon, can anyone suggest a really good kit that won't have the same effect as the spax kit. I was thinking of going for KONI
DONT BUY SPAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby PaulDS » Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:08 pm

Hi Boydie,
I fitted a set of Koni sport with 3 height settings and adjustable damping, I think they are the bees knees, only regret is I didn't fit the Koni with adjustable height and damping for a couple of hundred extra.
I also have 17'' wheels and go well together on mid setting.
I'm very happy
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Postby boydie » Sat Jul 17, 2004 3:21 pm

Thanks paul, I have spent hours researching suspension reviews on miata.net and other sites, I am now thinking of buying the Koni kit but it is only damping adjustable and not height for my mk.2.5. I am interested to hear why you wish you had spent a little more on a height adjustment kit, after all it can only be adjusted for height off the car as far as I know. Surely this would be more hassle than its worth.
I am also thinking of ditching the 17's as I have just found out they weigh around 30 pounds! not good, think the original steels weighed less!
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Postby boydie » Fri Jul 30, 2004 10:16 pm

Just fitted my koni kit today, it took me 8 1/2 hours to do the whole car!
Already I have noticed a big difference to the crap spax kit I had on, the car now feels firm but a lot smoother over bumps. I wish I had bought the konis in the first place now!
I now need to get a full alignment done now, can anyone suggest anywhere near livingston that can do this. I tried a mazda dealer but I got the impression they didn't know enough about custom wheel alignment settings, so I wouldn't trust the job to them.
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Postby Richardn » Sat Jul 31, 2004 7:02 am

The Dreadnought in Callander can do a good job. The rig measures to a
second. Worth the journey as it seems good alignment places are rare. Mino had his done there recently.

They know all about competition cars, often interesting stuff in there. e.g a 600bhp original Cobra last time I was in
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Postby boydie » Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:01 pm

Thanks very much Richard! :D
I think I know this garage (TVR&MG garage)
Will give them a call monday morning
Thanks once again!! :D
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Postby Gavin » Sun Aug 01, 2004 6:19 pm

Boydie,

The guy that Mino dealt with is Brian Luti.
His Tel no is 01877 331099
His e-mail address is emailbrian@dreadnought-mg.co.uk

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Postby boydie » Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:29 pm

Thanks very much Gavin! :)
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