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post #11 of 135 (permalink) Old 07-06-2005, 08:27 PM
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

the camber on the front is adjustable so you dont need a kit for the front.
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

I was told there is no adjustment.... does anyone have a step by step instruction for this? how about pics?
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post #13 of 135 (permalink) Old 07-07-2005, 02:40 PM
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

there is no adjustment for the rears....nobody has a instructions because its not really possible to align your car with out an alignment rack.......no pics. you need to have the car aligned after the lowering springs
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

i beleive theres no camber adjustment for the fron either, but the camber issue is the rear where a drop puts the car out of its recomended specs, while the fronts seem to stay within the specs..being that the rear already has negative camer, when drop it increases and then u end up out of spec..

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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

dude I had a saleen focus lowered with H&R springs and it was a great ride 8)
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

heh, i just lowered my 3 using the H&R as well, excellent product.* but the reason i am posting is for a warning about some install insructions floating around.* i am not sure if it was made a sticky, but it contained instructions to install springs without using a spring compressor on the front.* i believe he was using the eibach pro-kit as a guide.* he mentions to use those band/screw type pipe clamps... the metal straps you can tighten by turning the bolt.* i want everyone to make sure they avoid this method he writes about...

while i was installing my springs, i took one of the stock front springs, and compressed it down to about the height needed to pull it out only removing the top bolts. i then used two (as instructed) pipe clamps, and removed the spring compressers.* just as i was finishing loosening the last one, BAM, the pipe clamps snapped.* and no, they were not rusted though, but brand new.

when doing spring installs and trying to shortcut by compressing the springs, PLEASE make sure you guys use the proper method, a spring compressor, or it could be your hand, your face, or your little dog shot into the floor. thank you.

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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

so how do u like the h&r's, are u riding on the oem shocks, ide like to know how it feels, handle, and if the oem shocks can control the spring from compressing and rebondng over and over again, the bouncy ride most people experience with a high spring rate and unmatched shocks to control them..

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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

oh man, i love them. i am just about to post a review with pics in this forum group on suspensions...

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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

[quote author=2.0mazda3 link=topic=24454.msg337058#msg337058 date=1120696061]
I was told there is no adjustment.... does anyone have a step by step instruction for this? how about pics?
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it is adusted where the front strut is bolted to the spindle. There is two bolts that go throught he struts, you loosen and push-pull the wheel in and out.
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

[quote author=waldendan link=topic=24454.msg459056#msg459056 date=1130697730]
[quote author=2.0mazda3 link=topic=24454.msg337058#msg337058 date=1120696061]
I was told there is no adjustment.... does anyone have a step by step instruction for this? how about pics?
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it is adusted where the front strut is bolted to the spindle.* There is two bolts that go throught he struts, you loosen and push-pull the wheel in and out.
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Well I'm gonna have to correct my self here. I found a picture off the alignment machine at work, it is kind of crappy, but you loose the 3 bolts on top of the strut tower and move the top of the strut to adjust front camber/caster, or atleast thats what Hunter says.
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