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post #21 of 135 (permalink) Old 12-28-2005, 10:39 PM
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

I'm afraid of losing My warranty if I lower my car a half-inch..
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

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I'm afraid of losing My warranty if I lower my car a half-inch..
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then you can negotiate with you dealer, get Mazdaspeed springs and have them dealer installed.
In Focus world people like you would buy the SVT suspension kit (springs/shocks/struts and rear sway bar) and have it Dealer installed at a place that would honor FULL suspension warranty on the setup.... worked beautifully many times.... negotiate with your local dealers... Mazdaspeed being Mazda subsidiary.. this should work on MAzda3 as welll...

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

Wow Thanks to Joe Cheng Very nice write up from someone who knows what he is talking about. Great to the point and understandable to the layperson. Put this whole lowering thing in perspective. Thanks again....................... Clue

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

I lowered my last car about 1.5"in all around. Something i will never do again. What a mistake it was. When i had it lowered i didnt have an alignment done, didnt know i needed one so one day i find the treads on the front tires so worn i could see the steel braiding. :shock: I went through 3 sets of shocks and struts all around within 3 or so years of having it lowered.

But the worst was the ride quality. absolutely hated it. i hated driving my car. bumpy, harsh. And i couldnt go certain places or go over certain things cuz it would scrape all the time.

But i did like the drive of the car, alot sportier...........but not worth it to me. It became a HUGE MONEY PIT.

With the 3 im getting, im kepping it totally stock except for audio of course.


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

Great Post, Slangin3s24/7. But what about exceesive "bump" steer?
I had terrible bump steer after lowering a Volvo and I did everything i could to correct it... even had drag link and tie rods custom made. It handled and drove great until I hit the loose stuff. Then I could hardly steer it at all.



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

I have installed H&R Sport springs on my old Corolla, no need for camber kit, the ride was awasome, except that i had bigger wheels, whereas it will rub with the load of 4 people in the car, but by myself it was great. Now i am looking forward to use H&R sport or Eibach Proline, stock shocks and lower tire profile to make sure there won't be any rubbing with the full load of people in the car. As for spring installation "USE COPRESSOR" i had mine purchased off of EBAY for 20-25$, cheap and worked great)

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

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Will it invalidate the warranty?
not your entire warranty, but if you should have a defective stock suspension part, they might not cover it under warranty, and blame it on springs



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Okay...just wanting to clarify, if I buy NON-Mazdaspeed springs for my 3..it will only void the warranty for the stock springs/shocks/suspension?

If that's the only thing it voids then I don't care...but if it voids the WHOLE warranty then F that.
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Re: Things you should know before lowering your Mazda 3.

Replacing springs will void only warranty on your suspension. If you replace your stock springs with Eibach or H&R than your warranty will be voided, meaning if your shocks or structs go bad it is your fault, but there is no need to get upset or frustrated about it. How often have you seen shocks and struts go bad in 3-5 years on brand new cars? so when they do go bad, just buy yourself new shocks and struts and nothing to worry about. As for me, i will be lowering my ride soon, even though i do not want to void any warranties on my ride, i am still willing to do so. As long as my engine warranty is still on.

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

well, would the suspension warranty be voided on ball joints, control arms, strut mounts, etc. basically anything to do with the suspension? i would think so, seeing as these are all components of the suspension. thats the main thing im worried about

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

I think as long as your modify your suspension with springs it will void your warranty for suspension. Even if the springs didnt cause a control arm to go bad for ie, dealer will blame it on it.

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