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Racelands Ultimos on a Mazda 3

So recently I purchased off of craigslist brand new still in the box Raceland Ultimos. Got them for a really good deal $250 just had to drive to Albany NY to get them(1hour35min drive) not to bad. I know people say thay arent great but ill shortly find out. Just wondering if people have a write up installing them or videos/pictures of doing it. Thanks and let the hate begin.


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Same as any other coilover, just that you have to use the OE top hats (GET NEW ONES!!!!!!!!).

Coilovers are easy, easier than springs.
I think the only tools you need is a 12mm, 14mm, and 17mm, and whatever size the allen key is for the endlinks. Depending on your front knuckles, you may need a nickel, or just a spreader bar.

Basically all you do is jack up car, disconnect all endlinks,
make SURE if you have ABS, to remove the wire from the knuckle first. up front, remove the bolt that goes in the pinch on the backside, use a block of wood and hammer or widowmaker jack to separate the old shock and spring from knuckle, remove 3 tophat bolts, and replace.

For the rear, just remove the bolt that holds the shock in at the bottom, and kick the knuckle and the spring will fall out (make sure sway bar is rotated out of the way, so the control arm can drop down). Stock springs suck.
From there, remove two nuts at top of shock, insert new springs and shocks, bolt it all back up... pretty much it.

It seriously is as easy as it sounds.

Used to be able to swap spring setups to coilovers in less than 40 minutes.
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Same as any other coilover, just that you have to use the OE top hats (GET NEW ONES!!!!!!!!).

Coilovers are easy, easier than springs.
I think the only tools you need is a 12mm, 14mm, and 17mm, and whatever size the allen key is for the endlinks. Depending on your front knuckles, you may need a nickel, or just a spreader bar.

Basically all you do is jack up car, disconnect all endlinks,
make SURE if you have ABS, to remove the wire from the knuckle first. up front, remove the bolt that goes in the pinch on the backside, use a block of wood and hammer or widowmaker jack to separate the old shock and spring from knuckle, remove 3 tophat bolts, and replace.

For the rear, just remove the bolt that holds the shock in at the bottom, and kick the knuckle and the spring will fall out (make sure sway bar is rotated out of the way, so the control arm can drop down). Stock springs suck.
From there, remove two nuts at top of shock, insert new springs and shocks, bolt it all back up... pretty much it.

It seriously is as easy as it sounds.

Used to be able to swap spring setups to coilovers in less than 40 minutes.

Life got in the way for a while but tomorrow is the day everything goes in. Thanks for responding and giving me the tips. I will have pictures put up hopefully by the end of this weekend.


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