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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Suspension Advice for lowered springs

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for taking the time to help me.

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 hatchback with a 2.3l non turbo.

I had installed Koni STi a.k.a Koni Orange with eibach pro kit springs which I was super excited to get car lowered with upgraded shocks.

However it has been like a year now and the car drives so rough and bumpy is this normal?

I was under the impression it was supposed to ride smoother. This is my only suspension upgrade.

I have been also having a front rumble which i was notified that it is due to my front sway bar links this is where my real question comes into play as I cannot find a direct answer to it , but I'm sure I'm just not looking in the right place lol.

Since I have to replace them what would be the best kind for me to get regular oem ones, moog I see a lot of people go that route, or would I be better off going with an adjustable pair since my car is lowered?

I have been trying to find an answer with no solution everywhere I look.

If adjustable what is a good brand to go with are corksport worth the price tag or are there better?

If adjustable how would I set them is there a specific setting I would need them on?

I am not entirely sure how much my shock/ strut / spring setup had dropped my car either.

I was also wondering if I should replace anything else that will help with my rides smoothness?

Would replacing the front sway bar links along with upgrading my rear sway bar and links be my best option to start at or should I replace different parts first before getting to the rear sway bar and links?

Would it be a smart idea when upgrading the rear parts to go with the mazdaspeed versions of them?

When useing performance sway bars is the looser or tighter setting recommended?

I was thinking about going with the Corksport rear sway bar is that a good idea or is there something better quality or same quality but better pricetag?

I am also unsure of the kind of rear end links I should go with when replacing the rear sway bar?

Last concern I have is when changing the front and back end links I seen in a few different locations that you shouldn't use the washers during the instal?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-16-2020, 10:05 PM
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Well depends what kinda driver are you?....Cruiser?....Aggressive?...Touge?

I am a pretty Agressive driver that likes to Touge when there is a cruise...

I use to have Eibach Sportline Springs w/ KYB Struts...That setup was cool...when driving aggressive my car would rub a lot etc.
I upgraded to ISC Coilovers which I've been running for about 4yrs now..Great for Daily Driving and they come w/ Adjustable Dampening which is important to have if you want a comfy ride. I am lowered about 2.25" I rarely rub now

In addition to Coilovers I have a H&R Brand Rear Sway bar w/ MOOG Brand Rear Endlinks, Generic Brand Front Strutbar and Good Tires always help!


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-19-2020, 10:02 PM
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Well this blows, I bought the same suspension setup you did and it's sitting in my office right now waiting on some other parts to complete the job. Im about 99% sure my trailing arm bushings are shot so bought those and all replacement sway bar links and bushing... the car currently has coilovers, but crap ones that youd buy on Aliexpress (not me... previous owner bought this crap) so I guess I'll be ok with the ride then buy bilstein shocks/strutts when they go out... i dont really do anything with the car but drive it, maybe aggressive at times but its just my commuter car.


As for your question about the sway bar bushings etc.... Ive been a jeep guy for ages and Im sure the logic is the same, if your goal is smoothness, then stick with anything that uses rubber bushings, poly bushings add more precision, but you can "feel" a lot more....

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