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the blue shocks/struts are stamped fomoco but come with mazdaspeed certificates. i had them installed along with progress springs and they are a bit stiffer than oem ms3 shocks/struts
thats the setup i was thinking about doing in the next couple months. how do they ride? i know you said a little stiffer than oem ms3 shocks/struts, but how do you think they compare to stock mz3 suspension? is it uncomfortably stiff? thanks man
well after they settled in a bit the comfort level went up. bu they are still stiffer than the stock mazdaspeed setup i have rode in. they are also seem to be a bit stiffer than MS3's with lowering springs. my friend is getting the cobb setup in a bit so i will be able to compare that too. but i will say if you have not upgraded the front and rear sway bars do that too lol... im getting a set of oem MS# bars and that should get rid of the little bit of sway i have left
I just put the Mazdaspeed sport dampers on my SP23. I kept the OEM springs for I have always been happy with the ride quality of my Mazda3. I currently have 70,000 miles on my car and the OEM struts were feeling a bit tired. The new struts firmed things up nicely without hurting the quality of the ride one bit. The best way I can describe the ride with the sport dampers is that the car feels balanced. If I do some nice back country roads at speed, the suspension gobbles up the dips and bumps and quickly returns the car to a neutral feel, ready for the next curve or elevation change. Prior to the new struts, the car felt unsettled and tended to wallow and mush in suspension transitions. I hope this explanation helps. Suspension interpretation is a "seat of your pants" kind of thing. YOu either feel it or you don't.
I just installed them with new Racing Beat springs. This is my second go around with Racing Beat springs. The 1st time, I paired them with Koni FSD's.
I then went back to stock springs, with KYB GR2 struts and shocks. I just couldn't handle the wheel gap, so I went and ordered a new set of Racing Beats. I decided to try the Mazdaspeed Accessory dampers. I absolutely love them. The car feels very european now. You hit bumps and the car is perfectly damped. Highway ride is very nice, and the back end just feels planted. Everything else on the car is stock, except tires which are General UHP's at stock 205/50/17 size. I actually think they match better with the Racing Beats than the Koni FSD's do. Your opinion may vary.
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