I personally have just bought a new 2010 Mazda 2 Genki Hatch (Australia) soley as a to/from city work commuter.
Like everyone else I enjoy the look of the Mazda 2 but it's suspension does need a little tightening to make it match the great steering.
To be honest .. a lot of guys have more money than sense. All you hear is ... COILOVERS.
This is great if you attend a lot of track days at various different circuits, and need to change your suspensions settings on a hour by hour basis, but ask a owner of a street car fitted with coilovers how often he changes his suspension and the answer will always be NEVER.
A careful selection of springs (coils) , shock absorbers (dampers) and suspension bushes can match the "street set-up" of coil overs.
If your a little "cash strapped" and wish to retain the stock Mazda dampers ... please don't lower the vehicle by more than 30mm otherwise the stock dampers will be ruined within 10,000 kms. Stock dampers have an operating travel range and by fitting lowered coils you make it operate so restrictively that it overheats quickly and will fail to control the coil properly and fail within the distance mentioned above.
Using the "Racing Beat" coils will give you the advantages of an increased "spring rate" (improved handling) but by only lowering the car 22mm Front and 16mm Rear your standard Mazda 2 dampers will last 50% longer.
Also you will not need to replace the front swaybar link rods (between the strut and the front swaybar ends) with a shorter link, like you would if you went for a greater suspension drop. Always remember that the factory suspension and steering geometry's are best suited to road use and we shouldn't deviate from them too much.
I personally will be purchasing and installing the following after some careful research from Good-Win Racing:
I agree with wrwaustralia, there are cheaper ways to increase the cornering performance and stance of you vehicle without expensive coil overs. Tires are a sure fire way to increase cornering ability without voiding your warranty. Lowering springs are a way to go for the stance oriented customer, it's a trade off for ride comfort but it keeps the stock shocks which is a cost saver.
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