Chose the Eibach kit mostly due to availability...seems like most places I looked had the H&R springs on backorder. The Eibach springs were for the '07-'09 Speed3 but work quite well for the '10. I also got a really good package deal on the springs and wheels so it made it very hard to pass up.So what made you pick the Eibachs vs. the H&R springs?
I did not get the Eibach Anti-Roll Kit...mainly because the Eibach only listed the kit for the regular Mazda3. Upon comparing the specs of Eibach kit to the stock Speed3 sway bars the listed diameters of the sway bars were far too similar to justify the "upgrade".And did you also get the Eibach anti-roll kit?
Thanks for the compliment! I didn't want to go too overboard with the looks of the car (our 3's are already pretty eye-catching) but I didn't want to be rolling around completely stock either. I'm trying to strike balance.The wheels and the drop look classy.
Yeah...I had the car aligned with the drop (pretty much standard operating procedure).Did you get an alignment? Is that how you know that you are well within spec on camber. What about front and rear toe, because that always changes when you drop your car.
Thanks, I was contemplating getting some Rotas or TenzoRs but got a deal on the TSWs that was too good to pass up.nice rims. seems like everyone is getting these now
Thanks StitcH...the Speed3 has been a lot of fun...compared to the wife's 2.5 there certainly is a difference (I do love the leather interior of her 2.5 though :yes. But there's a down side too, I've been filling up with premium quite a bit because it's so damn hard to keep my foot off of the gas :tongue:.I.
That is all :tongue:
Seriously though, car looks sick E.Tinker. You're making me remember how much I wish I would've bought a MS3, lol.
That's funny...becuse when I got the rims I was thinking how sick they would look on the Velocity Red! If you're contemplating aftermarket rims at all you should totally go for the Time Attack color scheme...would look so hot!Man, your car makes me wish I got Black Mica instead of Velocity Red! But I really want those rims :drool:
Here you go...hows the ride with lowering springs.
Had to post that 2 minutes before me, didn't you E.Tinker? :tongue:Initial impressions are very favorable...as you can see, the ProKits drop it enough to close the wheel gap but don't dump it to the ground. There's just slightly less than a full two finger gap from the wheel to the fender (and that's before everything has settled). The spring rates on the ProKits are nice and firm too without verging on harshness. They're definitely a bit stiffer than the stock springs but not enough to make for a jarring ride. I'm still on the stock struts/shocks so I can only imagine that the ride will improve when I got to an aftermarket setup.
So far I'm really happy with these two upgrades. They really do make a difference in the way the car handles...it seems more planted and a bit more "in tune" with the road.
Thanks for the compliment!how much did you pay for the TSWs if you don't mind me asking?
Care is nothing short of amazing, by the way. Nice work.
I guess I'll forgive you this time. But if you do it again... I'm gonna have to lay down my :admin: on you! :laughing001:Sorry for stealing your thunder :001_cool:...but thanks for the assist!
That is a great deal. I wonder if they can order up some OZ's. I think I finally found a set that I like, the Alleggerita HLT.Thanks for the compliment!
Wheels were purchased at Les Schwab (don't know if you're familiar with them, they're a west coast local tire/wheel chain)...I ended up kinda making friends with the manager of this particular one. He cut me a really nice deal on the wheels, the 18's I got typically run around $220 each or so a wheel (internet prices, just for the wheels)...out the door, my cost for the wheels was $840 (including tire mounting, balancing, and new lugs). I checked out what America's Tire Co. wanted and they quoted me $980.
I pretty much told him that he earned all my future business as long as he had what I needed :yes:.