2004 to 2020 Mazda 3 Forum and Mazdaspeed 3 Forums banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So as an attempt to cut down cost I wanted to see what everyone thought about going with these two seperate companies for shocks, I am a noob with suspension so any advice would be awesome! Thank you.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,579 Posts
So as an attempt to cut down cost I wanted to see what everyone thought about going with these two seperate companies for shocks, I am a noob with suspension so any advice would be awesome! Thank you.
KYB aftermarkets suck. Don't mix and match, you won't like the results. Your suspension is kind of important, so don't cut corners and you won't have to go back and do it again. Get the best you can afford. If you can't afford good ones now wait until you save up a little more then get a decent set of 4 dampers. Don't waste money on new grills, throttle body spacers, intakes etc as they won't do anything for your car. Save it for the important stuff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
So as an attempt to cut down cost I wanted to see what everyone thought about going with these two seperate companies for shocks, I am a noob with suspension so any advice would be awesome! Thank you.
KYB aftermarkets suck. Don't mix and match, you won't like the results. Your suspension is kind of important, so don't cut corners and you won't have to go back and do it again. Get the best you can afford. If you can't afford good ones now wait until you save up a little more then get a decent set of 4 dampers. Don't waste money on new grills, throttle body spacers, intakes etc as they won't do anything for your car. Save it for the important stuff.
Okay thanks I am just going to go with the koni all around then just need 1 more paycheck and I can get them. And also, I don't understand your hate on intakes and stuff. I am tuned by Ov and I guarantee my SRI and Exhaust when tuned are doing increasing power across my power band. Also when you are planning to add boost to the car as well throttle body spacers and minor things like that to keep the cool side cooler can add up and help???
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,579 Posts
Okay thanks I am just going to go with the koni all around then just need 1 more paycheck and I can get them. And also, I don't understand your hate on intakes and stuff. I am tuned by Ov and I guarantee my SRI and Exhaust when tuned are doing increasing power across my power band. Also when you are planning to add boost to the car as well throttle body spacers and minor things like that to keep the cool side cooler can add up and help???
If you are going with Konis get the FSDs, not the Sports. Sports usually end up being too stiff. The FSDs ride better than stock, but adjust on the fly according to whats needed.
An exhaust is fine, nothing wrong with that as long as it does not alter the scavenging properties needed by the SkyActiv header. Some full exhausts do and you end up with excessive detonation and the resulting timing pull.
An SRI alone might be doing a little, but my experience so far is it does just that, very little but make noise. By itself, it hinders performance. Intake temps are all over the place in normal driving. To actually work, it needs to be enclosed and insulated from the hot under hood air. I'm working on this aspect now and currently my IATs stay within 7° of ambient mostly except when sitting in traffic for a while.
I've seen the claims made by various makers, the dyno results etc but those are a bit deceiving. The first couple pulls show a few hp increase. Yay....
But now close the hood and shut off the fan like in the real world. Heat soak in 5 minutes, IATs spike to over 100°. :cry: An insulated enclosure is needed, and not just the rubber half box like the AEMs have but a genuine thermal barrier.
Throttle body spacers really don't do much if anything on DI motors.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
Even racing beat said he cant drive the car they have with Koni Yellows,too harsh on the highway ! He recommended the RB Springs with Stock Dampers.Or Just Koni STR.Ts witch of course are not available but in Konis future Koni Claims.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top