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excellent, these are next in my future. I have run Koni shocks on every car I have had except my Legacy GT as they didn't offer them in direct replacements.
 

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I'm almost certain you don't need to replace the stock shocks to put lowering springs on your car; however, not doing so will cause them to wear out a lot sooner...
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Yes, 09 model 3. Our suspension is 100% compatible. Although the fittment of an 09 front swaybar is still unknown. H&R springs is supposed to release 2010 specific springs next month.
the more I am reading the responses from vendors and tuning shops, I am finding that the suspension might fit, but I don't believe it is nearly proper to use the previous generation stuff. The 2010 body is 40% more rigid right out of the box, and while the suspension geometry might be the same, the wheel base is different and so is the weight and many other factors that should be taken into account. While I am in no means an expert, I would think if it was as easy as carrying over the previous generations components the companies would save themselves alot of RnD time and just green light the previous generations components for the 2010+ generation.
 

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This quote from Racing Beat sums it all up. Read the last sentence. If their new swaybar will work with older gen mazdas then why wouldn't first gen stuff work with ours.


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Mazda has made significant changes to the rear bar on the later M3 models, I have a new design for the 2009+ currently underdevelopment. The shape of this bar is fairly simple, our tube bending shop should be able to have samples within the next two weeks. We’re trying two different diameters, once we decide on the final size we should have bars soon thereafter. We’re hopeful that this new bar might be backward compatible with ALL earlier applications as well.

Best Regards,

Jim Langer
Racing Beat, Inc.
714-779-8679
Racing Beat - Mazda Performance Specialists
Where as I would think his first sentence pretty much sums it up :blush 1:
 

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If they are so significantly different then how could it possibly work with the first gen? Huh. :mellow 1: You know what, if it works better than the one I have, fuck it. I'll buy it.
hahahaha well said. I am merely stating that if somebody hasn't yet bought first gen stuff, they might as well wait for the 2010 stock as most places seem to be very close to releasing these items.
 
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