View Full Version : Just thinkin...suspension

February 22nd, 2010, 02:01 PM
I've yet to pull the trigger on a better suspension on the miata, just wanting to get some feedback from you guys about these that I've picked out and if anyone has any other suspension ideas for me. At the moment I've not been at the track once yet, but will like to during the next year, needing a suspension that is more suited for DD than track at the moment.

setup one:
Flyin' Miata Stage 2 suspension kit (http://www.flyinmiata.com/index.php?deptid=4537&parentid=0&stocknumber=13-16600%20%201990-93)

This kit is similar to the other kit, but has less shock travel than the 2.5

setup two:
Flyin' Miata stage 2.5 suspension kit (http://www.flyinmiata.com/index.php?deptid=4537&parentid=0&stocknumber=13-16610%20%201990-93)

and more info:
Flyin' Miata suspension info (http://www.flyinmiata.com/tech/suspension_packages.php)

I would like any other suspension suggestions that anyone has.:thumbsup:

February 23rd, 2010, 05:35 AM
Either kit looks good, easy to install, and will make your car corner like it's on rails.

Extra shock travel is a bonus for bumpy CO roads. Plan on getting an alignment once you add the kit.

I do shocks/springs/sways as a first mod to any car that I want to handle well. You won't believe the difference. Find some info about how much it lowers the car, and make sure it's not too "slammed" looking. Some kits go too low, IMO. I doubt that's the case with these, but best to check.

Coilovers are great, but are overkill in most cases, and the cost/benefit just isn't there unless you're a track junkie.

If finances allow, Stage 2.5 gets my vote. A spring compressor from Vato Zone is all you'll need, and they loan them out for free.

Poly bushings for your sways will help. too. Cheap, and worth adding. Grease them well or your sways will creak.

February 23rd, 2010, 08:19 AM
I'll have to measure the drop, but what they advertised is...if you measure from the center of the wheel to the fender lip, your car will end up 12.5" in the front and 13" rear. don't know how far that is, havent measured the stock stance yet.

Something for me to drool over... (http://www.flyinmiata.com/index.php?deptid=4537&parentid=0&stocknumber=13-16200%20%20CUSTOM):drool:

February 23rd, 2010, 11:01 AM
STG 2.5: "We consider this suspension package to be well designed for the Miata that has to do everything. For example, when we go to a track day, we have to drive 5 hours over twisty, bumpy mountain passes to get to the track. Then, after pounding our turbo Miatas around the track all day, we drive home over those passes. This suspension is equally happy in both situations."

I would go with it for the additional travel. It looks like the travel may be from the bumpstops so you could see if adding the FM bumpstops to STG 2 would give you a more street friendly ride with the travel of the 2.5 kit.

February 23rd, 2010, 11:03 AM
I think a key consideration with coilovers is to be able to adjust spring preload independently of ride height.

Here's my drool product.....


February 23rd, 2010, 11:24 AM
The nicest thing about these coilover options, IMO, is the dampers. Not that the non-coilover dampers are bad.

March 1st, 2010, 01:31 PM
Just measured, i'm guessing those springs are not doing well...pax front: 13.75", rear: 14" driver front: 13", rear: 13.5"...not on a level surface though. To go to 12.5 front 13 rear...I'd just be dropping it 1" all around. negligible difference there.

March 1st, 2010, 05:25 PM
1" is a fair amount of drop. It won't be too slammed, probably just right. First time I did springs I thought 1" wouldn't be enough, till I saw the results. You'll like the look of 1" drop, IMO.