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spartikus
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Hey guys alright so I finally lowered my car today. I have a 2004 LS model so it has the bilstein shocks. I went with the ground control coilovers made for this specific year car. I have never driven a lowered car so keep that in mind. We lowered it about 1 inche I believe but the car rides very harsh now. Is this just do to the car being lowered? Also I hear alot of noise on the interior now especially when I hit any bumps or imperfections in the road. I hear rattles and a thump every time I hit a bump or imperfection in the road seems to be coming from the front and back of the car. Is this all normal and is it the sacrifice for lowering a car or is there something seriously wrong here. I drove the car about 50 miles today after lowering it and I am thinking I may have to go back to the stock set up its that bad. Please help as always any info will be greatly appreciated. Also if possible can someone tell me can you have a lowered car with comfort? If so what can I do I am not above returning my GC setup and buying a different brand of coilovers or possibly jsut getting some new shocks. I think i could handle the harsher ride if the noises on the interior would get better but at this point when I hit a bump i feel like my car is going to fall apart because it gyrates the car so bad.

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spartikus, this site is for dedicated Spec Miata race cars. I think you may better find the information you are looking for on http://www.Miata.net

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no mention of spring rates, which is most likely the issue. Also look into "tender springs" (near zero rate spring that stacks on your linear springs and accounts for droop). They might rid most of the spring noise you are encountering, but not all.

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I doubt it's the springs themselves making noise. Probably just stiff springs that make all the CDs in the glove box rattle around. I noticed all sorts of noise when I installed the suspension kit and gutted the interior. A loud exhaust and a helmet solved that problem. [Wink]

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I once made the mistake of putting an aftermarket, 'race' suspension on an '86 Mustang GT that I owned. Absolutely miserable driving it around town, cured me forever from the desire to hot-rod a daily driver.

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I once put heavy BBS Moda 15x7 wheels on my Miata back when it was a street car. The ride was absolutely terrible. I ended up selling them on eBay.

Do yourself a favor and put it back to stock. The Mazda engineers did a realy nice job with these cars.

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quote:
Originally posted by spartikus:
Hey guys alright so I finally lowered my car today. I have a 2004 LS model so it has the bilstein shocks. I went with the ground control coilovers made for this specific year car. I have never driven a lowered car so keep that in mind. We lowered it about 1 inche I believe but the car rides very harsh now. Is this just do to the car being lowered? Also I hear alot of noise on the interior now especially when I hit any bumps or imperfections in the road. I hear rattles and a thump every time I hit a bump or imperfection in the road seems to be coming from the front and back of the car. Is this all normal and is it the sacrifice for lowering a car or is there something seriously wrong here. I drove the car about 50 miles today after lowering it and I am thinking I may have to go back to the stock set up its that bad. Please help as always any info will be greatly appreciated. Also if possible can someone tell me can you have a lowered car with comfort? If so what can I do I am not above returning my GC setup and buying a different brand of coilovers or possibly jsut getting some new shocks. I think i could handle the harsher ride if the noises on the interior would get better but at this point when I hit a bump i feel like my car is going to fall apart because it gyrates the car so bad.

I have a similar set up on the autoX Miata. Its not that bad. Forgive me for asking the question but are the shock hats tightened down?

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That is exactly what it was, the guys who helped me put the coilovers on didn't put the top mount and hats back together properly so they were making all kinds of noise.

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quote:
Originally posted by d mathias:
I once made the mistake of putting an aftermarket, 'race' suspension on an '86 Mustang GT that I owned. Absolutely miserable driving it around town, cured me forever from the desire to hot-rod a daily driver.

-Denny

Ditto Denny's Rustang experience with a '99 C5 Corvette with Penske shocks and coil overs. Harsh ride, lots of transmitted suspension noise, but it handled beautifully. Guess you can't have it all!
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quote:
Originally posted by Qik Nip:
quote:
Originally posted by d mathias:
I once made the mistake of putting an aftermarket, 'race' suspension on an '86 Mustang GT that I owned. Absolutely miserable driving it around town, cured me forever from the desire to hot-rod a daily driver.

-Denny

Ditto Denny's Rustang experience with a '99 C5 Corvette with Penske shocks and coil overs. Harsh ride, lots of transmitted suspension noise, but it handled beautifully. Guess you can't have it all!
Rick
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I once replaced all rubber bushings (control arm, shock hat) with a monoball setup in a '95 911. The only rubber left was the tires. Go kart on track, PAINFUL on the street.

The selfjustification was that sports cars are supposed to be harsh riding...that didn't last long...lol

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So how was the ride?

spartikus
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The ride is great can't hardly tell its lowered other than just the look problem is now i want to drop it some more its about 2 inches in the front and 1.5 in the rear may go to 2.5 in the front and 2 in the back.

   

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