After 200k mine are sloppy. Do you have part #'s?I replaced the stock shifter bushings including the 3rd link bushings with Kia bushings since they are better than the Mazda ones and cheaper than the Corksport bronzeoil ones. The 3rd link bushings weren't even there so my shifter had a very large amount of side-to-side play.
The shifter feels insanely better now. The side-to-side play is so little that I wasn't sure if I went into 3rd gear or if I slipped back into 1st!
I ran into a couple of issues, like the bolt through my TWM short shifter breaking off at the nut, but I was able to find something at Home Depot to make it work. Two of the four heat shield holes stripped out as well. I'm kind of pissed about that but I was able to make it work so it doesn't rattle like an MFer.
Can you provide more info on this? My car came with a full system which was horribly done. Had to replace headunit and all four speakers, but I've still got the stock tweeters and I don't notice any sound from them at all. Thanks!Well, yesterday, not today...Yanked out the stock a-pillar tweets and replaced 'em with aftermarket on angled housings.
I sent an email to a longtime friend of mine who happens to be the PO. I also sent him pix. So, for your benefit and anyone else, here's the text of the email and the pix I sent him.Can you provide more info on this? My car came with a full system which was horribly done. Had to replace headunit and all four speakers, but I've still got the stock tweeters and I don't notice any sound from them at all. Thanks!
Hmmmm, test fitting, cleaning up shock body. Don't wanna go with new tires and have 205/40/17s now. May go with Espelir in back because the Tein S springs do 1.4 and Espelir 1.5" drop. Up front I may go with The Tein S because drop is 2.0 and Espelir is 1.5" I'd like a little rake with it being a bit higher in back and lower in front where wheel well gap looks same and the drop still looks right with the 205/40s. Thinkin the 1.5" progressive Espelir out back and the 2" linear Tein S up front might be the ticket to what I want. This'll keep it level with full tank of gas or people in back seat instead of that draggin ass bro lean look.
Sprung into action.....what a lovely spring day......spring sprang sprung........
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Espelir rr on left - 1.5" progressive
Tein S Tech middle - 1.4" progressive
Maxspeed on rt - 15 yr old 1.5 probably 1.8" by now progressive.
Both sets of fronts are linear with Espelir being 1.5" with lower spring rate.
Tein S Tech is 2" drop but spring rate is higher.
IIRC, people didn't like the Tein compared to Espelir but that was rear stepping out wheel chatering thing.
Grill is CDM (Chinese, not Canadian) , also have German wiper arms with the little wing on driver side, 323F badging, JDM tails, Tribute nozzles, Familia footwell lighting kit, center console extension - Canadian?, JDM cupholders, M6 rr wiper arm, 03.5 MSP lip, MSP vc/cover, MSP door sills, 1.8 coils, MS embroidered mats............all kinds of other Mazda oem parts, lol................looking for the battery cooling duct from Middle East/African cars, Etude IIRC..............What grille is this from??
Look at MSP springs, they do like .75 drop IIRC, and then there are Tein H-tech springs that lower 1.3 front and .9 in rear. Those might be something for you to chk out. There was a great thread from back in the day that had all the brands with spring rates and lowering amounts but that chart is gone from the thread. I just read thru 20 pgs of info to find out what I needed..........Espelir are 179/157 and 1.5 all around. Tein S-tech were 190/170 and front dropped 1.9 and rear 1.4This is all quite interesting to me as i'm on all-stock suspension and sorta kinda looking into budget, quality upgrades but also not wanting to compromise on daily drivability, since it's my only car and I drive A LOT. I love my car as-is so i'm trying to get things up to a clean, OEM status first though.
With stock suspension and 195-series tires, my car rubs with people/cargo in the back, though that's with aftermarket (trashy) lower-offset wheels. Even unloaded, the front sits higher and it bothers me.