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« on: December 03, 2009, 05:00:53 AM »

Problems

1. The lower mounting point where the shock slides into the control arm is too wide and needs to be grinded away a bit on both sides to fit (all corners)
2. If you want to have the rear at anything under 14 threads, no go, the collar will rub the axle

Ride

Soft and bouncy and it gets better or worse depending on how low you go, but it's not really "good" at any height, I was much happier with my FM springs

Quality

You get what you pay for.


All in all, I was not happy with the coils but very happy with their customer service. I emailed my complaint last night and got a call from a rep today with an apoligy for my install troubles. They said they processed my return and are refunding my money, as well as sending me a return shipping label to send the coils back.

If I would have been able to go as low as I wanted (0 threads all around which was 10.5 hub to fender) I could have ignored the poor R&D and ride, but aside from that they aren't worth keeping. I hope raceland fixes these problems that I've brought to their attention, I will also send them pictures and caliper measurements of the problem areas so that future buyers don't have these issues.

I hear racelands work well for other cars, but they do have to polish the design for the Miata.

My opinion: Good for a daily driver with decent roads around to lower the car, but buying them for performance or uber slammage will require some modification, at least until Raceland tweaks the design.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 06:09:32 AM »

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2. If you want to have the rear at anything under 14 threads, no go, the collar will rub the axle

yea even my FCM coils scraped on the drive shafts if you go to low. Its not the manufacturers fault. The MSM has beefy drive shafts so it complicates things like threaded spring perches.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 06:16:29 AM »

I've seen plenty of DUMPED NBs, so clearly this is an issue. The FCM coils are designed as a peformance upgrade so the "low" may not matter, but the Racelands don't perform nearly well enough to not be able to slam. Just my take though.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 06:43:15 AM »

"DUMPED NB" is NOT an MSM.  afro
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 06:53:44 AM »

If you think we have super duper axles, the collar issue is on the NA Miata too, the 1.6L if it matters cause I'd guess axles are smaller.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 07:04:10 AM »

if you're going for slam get a civic or a VW.  afro
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 11:23:07 AM »

if you're going for slam get a civic or a VW.  afro

Meh.  That's what CR is for.  I was pretty amazed at my first KINOD pilgramage from San Diego some of the cars that actually made the trip.  Talkin control arms pointing to high heaven. 

But, it was fun watchin them scrap on the freeway after a bump or two.

Some good guys went with us on that trip, was a great meet.  Man I hate north dakota..
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 05:46:10 PM »

^ lol, just quoting a certain someone.  angel1
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