So. Really. How hard can it be to get new shocks?



  • **So, I'm detecting a little understeer and floatyness on the front left.

    "Now," thinks I, "would be a perfect opportunity to stick on those Apex springs and replace the shocks with some nice aftermarket goodness."

    Can I find shocks for MX-3s? Can I buggery! All that I can find are OEM replacements. Not a sniff of Bilstein this, Koni that or Spax the other.

    So, people who have put uprated shocks on their MX-3s… What did you use, and from where did your purchase them? And I'm not talking silly stuff like Koni inserts (when the instructions include "Cut..." as a first pointer, you can forget it) or coilovers at a bajillionty pounds. Just some uprated shocks that fit my piggin' car!**



  • check out a comapny called white line sports they might do something but im not sure and dont ask me there url coz i couldnt tell ya lol….. just no my mate got some for his scoobie and told me about them



  • @b94524d21f=Lequetis:

    check out a comapny called white line sports they might do something but im not sure and dont ask me there url coz i couldnt tell ya lol….. just no my mate got some for his scoobie and told me about them

    **They look quite… Australian.

    http://www.whiteline.com.au/

    That and the fact they stock a total of 6 parts for the MX-3, none of which are shocks…

    I'm mostly interested in what people here have done for shocks/dampers on their "project cars", as that seems to be the one department where there is a dearth of information. Surely not everyone who has lowered their car (beyond those who've chosen the expensive coilover route) has left it on stock shocks?**



  • I have used intrax lowering springs on both of my cars. On my fast car I used tokico blue shocks and on the slow car I used KYB gas shocks.

    For the price I would go with KYB… not sure what's available on that side of the pond though... :roll:



  • Strut brace does alot for the mx3.



  • @3d1bca93a3=Mooneggs:

    I have used intrax lowering springs on both of my cars. On my fast car I used tokico blue shocks and on the slow car I used KYB gas shocks.

    **They the ones from Corksport?

    Worth it?**

    @3d1bca93a3=Mooneggs:

    For the price I would go with KYB… not sure what's available on that side of the pond though... :roll:

    Absolutely chuff all. Mind you, no-one even knows that the MX-3 exists over here.

    @3d1bca93a3=Welly:

    Strut brace does alot for the mx3.

    Given that I already have a front one (standard fitment) and that I'm after uprated shocks to go with my lower springs, that's not terribly helpful news.



  • the KYB ones are on www.fordprobestore.co.uk in the mx3 section, £250 a pair. You can get tokico ones from ebay.com (USA) for about £400 deliverd over here.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TOKICO-PERFORMANCE-SHOCKS-STRUTS-MAZDA-MX-3-MX3-92-95_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33586QQihZ017QQitemZ270131521068QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V

    hope this helps you ut a bit.



  • [quote:51ba4aec64="Famine
    @Welly:

    Strut brace does alot for the mx3.

    Given that I already have a front one (standard fitment) and that I'm after uprated shocks to go with my lower springs, that's not terribly helpful news.

    I would think he would be referring to the rear brace as most euro mx-3's come stock with the front brace…

    I also highly recommend getting a rear strut tower brace! improves handling especially if you are lowering the car!



  • @7439006bad=Mooneggs:

    I would think he would be referring to the rear brace as most euro mx-3's come stock with the front brace…

    I also highly recommend getting a rear strut tower brace! improves handling especially if you are lowering the car!

    **Fair enough :D

    On this one - my main car - I value my practicality, but I'll investigate the brace for the planned KLZE car.

    jamesmx3 - Really helpful. Cheers! :D However, I note that those shocks specifically state "Exc ABS", and mine is an ABS-equipped model…**



  • yeah mine too, but its just missing a bracket for the extra brake line i think, i think you can get away with tieing(sp) it on with a jubilee clip or cable tie for your mot.



  • dont JB click your brake hose itll cut through it ive done this one mine and now have the joys of replacing the pipe



  • **My local spares store gave me a couple of other leads…

    Apparently Bilstein make shocks for our cars, part numbers are VNE-4751 (O/S/F), VNE-4752 (N/S/F), VNE-4898 (O/S/R) and VNE-4899 (N/S/R), coming it at about £50 each from my source.

    A search on the Bilstein site for those parts returns no model. Other sites return them as being for the MX-3 1.6.

    Anyone know any more about them - are they V6 compatible?**



  • Compare this and this (search by part number).
    I don't know about taxes but the price they quoted for shocks all round comes to £177.36ish including delivery to UK.

    Just thought it might help.

    (I have no experience with this company, just what google turned up for me)



  • i would'nt fancy using 1.6 springs on a v6,

    as they can take 220lbs more pressure on them before start shrinking.



  • dude there talking about shocks



  • front shock can take 200 more then..

    think springs are same.



  • Bilstein do actually make a set for the mx3….. i found these thru demon tweeks..... following that front left light etc... u sure not bottom ball joint. as i thought my shock went. but was ball joint


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