Originally Posted by KPLAFIN
So do you really think the stage one is better than say V-maxx coilovers that would be $7 less (before shipping) or if there sale is still going on $107 less?
I have only read a few snippets on the v-maxx on m.net, so can't really comment on them. All that I do recall from my searches is that it is the cheapest way to get to coilovers, shy of ebay DIY spring kits which some have had success with. That said, the cheapest coilover kit, just to get a coilover kit, isn't the direction that I am going to go. FWIW, the Cheapo Ebay Coilover kits, at around $40 shipped amazes me. How can they sell four springs and four threaded sleeves with collars for that? Spring rates tend to be 450 front and 350 rear. That makes the rears a little heavier than desired for most people.
One other thing to consider is, if you want to get 15x9 6UL's, you can't make them work with stock diameter springs. You HAVE to go to coilovers. That may or may not affect your decision. 15x8's, on the other hand, aren't an issue.
My main thing with the FM kit was the small drop. I measured up my car and it looks like I will see a 1" drop on the front and 1.5" on the rear, keeping 1/2" rake. Even that might be too much for me for my rural gravel roads. It will probably be OK, becase the same movement of the car on a bump will be lessened on the heavier springs, so it should "end up" in the same spot even starting 1" lower. In a perfect world, I would have liked the higher rate springs with 0-1/2" drop.
I do like the amount of increase in spring rate that their springs give (almost triple the stock springs). When they say they "designed" the springs to work with the illuminas, I believe it to a point. It's easy to overpower shocks with too much spring. I think the match is a good one and is supposed to ride pretty well on the softer/softest settings for DD and still auto x pretty well at 5 front, 4 rear.
Obviously, I'm not speaking with any personal experience. Just reguritating what I learned on the web in my search.
EIDT: Might want to take a look at this thread. Some real world experience, along with a lot of "subjective" criticism. http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread...ghlight=v-maxx