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Old 11-16-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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I am running NB Bilstein HDs and MSM springs. The Mazdaspeed springs aren't quite the step up from stockers that I was expecting, and I really miss stiff spring rates.

I don't want to go to +~400/300 like I had with the Konis before, and I know the HDs won't damp that very well without sending some coin to Shaikh.

My goal with this setup was something the wife could enjoy, that I could DD (150+miles daily), but that was still fun in the twisties. Unfortunately I miss that last criteria more than I thought, and the MSM springs really don't cut it.


I've never actually owned FM springs, but have been right on both sides of those rates, and I'm pretty sure they'd be PERFECT. I even had QA1s in similar rates on hand at one point, but never got to install them due to selling the Konis the same week, and letting my 2.5" collars go with them.


Any springs will need to be open-ended NB springs, or come with a perch solution for the Bilsteins. If they are closed NAs and it's a good enough deal I can work something out.



Please somebody have something...or my suspension will go in a drastically different direction.

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I'm looking for pretty much anything in the 250-450lb/in range right now.

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How soft/stiff are the MSM springs compared to the stock NB sport springs?
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How soft/stiff are the MSM springs compared to the stock NB sport springs?
Not much. Better...but hardly noticeable after running eGays on Konis all summer. Ratewise they are 66% stiffer...but it's not as drastic as I would have thought.

They honestly aren't even as stiff as the Tein S-Techs I used to run. They should be comparable rates...but it feels like the shock (Bilstein NB HD) still hits it's high velocity damping too fast.

I did cut them though...which should have riased their rate...although took away some free length and preload. They ended up right at the ~9.5" length from perch to top hat...so no spring compressor required.


Still definitely an improvement...but once you've had anything over 2.5 X stock rates you'll always want to go back.
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