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Mx5 NC - meister or?

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Hoping for some advice. I have a 2007 NC mx5 and it is currently installed with koni shocks (from bbr) and standard springs. Standard springs as the previous owner thought the bbr springs were too low for the local speed bumps. 

I would like the car to be a bit lower but I'm generally happy with the koni but I'm worried if I just swap the springs out it will be too low and I will end up swapping them again anyway (I'm generally an old git and I'm not looking to slam the car or anything)

The dilemma I find myself in is what to choose!

1 - buy some bbr springs that match the shocks at £250 and get wim to fit and align

2 - get wim to provide some lowering springs (much cheaper) and align

3 - get some meister crd 

4 - get some meister gt1

5 - throw caution to the wind and get some ohlins

6 - something else entirely

Springs are obviously the cheapest choice but I'm worried they will be too low. Meister crd seem to be the budget coil overs of choice but the lack of rebuildabilty and a few reports of skitterish low speed characteristics concerns me a little. The gt1 look fantastic but are expensive, they may be wasted on me as my car is mainly road use with the occasional track day. Likewise for the ohlins, which are even more expensive but seemingly the coil overs of choice for the right mix of control and comfort.

If it makes any difference the car has the bbr 175 pack on it and I am seriously considering going forced induction next year.

Any thoughts? 

Thanks

GB

 

 

 

 

 

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CRD without question. Koni have the same platform as Tein meaning historically the coil rates are way above daily drive comfort levels. If the previous owner used OEM springs on the Koni it will be the first for me because it defies logic? 

The CRD opens a good realistic platform but as you say there has been some negative feedback regarding the skittish behaviour. I have dealt with this a few times in house and every time it's been because the owner has incorrectly set the coil pre-load. Out of the box the CRD is set zero but work best with 5mm pre-load. Examples I've seen have had 30/ 35mm pre-load?  I think this is misunderstanding how the damper length and coil platform work.

Ohlins are top draw with a price to match but in my opinion the target marque is VAG and or the dedicated track day star. Personally i don't like them because i find there's no common ground to offer owners meaning there is an initial dead zone while the correct COG and damper settings are established. What works for one car and one owner does not transport very well.

I've worked alongside Jerrick ( owner of Meister ) for some years and i can say hand on heart he absolutely, undeniably, without question stands by his product. A problem, complaint or general fitting questions will not go unanswered.

 

 

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Yep, definitely koni on standard springs... apparently too much scrapping on lowered springs.

That's good to hear about the meisters. Can you supply them Tony? If so how much do you charge for supply fit and alignment? (Or is it better to call You?)

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Well they are not cheap but anything good comes with a price. The CRD's are the same cost whether you buy direct or from us. In truth we only make the trade discount but nevertheless the CRD's, fitting, geometry calibration and fine-tune costs just under £1100.....Gulp.

The fine-tune is there because you have to satisfy yourself regarding the height and the real world, and you need to evaluate the chassis positions -V- the handling? Some might say it's to safe or to heavy/ light and so on. You won't know what you want until you drive the car and that's what the fine-tune is for.

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Ok. Thanks Tony. I might purchase and fit myself then bring it to you to get everything set up right . I'm an mx5oc member if it makes a difference (gotta ask right :P)

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Yeah that's fine by me plus I/ we can help here regarding the fitting, pre-load, height,damper settings. Best part is advice is free :D

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If you can blog the evolution here. It might help others as a pointer.

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