Date Added: Friday 04 April, 2003
I ordered the kit, which was not in stock, and took about a week to come in, but as usual as soon as it arrived I had it the next day. Well, what can you say about 'KONI SUSPENSION'? It's simply the K&N of air filters, the Levi's 501 jeans and the Snap-On of tools, it's simply the best kit there is!
That's not to say that it is the best quality and there's no better, but all things are judged these days by their value for money and for £450 you simply can't buy better. To buy a kit of this calibre the next step up goes into four figures, just read yer car mags and you'll see.
I won't go into a blow by blow of how to fit it because if you're capable of this kind of job then you'll know that and have a good idea how to do it and if you're not confident don't even go there! Simply book it in with a competent workshop and pay yer money - it's worth it! Save to say that it's not a complex job, it's actually quite straight forward, but the most valuable tool is common sense and good old fashioned mechanics initiative (and a reasonable tool kit).
The only hard part is getting the legs out of their positions, on the front you'll need to split the bottom ball joint in order to puch down low enough to get the leg out; and on the rear, just tread on the wheel hub, push right down till it stops and lift the bottom of the leg out and backwards, then drop the leg down and out it comes.
The most essential tool was a set of spring compressors (sykes pickavant £18 from Halfords), plenty of stuff has to switch over from the OE legs, rubbers from the bottom cups, top plate with all assocaited washers and doughnut bushes, top support disks must be drilled out to 12mm or filed out, as the damper rods are thicker, naturally.
Once built up and fitted back in the car, wheels back on and drop the trolley jack, shit (!), jack won't come out, jack back up, use Mazda scissor jack under the sill (this is now the only way to jack the car up!). Set the damper knobs to minimum and it's still harder than standard, but not harsh, the sills now sit 3" off the ground and car looks totally slammed, 'specially with my body kit. I didn't think 35mm drop would look so radical, but the front tyres now sit up inside the wing and rears level with the lip! On speed bumps nothing touches if taken carefully as there's far less suspension movement.
The driving experience is amazing, in Fast & Furious they talk about fitting Konis to the Supra to assist with the holeshot, well now I know what they mean! Launch the car from a standstill and it's completely different, absolutely no pitch back at all, no lift from the front and no rear squata at all. As a result less motive force is absorbed by moving suspension, which subsequently alters camber and track therefore far more driving force hits the tarmac. The simple result is that the car feels far quicker off the mark and up throught the gears.
On hard cornering the car has almost zero body roll and as a result the tyres do all the work and there's far quicker turning and exit under power. I could go on for ages but this suspension kit has quite simply turned my car into a 'Lotus'. At speed over fast frequency bumps it's not harsh or slammy, just competent and smooth, the ride has an increased feeling of quality, as one would expect from Koni. And with a strut brace and chassis braces the car would be easily fit for a track day.
Finally, words cannot describe the improvement this has made, I would never drive an MX5 on standard suspension, it would just seem crap.
Buy it, slam it, and gets some drifting done ...! Top kit!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]