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Need to replace struts

My 2011 Mazda3s GT needs strut replacement.

I was thinking of getting Monroe Quick Struts because they're cheap...but it seems like Monroe doesn't make very reliable products. There seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction from their products. Anyone have personal experience with them?

My next options are:
  • Koni STR.T + Eibach Pro-kit springs
  • Megan Racing Coilovers
  • ST X Coilovers

I use my car as a daily driver and my normal commute consists of curvy mountain roads + highway.

I'm up for any suggestions as well.


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Koni is good KYB is what the factory uses and I have used kyb on many cars and have been satisfied koni is better if you want to do lowering mods kyb better for stock ride and feel


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Does anyone have any experience with ST X Coilovers? They're made by KW and seem like they're very similar to KW V1's

I'd like to maintain stock ride or not much stiffer than stock but would like to lower it a little.


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Koni orange (str.t, I think is their name, they are orange painted) are a good bet for that as they are not very expensive, reliable struts that have a slightly stiffer feel then stock and will work good with lowering springs, check tirerack.com, they have a bunch of good strut and coilover setups that come with stock height or lowering springs of varying levels and have options to buy struts/shocks and springs separately or as a package that works together


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Tirerack sells an Eibach Prokit/Koni Yellow kit for our 2nd gens. I have it on mine and love it. Very comfortable ride but still feels sportier. I had H&R coilovers prior to this and the ride quality was horrible. If you have rough roads I wouldn't recommend any coilover setup as they'll all be pretty harsh.
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Tirerack sells an Eibach Prokit/Koni Yellow kit for our 2nd gens. I have it on mine and love it. Very comfortable ride but still feels sportier. I had H&R coilovers prior to this and the ride quality was horrible. If you have rough roads I wouldn't recommend any coilover setup as they'll all be pretty harsh.
gotta agree here, rough roads and coilovers suck. so anyone in a major city period basically. i also suggest the set he does as i had it on my 08 and loved it. i had their str.t orange ones on my old protégé and they where great too but more firm without adjustment whereas if i remember correctly the yellows are adjustable


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hmm ok..

So I've crossed the Coilovers out because it seems like it'll ride harder than the other options.

My new options are:
  • KYB Excel-G (basically OEM set up) (~$300)
  • Koni STR.T (Orange) + Eibach Pro-Kit (~$600)
  • Koni Sport (Yellow) + Eibach Pro-Kit (~$800)
  • Koni Sport (Yellow) + H&R Springs (~$780)

Are the Koni STR.T firmer than Koni Yellows on their softest setting?

It's so hard to choose! haha


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How much lower do you want to go? The Eibachs are a bit over an inch drop, the H&Rs another half inch more. It seems that the H&R drop is just about right, noticeable but still quite functional.
You seem to have missed the dampers that really work well for what you are looking to do. The Koni FSD rides at least as good as stock, and works well with the Eibachs and especially with the progressive rates of the H&R springs.
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I had STR.Ts and racing beat springs on my car at one point too. I think the yellows on the softest setting might be softer than the non adjustable str.t's but am not sure. I really notice no negative impact on ride quality with the eibach's and yellows set to be somewhere in the middle.
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not to low so i think the eibach pro-kits will be just right based on the pics i've seen. Also the Koni STR.T with Eibach Pro-kits are eligible for $50 rebate right now whereas the one with H&R are not.

I think I'm going to get the Koni STR.T + Eibach Pro-kit.

What else do I need? I was told I should get new strut mounts/bearings

Do the Koni's need dust covers? should I reuse the ones from my stock struts/shocks or just purchase new ones?


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