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Lower car with without a stiff ride

Would like to lower my 17 2.5 touring a little 1- 1.5 inches maybe but want it to ride like stock. Koni fsd look to be a good riding shock but what springs for that SMOOTH stock ride?
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Eibach Pro-kit or Racing Beat. Eibach has more of the drop you're looking for though.
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Eibach is the best spring out on the market out in the market imo. I have owned corksport, racing beat, eibach, and h&r springs mated with bilstein b8s.

Also, I have a set of eibach springs for sale.

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I think you guys who want to lower sedans and sports cars are nuts. Why?

They're already pretty low.

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I think you guys who want to lower sedans and sports cars are nuts. Why?

They're already pretty low.

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We want to have "that look" that says " it ain't stock" pure vanity for some, race car handling for others
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We want to have "that look" that says " it ain't stock" pure vanity for some, race car handling for others
You are not going to have "race car handling".
The car will handle somewhat better, but only at the expense of ride quality. Stock spring rates and lowered cars don't mix.
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You are not going to have "race car handling".
The car will handle somewhat better, but only at the expense of ride quality. Stock spring rates and lowered cars don't mix.
In which case Eibach prokit is the way to go. A little bit of drop to just give a little bit nicer look, and very close to standard ride quality. Mazda sells exactly the same kit as their own official upgrade part and can even fit it in the official dealership. UK 'sport black' comes with it as standard.

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You are not going to have "race car handling".
The car will handle somewhat better, but only at the expense of ride quality. Stock spring rates and lowered cars don't mix.
OK better handling
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I see this same question across all forums. No such thing as lowered car with stock ride quality.

I would suggest Eiback on Koni Yellows or Bilstein. If you have the funds, GC/Koni setup for adjustability of getting that ride height that you are trying to achieve.

I wouldnt recommend adding lowering springs to stock shocks. As much as you think the ride quality is going to stay the same, its actually the opposite. Stock shocks are made for the stock ride height. Even an 1 - 1.5" drop will change the geometry of what the shocks are made to do.

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I see this same question across all forums. No such thing as lowered car with stock ride quality.

I would suggest Eiback on Koni Yellows or Bilstein. If you have the funds, GC/Koni setup for adjustability of getting that ride height that you are trying to achieve.

I wouldnt recommend adding lowering springs to stock shocks. As much as you think the ride quality is going to stay the same, its actually the opposite. Stock shocks are made for the stock ride height. Even an 1 - 1.5" drop will change the geometry of what the shocks are made to do.
Actually, you can get a really good ride out of a lowered car but it costs money to do it. The right springs and properly designed dampers will get you there. To do things right would cost probably at least $2k give or take.
Not really worth the effort I think though as there is not really any Mazda 3 suspension out there that is in this higher end category. So, it will have to be a custom one-off.
Koni Yellows are more sport oriented and as such you may find them to be a bit stiff. Not a stock ride by any means.
Just get a set of H&Rs to go with those FSDs and enjoy the ride.
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