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Another very good thread with lots of good, reasoned information. Thank you. I, like most, believe in working on handling issues one mod at a time, rather than throwing a bunch of mods together at the same time, hoping they work well together.
I have so much to learn, with still only one hour experience spiritedly driving a Mazda 3 on a curvy road.
I am immediately changing to a set of Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3+'s, and as they have stiffer sidewalls than the OEM Dunlops, and as the A/S 3+'s are known for quick turn in, will try those out for a while, if necessary trying minor tire pressure adjustments to see how happy I then am with tires being my only initial handling change.
However, if I still want quicker turn in/less understeer, the next step would be the Progress RSB's (in their less firm setting). And if I want more improvement, will lastly add the Tanabe strut tower brace/bar, but I am not trying to change this car to an autocrosser/sports car circuit racer, just a "big fun" curvy country corner driver.
Jan. 25th ordered Mazda 3 GT hatch; Feb. 3rd allocation awarded; Feb. 8th official options/color confirmed; Feb. 27th assembly completed; March 5th boarded 1st ship; March 6th-31st car lost somewhere within Japan;
April 1st revised boarding ETA onto cross-Pacific ship; April 14th ETA at Port of Tacoma; 1st week of May dealership arrival.
Below picture thanks and credit to Skagerstrom, for that is his beauty below, the inspiration for what our car will look like.
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Last edited by Road Trip; 03-02-2017 at 01:00 AM.