Discussion in 'Motors' started by Conscript, May 7, 2013.
B4 are OEM replacement, or was on Z4 when I owned one.
B4 are you billy standard OEM replacement. MX5 Sports come with B6's which are your more sporty orientated damper. B8's are B6's for lowering springs in simple terms although there are more differences.
Thanks for input people.
Does anyone have experience of Ohlins?
All I've heard is that if budget isn't a problem then they're the best. I think @Will had them on his and he messed about with another few options too.
Yes - had them on my Mk3 (since sold ).
They were brilliant, not quite as compliant as a factory car (the more solid top mount design will see to that) but still very livable even on crap roads, and the body control was fantastic. I have tried several different suspension setups on my 5 (factory bilstein dampers plus Eibach lowering springs, Meister-R Zeta-S coilovers, BBR Koni and BBR lowering springs, and finally the Ohlins) and they were the best - what I should have bought in the first place.
not on mx5 but my s2000 runs a set of road and track ohlins on medium dampening and they're beautiful! maybe a bit hard/less compliant than other coilovers I've experienced but when pushing the car feels lovely.
I know Ohlins are highly respected and typically a top of the tree sort of product, but comments about making the ride hard does worry me as it is my wife's car, not mine.
Hmmmm might be better to just replace stock with new versions of an all round quality damper.
If I am changing dampers and sprints, what else should I get done at the same time chaps?
Depends how deep you want go, new bushes wouldn't go a miss but isn't going cheap.
Less concerned about price because frankly an MX5 is really cheap compared to what I am used to spending on cars.
Quite refreshing actually as I don't feel I am getting the full 'pull your pants down' experience I am used to.
Give blink motorsport a call, Fraser has a mk3 mx5 which he runs as a daily driver that has ohlins fitted, I imagine he'd let you drive it if you wanted to see what the ohlins are like.
Good shout, they did offer me some time in their development car!
The car also has the rotrex supercharger kit (~300bhp) and AP Racing big brake kit on the front, you may come away wanting more than just the suspension
Which Rotrex? Mine made 198 whp and I think I can get to about 250 ish with a pulley reduction before it starts over spinning.
FWIW I had Meister R Zetecs and love them, though I daily a Clio Cup so I'm probably not a good comparator for a wife's requirements.
Its the C30-94 I believe. On a stock Mk3.5 engine but with an uprated fuel system and upgraded exhaust (inc 4-1 manifold) to hit the power.
surely if its the car for the wife then just stick the oem replacements or b6/b8 bilsteins and forget about it?
I doubt that she's going to appreciate the ohlins haha.
My bad, mines a MK2.5 vvti engine so not really comparable.
Never seen a rotrex on a mk2, whose kit is it? I really liked the way the rotrex drove in the Mk3 to be honest, just felt like a bigger engine with lots more shove, you had to rev it to get the power still which made it plenty involving. Kinder on transmission parts too, when compared with a turbo.
It's by Kraftwerks.
There's pics of the install and power graph in that thread.
But yeah, totally agree about how it delivers the power, that's exactly how I described it.
She won't but I will
I know it is going a little off tangent but I would also highly recommend getting a BBR 200 kit or something similar from other MX5 specialists. Fantastic value for a N/A tune.
I got to drive one in the summer and it is a massive difference compared to standard and a proper quick little car.
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