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OMG, search newb

I currently own a 1997 Mazda Miata and would like to focus on
the suspension setup. I need your help in choosing the correct product
for my needs. However, being the "research before you buy" type of
personality, I have found multiple possibilities that all sound
reasonable for my application. Quite honestly, I feel like my head is
about to explode.

The car is used mainly as a daily driver and weekend autocross car. I
occasionally touge (local roads, I'll be going to Deals Gap, Tail of the Dragon) as
well. However, I live in the city and needless to say the roads aren't
in the best condition concerning smoothness and quality. My daily
commute consists mostly of highway miles but I do still spend a good
amount of time driving in the city.

I'd like to purchase a coilover system that isn't too stiff for the
city streets (I know I will have to compromise a bit) but works well
for autocross and touge.

The reason I don't want to jump into a particular brand or model is
the fact that I am on a VERY tight budget and would hate to be
severely disappointed with my investment, which brings us to the next
point - price range.

Because of my broke ass not being able to afford the best of the best,
I need something that will cost me no more than $800-$1000 shipped.
There is a little lee-way there if there happens to be a setup that
costs slightly more but will suit my needs to the fullest. After
adding up costs of the suspension setup I was going to go with (KYB
AGX, H&R Race Springs, Fat Cat Motorsports custom upper shock
mounts/bump stops, all lowering a total of 2") I realized I was going
to spend a little over $800 for a traditional setup that had only
limited dampening adjustability.

I'm mainly having a hard time choosing a setup because I want a system
that will provide me with both height and dampening adjustments. Many
basic systems only provide height adjustability, which I feel is a
waste of a coilover setup.

Now, here are a few coilover products I was looking at: Megan Street
(seems pretty stiff though 10kg front and 8kg rear), Stance GR+ (mixed
reviews, some say strange oscillations resulting in unbalanced
rebound/compression), Zeal (though not sure how much they cost, nor
which model to go with), Cusco Comp-S (almost no information on them),
and Tein (once again, not sure which model).

However, this does not mean that the above mentioned brands/models are
the only ones I'm willing to go with. I'm open to any ideas that will
keep me within my application and price range.

Thank you in advance for your advice!
 

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Typo, 1997

It's also in the drop down menu under my avatar...but yeah, my bad. I know it's not a 1998. I 1|\|73|2|\|37 fat fingered it.
 

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i love my stance coilovers! great drift coilover, but can be used for grip just aswell. and as far as coilover $$$$$goes, these are not bad at all.
 

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Price aside, I'd recomend a set of Flexes. They are very compliant on the street. You might luck out and get a set for under a grand (I did) by searching ebay (the ones I found were listed as "Tein shocks for Miata") Or if you can find a used set of HAs.

THe Tein Basic and SS are also right in your price range but I have no direct experience with them, although I have heard very positive things about them. THey lack adjustable bodies so the aren't as good at lowering, but the damping and spring rates are good.
 

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From what I have read, the Tein Flex is probably the best coilovers for a miata. Ive never heard anything bad about them.

The Tein SS coilovers are also very good for the price. They have the same spring rate as the Flex's and good damping to go with it. From what I understand, they are good for autocross, but not the suited for track days.
 

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Anyone have suggestions on places that sell the Flexes for a reasonable price?

eBay is handing me the shaft.
 

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Just for shits and giggles, what are your opinions on both D2 coilovers and K-Sport?

I've found some good deals on them.
 
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