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Old 04-09-2013, 02:02 PM   #91
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Wow that would of saved some headache. I unbolted it from the top.
I still don't really get how those two bolts look from the bottom of the car to hold the shock to the rear shock tower because the shock goes through the rear tower and is bolted from the inside
Negative. It is bolted as the pic shows.
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Those two bolts, are they for the top shock mount plate?
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #93
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Those two bolts, are they for the top shock mount plate?
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So BLarson, did you ever get this aligned? It sounds like you have put a ton of mileage on since you replaced the springs (more than the wear in anyway, 10k+), so do you have weird camber wear patterns?

I'm trying to decide if I should get it aligned with new MZ3 springs lowering an inch or so.
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So BLarson, did you ever get this aligned? It sounds like you have put a ton of mileage on since you replaced the springs (more than the wear in anyway, 10k+), so do you have weird camber wear patterns?

I'm trying to decide if I should get it aligned with new MZ3 springs lowering an inch or so.
I went to get an alignment after driving on my Sportlines for a few weeks and they wouldn't get the rear into spec (can't rember the numbers exactly)
I installed SPC adjustable camber arms and then had a proper alignment done.
In other words, if you want your rear camber in Stock spec you will need adjustable camber arms
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I went to get an alignment after driving on my Sportlines for a few weeks and they wouldn't get the rear into spec (can't rember the numbers exactly)
I installed SPC adjustable camber arms and then had a proper alignment done.
In other words, if you want your rear camber in Stock spec you will need adjustable camber arms
Okay, and the sportlines lower how much? The mazdaspeed 3s supposedly lower 1".
How much did you pay for the SPC arms? Did you need front and rear?


I've got about 1000 miles of a road trip, so it seems like my choices are check alignment and have it done within 200 miles or after 1200. I think 200 wouldn't be enough to really have it break in.
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So BLarson, did you ever get this aligned? It sounds like you have put a ton of mileage on since you replaced the springs (more than the wear in anyway, 10k+), so do you have weird camber wear patterns?

I'm trying to decide if I should get it aligned with new MZ3 springs lowering an inch or so.
I've never had it aligned. I rotate my tires at regular intervals and I have no irregular wear. . . . Yet. Lol. I will get an alignment some day. When my life calms down a bit. But I'll buy adjustable rear control arms first though.

I have about 17k on my car now. Installed at 1800 miles.
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LOVE THE SPORTLINES. My girlfriend also likes it much then the stock ride and handling. Here are some pics.



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Eibach Pro-Alignment Kit(for rear negitive camber)(AutoAnything)
Eibach Rear swaybar (AutoAnything)
Whiteline Rear Sway bar end Links (Rebel Devil)
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:56 PM   #99
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After 20k miles, I finally bought and installed my adjustable rear swing arms. I bought EIII USA RACING adjustable arms for $90 shipped off of eBay. The quality of the arms is superb.
The top is the EII USA arm and the bottom is the stock one.

The install was really easy.

I then finally took the car for an alignment. It was off but not by much at all. Here are the exact specs for you all.

I dove my car for 20k with no noticeable irregular wear on my tires. The wheel did not return to the zero position though when you let go of it. So can it be driven with just sportlines? Yes. Should it be? No. If you do it, do it right.

Springs=$200 shipped
Adjustable arms=$90 shipped
4 wheel alignment=$50
Total cost for a fantastic 1.5" drop and zero wheel gap=$340
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I had the sportlines installed by shop yesterday but they left these in the box. What would the negative be if I don't go back and change them out?
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