Thinking of adding some Tanabe spings. What'd be the best bet?
That's probably the best. Not too firm for street, but still firmer than OEM which should pair well with Bilsteins.
This is great news. I had a set of Bilstein B6 HD shocks on an Integra that were still going strong after 200k+ miles on stock springs.
Based on the description the B6 shocks are probably what I'll go with. At 113000 miles, the original suspension on my 6 is getting a little soft. Time for a replacement.
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Bilstein makes the best dampers regardless whether you're going after or comfortable. They are praised all over the BMW forums for being very long lasting and offering a good blend between sporty and comfortable which would pair excellent to Mazda's chassis. They are both cheaper, longer lasting and
out-right better than Koni making it an obvious choice. They are not adjustable which is irrelevant for 99% of us and the safer choice VS. coilovers for sure.
Interesting.... I don't find the stock suspension on the "6" too compliant. On my VW the stock struts were a bit too soft for my preference, and a set of Koni's tightened it up nicely without making it harsh when they got to the point that they needed replacement anyway.
So far the dampening on the "6" remains ok, but eventually I'm sure they'll wear out... it's nice to have choices. One thing I don't like with the Konis is that the cases rust like crazy compared against OE parts -- and I live where there's no snow!
I agree. In stock form, the dampening is tuned to be rather comfortable (for such a sporty, multi-purpose chassis design) where any driver can get in and say that the ride is good yet still feels very rewarding/communicative for novice drivers learning the limits of their cars. Once you start to push, there is too much body-roll and the steering becomes soft.
It depends on what sort of roads you drive on, but B6 is not
overly stiff when paired with appropriate springs on any decently paved road. It's the appropriate balance for spirited driving while B4 is a good OE replacement. A great tip would be to install sway bars if you want to reduce body roll and increase steering precision with a negligible increase in ride harshness.