Mazda Miata Coilovers – NA / NB / NC / ND Coilover Kit Guide

Mazda Miata Coilovers

One of the first or most common upgrades and modifications done to the Mazda Miata is the suspension. Especially for the Miata from 1990 to 1997 (Miata NA chassis) and the Miata from 1998 to 2005 (Miata NB Chassis) which have pretty old suspensions, one of the best and most noticeable upgrades you can do is to replace the worn factory suspension. With the Miata being a lightweight, rear wheel drive sports car, it makes sense to not just replace the worn shocks and springs with OEM replacements, but rather with an aftermarket performance suspension. For this reason, Mazda Miata Coilovers are one of the most popular and most rewarding upgrades you can do to your car as the difference once installed is night and day.

Just as there are a lot of different ways you can use your Miata, there are also many different coilover systems. Some are designed more for street use, some more for the race track and some are some where in between. So we decided to create the ultimate guide for you to be able to decide which coilover kit is right for you. If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment below.

Before we begin, we want to set some base info. The Miata NA is built from 1990 to 1997. Miata NB is built from 1998 to 2005, Miata NC is built from 2006 to 2015 and the Miata ND is built from 2016 to current (at of the time of this post).

To see our listing of coilovers, please click here: Mazda Miata Coilovers

Basic Upgrade and Base Coilover Systems

You can get a quality coilover system for under $500 if you don’t need all of the bells and whistles and won’t be doing a lot of adjustment and setup on your suspension. Many of these base kits come with coilover shocks and adjustable height spring perches with springs. You can adjust the right height (usually about an inch lower than stock) down to 4″ or more of a drop. However, typically with these setups you can’t adjust the dampening settings and they all come pre-set from the factory to best match the spring rates of the kit and give you the best balance between comfort and handling. Since these are primarily used on the street, they’re softer and more geared toward the daily driver and almost no track time.

Here are a few options:

Above: The TEIN Basis Z Coilovers are the cheapest of the bunch and the least expensive ones we sell. They do not come with top hats and are not dampening adjustable. The TEIN Street Advance Z are a bit more expensive, still do not come with top mounts (you just reuse your own), but do have adjustable dampers for those who want a bit more control. The Yonaka system is the only one under $500 that is both adjustable and includes top hats making it the easiest to install as it’s a direct swap for stock. Another notable coilover here is the Function & Form. It’s generally the coilover that would offer you the best ride and has been known to also offer the biggest drop.

Street / Weekend Warrior

Our next group of Miata coilovers is a good choice for those that mainly daily drive their car but want something that’s more geared toward performance so they can also take their Miata to the track for track days or to an autocross. These coilovers generally offer higher grade shock oil to keep from overheating, more features within their shocks as well as more aggressive spring rates.

Here are some of the options:

Above: These Miata coilovers are focused more on someone who wants their car to handle as good as possible while still maintaining the best possible ride. These will ride firmer than the street coilovers, and some may prefer that, but do offer better track and handling performance.

Street / Track Focused

This next batch of Miata coilovers are still street coilovers, but they have a much higher focus on performance and track. Due to their superior shock design they still offer comfortable ride characteristics, but are going to perform much better on the track than the other groups of Miata coilovers. Here are some examples below:

Above: These are some of the most popular street/track coilovers on the market today, and for those with a bigger budget that also track their car, these come highly recommended. BC Racing, especially, comes with the option of a Swift spring upgrade, customizable spring rates, and rebuild services in the United States.

This is an ever evolving list and we’ll continue to update this post so you can make sure you buy the coilovers for your Miata that will best suit your needs. If you have any questions on this list, or any Miata coilovers we didn’t mention, leave your comment below and we will answer.

Stillen Catback Exhaust for the Nissan Titan (2016-2019) Released

STILLEN is excited to announce the release of the STILLEN Cat Back Exhaust Part# 509560 for the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 4×2 and 4×4 Nissan Titan. The Nissan Titan is a capable truck in both utility and sport; whether you are using your Nissan Titan for fun or work, the addition of a STILLEN 2.5” Cat-Back Exhaust System will help your truck deliver the performance you demand.

STILLEN went through a strict regimen of design, engineering and testing to ensure the STILLEN 2.5” Cat Back Exhaust for the Nissan Titan delivered performance where you could feel and use it best. STILLEN tested 2”, 2.25” and 2.5” tubing to ensure the most power gains across the meat of the power-band.

The result is a 2.5” Cat Back System that delivers a max increase of 43 WHP (Wheel Horse Power) @ 4,100 RPM and a very impressive +61TRQ ( Torque) @ 3,800 RPM.

STILLEN 2016+ Nissan Titan Cat-Back Features:
• Max increase of +43 WHP @ 4,100 RPM
• Max increase of +61 TRQ @ 3,800 RPM
• Aggressive Sound Under Throttle
• Stainless Steel Construction
• Polished Dual Wall Engraved Tip
• Limited Lifetime Warranty

Sound Clip: REMARK Muffler Delete Exhaust WRX / STi

What better way to improve exhaust flow, lighten up your car, and add some sound to the Subaru boxer engine than with a muffler delete? Our most popular muffler delete, is the REMARK Exhaust Muffler Delete for the WRX/STi and comes available in various exhaust tip styles such as polished, blue burnt tips and single or double wall.

Our customer, Escenthio, purchased these from us and made a quick video of what his car sounds like with this exhaust. Check out the video below and then click here to read his review and see more information on the exhaust: Remark Muffler Delete Subaru WRX & STi (2015-2019) Axle Back Polished / Blue Tips

Where are coilovers made? Our ultimate guide!

When it comes to coilovers, there’s no shortage of options. Everything from entry level coilovers starting at around $350 to top of the line coilovers going up to $5000 or more. So it’s no doubt that as customers research what setup they want for their car, the question of where the coilovers are made comes up a lot. Due to this, we have decided to compile a list of coilover brands and where they are made. Please contact us if you have anything to add to this list.

Brand Line Made
aFe Pending
BC Racing BR Type Coilovers Taiwan
Bilstein Germany
BLOX Racing China
Cusco Pending
D2 Racing Taiwan
Dinan Pending
FOX Racing Pending
Fortune Auto 500 Series Coilovers USA
Function & Form Taiwan
Fortune Auto 510 Series Coilovers USA
Godspeed Project MonoSS Coilovers China
Godspeed Project MonoRS Coilovers China
Godspeed Project MonoMAXX Coilovers Taiwan
GReddy Pending
HKS Japan
JDMSPEED China
KSport Kontrol Pro Coilovers Taiwan
KW Automotive Germany
maXpeedingrods China
Megan Racing EZ Coilovers Taiwan
Megan Racing EZ II Coilovers Taiwan
Megan Racing Street Coilovers Taiwan
Ohlins Sweden
Pedders Pending
QA1 Pending
RaceComp Pending
Raceland Classic Coilovers China
Raceland Ultimo Coilovers China
Raceland Primo Coilovers China
Rev9 Street Basic Coilovers China
Revel Pending
RS-R Pending
Skunk2 Racing Pending
Skyjacker Pending
ST Suspensions Pending
Stance USA
Tanabe Pending
TEIN Basis Z Coilovers China
TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers China
TEIN Flex Z Coilovers Japan
TruHart USA Basic Coilovers China
TruHart USA StreetPlus Coilovers China
Whiteline Pending
Yonaka Taiwan

However, it’s not all cut and dry with every brand. Below are some outliers to each one that we will ensure we keep updated.

BC Racing is technically made in Taiwan, but all R&D and final testing on any product is done in the US by BC Racing in Florida. The coilovers BC Racing makes overseas is different than the coilovers for the US market. The US market uses larger diameter shock bodies, spring rates are different and so are damper specs. So while they are made in the US, they’re really designed and engineered in Orlando, Florida.

Fortune Auto is assembled in the USA with parts from around the world. Technically, built in the USA.

Stance Coilovers have all of the parts made in Korea such as brackets. Seals and thrust bearings are from Japan. Any custom sets are done in house, in the US on their own shock dyno and they revalve the shocks if there are custom spring rate requests from the customer.

TEIN Coilovers have recently gone through some changes. All of their coilovers used to be built in Japan, but now only the Flex Z is. The Basis Z and Street Advance Z are now made in China. This helps them reduce cost, but still maintain the quality that TEIN is known for. By having them made in China and having a sealed rather than rebuildable damper, TEIN is able to significantly reduce cost to be able to pass the savings non to the customer.

We provide you this list to help you learn more about coilovers, both that we sell on Redline360 and ones we do not. We will keep this list updated and add more brands as we find out more information about them. If you are a manufacturer and want to add something to this list, please contact us using our contact us form and we will be glad to ensure this is the most accurate list possible.

If you have any questions about where coilovers are made or about a specific brand’s quality, please ask below.

TEIN Coilovers: Basis Z vs Street Advance Z vs Flex Z – Comparison Guide

TEIN Coilovers have gone through changes over the past few years, with TEIN redesigning their full line of coilovers to be more competitive in price and features yet retain the quality and performance that TEIN has been known for.

TEIN had three main coilover lines that they sold, each at a different price point and each with different features, specs and intended use. These were the TEIN Basic Coilovers, TEIN Street Advance Coilovers and TEIN Street Flex. In order to be competitive with competitors releasing coilovers that were at a lower price point, TEIN knew they had to move production from Japan to other countries such as China. TEIN not only moved production out of the country but they also redesigned the shock to be a sealed unit rather than a rebuildable unit. This made it so if the shock was worn, it would need to be replaced rather than repaired. For the most part, this isn’t a big concern, because for the cost to rebuild a shock, you could just replace it with a new one, and that’s the route TEIN took. Their newly revised pillar coilovers were slightly renamed to TEIN Basis Z Coilovers, TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers, and the still built in Japan TEIN Street Flex Z Coilovers. Below, I’ll go into the differences between each one so you can decide which is right for you.

TEIN Basis Z Coilovers

TEIN Basis Z Coilovers are TEIN’s entry level coilover. Coming at the lowest price point makes this the most popular coilover, but it’s also the one with the least amount of features. Designed to be used by those who are more after a suspension that has new shocks and adjustable height springs but don’t need camber adjustment or damper adjustment. These require that you reuse your OEM top hats. TEIN includes 4 pre-adjusted twin tube shocks that are designed to take the abuse of a lowered vehicle and offer enough shock travel to give you a good price and longer range of performance for the shock. This means that typically this setup would ride more comfortable than a car with OEM shocks and lowering springs. Given that (depending on the application) you can adjust the coilovers from about 0″ of drop to about 5″ max drop, you can really set the car to your liking.

TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers

The TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers one up the Basis Z by giving you 16 way adjustable shocks. Still not including top mounts, these coilovers allow you to fine tune the suspension from soft to firm and anywhere in between.

This line also allows the use of an EDFC system which gives you the ability to adjust the damping from the cockpit and not manually. The TEIN EDFC system really comes in handy to make on the fly adjustments and feel the changes real time to really dial in the suspension to your preference.

TEIN Street Flex Z Coilovers

As their most popular top-of-the-line coilover, the TEIN Flex Z Coilovers are still made in Yokohama Japan and are a true JDM coilover system packed with all of TEIN’s technology. This system incorporates the 16 way adjustable twin tube shocks and includes TEIN top mounts. TEIN pre-assembles these (though check pre-load before installing), so these are easier to install since you don’t have to disassemble your factory shock and spring to remove the top mount. Many applications, depending on suspension design, also include front camber plates to give you a full race suspension with plenty of adjustability for anything from the occasional weekend track enthusiast to competition use.

So which TEIN Coilovers are right for you?

Once you decide which coilovers you prefer, check out the Redline360 Store for all of the available applications. Our site has the spring rate and height adjustment range for each part number to help you decide which is right for you. If you’re still not sure, you can ask for recommendations below in the comments. Be sure to state the year, make and model of your vehicle plus the kind of driving you do.

If we missed anything, please comment below!

Video Sound Clip: RSX Type-S with Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust

Our customer, Kevin who lives in Hawaii, purchased a Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust for his Acura RSX Type-S. He created a video to let us hear how it sounds once installed and we love it! Clear, crisp sound from the K20 and it sounds nice and refined.

This Skunk2 exhaust is a direct bolt on to the 2002 to 2006 RSX Type-S and connects to the rest of the factory system. It’s 70mm for high flow and perfect for naturally aspirated applications. These could fit the base model RSX (non Type-S), but isn’t a direct fit.

A removable silencer is included with the exhaust for those who want to keep the sound level down.

If you are interested in this exhaust, click here for more info: Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust Acura RSX Type-S (02-06) 413-05-5110

BMW E92 M3 with a Corvette LT4 engine swap

As a BMW enthusiast, I’m unsure how I feel about this particular engine swap. Yes, the LT4 Corvette engine makes more horsepower and torque than a stock BMW S65, but you’re now rockin’ a BMW that’s no longer BMW powered. What about putting an ESS, VF or Gintani supercharger on your S65 to make the same power, but stay true to BMW? What about swapping in a BMW M5 twin turbo V8? There are plenty of options, but Driftworks went the way of a completely different powertrain and I must say, it’s pretty cool.

The engine bay looks like it all fits pretty well. This engine takes well to power mods when it’s in a Corvette, so I’m sure Driftworks has plenty of room left to increase power even further. With the E92 M3’s wonderful chassis, and the torque of the LT4, his must be an extremely fun and capable car.

What do you guys think of this swap? Would you do it? What swap or power mod would you rather have?

2005 BMW E46 M3 Alpine White with 18″ Satin Black APEX ARC8 Square

I wanted to have a classic look for my future classic BMW E46 M3. After much debate and back and forth, I picked the APEX ARC8 setup. I went with the 18×9.5 square setup with +35 offset front and rear. I was debating going with the +22 offset, which would be a better fit in the rear, but was on the fence if I like the look of the front wheels sticking so far out. It’s a popular fitment, but I think for me, the +35 square worked out better to my liking.

The wheels are strong, light, and not very expensive. APEX has a good replacement policy if you happen to bend one at the track and it was also a big plus that I was able to reuse the OEM BMW center caps.

I shot a quick video so you can get a nice walk around of the car and see how the wheels look with the sun light reflecting off of them. I think I would prefer if the wheels were gloss black, but the satin black is pretty nice.

As a side note, after watching this video I realized I need to lower the rear some! 🙂

What do you guys think?

I love the stance of the car from the front. Now I just need to decide if I want to get the CSL front bumper, or keep the USDM bumper. I like both.

Nice shot of the Redline360 sticker in the sun 🙂

Top 10 Cars Under $10k For Drifting

Drifting is a rush. It takes a sense of adventure, a love of high speeds, driving skill and the perfect car to properly experience the power and the adrenaline you can get from going sideways.

As the sport has grown in popularity, so has the numbers of people looking to own or build the perfect drift car. This also means the ability to own a drift car for cheap has become more and more difficult. It is not easy to get a good car at a good price, but it is not impossible.

If you know what you are looking for, you can find the ideal car for a price that still leaves you enough room to perform some awesome upgrades and mods, allowing you to finally own your dream ride.

To help you out, we have created a list of the top 10 cars that are perfect for drifting that will cost you less than $10k to purchase. Here they are, in no particular order:

AE86 Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is one of the granddaddies of all drift cars. With this popular car, you’ll want to look for a GT-S model (1985-1987, if you can find one). The major complaint with the AE86 tends to be its lack of power and because the car is so well balanced — which is part of its appeal — the available engine replacements are limited. Turbo kits can provide a decent solution but if you are looking for an engine swap, consider the Honda S2000 F20/22A.

This can be an affordable option that leaves you the chance for any mods or adjustments you hope to make. Most owners of this car have found it useful to make early mods to the steering angle, switching to a non-power steering rack with added tie rod spacers.

BMW E36 or E46

E36s and E46s are incredible drifting cars and, thankfully, they also remain incredibly cheap! The suspension geometry is perfect and if the car includes the “winter package,” it will likely also have a limited slip differential, which is a huge bonus.

While they are cheap to purchase, you may have to sink a bit of money into upgrading the factory installed cooling system. And like many German cars, parts can become expensive when the drivetrain starts to fail. But the good news is that you can buy a complete swap kit for a full Mustang drivetrain. It is an expensive swap but you’ll be left with a near perfect piece of machinery that will blow people’s minds on the track.

Nissan 240SX

Look for this classic drift car in the S13 (1989-1993) and S14 (1994-1998) models. Like the Corolla, this one is generally pretty drift ready. The lower end prices for these cars will likely have automatic transmissions in which case, you might want to consider a full pedal swap. But if you are new to drifting or car mods, it is best to let someone with more experience handle this move.

This lightweight car has excellent handling. The chassis balance and the long-ish wheelbase help keep stability during a drift while at the same time making it easier to change directions.

Fox-Body Mustang

Strong V-8 engines and rear wheel drive means you can get a fox-body Mustang sideways in a heartbeat. These cars are also lightweight and have a short wheelbase which makes them easy to handle in a drift. And with over a couple of million sold over the course of their 15-year run, you will not have any trouble getting your hands on one. Parts are inexpensive and easy to find which, again, makes this car an affordable option, especially for a first-time buyer.

Aston Martins

You can get an Aston from the 1990s for next to nothing these days. Known to be a bit of a junk heap, you can purchase them cheap, rip out the drivetrain, add a small block from Ford or Chevy and you’ll be drifting like a boss. Look for a non-running vehicle and use the money you save to build it the way you want.

Mazda Miata

Might not be the toughest car on the list but a Miata MX-5 can be bought for cheap and built into one hell of a drifter. Generally known as an excellent driving car, Miata’s do not necessarily have the power for your purposes but there are many solutions and mods available. In fact, the aftermarket support for this car is incredible which bodes well for any fine tuning you may require.

Fox-Body Thunderbird or Cougar

All of the positives that fit the fox-body Mustang, can be applied to both the Ford Thunderbird and the Mercury Cougar. From 1980-1988 these cars were just basically Mustangs with a slightly longer wheelbase. And because they are not the first car people think of when considering a drift car, they are easier to find than Mustangs. More often than not, you can find a really well priced Thunderbird or Cougar in really good condition. So if you are not able to find a 5.0 Mustang, do not be afraid of this slightly larger car. They have all the same features, and you never know, you might even like these ones better.

Lexus SC

If you are someone who loves luxury and loves cars with all the bells and whistles, the Lexus SC is probably for you. This car was the upmarket version of the killer drift car, the Toyota Supra.

The North American versions of this vehicle did not come with the Supra’s celebrated twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE but it does have the non-turbo version and can easily be upgraded. This is the best choice if you’ve been pining for a Supra but can’t find or afford one. The SC can often be found in good condition and if you went for the six-cylinder, you should have no trouble finding upgrade parts and turbo kits for much less than you would with a Supra.

G-Body Buick Regal

People tend to avoid the g-body cars like the Regal, Monte Carlos, and El Caminos, because they think they are big cars. But the truth is, they have basically the same wheelbase as an E36 and are more narrow than one. The chassis is perfect, it is just the overhangs that make them look big.

These cars are available everywhere at a great price and upgrade parts are just as easy to find. And because the engine bay will hold just about anything, turbo engine upgrades are simple as can be.

Ford Ranger

Sometimes the best car for drifting is a truck. But not just any truck, a compact truck like the Ford Ranger or a Chevy S-10. Perfect for power sliding, pickups are rear drive and lightweight in the back end. All pickups will drift but most are too big and heavy for any competitive uses. With most engines around 300 horses, mini trucks give you everything you need to drift on a budget. In a mini truck, they will never see you coming.

This list is a perfect place to start when looking to invest in a car for drifting that is below $10,000. Did we miss anything on the list? Drop us a line in the comments below ↓

 

Muffler Deletes – What are they and are they good or bad?

Back when performance and modifying your car was just starting, everyone was doing whatever they could for weight loss, performance and sometimes a just a bit of noise and show. There’s many ways to achieve these goals, but some are more widely adopted due to the fact hat they’re inexpensive and easy to do.

One of the easiest and most popular mods that help your car get a lighter is the classic muffler delete. Quite simply, it’s a pipe that bolts in place of the bulky factory muffler and essentially makes your car loud! Factory mufflers, especially on dual exhaust cars and trucks, are extremely heavy and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Most muffler deletes, depending on type of material, flanges and tip size can be up an 80% reduction in weight. That’s noticeable.

Most muffler deletes come with tips that make your exhaust have a modified look. But if you couldn’t tell from the look of the new exhaust, you’ll certainly be able to tell by the sound. Since there are no mufflers, the exhaust becomes really loud.

We always hear people ask is it legal to remove a muffler? Technically, a muffler delete does not increase emissions as it removes no smog equipment. But some cities and towns can have laws against an exhaust that goes over a certain decibel level limit or even just having a modified exhaust at all. We recommend checking with your local laws to find out what’s considered illegal.

Another common question we hear is a muffler delete the same as a straight pipe? 99% of the time, a straight pipe is referring to a catalytic converter delete. It’s a straight pipe that simply replaces the cat. This absolutely is not smog legal, BTW. A catalytic converters job is to reduce emissions while a muffler’s job is to reduce noise.

And of course, everyone wants to know does a muffler delete add power? Just about every modern car has a very efficient oem factory muffler. It’s able to tone down exhaust sound levels while still allowing smooth flow that doesn’t rob much power, if any. So for most cars, the muffler delete will not add any power. Some cars will gain some power, but generally it’s not much, usually under 5 horsepower. However, if you have a car modified for more power, and still has the stock mufflers, then you’ll have more gain.

We thought it might be good to come with a muffler delete pros and cons list.

Muffler Delete Pros

  • Inexpensive when compared to an axle back or exhaust system.
  • Lightweight and a significant weight difference over stock.
  • Perfect for someone looking for a louder exhaust without breaking the bank

Muffler Delete Cons

  • Can drone in the cabine
  • Can be too loud for some

If you have anything to add to his article or if you have any questions about muffler deletes, exhausts or anything for your car at all, please leave a comment below.