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Old September-3rd-2003, 03:17 PM
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New Member/ 323 BG Chassis Questions (3 door)

Hi Guys,
I'm from the UK and I'm currently upgrading a '91 323 3 door hatchback. What I'm looking for is a full set of upgraded struts for my car, I'm planning on using it for road rallying and want somthing a little stiffer than the standard stuff.
I am also a 1st gen RX7 owner and am quite familiar with Tokico shock absorbers ( I have set of Illuminas on my RX7)

Therfor I would like to find a set of Tokico blues that will fit my car. I have done a little looking around and see that most 323's (Protege's I suppose) are saloons in the US and I was mainly concered that the part numbers quoted in the previous threads would not fit my hatchback (i'm 75% sure they will)

A bit a of rambling post but I'm sure you get my drift

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I need some new shocks , like the looks of Tokico blues , car from UK (RHD) and a hatchback (3 door) will they fit and where can I purchase them for minimum $$$'s
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Old September-3rd-2003, 11:43 PM
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Most people go with the ZX2 struts. A bit better than the blues. You can gt them here:
http://www.oemfordparts.com/

You will also need the thrust bearings part # F8C2-18198-AAA
Call 1-800-256-7933 and ask for Teresa Valley, she can hook you up.

Here is a good write up on how to do the install:
http://www.mazdaracer.com/pro/ZX2_strut_install.htm
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Whats the advantage of the ZX2 stuts then ?

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Old September-4th-2003, 11:14 AM
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I did a search and found a load of info (should've done that to start with eh ? )

Looks like I'll be going with ZX2 struts and a set of OEM springs from a UK spec 323 Gti

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Get the ZX2 struts and Eibach spring, best combo. I have them on my EGT and they are very nice.
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sticking with standard springs thanks, I'm using (abusing?) this car for rallying so going too low and stiff will not be a good thing.

Lowering springs don't do wonders for front suspension geometry anyway.
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Old September-13th-2003, 12:52 PM
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They didnt lower my car all that much(maybe 1.5inches). I do understand the stiffness part, but this strut/spring combo is what they are both MADE for. I had the eibachs on my stock struts and blew them out way quick.
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I'm sure i'll be happy with just the dampers and stock Gti springs (probably quite stiff by US standards anyway)
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i dunno if zx2 struts will work with stock springs since the zx2 is a lower car in the first place. u might have to compress the crap out of the stock springs to get them to fit on. im not sure, just a thought.
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Someone else is using them with the stock springs and they work just fine ... I found that when I searched the forums, Thanks.
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hehehe ... this is a quiet forum ... I posted this nearly 6 months ago and its still on the 1st page

anyway .. fitted the shocks in November , they work fine with the stock springs and actually raise the car a little due to the increased preload on the springs.

I've now got a second 323 to do a full on rally car, but this time its a gti (3 doors + BP 1.8 DOHC 16v 138 bhp) and it too will be getting a set of these struts.

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