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Ah, the Mazda Miata. One of the purest and most fun cars to drive, nearly perfect in stock form, yet has so many aftermarket possibilities to make it an even better sports car. With the ability to upgrade literally every single component on the Miata’s suspension, where do you start?
Swapping the factory shocks and springs are the easiest way to completely change the driving dynamics of the Miata – and there’s no better replacement for the factory suspension that leaves the car sitting high, with plenty of body roll, than a good set of coilovers. There’s a ton of options out there, but one that stands out as a middle ground between the ultra cheap coilovers and the ultra high end are brands such as Megan Racing.
Megan Racing Coilovers for the 1990 to 2005 Mazda Miata have proven to be one of the more popular coilovers on the market due to the sheer features that they offer for the price. Unlike some cheaper alternatives, the Megan Racing EZ II Coilovers are made in Taiwan which generally has much better quality control than products made in China.
These coilovers offer a spring rate that’s a bit on the softer side to ensure the ride remains compliant and that on the track you get enough spring absorbency to allow the car to handle imperfections well. Springs rates on these are set (and can not be changed by Megan Racing) at 8 kg front and 6 kg rear. If you want different spring rates, you would have to go with a different brand spring such as Swift, and swap it out on your own. For 99% of drivers, I wouldn’t recommend it. These are also 15 way adjustable, meaning you can set the ride to be ultra soft or ultra firm and 13 different settings in between. You can play with the settings to make it suit your style. Stiffen up the rear to give it oversteer, or stiffen up the front to dial in understeering.
Overall, we have found these to be a quality coilover with good performance and great ride quality on the street. Going rate for these is around $749 shipped (though you can find them cheaper).
Megan Racing offers a 1 year manufacturer defect warranty when buying this coilover from an Authorized Dealer.
Overall, reviews for the Megan Racing Miata Coilovers for the NA (1990 to 1997) and NB (1999 to 2005) are positive. People like the quality of the coilovers and have compared them to be as good as brands such as BC Racing which can cost upwards of $250 more. The coilovers have been proven to last a long time, even when you have your Miata very low, and they also dramatically increase the handling and responsiveness of the car, making the driving dynamics far better. If you’ve ever heard the term “handles like it’s on rails” or “its like a go-kart” there’s no better way to describe a NA or NB Miata with a good set of coilovers.
These come with everything you need to replace your factory shocks and springs with one unit, that’s already preassembled. So put away your spring compressors, because you won’t need to take the factory suspension apart to install these.
One downside is you don’t get documentation or instructions, but for someone who’s swapped a suspension before, it doesn’t get much easier than doing it on a Miata. Each side only has about 3-4 bolts to undo.
Adjustment and Setup
You will need to adjust the suspension to get it to sit at the right height. I do recommend you try to install it the way it came, and adjust from there. For the most part it will sit higher than most people like, but you can adjust from there. You’ll need to use the included spanner wrenches to set the height to make it even, just keep the car on a flat surface, and when you remove it off the jackstands, roll it forward and back to have it settle so you can see how it sits. Don’t get frustrated, you might need a few attempts to get the stance you’re looking for.
After you install everything, you will need to adjust your camber, and possibly your toe. We recommend buying the camber kit, toe kit and anything else you might need at the same time so you can take the car to an alignment shop and have them do it all for you in one swoop.
Trust me, your car will feel completely different – in a good way!
Required parts and accessories
Below is a list of what you will need to fully complete your set up.
There’s always more you can upgrade, but the above items will get you 95% of the way there.
Pictures and reviews
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