I'm about to buy an RX8. I have test driven a few of them - and while I love the balance, I know the car is a tad too soft for me and I want it stiffened up - so I can still drive it on the street but can have fun at a track day. I will track the car 2-3 times / year max...I'ma newbie...
coilovers are probably more $$ than I want to spend and will provide more adjustability that someone like me will need.
I want the car to be lower/look better but not SLAMMED to the poitn that it looks like I"m a ricer.. I want to kill the body roll, and make it corner like it's on rails.
My plans are to add sway bars, shocks, springs, maybe strut bars, and some excellent tires. I don't plan to swap wheels as I like the OEM style wheel.
so - my thoughts, from reading stuff here and past experience modding cars was to go with Konis and springs, like H&R.... but I like the idea of keeping stuff under warranty and goin with mazdaspeed stuff.
I'll likely add the MS intake/exhaust - and figured why not do MS sway bars, shocks, springs. But I don't know how the MS suspension setup compares iwh the typical aftermarket stuff like koni, h&R, or the swift springs I hear people talking about here.
one goal is to keep under warranty - the other is to really make the car truly handle better. the car is phenomenal int he twisties and I want to make it handle as good as I can, but not overspend on stuff that is not going to really benefit me.
I know sways will help, and I know a shock/spring combo willmake a substantial difference in handling/cornering. the rx8 for me - will be a third car - so while I will drive it to work once ina while - it will be a weekend / fun car so i don't mind if it's stiff and bumpy.
i'm buying thi car for fun - not for gas mileage, long tire life, or smooth rides.
Let all the green queens worry about MPG, I want RPM!