Originally Posted by 9krpmrx8
Oh okay, I thought the front bar was different too. IIRC, they are orange dot sways right?
Series 2 front use F189-34-151 With a Yellow mark, Mazda changed the Part Number to a A
from August 28th, 2008...which has an Orange paint mark.
The Front Bars are Identical as interchangeability parts code is AN
which is both ways.. or as Mazda puts it.."A NEW PART AND FORMER PART ARE FULLY INTERCHANGEABLE".
F189 is Series 2 Specific P/N.
Having just installed one F189-34-151A (orange) on my MX-5 yesterday, I compared my yellow F189-34-151 on my S2 8 made before above production date, and apart from the paint mark they are identical and they both use the same Bushes F189-34-156.
The Rear Bar is different (R3 uses Solid F197-28-151 Orange mark to FE87-28-151A Yellow.
Also upgrade the 5's Rear Bar with my S2 one, and installed a new R3 rear on the 8.
Bar change on the 5 makes a HUGE difference...this is how is should have come out of the factory, way too much low speed body roll standard...now it is like my 8.