Mazda MX-5: OEM Miata Bilstein Shocks Installed A World of Difference!

On Thanksgiving Eve my friend Chris, his brother Eric and our friend Sakshik helped install the new to me (OEM take offs from 2012 GT PRHT with 14,800 miles) Bilstein shocks on my car.

Funny how things worked out… my plan was to do suspension work on my car in 2017… that was the project to be researched, bought, installed and enjoyed similar to previous projects of getting the tire/wheels sorted in 2015 and my touch screen head unit for 2016. I guess I’m ahead of schedule with this… more interesting, the install was not even on my radar last week. Chris and Sakshik helped me flush all the fluids on my car prior to the Bear Mountain cruise we did this past weekend. I came across a Facebook listing for used Bilstein shocks and send the guy my best offer which was considerably lower than the list price. And the guy accepted. He even delivered the Bilsteins to the Bear Mountain Cruise.

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Fast forward to a few days later and the shocks are installed. They made a world of difference with everyday driving. I feel the dampening is much improved. Although they are still OEM setup so best way to describe them: the car has a newer vehicle feel to it. And that’s true, my original 54,800 mile shocks were getting worn.

I’ll post another thread about the install process but will share some pictures here. As usual with Chris there’s a fleet of Mazda’s in his driveway, between his 2008 GT PRHT and his brother’s 2008 RX-8 there was also Sakshik’s NB and their friend Jon’s 213k mile NA (wow).

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It’s a pizza party!

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We used this opportunity to top off some fluids. Brake fluid was low. Power steering which we flushed last week was low. But the ATF fluid was actually half a quart high. Draining it made a huge difference!

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As with our last week’s project ATF, we finished well after midnight. In fact I departed Chris’s house around 1:30am, and by 2:30am made it to the car wash to get the damn liquid salt that I was unlucky enough to get while the truck was spraying interstate 80 all over the front of my car.

So far so good!

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