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 Old 09-06-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
 
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Default Mazdaspeed Protege

I recently upgraded the suspension on my Protege5 from Tein-SS to K-Sport.

TEIN SS $1400.00

TEIN PRO
-Survived 160,00 KM without Issue
-Almost no signs of Rust
-Easy to Setup

TEIN CON
-Steel Construction means HEAVY AS FUCK
I seriously did not know how heavy they were until I took the K-Sport out of the box
-Only Adjustable for Spring Height and Rebound.
-NO CAMBER PLATE (Deal Breaker) had to reuse OEM Pillow Mount and Bearing.
-Good Solid but comfortable ride.

K-SPORT Dampener $900 - $1000

K-SPORT PRO
-Lightweight Aluminum Construction
-Camber Plate on 4 Corners Included
-Threaded Shock design means universal replacement is easy
-Separate Shock/Spring height maintains full travel when running a lowered car
-Fantastic Ride

K-SPORT CON
-More deliberate setup as there are more variables possible.
Use a Micrometer or count threads to verify that the Left and Right sides are IDENTICAL before they are installed.
-Difficult to use the End links without modification in the Rear.







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pics of the car ?
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I like 'em! just not a fan of the decal on the side of your ride. Other than that, looks nice man!

Looks like you are starting a little Mazda dealership!
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The Decals are from the 2001 SPORT-20

They are OEM JDM with the rear lights, front and Rear Bumpers.

Normally I would agree with you however, this was all planned and deliberate to mimic the JDM body style.
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Were you able to use the stock endlinks or did you have to go with an adjustable endlink? I'm installing mines in a few days and would hate to run into any problems.
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I had the aftermarket ones, so I didn't try the OEM ones..

Worst case scenario, you "Could" drive with the bars disconnected until the order of the end links came in, but I have to tell you, the car is very dangerous without the bars in a corner..

Can you post up here to let us know if it is compatible.
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^^^ Thanks! They ended up working with the stock endlinks! I'll swap them out for the AWR ones when they crap out. So far the only complaint i have about the k-sports are the adjustable sway bar endlink bracket. Mines got loose one day.
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There is an lock screw that is supposed to prevent that

Can you post up the results

I am interested in your impressions
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