Need Stiffer Rear Coils

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2013 Mazda 5 GS
@AnthonyVerde

did you have rubbing issues in the front with the 16" wheels and the 65 height A/T tires BEFORE you added the strut-spacers up front??

Thanks!

I added the spacers before installing the tires — I imagine there would be some rubbing at stock height as I get slight rubbing (at full lock) with the spacers.
 
I added the spacers before installing the tires — I imagine there would be some rubbing at stock height as I get slight rubbing (at full lock) with the spacers.

How tall are your spacers? ie 1" ? 2" ? etc..

ps got one side on.. not compressed the CX7 spring appears to be closer to 1" taller... I cannot tell 'stiffness difference' just by looking/pushing on them...

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@AnthonyVerde

- done
- looks like a cat in heat / my wife the night I met her in the club (LOL!)
- but of course I fully expect the springs to settle
- definitely don't have negative camber now lol..
- haven't driven it yet, so we'll see how the settle affects the camber

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Didn't notice any difference in the rear after the springs other than everything sitting a bit higher — probably a good 2 inches. And yeah, just a direct spring swap using existing Mazda5 mounts. I eventually upgraded the rear shocks to KYB gas-a-just (for Mazda5) just because the stock ones finally let go. Feels much better now. I bought the 30mm front spacers off eBay (some seller in Russia). They sit on top of the strut — pretty easy install.

And thanks regarding the center caps! Yeah, they're Ford/Mazda — specifically from the B-series pickup. Had to drill and tap some holes in the wheels to screw them in as they don't snap to the hub in any way. Pretty happy with them as I don't have money right now for some decent alloy wheels.

30mm... got it! thanks!
 
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2013 Mazda 5 GS
30mm... got it! thanks!
@AnthonyVerde

- done
- looks like a cat in heat / my wife the night I met her in the club (LOL!)
- but of course I fully expect the springs to settle
- definitely don't have negative camber now lol..
- haven't driven it yet, so we'll see how the settle affects the camber

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Hahah, love it!

After I did my rear springs, my wife said our 5 looked like those accessible wheel chair vans.

Did you release the e-brake after lowering the van down in that picture? The springs will settle over time for sure, but the strut spacers up front will help reduce the raked look, too.
 

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2012 Mazda 5
This is why I’m happy I found those lowering springs on sale. Didn’t want that super bumped look in the back.