Zippy power in a small package is the Mazda Miata promise. Nearly three decades as a bestseller means that there are a lot of MX5s out there trying to fulfill this sales pitch.
Some Miata owners were happy enough with the stock setup and left it as is. But for the rest of us, modding our Miata can border on obsession and coilovers are a popular mod option.
For most people, a two-seat sports car can only fulfill the daily-driver role for a short stretch of their life, so Miatas get bumped to weekend car status. They also appear frequently in the secondhand market and are picked up by those looking for a starter track or drift day car.
For all of these activities, handling is a key element. Once you get past the debate about coilovers vs. lowering springs we expect you’re onboard with the idea that coilovers are the best-bang-for-your-buck route to a smoother driving Miata.
From value plays to street options to track performers, in this article you’ll find the best coilovers for your MX5.
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There’s no denying it, tow hooks are “in” right now.
What was once something you kept in your 350z tool kit for emergencies or track days are now seen on Z cars that only ever see the street.
In this article we’ll take a look at the OEM 350z front tow hook and your best aftermarket tow hook and strap options, both using the front tow hook location, and the license plate method.
We’ve also made some recommendations based on whether or not the tow hooks are designed for actual race use, or for style only. Obviously a race tow hook can be used on the street, but we’d be weary of using a tow hook that is designed for looks over function when it comes to relying on it for track days.
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The Nissan 350z is responsive, handles well and will make enough noise to put a smile on your friend’s face.
But in the same way, it can be well behaved, ride nicely, and be quiet enough to take your mother to the shops.
It’s a driver’s car, through and through.
In this buyer’s guide we’ll tell you the things you should know before buying a Nissan 350z, such as:
- the key characteristics of the car,
- differences between different model names,
- differences between different model years,
- common problems,
- reliability, and
- maintenance costs.
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The first Nissan 350z rolled out of the factory over 15 years ago, can you believe it?
And while the Z33 has proven itself to be a very reliable car, it’s not unlikely your battery is on it’s last legs, if this isn’t the second time you’ve had to replace it.
Most mechanics will tell you, a car battery tends to last around 5 years before needing replacement. But for many 350z owners, it’s not something they consider replacing until it dies completely.
For this reason, many Nissan 350z batteries have managed to last over 10 years! You’ve gotta love that Nissan reliability!
The good news is, Nissan 350z battery replacements aren’t particularly expensive, or hard to find.
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So you want a 350z bash bar.
If you’re skidding your Nissan 350z more and more, it’s a fairly easy decision to make – why keep destroying your bumper bars and bending your reinforcement bar every time you take a small hit?
They also give you way more space for things like aftermarket intercoolers (if forced induction is one of your 350z mods), or cold air intakes.
Hose lines for oil coolers can be easily mounted to a bash bar using zip ties in seconds. Doing the same with an OEM front bumper bar can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re regularly removing your front bar.
Done right a bash bar without a factory bumper can look cool too.
In this article we’ll look at what a bash bar is, why you might want one for your Nissan 350z, and the different types available for both the front and rear of your car.
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When it comes time to modify your Nissan 350z, suspension is often the first place you’ll start. From the factory, your 350z’s suspension was impressive.
Thankfully though, for those of us left wanting something more, there’s a huge amount of aftermarket options.
The coilovers vs lowering springs debate will live on forever, but for serious drivers it’s a simple choice; quality coilovers will almost always provide the best results, with:
- great handling,
- comfortable ride,
- maximum adjustability.
In this article we’ll review the best 350z coilovers for street use along with the best value coilovers.
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The iconic Nissan 350z (Z33) came from the factory with the perfect formula; rear wheel drive, front engined and a generous sized engine. Rare for anything built in the last few decades!
But let’s be honest, as performance car owners we are never satisfied.
It didn’t take long for aftermarket parts to become available for the Nissan 350z, and today these mods are plentiful.
In this guide we’ll review the best 350z mods for you to consider, broken down by the handling, performance and exterior mods.
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Choosing aftermarket suspension for your car doesn’t have to be difficult. Despite the wide range of options out there, most of us can narrow down our choices by asking one question:
Are coilovers, or springs and shocks better for my application?
The catch is, this initial choice before looking at the individual products, isn’t so easy to make.
Many people will say to use “lowering springs for street, coilovers for track”, but that can be a misguided opinion.
In this article, we’ll review the true differences between coilovers and shocks using lowering springs, and why one may be better than another for your unique scenario.
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