In Reply to: Thanks for your input.....(more) posted by Acdakar on October 08, 2000 at 18:12:45:
I used to run a moderately suspensioned out Miata (sways, springs, shocks, 205 tires). So I can empathize with the guys who love that slot car feel.
When I test drove the M3, it felt like my Miata as far as the steering input. But I wanted less lean in the turns (not that the M3 leans that much anyway). My Miata had NO lean (of course getting 1g on the skidpad is really easy to do with the Miata to being with.)
I settled on the HR sports and Sport bils.
I was being "cheap" about the shocks as I don't need adjustability and my days of street racing and auto-x are kinda at a close.
And considering street driving and camber issues with big drops I went with the sports-about an inch lower overall and a higher spring rate for a more "sportier feel."
With the sport springs you can pretty much just bolt them and and not worry about alignment issues. You'll notice some neg. camber in the rear ("looks" like -.5 or so). After about 5 months, I haven't noticed any abnormal wear issues. The same goes for the front. Doug at Turner told me not to worry about alignment with the mild drop of the HR Sports.
With a 2" or more drop you'll probably need a set of camber plates for both ends of the car. Figure about $300-$600 a set depending on make and vendor. Otherwise plan on buying new tires every 5k miles.
I did a write-up on speedviews.com about them.
Feel free to holler if you have any other q's.