It's what we drive.
Very satisfied customerI installed the stage 2 kit with front sway bar on my '09 NC. At 29 psi tire pressure (as recommended by Mazda) and the soft-ish shock setting recommended by Flyin Miata, the car has enough compliance for use on less than perfect streets. It's definitely stiffer than stock, but just about right for a good-handling sports car. With more air in tires and slightly stiffer shock settings, it has just enough stiffness for good track performance. So it strikes a very nice balance between the two usage profiles. I'm very pleased with this product.
NC Fox Stage 2 Sport - Correcting the Miata's Achilles' HeelCar - '15 NC GT Soft Top, 6SP, Suspension Package
When I test drove the NC Miata, it was perfect: The steering, the shifter, the soft top that flipped back in an instant. Okay, it was almost perfect. The suspension seemed a little soft, but no other cars came close to the total package in the price range, so I thought that I would adapt.
After a year and a half, the floaty ride continued to bother me, and driving past 6/10s of street driven pace felt like moving from bump stop to bump stop, bucking and diving. Researching upgrade options, I wanted the aftermarket suspension that best balanced handling quality with ride quality. This is my daily driver, which needs to thrive in the mountains, while surviving the roads in Seattle. Because the Fox suspension offered adjustability and full suspension travel, it fit the bill.
After installation, the Fox suspension corrected all of my complaints about the car. My worry with an aftermarket suspension was that it would feel... "modified." My hope was to have a car that felt like it rolled off of the factory perfectly tuned. The Fox takes it there. On back roads, rather than yielding in the corners, the car feels like it digs in and asks for more. Acceleration and braking feel is much improved as well, since the suspension simply doesn't move as much when hitting the gas or brake pedals. I presently have the dampers set about three clicks softer than the recommended settings.
The only recommendation for improvement would be the installation instructions. Installation wasn't difficult, but I would have liked some more clarity on where to drill holes in the strut tower braces. Templates would have been a nice touch. For the rear dampers, I cut access holes in the trunk panels with a razor blade. Again, would have been nice to have suggestions or templates for these. Less time problem solving means more time driving.
How's the Stage 2, vs. the kit without the sway bar? I can't safely say, because I installed everything at once.