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Flyin' Miata Stage 2 FOX suspension for NC

The complete kit. You will reuse your stock upper mounts in the rear as shown.
Flyin' Miata Stage 2 FOX suspension for NC
$2,399.00

Price as configured: $2,399.00

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This kit combines our industry-leading FOX suspension with our Flyin' Miata sway bars. This is the same suspension setup we run on all our performance NCs, from our long distance touring V8 power hardtop to our hard-core supercharged toy.

FOX has been a suspension specialist for 40 years, and have won a huge range of motorsport events from the Paris-Dakar to the Indy 500. As a supplier to Ridetech, they've dominated Pro Touring recently. It's fair to say they know their way around shocks. They also understand the importance of proper suspension travel. Since they've also supplied shocks for the Ford Raptor, they also know how to build to an OE level of quality and durability. So, as you can imagine, we were pretty excited to work with them.

To develop them, we took measurements of the suspension's full range. FOX then designed a shock setup that would work throughout the whole range. This even went as far as a new front upper mount to accomplish what we needed. After an initial fitting and test at their facility in California, they brought their race trailer out to our local track and we spent two full days with a FOX engineer, three Miatas and two drivers to fine-tune the valving. This is the end result - a Miata suspension built from the ground up for us.

Our goal was for a high performance suspension that wouldn't punish on the street. We placed an emphasis on stability in corners, turn-in and body control combined with a very high level of grip. The adjustment was designed to primarily adjust the low speed rebound damping, which is mostly affected by body movements. You can adjust from a street setup to a hyper-aware track setup quickly and easily.

There are a lot of little details on these parts that aren't immediately obvious. The springs sit on a high density plastic ring that acts as a bearing, allowing the spring to rotate on the perch without the expense of a bearing. The internal washers are disc ground for high accuracy, giving more consistent behavior of the shock. Even the body of the shock is given Kashima coat, which is a superior form of hard anodizing to protect the shock under the worst conditions. Even the shocks are light - 40% lighter than a Koni.

We came up with two different spring setups. The Sport package is a good all-around setup. Think of it like a BMW M3: it's comfortable enough for all-day interstate road trips and very rewarding in the twisties. The turn-in is fantastic, making the car feel very nimble and eager to turn. With a spin of the knobs, the car is ready for hard track use. Spring rates are 375 in the front and 300 in the rear.

The Track package is more like a Porsche 911 GT3. The rates are 550 in the front and 450 in the rear. This setup is definitely firmer than the Sport package, but it's not punishing. Just firm. There's almost no body roll and the turn-in is spectactular. It's a very quick setup.

In both cases, we pair the suspension with an adjustable Flyin' Miata front sway bar. This gives the right balance to really wake up the NC chassis, and you can fine-tune the handling to your preference. We do recommend less rear sway bar with this setup than our other NC suspension options.

The kit includes the front sway bar, four shocks, bumpstops, front and rear springs (main springs plus helpers) and new front upper mounts. You will have to reuse your existing rear mounts.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Part number 13-16167
TÜV approval available No
Fits: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Manufacturer Flyin' Miata
Flyin' Miata exclusive Yes
Fits Exocet? No
Proposition 65 Warning: Cancer and reproductive harm
California emissions Emissions regulations do not apply
Reviews

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

NC Fox Stage 2 Sport - Correcting the Miata's Achilles' Heel
Car - '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.
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Review by Mitchell / (Posted on 11/9/2018)
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Flyin' Miata Fox Racing shock set for NC
Flyin' Miata front sway bar (NC chassis)

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Price as configured: $2,399.00