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The engineering staff at Progress has decades of experience in the design and tuning of performance suspension systems, including CART/Indy Cars, IMSA, SCCA, NASA, and SCORE competitors. These MX5 springs reflect their ability to develop a successful blend of appearance, handling capability, and ride quality. Our team works with Progress on each application spring, and with nearly a decade of working with Progress we know the result will show the quality and consistent performance that we feel raises the cornering joy level of the ND/124 platform to a new level.
These Fiat 124 springs feature increased spring rates for upgraded handling capabilities. These Fiat 124 springs are designed to work with OEM shocks and bumpstops but will benefit from using high performance shocks such as Koni Sport shocks. Progress specifies only certified high-tensile SAE spring wire materials. These Fiat 124 springs are cold-wound on modern CNC coiling machines, then stress relieved, pre-set, and shot-peened for maximum durability.
Progress Spring rates 185 Front, 115 rear.
-All spring kits are powdercoated metallic gray.
-Drop amount varies by 0.25" depending on shocks used.
BRIAN'S APPLICATION NOTES: These are a great choice for those who want to replace the soggy factory springs to take out some of the crazy factory body roll, and improve handling, without dropping the car a lot. Lean on them in the turns and you will find the car is flatter and faster because the tires stay flatter to the ground instead of rolling onto the sidewalls as happens with the soggy factory springs. For those who want MORE DROP than the the springs provide, combine these springs with our KONI SPORT shocks. For those who want the car even more flat in the turns, combine these with our Progress Sways.
Shown below on our own 2017 Fiat 124 in combination with factory standard shocks and Progress Sways.
INSTALL NOTES: Important not lock down the bolts to the suspension after install while the car is suspended in the air with the suspension fully extended. Bounce it on the ground, then give it a drive around the block with the bolts just snug so you get it to settle before you torque everything ON THE GROUND. Many shops will NOT know to do this...SMART CUSTOMERS PRINT ALL THIS PAGE FOR THE INSTALLER! See details in our forum installation section from NC application, thread is titled: "Spring Installation, Mazda Workshop Manual Notes" and factory TSB notes below. Once you do it right, drive it 500 miles and then do it again (which usually results in another quarter inch or more of lowering)....and then do the alignment. ROCKY'S TIPS: Our head mechanic Rocky has his own method that seems to work even better than the factory TSB. Once he finishes install at each corner he jacks up just that corner with BOTH UPPER AND LOWER LINKs loose, so the full weight of the car is compressing just that corner, then he torques the bolts...and he finds car will still settle with 500 miles but usually only another 1/8th inch.
Below is NC service manual notes, but design with ND/Fiat 124 is so similar that same rules apply.
Alignment depends much on what you do with the car. Assuming no autocross or track use, for pure street driving my suggestion is:
Front Camber -1.2
Toe IN 1/32nd per side (some shops call this 1/16th 'total' toe in).
Rear Camber -1.2
Toe IN 1/32nd per side
Racers will take much more camber and zero toe all corners (and usually full coilovers instead of just these very mild street springs). Autocross customers will toe OUT the front, track users usually toe ZERO front and rear.
Pictures ABOVE are with stock shocks, pictures BELOW are with new KONI SPORT shocks which lower a little more because they are twin tubes instead of the factory monotubes.