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Our BEST MX5 Sways! These Front and Rear PROGRESS MX5 Miata sway bars were developed on our own 2016 Project MX5 with all our racers here driving the car at the limit at local SCCA events to perfect the balance and test the bars at the limit. A perfect match for our Progress Springs to make your MX5 corner flat and stable through the most challenging turns!
Grassroots MotorSports Magazine picked these same sways for their Project ND, and concluded: "Our MX5 exhibited much less body roll. It felt better from behind the wheel. It looked better too, as our sports car wasn't trying to corner on the door handles. It certainly felt better, but what did the stopwatch say? The new anti-roll bars shaved our average lap time by 1.34 seconds." December 2016 Issue.
Progress MX5 anti-roll bars dramatically improve handling. How? They minimize the traction-robbing body "lean" that rolls part of the outside tires off the pavement. Our Sport-tuned Anti-roll MX5 Miata Sway bars replace skinny OEM Miata Sway bars and rubber bushings with larger diameter (stiffer) alloy steel bars and polyurethane bushings.
More roll stiffness means less body "lean", and the tires stay flatter on the pavement (larger contact patches). The result is more grip and added driver control!
-Less body roll means more traction, faster cornering speeds, and increased driver confidence.
-Polyurethane bushings produce crisp response on turn-in. Progress Anti-roll bars are cold-formed in-house using custom-built precision bending equipment. Laser-cut and CNC bar ends are MIG welded in place using a precise fixture for an exact fit that is more durable than alternatives used by some other choices.
-Size: FRONT 28.5 mm (hollow bar; 6.35mm side-wall)
-Size: REAR 16 mm SOLID
-Adjustment Range: Front 3 holes, Rear 2 holes
-All sway bars are powdercoated metallic gray.
-One year limited warranty
BRIAN'S APPLICATION NOTES. Our Endlinks recommended to properly reach all the front bar holes. With these bars the ND Miata is so much more flat and stable...and a blast to drive on freeway on-ramps and mountain roads! These bars are finished off MUCH nicer than most choices, in some ways that will not be obvious from the little photos. Perhaps the most obvious difference between these bars and any other brand is the triangle shaped extra brackets you see in the pictures. If you look at the factory rear sway mounts the purpose will be immediately clear, because you will see that not all four of the factory rear mount corners are actually connected/supported. It brings back memories of what Mazda did with the NA/NB front sway mounts, where failure of the factory mount became so common that we had to offer a complete replacement mount (and Racing Beat offered 'blocks and bolts' for that generation to reinforce the factory mount to avoid it breaking). Very similar here, because the factory rear ND sway mount is not actually connected all four corners we provide the brackets that fully box the mount. We found solid .75 bar at the rear performed SOFTER than .62 bar with fully boxing the mounts. First picture below is the factory mount not supported on one side, and then second picture showing our bracket in place that fills the gap to fully box the mounts for long term strength and reliability.
SETTNGS: I strongly caution and suggest a more forgiving starting position such as middle or tightest position front (tightest is closest to center of bar) and the less tight rear setting (hole nearest bar ends) until you have some experience with the setup under controlled circumstances (such as an autocross event or big parking lot).
Autocross Tested by the Entire Good-Win Racing Team!
Track Tested by the entire Good-Win Racing Team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!
Video below shows our ND in first two sweepers of Autocross event at full throttle and you can see it is much more flat in the turns than stock thanks to Progress Sways and Progress Springs.
Ride along in our ND Miata for First Place finish with our Progress Sways and Ohlins coilovers.
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If you're reading this, you're disappointed with the MX5's excessive body roll. The Progress front and rear sway bar combo fixed the problem for me. The car feels more planted overall and much flatter in corners, with a minor amount of increased overall ride harshness. You'll also want to install the subframe reinforcements for the front bar if you're not stiffening the springs, and the lower profile front endlinks if you want to reach all of the possible mounting holes. I re-used the OEM endlinks on the front and rear but I ca't reach all of the holes on the front bar.
Install is no joke. I changed these out at home on jack stands. I'm a mechanically inclined guy and I did my homework and had all the necessary tools ready to go. It took me over seven hours from start to finish, working on my own. I'm skeptical of any home mechanic doing this for the first time who's reporting that they did this in under four hours. The front bar will really test your patience and you'll have to remove more bits and bobs than the instructions will tell you about. I wanted to keep the front bar in case a future owner wants it, but I considered just cutting it in half during several frustrating moments when trying to remove it. Be honest with yourself about your abilities and patience level, this may be a job better left to a professional.
I thoroughly enjoy my Miata but wanted it to corner better. I had already installed a Goodwin RoadsterSport SuperStreet Twin Tip exhaust,which is fabulous. Because I mostly drive the canyon and mountain roads near me (often covered in debris) I did not want to lower the car with performance coil springs. I installed the Progress Technologies sway bars and although the rear is easy, the front was a nightmare. In hindsight, I should have had them installed by someone competent. The car now runs and drives like it should have, from the factory. Thank You Brian.
One word review: WOW!
Bigger review: These antisway bars are no joke on corners and I may be imagining it but acceleration is notably better. The rear took me about 25 minutes to install and the front took about 2 hours but I was taking my time. I opted to drop the lower radiator mounts and only unplug the steering rack instead of dropping the entire rack. Took longer to remove all the splash guards and wonder where my 14mm socket went than the rest of the job as it went pretty smooth. I went with the recommended 'soft' rear adjustment and the 'middle neutral' adjustment and my car is as good as the Lotus Elise I use to drive professionally. At an impromptu meet on a closed course I got to get crazy and found that the car takes corners flat and literally feels like a slingshot pulled back on the apex of a corner as it launches out of the turn. I am currently waiting for my coil overs and if you are strapped for cash this was the BIGGEST bang-for-the buck I have EVER put on a car and I'm hard to impress! With traction control off the car is a drift missile to and will give you smiles for miles; bottom line money may not buy happiness but it will buy BIG FUN!
I was debating whether I was just going to do the front or both. I knew eventually I will be getting both front and rear, so I went ahead and ordered them.
The rear installation was a breeze, no inner fender plastic liners to remove, just unbolt and bolt on the new brackets and attach the sway bar to the endlings and done!
The front is a bit tricky, I use the method that one of the member reviewed and he also added a YouTube link above. It got the job done without any issue. It was just a lot parts you have to remove and make sure you put all the stuffs back to where they belong and the harness attached. You just need a few tools from Harbor Freight and save yourself from paying hundreds at a shop for this DIY job.
The end result was satisfying, the elimination of the ridiculous body roll will put a smile on your face.
This should be the first modification for the ND MX5.
The car handling are completely changed in the good way!
Cornering and ever in the high way, it gives you more confidence.
For installation, for the rear sway bar, make sure you have a 17 mm long wrench,
since you have to install a extra piece to the sub-frame and it makes a BIG difference.
For the front one, it is a pain to remove the old sway bar but it is totally worth the pain!!
Looking forward to the next mod.
Already installed Good-win racing exhaust and love it.
Thanks Good-Win. I wish you guys had a dealer in Canada, so I don't have to pay a big delivery fee.
These sway bars should have been factory equipment on the Club model. They practically eliminate body roll. If you want to get rid of the extreme body roll of these cars without lowering the car, this is what you want. The rear sway bar is super easy to install, the front is a total pain. The worst part is removing the factory front sway bar. I've installed both the Roadster Sport sway bars on someone else's 2016 MX-5 Sport, and now these Progress Technology sway bars on my own 2016 MX-5 Club. On the Roadster Sport kit we had to unbolt and shift the steering rack forward to install the new front bar. Progress will tell you to unbolt the steering rack and disconnect it from the steering shaft. I had the most success unbolting the lower coolant hose coupler and temperature sensor and pulling it below the subframe. With the Roadster Sport kit we had to cut off the factory bar's bushing on the passenger side to slip it through. I didn't have to do this to remove the factory bar when I disconnected and lowered the lower coolant hose coupler and temp sensor plug.
Overall, these sway bars are a great value for the money. The removal/installation on the front bar is the real kicker. You're best off removing the lower coolant hose coupler and sensor plug, and possibly the passenger side and middle radiator brackets, to get the space you need to push the old bar out and the new bar through.
Incredible results after front and rear bars. This upgrade converted Mazdas fun car into a true sports car. Flat through virtually any corner. Precise without feeling twitchy. Cant wait for the next track day.
Installation notes: Front install clearances are extremely tight. Skip the coffee and load up on patience. It can be done DIY on jack-stands. Good-Win tech support is fantastic if you have questions.
If you are upgrading your suspension then finish the process with these anti-sway bars. I did some research and these were the perfect marriage with the GWR springs upgrade. I had them professionally installed to ensure it was done right. (Not as simple as some would have you believe for every DIY guy) I went with GWR's recommended middle hole config up front as this setup is for spirited B road driving only. The rigidity these provide is immediately noticeable in the ride quality and steering response making the car feel dramatically more responsive overall. I would highly recommend this mod if your goal is to compliment any other suspension mods. A+
Peter - FL 11/2019
These bars make the car feel so much better! Mazda should have made these sway bars standard on all NDs.
Having done 4 suspension overhauls on a BMW E30 and E36, and both Miata NB and NC generations, here are my quick notes on this particular installation. I am no expert, just a DYI mechanic with a bit of experience.
- Front sway bar took about 2.5 hours. Definitely a bit more difficult than an NB or NC.
- Rear sway is fairly simple.
- Highly suggest not lowering the front subframe, but instead lowering the steering rack.
- Steering rack lowering: There are two big bolts holding it to the front subframe and you have to disconnect the u-joint (one little bolt) to the steering wheel. And mark mark mark the alignment, otherwise you'll end up with an off-center steering wheel.
- If you end up with an off-center steering wheel, don't fear. Just go back and disconnect the u-joint bolt, change the alignment by one or two gear teeth and try it again.
- I would highly recommend leaving the underbody panels off the car until you have confirmed steering wheel alignment and have torqued down all the bolts (after putting it on the ground).
- Watch this video on how to remove the sway bar from the car, it takes a lot of patience:
- Body roll gone! Once again a well-engineered Progress sway bar makes a Miata feel the way it should have from the factory.
- Improved steering response, for me at least. Can't guarantee this will happen for everyone. Before even getting an alignment, the steering feels more responsive. Most likely because of the reduced body roll.
- It feels great in all conditions. So far I have not found any situations where I would prefer the stock setup.
Great addition to my setup. Big difference, the body roll that once was so prominent on curves is virtually gone and the car now feels very planted-stable on the roadway.
If you don't love your ND's body roll, then buy these right now. Absolutely amazing the difference in handling they make with zero impact to ride quality. Honestly, if you want to drive your MX5 like it was meant to be driven, I can't think of a single reason not to put these on.
As for installation, I was able to install them in my garage with just a jack and jack stands. The front was definitely a pain and tested my patience, but it was doable. Just make sure you pay really close attention when reinstalling the steering rack. I did all the necessary prep work and thought I checked several times, but I still ended up being off by a spline which has left me with a slightly off center wheel (until I have a chance to get back under the car that is).
The rear installation is super simple if you have the right tools. I did not have an impact gun and getting the subframe bolts off was pretty impossible. But after I brought home an electric impact from Home Depot the installation was the easiest thing in the world.
One note on the rear installation regarding the added bracket. When tightening the subframe bolt it can grab the bracket and start twisting it slightly causing the diagonal metal bar to bend. I mention it because it is easy to counter if you are expecting it.