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FM rear shock mounts
Around six months ago, I ordered a set of Koni adjustable shocks and a pair of FM rear shock mounts to replace the very worn original shocks in my 95M Edition Miata. I was worried about installing them myself so I took everything to a a local brake/muffler/suspension shop. I was surprised and disappointed to find out that they couldn't figure out how to get the FM rear shock mounts in, but I needed my car back, so I paid for what they did, and drove off with just the new Koni shocks installed.
The car handled much better with the new shocks, but the ride was a little harsh. Actually, it was uncomfortably harsh.
Today, about 6 months after the mechanics failed attempt at installing the FM shock mounts, I decided to give it a try myself. With basic hand tools, a floor jack, a scissor jack and a spring compressor (which, by the way, is relatively inexpensive and easy to use) and very little automotive wrenching experience I managed to get the FM shock mounts in place in about 3 hours. I then took the car for a three hour topless drive through some of the twistiest local British Columbia mountain roads. The ride improvement over the OEM shock mounts and the FM shock mounts was huge! I expected some improvement, but I was surprised to find that the car now rode like I expect a new stock early Miata would ride.
The FM rear shock mounts are a fantastic product and even a non wrenching turning person like me was able to figure out how to install them. I highly recommend them to anyone installing aftermarket shocks, and for anyone who knows how to use basic hand tools, I recommend doing them yourself.