A. Your late to the party DD! This flew around via texts all over the country I imagine after these first 2 big events!
B. But as I told my young friends who now think they wasted money(they didn't)...the change was driven by factors created by supply and the ability to tech.
C. I don't think performance was a factor but given the name we all are expecting great things!
D. Many have on new shoes and they aren't quite as comfortable as the old ones yet
RA, so I'm late and easy, and you threw the line fully baited.
RA, your point A. above, I'm old school phone/e mail, altho I was texting a bunch yesterday with a couple new school type guys.
RA, your point B. above, please look at the Mazda presentation data slide 7 points 2 & 3 of 9 which have not been met at our normal ride height of 4 3/8 to 4 5/8 inch. Do you want to talk about the camber cheating wars which will start when the ride height is raised. There's a whole bunch more than "supply" and "tech" involved with this shock selection. http://www.mazdamoto...ks-Evolving.pdf
RA, your point C. falls within your point B.
RA, your point D., it'd be so very easy/simple to eliminate points 2 and 3 to make the shoe fit spot on by raising the shock top rod end mounting point. There are several raised rod end mounting points on the market or Penske could offer. Trust me, there's work arounds on the raised shock rod end mounting rather than trashing shocks and car parts.
One more pet peeve since people are calling the shock saver (orange lump) a bump stop. By no stretch of anyone's imagination is that orange piece a usable bump stop as we know bump stops as the OEM or Fat Cat bump stop functioned. It's said over and over within Mazda/Penske info, STAY OFF THE BUMP STOP. They couldn't make the orange lump rock hard because there would be zero cushion for the shock when it hits the orange lump. We all know the function of a bump stop correct, a slowing/stopping devise with progressive spring rate. If people believe the orange item is a bump stop bring up this graph and plot Alan's graph numbers provided by Ralph, then use the 36mm bump stop (Fat Cat Spec Miata) curve for comparison, the graph on far left. At less than 2mm compression of the orange lump the compression rate in pounds is at approx. 2 times the rear spring rate or 600 pounds. https://www.google.c...3mu47yeya7M: