Improve the ride and handling of your Mazdaspeed 3 or Mazda 3 with the CorkSport Adjustable Struts and Shocks. The CorkSport Mazdaspeed3 and Mazda3 Struts and Shocks are 15 way adjustable allowing you to customize your ride to your driving style and limit body roll to make your car more predictable and stable even without the addition of lowering springs. CorkSport Shocks and Struts change both rebound and compression damping simultaneously for a greatly improved ride quality. The variable tuning range makes it possible to use for daily driving or exciting backroads.
The CorkSport Advantage
Perfect For The Daily Driver To The Driving Enthusiast: 15 step adjustable to customize the stiffness of your ride to your liking. The #1 Setting is similar to the OEM ride stiffness
Easy To Adjust: Can access adjustment points from under the wheel well and from the engine bay
High Quality Construction: Gas charged twin tube shock absorber allows the shock to react faster and more predictably, for a quicker response time and helping to keep the tire firmly planted on the road
Complete Set: Sold as a set of 4 two front struts and two rear shocks.
Plays well with others: Works with the stock springs or most aftermarket brands like CorkSport, H&R, Eibach, and others.
Easy To Install: A great and simple way to improve handling performance on your Mazdaspeed 3 or Mazda 3
CorkSport Service And Support Receive a two year warranty, full color installation instructions, all of the needed installation hardware, and knowledgeable telephone installation support
NOTE:The adjustable struts and shocks 2 year warranty does not extend to track/racing use. While they may work fine, any form of racing is not covered.
Install time 3/5 Difficulty 2 year warranty No CEL
Bought a set of these for my DD back on July 5th to replace leaking OEMs. Installed them following all instructions (love the CS instructions!) but noticed the ride was bouncier/squishier than the broken OEMs.
Fast forward about a month and a mechanic who was mounting new tires said that he took it out for a test drive and said that my shocks would need replacing ASAP. I told him that they were new and he said something wasn't right.
I contacted support and was told to mess with the dampening settings. I adjusted backs and fronts a couple of times with little improvement. The third time I went to adjust, both back adjusters made a loud crunch sound and one of the adjusters started turning freely, the other didn't have any detents anymore at all.
Called support again to report this, sent videos of the problem, and also said that the fronts were rebounding multiple times over bumps. After a bunch of calls I was told they'd replace the rears but that they wanted to test the fronts. I was presented with two options:
1) take the struts off and send them in. So I'd be without my DD until they test and decide what to do.
2) pay for new struts and send the old ones back. I would be refunded the money for the replacements if the old ones tested bad. (if they decided they were good though, I would not get anything back and be stuck with paying twice for something I just didn't like)
Since 50% of the kit I bought was obviously bad, I asked if I could have a refund so I can just go with something else... Apparently CS will under no circumstances give a refund but I was told repeatedly that CS stands behind their products. ("By the way, all sales are final.")
Since I'm a single dad with one car who doesn't have any family members willing to part with their vehicles for a week or two and I also didn't think it was a good gamble of $250 to get replacements right away. I decided to tell them to forget the bouncy fronts and just send me replacements for the rears.
That was two weeks ago and I haven't heard from anyone since.
I've loved everything that CS has sold me up until now, this is my first interaction with customer service and it is sorely lacking. The one star is for the excellent instructions.
Nik Fredrich11/29/2017, 12:22 PM
After 60k miles on my CS Springs and Koni FSD Struts, the ride was unbearable. Struts were not designed for lowering springs blah blah blah. Still rode great for years so there. With some points earned, I scored a set. My techs installed it at my dealer with new oem bumpstops, mounts and bearings. They also installed my LCA bushings upgrades, oem was wasted. The ride is the ride I missed for years. Nice ride. Now to mess with stiffness. Set to 6 clicks per recommendation. Very happy.
Raider10/07/2017, 07:13 PM
I must say these are the best dampers I have installed on my Speed 3. I combined the Corksport lowering springs for a package deal. The install was easy. No issues. Everything fit just as it should, just as every other purchase I have made from Corksport. I recently replaced a set of aging Koni Yellow dampers and Cobb springs with a set of Bilstein B14 coilovers. Bad move. The Bilsteins were so bouncy on normal everyday driving I could not stand driivng my car. I couldn’t believe it given the weight their brand name caries. It is hard to believe how much better the Corksport suspension feels. They are just as stiff as the Koni’s were, but much more compliant over sharp edges and road irregularities. I currently have them set to 10 clicks in front and 9 clicks in back. The car feels absolutely planted, whether on some twisty backroads or on the highway at speed. Great products. Thank you, Corksport!
Paul Pendergraf07/26/2017, 12:40 PM
Pretty quick install and wow, I had no idea exactly how bad my OEM struts were. Great replacement with more than enough capability for everyday driving. The adjustables are easy as can be to adjust and the bushings have much better resilience to them then the originals when those were new. Feels like floating through corners, great parts.
Jacob W.02/07/2017, 08:53 PM
Out of the box the rear shock mounting bolt sheared during installation at 14ft lbs (directions list 18ft lbs as the recommended torque). Definitely thinking I should have went with a different brand now.
Tyler F12/19/2016, 05:29 PM
Installed these on my racing beat springs (sorry corksport) after I convinced myself that my OE shocks and struts were worn out. I was very impressed with how comfortably they rode on the lower settings. I didn't realize how underdamped my system was before. What really impressed me though was when I took my car on the Suches loop in North GA over the weekend. I cranked the stiffness up and holy cow, it was a different car. My 2.5 mz3 was embarrassing by friends wrx and a focus st in the corners. They had me on the straights but it was so easy to get right on their bumper when it got twisty again. Very happy, and very impressed. Thanks Corksport!
Peter Brandt10/28/2015, 09:00 AM
One of my better "splurge" decisions in a long time. These turn the car from feeling like it really is 7 years old to seeming like I just bought the thing yesterday, from a guy who really knew his stuff. The adjustability is fantastic, such a good array of dampening, set it to 11 F and 9 R and it's perfect for me, actually smoother than my stock suspension. Paired with CS springs you cannot go wrong with supreme ride height, daily drivability and the Industry leaders' guarantee of satisfaction. 11/10 IGN.
Greg Olsen05/30/2015, 09:10 PM
Your new struts have survived full winter mode up here in Edmonton, Alberta...that is saying something from a product testing scenario: -30 degrees celcius is no joke in our winter months!
Steen04/22/2015, 08:09 AM
I'm on eibach sport line springs, would these help me go an inch lower from stock struts/shocks?
CorkSport Reply:Check out the FAQ tab for an answer to this question.
Brian05/29/2014, 09:09 AM
Just installed these yesterday, and they work better than I could have imagined with Swift springs on my 2011 MS3.
My stock shocks and struts had 77K miles on them and couldn't dampen the Swift springs effectively, I was constantly bottoming out the shocks during everyday driving.
With these: PROBLEM SOLVED! Even on the softest setting, no more harsh bottoming out, excellent rebound control, nice upgrade from the OEM shocks/struts. On firmer settings, the ride tightens up predictably, but NEVER gets too harsh even when I set them at "15" just to see how they felt. I'll probably run them in the "8-10" range for daily driving and never look back. Great upgrade for the MS3!
Robert Berry03/21/2014, 03:25 PM
Will these fit a '06. Sedan. 3?
CorkSport Reply:They fit all models and 2004-2013 years.
Rob02/02/2014, 03:32 PM
I would like buy a setup h&r spring and corksport shock for occasionaly track Day ?? Is à good choice or not thanks
Jonathan01/30/2014, 08:42 PM
Will these work with a stiffer spring like the h&r's for the 2007 mazda3. And how do these stack up against the koni yellows, because these much more reasonably priced!
CorkSport Reply:They work fgreat with the H&R springs. The comparison with the konis is complex, give us a call 360-260-2675 and we can explain.
Spencer01/28/2014, 07:05 AM
For the rear dampner settings it's not clear to me whether you can adjust the settings while the struts/shocks are on the car, or they have to be removed like the more expensive Koni's?
CorkSport Reply:The fronts adjust from the top under the hood. The rears adjust from the top of the shock inside the rear wheel well. They do not need to be removed to adjust.
Todd01/15/2014, 02:24 PM
are these height adjustable?
CorkSport Reply:They are not, just dampening.
Brian01/09/2014, 07:01 PM
My 2007 Speed 3 was feeling tired after 95K miles with the stock stuff and I decided this kit was reasonably priced after a little shopping. Doing it myself saved $500 from my mechanics quote and his quote was for factory replacement parts, so I may have saved a little bit more.
Installation was around 8 hours total and that was just me (no help from friends) and with what I consider my "weekend" mechanic skills. I did have all the tools I needed including a spring compressor. I read the directions a few times to be sure I understood correctly and took my time, but in the end, the car now has that new car feel driving down the road. Awwww.
One small snag I ran into was that the stock strut bumpers were both split and had to be replaced (not part of the kit), but a quick trip to the local auto store and they were able to get them to me the next day. If I had known that may have been an issue, I would have had them in hand prior to starting my project. My fair warning.
Other than that, no big install issues
I adjusted the struts and the shocks to the "8" click/middle position and I have not experimented with making any adjustments, but that seems good for my daily driving duties.
I do recommend this kit for the do-it yourselfer and thanks guys at Corksport for sending me a hand written note with my purchase.
Was I first?
Scott S12/27/2013, 02:28 PM
I know that the rear set are the set from your coilover set, but what in formation can you give me about the front set, if i do proceed with this purchase will they be able to handle the tein s springs, i want to be as stiff as possible with very minimal body roll,but smooth on regular days
Daniel Gomez12/22/2013, 09:14 AM
These are front and rear?
CorkSport Reply:The price includes two fronts and two rears.
Pablo12/15/2013, 09:37 PM
Would These Work well with the CorkSport Lowering Springs? Is that all I would need for my 2012 Skyactiv Hatchback? Got my lowering springs but need to know what I should install with them.
CorkSport Reply:they will work great with the CorkSport Springs.
Noel Doyle12/10/2013, 10:24 PM
Would these struts/shocks be able to handle a more aggressive spring drop such as an eibach sportlines? Even on there stiffer setting? Really intrested with these for my mazda 3
CorkSport Reply:The dampers will work fine with the Eibach Sportline springs if you run them at a stiffer dampening setting.
What all is missing in this kit? Does this come with a top mount? Dust cover sleeve? Bump stop?
Would those all be things I would have to buy separate?
Asked by Alex Bowen | 12/30/2015, 05:35 PM | 1 answer(s)
These come with everything you need for install. You will transfer over the top hat for the fronts, and the dust covers in the rear. Also, the rears already have bump stops installed when you get them.