I’ve searched and read but can’t seem to find some reference I’m hoping to find. I’ve got a 10th anniversary NB that’s fully stock. Which means it has the “Hard S” Bilstein shocks. The whole car is in pretty good condition, it has around 75000 miles on it.
I find the ride pretty harsh. Uncomfortable on bad roads, but turn in on corners is great. When I’m on smooth tarmac, it is an absolute joy to drive. But the roads with the most fun (corners) are usually in pretty bad condition. Speed bumps are countless too. They’re doable, but my daily driver (Lexus IS250) is a lot smoother on those roads and speed bumps.
I'm not interested in lowering the car or use it on the track or autocross. I only drive, cruise, drive spirited on quiet, twisty backroads. All I'm after is more comfort on uneven tarmac and speed bumps, with a nice balance to maintain snappy cornering and reduced body roll.
I mostly see very positive reviews on MeisterR ZetaCRD. In fact, I think I haven’t found someone regretting buying a set of those coilovers. I’ve searched for comparisons between shock dyno’s that include these ZetaCRD’s, when compared to my original “Hard S”, the OE stock Showas and Koni Sport (a.k.a. Yellow). I’ve learned from a post by Jerrick, that MeisterR doesn’t have FvV dyno’s since those graphs don’t tell the whole story. Most other shocks don’t have FvD graphs, almost all graphs I see are Force vs Velocity graphs.
MeisterR is a rare contender here in The Netherlands. I’ve test driven with a NA Miata that had Zeta’s fitted. I believe they were ZetaPRO's. This was about a year ago. My impression was that they we’re equally uncomfortable or even more uncomfortable as the Hard S on my 10th anniversary model.
Is there anyone out here that had the Hard S on an NB and now has the ZetaCRD fitted? I’m anxious to know how these compare. I’m looking for a more comfortable ride. How comfortable is a ZetaCRD in it’s most soft setting, when compared for instance with the Hard S on a 10th anniversary edition?