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    Ok a more in depth review which includes a morning at the track and a 300 k drive across some of the roughest windiest roads in my area. Plus some photos of the final fitments.
    I did the track morning on my road tyres to get an apples to apples comparison with previous track days I've done on them (RE003's for your reference sake). The difference is night and day. Where on stock suspension the tyres would fold and the car would understeer, with the MCA's in the traction stands up for significantly longer. Not only that, when traction is exceeded the car still remains composed and continues to feed back information to the driver about what's happening. Powering on in this situation brings the car back on line. The balance is really easy to read and play with. Qld Raceway is a pretty rough track particularly into turn 1 and on the exit of turn 2. The Fiesta now remains composed and soaks up the bumps without any fuss.
    Where the car blew my mind however was this morning's mountain run up Mt Nebo/Glorious, round the back of Somerset Dam to Kilcoy finally looping through the d'Agular National Park and back over Mt Mee. For anyone whose driven this circuit they'll know that it's a wide variety of surfaces and has basically everything you could reasonably throw at a suspension system. The new kit performed well beyond expectations. I used to drive some sections of this road gritting my teeth waiting for the car to hit the bump stops and send a loud shock through the whole vehicle. I can now relax as I'm seriously driving what feels like a tarmac rally car. At speed it's compliant, composed and controlled, rewarding with speeds that were previously unreachable. There were some wet sections where I was concerned about the increased camber and perceptions of a lack of traction. Concerns allayed! Even more grip and feedback than previously in the wet. My experience at the Noosa Hill climb a few weeks ago suggests that I go well in the wet (inside the top 25 while it was still wet with a high point of 3rd overall)and I honestly believe I could have placed first with this set up.
    I gave my mate Daniel a drive to compare with his Bilstein coilovers in his Fiesta and he agreed that the MCA's were significantly better in all respects than the Bilsteins which felt cheap by comparison.
    Start putting in your orders people if you want the best set-up soon to be available for around 2k AUD.
    Redblue@mcasuspension.com.au
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    That looks neat! Is there enough clearance on the rear between the wheels and coilovers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caliboy15 View Post
    That looks neat! Is there enough clearance on the rear between the wheels and coilovers?
    Yes, MCA are highly professional, they wouldn't do it if it didn't provide enough clearance. They thought that they may have needed to shave the felt trim but didn't have to in the end.

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    Are those spherical bearings on the bottom mount eyelet on the rear dampers, and if so, which brand do you use?? (The brand DOES make a difference in NVH, and lack of knocking over bumps, road imperfections, etc. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Sport fan View Post
    Are those spherical bearings on the bottom mount eyelet on the rear dampers, and if so, which brand do you use?? (The brand DOES make a difference in NVH, and lack of knocking over bumps, road imperfections, etc. )
    No they are not. They are rubber mounts like factory. The front top mount is spherical and is a NMB unit.

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    The MCA's ride again! I've fitted the rears and will install the fronts when I do my engine/trans swap this month hopefully. Looking forward to using them for some local TimeAttack and Hillclimb days, aside from using them as a daily drive.

    MCA inspected them again before I fitted them and there were no issues.

    The rear has a bit of a squeak, but it's metal-on-metal contact now. I might try a thin piece of insertion rubber or soft plastic to see if that solves the squeak.

    I'll post some pics when the install is complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronraad View Post
    The MCA's ride again! I've fitted the rears and will install the fronts when I do my engine/trans swap this month hopefully. Looking forward to using them for some local TimeAttack and Hillclimb days, aside from using them as a daily drive.

    MCA inspected them again before I fitted them and there were no issues.

    The rear has a bit of a squeak, but it's metal-on-metal contact now. I might try a thin piece of insertion rubber or soft plastic to see if that solves the squeak.

    I'll post some pics when the install is complete.

    Did you buy them off Matt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brustar View Post
    Did you buy them off Matt?
    Yes, he never ended up fitting them; and there is something he wants to change with the wheel set-up that will make them redundant.

    Staff at MCA Suspension passed on as much background as possible, but if you've got anything to add that would be appreciated. Josh Coote is a wealth of race car suspension knowledge!
    I've fitted the rears "as supplied" so they are probably exactly where you left them in terms of damping and right height.

    Talking with David Homer last month, he mentioned that you may have no longer own a FiST and had a change of tact?

    Looking forward to seeing how Matt goes with TimeAttack at Lakeside this season. I think he's going to the 1st round this Sunday?

 

 
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