Tokico's HP Series (HU-3830) for the Miata MX-5 continues to be an excellent choice for a replacement shock for the MX-5 owner looking for a noticeable improvement in handling and ride quality. The heart of the HP shock is a multi-stage variable aperture valve system with precision plates and precise orifice control. This valving is optimized to minimize low speed damping force and greatly increasing damping at medium and high piston speeds for improved tire adhesion and handling.
Tokico is one of Mazda's OEM suppliers and one of the world's largest manufacturers of shock absorbers for both original and high performance applications. Tokico offers the Miata enthusiast the option of either the HTS series - externally adjustable shocks, or the HP series - non-adjustable shocks.
Our experience with the Tokico HP series has shown these shocks to be a good selection when replacing an old, worn OE shock. Improvements in compression and rebound were noted for both street driving and spirited mountain-road excursions, with noticeable improvement in weight transfer during aggressive driving.
These shocks can be used with either the stock Miata springs, or a set of aftermarket lowering springs. (If installing a set of new shocks and lowering springs, expect a significant increase in ride "firmness" as compared to your old, tired spring/shock combination.) If ride stiffness is a concern, you want to forgo upgrading to performance springs at this time.
Price listed is for one (1) Standard HP rear shock.