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Tanabe NF210 - TNF173 on 2018 Mazda 6 Wagon

Hi all, I'm looking to dropping my Mazda 6 wagon using the Tanabe TNF173.

I've asked around and was told that 2014+ and the 2018 springs have the same part number and I should not have any issues with the Tanabes.

Just wanted to double check with you guys since I am from the Philippines and will be having the springs shipped, would be a huge disappointment if these didn't fit

Anyone on here lowered their 2018 M6??

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When I was shopping springs the only Tanabe springs that showed to fit the 2018 6 were the NF210's which is what I installed and yes, the NF210's 2014+ will work on the 2018.

Why the TNF173? I would double check as I'm not convinced they will fit. I'm not saying they won't - just didn't show that they would when I was researching 4 months a go.

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Hi all, I'm looking to dropping my Mazda 6 wagon using the Tanabe TNF173.

I've asked around and was told that 2014+ and the 2018 springs have the same part number and I should not have any issues with the Tanabes.

Just wanted to double check with you guys since I am from the Philippines and will be having the springs shipped, would be a huge disappointment if these didn't fit

Anyone on here lowered their 2018 M6??

Cheers guys!
Have you also considering going the Bilstein/Eibach route?
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When I was shopping springs the only Tanabe springs that showed to fit the 2018 6 were the NF210's which is what I installed and yes, the NF210's 2014+ will work on the 2018.

Why the TNF173? I would double check as I'm not convinced they will fit. I'm not saying they won't - just didn't show that they would when I was researching 4 months a go.
I think we have a bit of confusion here, the NF210 is the spring series, TNF173 is the specific part number that fits all 2014-2018 Mazda 6 models so you guys are talking about the same thing.

I too have the Tanabe NF210 TNF173 springs installed on my 18 Mazda 6 and it was a exact fit. The only thing that would concern me with the wagon is that the rear end is a bit heavier than our sedans, it may sag a bit back there with the rear spring rates being softer than the fronts. But who knows, the weight is likely negligible and won't make a visual difference.
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Have you also considering going the Bilstein/Eibach route?
Eibach doesn't make any springs for 2014+ Mazda 6 so it's not really an option, although the Bilsteins are available for the dampers.
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Eibach doesn't make any springs for 2014+ Mazda 6 so it's not really an option, although the Bilsteins are available for the dampers.
But if you are replacing the struts with Bilstein, wouldn't that allow for the Eibachs to fit?

Do you have more pictures of your car with the Tanabe springs? Like a side-profile view in particular? The drop with the Signature wheels on the 2018 model looked really good!
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But if you are replacing the struts with Bilstein, wouldn't that allow for the Eibachs to fit?

Do you have more pictures of your car with the Tanabe springs? Like a side-profile view in particular? The drop with the Signature wheels on the 2018 model looked really good!
Not sure how replacing the struts with Bilstein or any other branded strut would change which springs can fit the 14-18 Mazda 6 as they are both designed specific to our car, they're not some universal units that can interchange different parts from older model years. If you're thinking of the coilover kits that are available for some cars that consist of the Bilsteins and Eibach springs, those are not available for the 6 either. Currently, the only options are Tanabe, H&R and Corksport.

I don't have any side profile photos but iDrive does, just do a search for iDrive's build thread and you'll see his vehicle which has the same springs as me and he has before and after photos of the side.
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But if you are replacing the struts with Bilstein, wouldn't that allow for the Eibachs to fit?

Do you have more pictures of your car with the Tanabe springs? Like a side-profile view in particular? The drop with the Signature wheels on the 2018 model looked really good!
Not sure how replacing the struts with Bilstein or any other branded strut would change which springs can fit the 14-18 Mazda 6 as they are both designed specific to our car, they're not some universal units that can interchange different parts from older model years. If you're thinking of the coilover kits that are available for some cars that consist of the Bilsteins and Eibach springs, those are not available for the 6 either. Currently, the only options are Tanabe, H&R and Corksport.

I don't have any side profile photos but iDrive does, just do a search for iDrive's build thread and you'll see his vehicle which has the same springs as me and he has before and after photos of the side.
But the springs go over the coils. Eibach and Bilsteins are meant to be paired together. Eibach springs won’t fit on the OEM struts, but shouldn’t be an issue with different ones.
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But the springs go over the coils. Eibach and Bilsteins are meant to be paired together. Eibach springs won’t fit on the OEM struts, but shouldn’t be an issue with different ones.
You're kidding me right? I don't even know where to start in explaining to you that it's not how that works. Struts and shocks, be it OEM or aftermarket are all designed around the OEM springs, meaning the perch that hold the springs in place only fit OEM springs. Aftermarket lowering springs are designed to fit in those OEM spring perches, except they're just shorter with usually higher spring rates. And Eibach doesn't make universal fit springs and Bilstein doesn't make universal fit struts/shocks so no, you can't randomly install them to the Mazda 6 or any other car that it isn't specifically designed for. There's also the issue of spring rates which are different for different models.
Please do some research before you start making suggestions on these or any forums because what you're suggesting isn't grounded in reality. I'm not trying to be harsh but what I'm telling you is very basic and you don't seem to be comprehending anything I say on this particular subject.

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I think we have a bit of confusion here, the NF210 is the spring series, TNF173 is the specific part number that fits all 2014-2018 Mazda 6 models so you guys are talking about the same thing.

I too have the Tanabe NF210 TNF173 springs installed on my 18 Mazda 6 and it was a exact fit. The only thing that would concern me with the wagon is that the rear end is a bit heavier than our sedans, it may sag a bit back there with the rear spring rates being softer than the fronts. But who knows, the weight is likely negligible and won't make a visual difference.
Awesome, thanks for the confirmation mate. Hopefully, it doesn't sit too low in the back.

I saw your thread with the photos as well, looking sweet. Really liking the drop of the Tanabes

Will post some photos when I get the springs on, which unfortunately will have to wait till mid September. Can't seem to find any compatible lowering springs locally, except for Godspeeds which I've read have mixed reviews.
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