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Old 08-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Didn't get Magnetic Ride Control, big mistake?

When I was placing my order for my Stingray last month, I asked about the MRC option, but the dealer told me it wasn't necessary. After reading through some of these threads, I feel like I made a big mistake. I did get the Z51 package and upgraded performance exhaust, though. Will there be that big of a difference? It's too late to change my order, but I'm trying to make myself feel better here!
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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Wish I could lye to you but if you are going to performance drive or track at all you will be pissed. By getting the mag ride you also get the Performance traction Management which is synced to work together. Having both a Z06 without mag ride and a Zr1 with mag ride there is a noticeable difference in the way the car will handle under power.

If you are strictly street driving than don't sweat it wont be a issue.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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I probably won't be taking it to the track too often. I'm in Ohio, and for 3/4 the year it's winter!
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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If you decide you want the MRC suspension after driving for a while then just trade in your "14 C7 for a MRC susepnsion equipped C7 next year. Although the MRC C7 can be marginally lowered, I would expect the C7 w/o could be more effectively (performance and appearance) lowered.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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I have a 2012 ZL1 with 3rd Gen Magnetic Ride, the same as the new Vette. It is a fantastic system. Firms up for the track and softens up for cruising on rough roads. It is one of the reasons Ferrari uses the same system on their cars. It is still two months before actual production starts, are you sure you can't change your order?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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Agreed. Until it gets queued for production I believe you can change your order. Check with your dealer. or ask Becky on here.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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Whats your status code? I have seen others on CF get their orders changed as long as the code is not above 3000.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:01 AM   #9
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Whats your status code? I have seen others on CF get their orders changed as long as the code is not above 3000.
Only the dealer can request a change at 3000 and even then such a request is often not allowed. The dealer still has the allocation but one may bounce back to 2000.

If not tracking and especially if planning on lowering the MRC suspension may not be the best choice. Don't get me wrong, I had it on my C6 and loved it, but it does limit or make prohibitively expensive some after market suspension choices.

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Old 08-14-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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I am in the same boat as you as I ordered the same configuration (Z51 without the MRC). From what I have read so far I don't think it will matter so much if you do not take your car to the tracks. Also since I plan on keeping my car for a long time, maintenance cost was another consideration that influenced by decision (most electronic sensors seem to fail sooner or later).

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Old 08-14-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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Messed up too...got the Z51 w/out MRC.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:40 PM   #12
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I'd buy MRC primarily for street use as it tames Z51 for daily driver usage. MRC also has many benefits on the track, but I wouldn't want Z51 without MRC unless I'm a pro driver (I'm not) and only using the vehicle on the track. Get ready for an awesome handling vehicle with a REALLY rough ride.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:46 PM   #13
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I am in the same boat as you as I ordered the same configuration (Z51 without the MRC). From what I have read so far I don't think it will matter so much if you do not take your car to the tracks. Also since I plan on keeping my car for a long time, maintenance cost was another consideration that influenced by decision (most electronic sensors seem to fail sooner or later).
I too plan on keeping the car for decades, so this was a consideration. I figure if the ride is just so rough I can't stand it (unlikely), I'll just go aftermarket with it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #14
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I'd buy MRC primarily for street use as it tames Z51 for daily driver usage. MRC also has many benefits on the track, but I wouldn't want Z51 without MRC unless I'm a pro driver (I'm not) and only using the vehicle on the track. Get ready for an awesome handling vehicle with a REALLY rough ride.
CNET did a test with the C7 Z51 without the MRC Option:

"However, most of the models I drove lacked this option, and just had the fixed suspension, which felt surprisingly soft. Given the stiff body, the suspension tuning made the ride feel like a down-filled mattress top strapped over an airplane wing. Chevrolet encouraged me to drive the Stingray over some very roughly paved roads, and I was impressed with the level of comfort. However, I felt cornering suffered a little, as the car leaned a little in each turn.
Taking up any cornering slack from the suspension, Chevrolet fits the Stingray Z51 with an electronic limited slip differential, a bit of technology that improves on the mechanical limited slip diff used in the standard Stingray."

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Old 08-17-2013, 06:01 AM   #15
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CNET did a test with the C7 Z51 without the MRC Option:

"However, most of the models I drove lacked this option, and just had the fixed suspension, which felt surprisingly soft. Given the stiff body, the suspension tuning made the ride feel like a down-filled mattress top strapped over an airplane wing. Chevrolet encouraged me to drive the Stingray over some very roughly paved roads, and I was impressed with the level of comfort. However, I felt cornering suffered a little, as the car leaned a little in each turn.
Taking up any cornering slack from the suspension, Chevrolet fits the Stingray Z51 with an electronic limited slip differential, a bit of technology that improves on the mechanical limited slip diff used in the standard Stingray."

http://reviews.cnet.com/coupe-hatchb...-35826211.html
This isn't consistent with many other reviews and I don't believe his comments were necessarily related to the Z51. There are several other reviews that say the Z51 without MRC is very harsh and rough. The base car without Z51 was reported to be soft. The review comments above are consistent with a base car without Z51 so I'm a bit confused. After reading this again, I think the reviewer drove a variety of cars and his comment above wasn't specifically about the Z51 w/o MRC. The only car that has been reported to lean some was the base, non Z-51 car so my bet is the softness he is reporting is relative to that same car.

There are about 12 reviews out at the moment and I'd check them all out. Most are Z51 cars with MRC and there are only a couple that discuss the base car or Z51 w/o MRC. All I have read with the Z51 w/o MRC report a very harsh ride.

Here is the link to Leftlane... Leftlane news review.

Here is the quote from Leftlane where they discuss the Z51 w/o MRC versus the standard car...

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Both the standard 'Vette and its track-ready Z51 big brother revealed their own distinct personalities during our preview drives on the sun-parched curvy byways outside of Monterey, California.

Stiff to the point of being just the safe side of intolerable on rutted terrain, the Z51 comes alive on smooth pavement. By contrast, the standard Corvette provides a ride that's almost luxury car plush with more wheel travel to soak up undulating terrain. Some buyers might call the Z51 “too much,” while others will argue that the standard car is “too soft.” That split personality is just what Chevrolet had in mind – yet what surprised us the most was how both configurations corner with limited lean, meaty steering feel and unflappable grip (up to 1.03 g's).
Other reviews of the Z51 with MRC report it is very good on touring mode and very stiff on track mode. I think it blends the base car and Z51 w/o MRC into one car. The bottom line, however, is what is "too stiff" for one person is "just right" for another.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #16
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Maybe I am missing something but what I have read tells me the ride in not too harsh w/o the MR.I didn,t order it with my 51/auto.At 70.6 I won,t be at the track.Well I don,t think so.I had it on my ZL 1 and while it was nice I really did not use it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:23 AM   #17
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I probably won't be taking it to the track too often. I'm in Ohio, and for 3/4 the year it's winter!
Hate to break it to you....but that magnetic ride is huge deal, even just for cruising.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:43 PM   #18
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Hate to break it to you....but that magnetic ride is huge deal, even just for cruising.
Agree, I have driven both the C6 with and without and the ride was much better in the tour mode with the mag option then the Z51 with no mag.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:43 PM   #19
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If I'm able to infact get one, I'm certainly planning on tracking it and will indeed be getting Magnetic Ride. Now, let's get that Facebook stock up more to help make this happen
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:12 PM   #20
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So far it seems that the Z51 with mag will be a suitable daily driver.

Can anyone agree or disagree with this set up now that there are more miles on the C7.

I have crappy roads in my area.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:19 AM   #21
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I have a Z51 without mag ride, and have just over 5000 miles of real-world driving. The roads around here are less than ideal (like most of the country!). To sum up my experience, THIS CAR IS SPECTACULAR! The ride is firm, but far from harsh. You could drive this car all day and not suffer for it. It handles far better than any previous Corvette, and likely all but a handful of cars, period. Yes, the mag ride may give you slightly softer cruising, yes mag ride may give you a slight edge in the turns on a track. But a Z51 without mag ride is by far a superior riding and handling car compared to virtually everything else out there. I don't feel anyone who has this combination is losing out in the long run.

And if it turns out you want less performance and more cushion, you can always switch to the base C7 shocks. For a little more firmness on the track, I'm positive the aftermarket will step up with shock, spring and sway bar packages in the near future. You just can't lose in any way!
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Thx purp,

Good to know. Perhaps like you mentioned Z51 /w mag will be a little more soft in tour mode, and since you're saying it's descent without the mag so far it helps ease my mind. This is predominantly my DD, don't want to suffer but couldn't pass up track opportunities and all the added features for a relatively small price. Plus I needed those black wheels :p
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:59 AM   #23
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I have a Z51 without mag ride, and have just over 5000 miles of real-world driving. The roads around here are less than ideal (like most of the country!). To sum up my experience, THIS CAR IS SPECTACULAR! The ride is firm, but far from harsh. You could drive this car all day and not suffer for it. It handles far better than any previous Corvette, and likely all but a handful of cars, period. Yes, the mag ride may give you slightly softer cruising, yes mag ride may give you a slight edge in the turns on a track. But a Z51 without mag ride is by far a superior riding and handling car compared to virtually everything else out there. I don't feel anyone who has this combination is losing out in the long run.

And if it turns out you want less performance and more cushion, you can always switch to the base C7 shocks. For a little more firmness on the track, I'm positive the aftermarket will step up with shock, spring and sway bar packages in the near future. You just can't lose in any way!
I 2nd your statements on the Z51 without mag ride. I purchased mine the same way. I guess I was prepared for a rough ride because I was purchasing a sports car but I was pleasently surprised when I picked her up and drove her. I too have logged nearly 5000 miles in my car and don't regret the decision at all not to purchase the mag ride. This is not to knock anyone that did. The C7 is just a great car overall.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #24
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I was at 3000 and able to change my order to get mag ride...your dealer has to get your order dequed, adjust the order and add mag ride and then resubmit the order back into the system. I didn't lose my spot in the prod queue.
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Zimm888, mine is my daily driver too. I've even been driving it in snow! No troubles whatsoever. Weather mode really does help when the weather turns crappy. The ride quality is far better than you'd think considering its a hard-core sports car. The mag ride would merely be an extra layer of icing on a triple-iced cake!
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