miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:19 p.m.

I'm looking for ways to lose a decent amount of weight in my 91 Miata while keeping it streetable. It's my DD but I also use it for autoX. I plan on removing the AC system, but keeping the heater core (for a while at least) and I'm gonna be removing the head unit and the Infinity speakers I have as well. With all of the AC plumbing and the compressor, along with the audio stuff, that should be close to 30 lbs. Any other ideas that would help lose weight but allow the Miata to be streetable and civilized still? I'd like to lose 50 lbs out os the car if possible without spending a whole lot of money. I've got the idea to replace the steering wheel with a Sparco wheel as well.

tpwalsh Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:21 p.m.

Buy a hard top, remove the softtop. It's worth 30 lbs or so.

GameboyRMH PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 12:23 p.m.

A Miata is one of the hardest cars to strip. Minus the spare and passenger seat, there's probably less than 50lbs of excess weight in there before you have to chop it up with a sawzall to lose more. Including the sound system.

^Good suggestion above though.

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:24 p.m.

I have that idea rolling around as well. I'd have to wait for tax returns to come out before I get one.

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:27 p.m.

Once she's a track only car, all the interior stuff will be removed, but for now, I want it all to stay. Replacing the OEM exhaust with a cat back could help lose some weight as well.

BoxheadTim PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 12:29 p.m.

IIRC there are another 8-10lbs to be gained by replacing the trunk lid and the rear finish panel with CF panels. Not a cheap way to lose weight, though.

Adrian_Thompson SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2012 12:31 p.m.

This came up recently. This was my list when I was thinking of another Miata before I got the SAAB

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 12:32 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson wrote: This came up recently. This was my list when I was thinking of another Miata before I got the SAAB

Ah hah! Thank you!

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:37 p.m.

In reply to Adrian_Thompson:


GameboyRMH PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 12:40 p.m.

A lot of those "basic" mods are rather extreme and very street-unfriendly.

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 12:44 p.m.

If I had the money, Carbon would be an opinion, but I've got a list of things that I want to do to the Miata already to get it ready for track days this coming year. Sparco seat with PCS seat mount, Carbotech brakes, R-S3 on the Team Dynamics rims, and a Mishimoto X-Core radiator. Trying to save money AND losing weight is the gameplan.

Type Q Dork
Nov. 27, 2012 1:08 p.m.

You could probably get away with a somewhat smaller battery than OEM spec. I took the spare and jack out of mine and carry a "Slime" tire repair kit. I did this because I wanted the trunk space.

z31maniac PowerDork
Nov. 27, 2012 1:09 p.m.

On my '90 I ditched the A/C, depowered rack, pulled the insulation from under the carpet, all the junk out of the trunk, removed the center console..........I left the rest of the interior since I still occasionally drive the car on the street and nice weekends.

But this was mostly to offset all the weight I added with the Sport brakes, roll bar, butterfly brace, Frog Arms, harnesses, Corbeau seats (a bit lighter than stock but not by much).

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 1:22 p.m.

I have a Hard Dog Hardcore M1 roll bar installed so she's a little heavier than when I first got her 2 years ago. I'm looking to get her less than factory weight of 2150. I've also added a 5 point harness for autoX so there's extra weight as well. I'm thinking AC compressor, plumbing, and such will be around 30 lbs? Stripping the trunk will take a little out, audio removal will be about 7.5 lbs.

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 1:23 p.m.

I'm keeping the spare and jack for just in case.

Keith Tanner MegaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 1:46 p.m.

Weight loss numbers are usually pretty optimistic in my experience. For example, you'll find the rear bumper structure to be very light in the first place and I'd be surprised if there was 10 lbs that could be removed.

Still, here's some of what I've played with. The Targa Miata was about 2150 lbs ready to race as a four cylinder, and that's with a full cage, full size spare with race rubber, full weather gear, extra bracing, etc. And of course, a full tank of gas.

Miata weight loss

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 2:11 p.m.

I've heard of people removing the rear bumper structure, but wouldn't that reduce the integrity of the rear end in a collision?

Keith Tanner MegaDork
Nov. 27, 2012 2:47 p.m.

A little bump, yes. A big whack, not so much. Look at that link of mine and you'll see what's under there.

Then again, if you're building for a collision, perhaps a lightweight Miata is the incorrect goal

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:29 p.m.

Interesting link, Keith!

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:38 p.m.

It's gonna be interesting to see how much weight I can lose in my Miata and keep it streetable and civilized as my DD.

unk577 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:42 p.m.

If you search Craigslist in Tampa there is a guy who makes hardtops out of fiberglas that weight approx. 11lb without the window. Add lexan and I think you'll be sub 15lb for the hardtop which is a huge savings over the factory one. Quality is pretty nice too

unk577 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:43 p.m.

Oh and cheaper than most hardtops on CL

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:46 p.m.

I'm gonna look into that!

unk577 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:52 p.m.


Disregard the fits to 07'. Only fits 90-05(damn Porsche guys)

miataman86 Reader
Nov. 27, 2012 3:57 p.m.

A buddy of mine that owns Redline Autosports is building a track car in his shop. For weight savings he omitted the headlights on the NA and installed the small rectangular headlights to the turn signals. He fabricated the hood to fill in the spaces left by the headlights being taken out. Very creative

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