Aug 25, 2000 update to the Mazda Miata project car

Big brakes Mean Big Wheels

Since our Miata is about to receive a Dealer Alternative Flyin’ Miata big-brake kit, we needed some appropriate wheels to clear them. The 15x7-inch Kosei K1 Racing wheels that we’re using on the street should clear the big brakes, but the stock 14-inch Miata wheels that we’re using for racing won’t work. We again wanted something light and easy on the budget, so we ordered up a set of 11.5-pound, 15x6.5-inch Rota Circuit 8 wheels from Atlanta’s RSpeed. Another cool feature is their $135 list price.

By the way, even before installation, the Dealer Alternative brakes are impressive, with 11-inch slotted rotors and aluminum Wilwood calipers. A billet, anodized bracket is included to mount the calipers to the stock Miata hubs, keeping this a bolt-on project. Look for before-and-after braking numbers once we have them.

We have also received word from Engineered Performance that our cylinder head is done and looks sweet. We hope to have it installed and dyno tested soon.

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