Add a Little Comfort
Sep 25, 2013 update to the Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow project car
Having owned a Miata or two before, we know very well that the exhaust header runs directly opposite the transmission tunnel from the driver’s feet. This generally isn’t a big deal, but our yellow car is built to run in endurance races. That puts a premium on driver comfort.
We used a bit of DEI’s Floor and Tunnel Shield II on the transmission tunnel to keep the pedal box cool. Once we finally fixed our misfire—we tracked it down to a clogged injector—we took a half-hour shakedown drive on the interstate (in fourth gear, no less).
Though the heat shield was warm to the touch, it had effectively blocked radiant heat from attacking our sandal-shod soles. We’re optimistic that this will work well on the track.
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What size shield are you using on it?
I have this DEI material in the first 24" or so of my exhaust tunnel to kill the heat and noise of the headers I added. Couldn't be happier. Material has been there for 3.5 years, incl rain & snow, and it's still in excellent shape.
Shouldn't the heat shield go inside the tunnel, underneath the car?
Is that the cheap steering wheel off ebay? I think I have the same one.
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