1999 Mazda Miata

Started on Nov. 22 by Kylini

Ride Rating

5

Sport package prepped for casual STR autocross and, apparently, PR rallycross. After becoming addicted to autocross, I knew my Intrepid wouldn't cut it. As always, the answer is Miata. Slightly crunchy from fire and impact damage.

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Latest updates

Sept. 01

Meaty

I think the photo and the title sum this post up.

Jan. 11

Ice Racing!

Yup! I wasn't fast, but I wasn't slow either! Heck of an experience.

Dec. 09

All Rally Armored Up!

Either I could purchase a midpipe which would make my car lighter and increase power, or I could spend money on Rally Armor M-Spec universal flaps which add weight and cone-catching goodness. Yup, I picked option two! If you ever ...

Dec. 01

100 Grand

Fortunately, my car is lacking in caramel and crispy rice.

Nov. 26

Oh lawdy LEDs...

There is zero justification for this modification. At least it's bright when...uh...off-roading...yesssssssss.

Nov. 26

Snow tires are here!

I snagged some General Altimax Arctics at Discount Tire, a used set of C1M wheels, and some new 175 lb/in springs for the rear (moving the 300 lb/in up front). I should be ready for some quality winter hooning and ...

Nov. 26

Rallycross! Why not!

Well, since my car is already somewhat crunchy, it can't hurt to go off-roading now that autocross is over for the year! The only preparation I did was scour Craigslist for softer, longer springs (I found some 10 in 300 ...

Aug. 29

Difficult things to install (not really)...

I threw on some Fat Cat Motorsports Bilstein coilovers and man oh man they are wonderful. Total install time: 5 hours. I also threw on this sexy white GRM decal. Total install time: 5 minutes.

Aug. 19

Rebirth!

On August 16th, I finished wiring the car and fired up the engine. Aside from having to wait for the fuel pump, my car fired right up! On August 17th, I finished the suspension, put the car on the ground, ...

Aug. 19

Five months of slow progress

Between the end of March and August, I very slowly removed my car's interior and vacuumed out the fire extinguisher dust and got to ordering parts from BTDT Racing in Wisconsin. First was rewiring the car. I opted to replace ...

Aug. 19

Impact damage

The battery fire filled the interior with smoke and melted my wiring harness, my brake light wiring, and my bumper. The wires damaged my hood, left fender, and trunk. The impact damaged my right fender, bent my lower control arm ...

Aug. 19

Oh s***

I-80 iced over on March 24th on my way back from Dallas. Driving slow wasn't enough; my lightweight car and 200 TW summer tires lost all traction and I "gently" slid into the wire barriers. The impact evidently compromised the ...

Aug. 19

All cleaned up before a March drive to Dallas

Before my eventful trip, I just finished replacing the timing belt, radiator, coolant hoses, exhaust header and muffler, and wheels. My car was running better than ever and handled great on 15x9 BFG Rivals. Too bad I wasn't expecting the ...

March 18

Winter maintenance!

I broke my front sway bar brackets, so I needed to take the due for replacement radiator out, which meant I should do the timing belt and water pump, which meant I should bead blast the valve cover, which meant ...

April 15

Koni Sport Shocks

My OEM Bilsteins had seen much better days so I decided to upgrade on the cheap to a set of used, but revalved Koni Sports. Here's the lessons I learned: • Have your spring compressor in hand before starting (time ...

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Comments

Mar 8, 2014 8:39 p.m.
Brett_Murphy:
It takes me forever to work on suspension, and I once put the springs on upside down. Now, I just see if somebody wants to put them together for me.

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