Big brakes

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Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Jul 2, 2001

Our Miata has been the center of attention lately, as its Flyin’ Miata Big Brake install is detailed in the August issue of the magazine. We don’t want to give away the punch line, but the experience was interesting. (Basically, it’s hard to argue against physics.)

In addition to the brake work, the car recently received a full suspension makeover: PowerFlex polyurethane bushings, Koni’s new coil-over shocks/spring setup, Racing Beat anti-roll bars, a new Carbing Okuyama front subframe brace and fresh Mazda bumpstop from Performance Buyers Club. A BSI Racing “sporty” alignment finished it up.

We were a little nervous about installing the PowerFlex suspension bushings (check with for details), afraid that they would bind and make the car ride like an ox cart. Well, we’re happy to report that nothing bad happened. In fact, our Miata now has a new-car feel. Installation could be tough for the do-it-yourselfer, although air tools do help. The complete suspension redo is scheduled to appear in the October issue.

In addition to spending time in the shop, the car has been making appearances at local autocrosses. We have been running with both the Buccaneer Region and Central Florida Region of the SCCA, while we’re planning to attend the Sunriders Miata Club’s July 21 night autocross. For more info on that event (Miata not required), check out

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