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Old 07-27-2003, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default I got a ride in a used 91 miata - impressed!!!!

Wow, this car is so nimble, light, and rear wheel drive. Even with 110 HP or so, the car feels pretty quick. I can't believe how good it handles, I like how the car progressively oversteer.
My friend had the car gutted out so its lighter than stock, he said roll cage next and suspension, after that time for turbos.
Any tuners for miata?
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Old 07-27-2003, 07:33 AM   #2
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Old 07-27-2003, 08:31 AM   #3
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Bartenders all across Ohio agree: Miatas have teh h0tness!
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:05 AM   #4
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I thought of a Miata project, but with a Ford 5.0... oh baby, monster miata... kinda a neocobra.
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Old 07-27-2003, 12:51 PM   #5
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They feel quick, but straightline they aren't. I believe it's about as fast as a Caravan.

But fun none-the-less.

If I can't get my mustang titled I'm going to have to scrap it and throw the $6000 motor in something else... either a Miata or the 87GL wagon.
The motor is supposed to go in a Cobra kit car, but the kit runs $12k. Miatas can be picked up for under $2k.
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Old 07-30-2003, 11:21 AM   #6
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dude you have to do a Factory Five Cobra!!! there is no choice.... do I have to smack you


When I finish my WRX conversion I plan on doing a Cobra... they are the BEST, and the FFR Cobra is one of the best for the money!

YOU HAVE TO DO THE COBRA!!!!!

yea I like cobras
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Old 07-30-2003, 02:13 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm still torn. I've got the assembly manual for the FFR kit at home, but I dunno... a soft top that works is a wonderful thing. We'll see when it comes down to the line.

I started having doubts when I missed the 's' and went to www.mustangforum.com instead of my mustang forum that I frequent I got some anti-FFR sight.

www.monstermiata.com
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Old 07-30-2003, 02:19 PM   #8
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wouldn't a ford 5.0 throw the balance of the car all out of whack and hurt the handling of a miata?
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Old 07-30-2003, 02:21 PM   #9
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I did my suspension last week, and if you think it's nimble stock...after the suspension upgrade it's insane. I'm doing my rollcage(hard dog hardcore) today. When i was doing my suspension a few of my friends stopped by. They were all baffled as to why i was doing a miata. I think its something you must drive to understand. They just think its teh ghey.
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Old 07-30-2003, 02:34 PM   #10
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wouldn't a ford 5.0 throw the balance of the car all out of whack and hurt the handling of a miata?
I hear it isn't that bad. The motor in the Miata isn't a lightweight by any means. Probably adds 200 pounds total to the car, if it's done right the effects on handling would be negligible.
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Old 07-30-2003, 02:48 PM   #11
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From what I've read on the Miata forums, the first generation engine is based on the engine originally developed for the 323 GTX (1.6 turbo), so it has good internals. That's probably why it's so easy to slap a turbo or supercharger on the motor without losing dependability.
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Old 07-30-2003, 03:28 PM   #12
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Correct on all points from what I've been told.

The 302 adds about 250 lbs in stock form, a lot less than that if you put aluminum heads on (which I have). The stock heads weigh 100lbs for the pair. Not sure what the weight is for aluminum ones, but I bet it's 1/2 as much if not less.

According to the monster miata guy the weight distribution with a 1/2 tank of gas is 53/47 after the conversion. Not bad in my book.

And I can completely see where a suspension upgrade would improve the Miata - I remember there being a fair bit of body roll when new. But perhaps it was just sidewall roll from the stock Goodyears.
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Old 07-30-2003, 04:10 PM   #13
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My friend has a 1991 Miata with full suspension. The car is amazing handling.

He is selling it if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-30-2003, 06:08 PM   #14
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or you can do a V6 Duratec swap. I think it only adds 100lbs to the front of the car.

http://www.miata.net/news/v6.html
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Old 07-30-2003, 06:11 PM   #15
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I keep reading posts about the SRT-4 being fastar. Have you rode in one of them?
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Old 07-30-2003, 06:17 PM   #16
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No. And I've sworn off buying another Chrysler product (except trucks) due to the repeated history.
89 grand caravan, blew tranny at ~5000 miles, again at 120k miles, 130k miles... paint peeled (until I laid the smackdown with some clear packing tape). Other than that it was an awesome ride.
99 grand cherokee, too much to list replaced in the first year. Dealership = awesome, car = less so.
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