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Old 02-03-2012, 02:54 PM   #41
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To make any noticeable change to handling, it needs to be massive like the OEM steel braces or maybe the burly Tein STB for the NB's. Mazda added the braces for NVH reduction.
I saw the Tien on the silver rental a while back at MRLS. It intrigued me so I kept my eyes open. I managed to ****** up a used one on the local forum for $45. I was running frogarms + HT + HDHTDD and the addition of the Tien STB made a noticeable difference. Of course, some assmonkey at either the exhaust, alignment or clutch place crushed my passenger frame rail flat with a jack. Now everything squeaks on that side. FML Hopefully I can 'massage' it back into place with a BFH and get a pair of FM or V8R frame rails to fit.

Did you loose any ground clearance with the V8R rails?
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I saw the Tien on the silver rental a while back at MRLS. It intrigued me so I kept my eyes open. I managed to ****** up a used one on the local forum for $45. I was running frogarms + HT + HDHTDD and the addition of the Tien STB made a noticeable difference. Of course, some assmonkey at either the exhaust, alignment or clutch place crushed my passenger frame rail flat with a jack. Now everything squeaks on that side. FML Hopefully I can 'massage' it back into place with a BFH and get a pair of FM or V8R frame rails to fit.

Did you loose any ground clearance with the V8R rails?
Noticeable difference in what specifically?

Frame rails have bolt heads.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:47 PM   #44
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Noticeable difference in what specifically?

Frame rails have bolt heads.
My driveway is super retarded, I have to take it at a pretty drastic angle or I risk scraping. Before the 'burly' stb, I could almost balance the car on the pass front and driver rear while on the high spot, drivers front was at full droop. Flex was bad enough that the dome light would come on. After the Tien, it stopped doing that. Then after the crushed frame rail, it started doing it again. Not exactly scientific, but there was definitely an effect. I need to raise my ride height regardless.

I figured the bolt heads for the frame rails were far enough up against the floor pan that they wouldn't affect ground clearance?
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My driveway is super retarded, I have to take it at a pretty drastic angle or I risk scraping. Before the 'burly' stb, I could almost balance the car on the pass front and driver rear while on the high spot, drivers front was at full droop. Flex was bad enough that the dome light would come on. After the Tien, it stopped doing that. Then after the crushed frame rail, it started doing it again. Not exactly scientific, but there was definitely an effect. I need to raise my ride height regardless.

I figured the bolt heads for the frame rails were far enough up against the floor pan that they wouldn't affect ground clearance?
Ah yes, bolts are on the flanges so maybe 1/4" for the rails themselves.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:49 PM   #46
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Maybe a bit OT, but I've always loved the orange on this car... if it wasn't for the corky romano thing, lack of time and my laziness (mostly laziness honestly) I would totally rock an orange miata.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:53 PM   #47
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Maybe a bit OT, but I've always loved the orange on this car... if it wasn't for the corky romano thing, lack of time and my laziness (mostly laziness honestly) I would totally rock an orange miata.
I would make it into the general lee. Coincidentally, they Realtor showing the house across the street was driving a "general lee" Lotus Elise, without the confederate flag.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:32 AM   #49
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I need to drive more like you. Posted-up, relaxed, almost like you're enjoying the track.
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it does look like he's is out for a sunday drive, not a care in the world.
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How tall are you Emilio?
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I heard you were at CVR this weekend, but never got a chance to say hey. How did this car end up classing for TT?
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I heard you were at CVR this weekend, but never got a chance to say hey. How did this car end up classing for TT?
D, dyno classed. Won both days and won the UMS Tim Attack class A, would have placed 3rd in the higher horsepower C class. 2:01.89


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Old 02-06-2012, 09:07 AM   #56
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Why don't you take a book or something with you when you're tracking that car so you don't look so bored?
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Wow.. what a clean engine bay..
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What diff are you running? LSD wise. i think the FD ratio is listed.
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What diff are you running? LSD wise. i think the FD ratio is listed.
Everything in the car is stock unless otherwise specified.
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This is Robert in the blue Miata. Good meeting you and getting some insight on how to drive. Wish I could have seen those lines before going out there. Some of the turns you take a totally different line, like hugging the inside on 4and the bowl.
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