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Old 02-23-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys, new here, been lurking for a while though.

ive owned a few 240s, KA/SR, and have gotten pretty used to sliding them around on the street and track. driven KAs with welded diffs, monster SR's, stock of sr's, all sorts of different suspension mods on all of them.

heres some of my old cars: (im selling the s14 right now)








So im buying a friend's 1997 MX5 in a couple weeks.

considering ive never owned one before, I figured you all may be able to help a bit.

plans with my mx5 are stance coilovers, first and foremost; welded diff, roll cage / bar, maybe a hydro handbrake, upgraded calipers/pads/rotors.



do any of you have experience drifting a miata, compared to a 240? i hear they are a lot of fun, and WAY more reliable in a lot of ways.



the car has 177xxx miles on it, runs good with consistent matienence (doesnt burn oil or make strange sounds whatsoever).

hah im planning on beating the hell out of it, clutch kicks/hard track driving (will be changing clutch out with an exedy oem).

you all think the mileage is too high to be doing this sort of driving?




also, what sort of lightweight wheels would you all recommend? I cant seem to find anything in an offset I like, with the weight im looking for.

been checking out rota slipstreams 15x7.5 +20, but im looking for an offset between 10 and 0.

also checked out enkei rpf1s in 15s, but the widest offset is +35

a friend of mine is selling some 15x8 bassett wheels +6 offset, which need a slight fender pull to fit right- exactly what im looking for.

but they weigh something around ~20 lbs each, WAY too heavy to use on a NA mx5 drift car, in my opinion. you all agree?


would a miata make a solid drift car, or am i going at this completely wrong? im tired of 240 problems.

just looking for some input really. thanks, and sorry for the wall of text.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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www.clubroadster.net

They tend to cater more to the drift crowd. For the record, Miatas are notoriously difficult to drift because of the short wheelbase. Miatas are relatively bullet proof, but you driftboiz could tear up an anvil with your bare hands so nothing is certain.
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oh god another one of those

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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thanks for the input.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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Just FYI (drift+mt.net=flame war). But i can speak from experience, as i do have a miata i am currently competing in FD pro am events. Miatas make decent drifters, i reccomend you visit www.roadsterdrift.com. Theres alot of usefull info. Or use the search function and look up "tube front drifter", great build and lots of usefull info.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:30 PM   #6
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looks like a cool thread, im not looking to turbo my motor until after it pops, when i build the entire motor from the bottom up.

ive built many cars and know my fair share, if you really have to flame, you may as well save it and spend your time either trying to help someone, or doing something more productive.

thanks for the reply though.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:34 PM   #7
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the tube-front drifter looks like an awesome build, but im really not a fan of the exterior. decent wheels, look to have a good offset going, but the sideskirts and front fender vent looks goofy, along with the rear overfenders that dont match up to the rear bumper.

with some love and about a 3 inch drop id say that car would be on point. amazing motor build and the cage looks super clean though.

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You'll be able to find great answers to your questions and more at roadsterdrift.com !
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So you want to drift the miata on stockish horsepower?

Oh and please don't say ITB's.
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If you are planning to weld the diff and its a torsen, sell it and get an open diff and you will have enough money left over for that clutch you want.
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So you want to drift the miata on stockish horsepower?
You'd be surprised.

Anyways. That was a perfect CR intro thread. Welcome to here.
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plans with my mx5 .... welded diff,




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also, what sort of lightweight wheels would you all recommend? I cant seem to find anything in an offset I like, with the weight im looking for.
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what make/model wheels are those?

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So you want to drift the miata on stockish horsepower?

Oh and please don't say ITB's.
ITBs would require a new fuel system and a lot of custom work on the intake manifold, i believe.

im not modifying the motorset whatsoever. except for a 2" resonated mexi-straight pipe. haha.

yes, stock-ish horsepower. maybe a lightweight flywheel when i change out the clutch.

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If you are planning to weld the diff and its a torsen, sell it and get an open diff and you will have enough money left over for that clutch you want.
thats actually a really good idea, thanks. probably will save me money on labor too, because the welder wont have to take out/install the diff.

i HATE diff swaps though .. i always come out looking like a coal miner

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You'd be surprised.

Anyways. That was a perfect CR intro thread. Welcome to here.
thanks duder.
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and yes, a welded diff. ghettofabulous.

i dont think a torsen will be aggressive enough for me, combined with the lack of power.

what do you all think, sound like itll be a rowdy drift car?

240s feel rickety to me, i dont know how to explain it. theres a lot of body flex i feel like miatas dont experience.

my plan is to have some super light wheels, welded diff, coilovers at MAX low; hopefully itll be a bad *** street car.
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and why exactly would an intro thread be locked?
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I was gaining some level of respect for you until I read "Coilovers at MAX low"
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i wouldnt be wasting my time here if i didnt think you all would be able to help me out.
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I was gaining some level of respect for you until I read "Coilovers at MAX low"
and what exactly does YOUR car look like?
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and what exactly does YOUR car look like?
Ummmm, its not an issue of "looks", its an issue of functionality.
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