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Old 07-11-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Guys,
I'm looking in to getting a Miata for the track only. Not sure to get a 1.6 or 1.8. any recommendation? What's easier to work with?
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both are easy to work with.

If you can start with a 1.8 you will have less things to swap (diff, brakes), but depending on how much track duty and how serious you are some of those will be taken off anyway. Then you can sell the 1.8 pieces for more used than 1.6 parts.
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Very helpful response hustler.

OP, it would help to know more about your budget and plans for the car. They are both easy to work with, nearly identical. The 1.6 is cheaper, and the 1.8 is faster, it's that simple.
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both the 1.6 and 1.8 use the same metric fasteners so it should be just as easy to work on either. Maybe the 1.6 is 10-20lb lighter...so if you had to carry it around it might be easier to carry.
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I do not see how this is even a discussion. 1.8L, more displacement, preferably with a 99-00 head for better airflow.
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You want a 90 shell with all 1.8 parts. Motor, tranny, diff, brakes.
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94+ had more bracing.
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Get the '98
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Get the '98
Why buy a car from the UK when you can get one that is identical and only being a year older or a year newer and get the newer body style. It just doesn't make since to get the rare 98's
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Sorry, I forgot to use the sarcasm font. How is this even a thread...
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The OP hit the "New Thread" button and made it. That is how it became a thread. Beings you have 1300+ posts, I'd think you would know how to make a new thread by now.....
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The OP hit the "New Thread" button and made it. That is how it became a thread. Beings you have 1300+ posts, I'd think you would know how to make a new thread by now.....
Breaking news. Thanks for that.
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If this is your first track car - start simple and get an 90-93 if you're on a shoestring budget and learn to drive it before doing anything to the engine. You'll be able to find many more 'cheaper' 1.6 miatas over the 94+ 1.8s. Spend the initial money in the suspension, brakes and rubber... then go from there. But Sav told ya right, grab a '90-93 b/c it's the lightest oem miata you can get.

Is there any weight difference between the '90 and the other NA shells?
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Get the 90-93 shell and swap over all the good parts (engine, diff, clutch, brakes, bracing) over from a 94-95 !!!!


or just get a 94-95.
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Sorry, I forgot to use the sarcasm font. How is this even a thread...
Short answer: I'm lazy.

Long answer: I'm too lazy to delete it from my iPhone.
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agreed, 1.8 in a 90-93 shell.....if it was a honda id tell you to frankenstein that **** and use a 1.6 head on the 1.8 block, but im not sure if that would work....
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