Stuff went down this weekend. A Miata and two Stealth R/Ts in one garage? That’s dangerous. Also, take a look at dat cart tho.
Koni Sport adjustible shocks. Retail around $800, I got them brand new in box for $440.
Stock springs from a Mazdaspeed Miata. Significant bump over the springs in my car already with the added benefit of not lowering the car. Will take me out of e-street but I really couldn’t care less.
Fairly certain I could fit four Miatas in my dad’s garage.
Pretty sure I could also fit four Miatas in the footprint of one Dodge Challenger.
Fronts on. At this point I broke an end link removing it and of course no stores in the area had them in stock. This meant I wouldn’t be able to autocross since hard right-hand turns make the sway bar rub the control arm (and also it handled like shit with just front upgraded suspension and no sway bar) so I tossed the wheels back on the fronts and went home for the night.
Back at the shop the next day and we’re screwing with a Dodge Stealth R/T Twin Turbo. Friend’s car, putting in bigger turbos and converting to E85. I helped as little as humanely possible because these are some of the worst cars in the universe to work on, what with everything packed in the engine bay all kinds of stupid.
Rears! About 10000x easier than the fronts despite not disconnecting the sway bars. Long-ass pry-bar and a heavy guy standingon it was enough to squeeze the new strut in.
All done! Suspension will probably settle slightly lower but right now it’s about 1/2 inch or so lower than it was before. I’m glad. I don’t want to bottom out on every pebble I come across.
These are ugly and also big and dumb and impractical. The exhaust sounded great though.
God seriously screw this thing. Ugh. Two hours to put in the last few pipes (leftmost, the one just to the right of it, and the one underneath the leftmost one that you can’t see)? NOOOPE.
15 minutes after this picture was taken a coupler either blew off or split. We gave up at that point.
Miata handles fantastic though even without a front sway bar. Can’t push it too hard due to the front sway rubbing on things but I’m super pleased. Unfortunately the stiffer springs are showing new weaknesses in the chassis stiffness which is, to say the least, annoying, but corners I could previously take at 50 in the dry I can now comfortably cruise through at 60 in the wet. Ludicrous.