from The Mountains
"Go fast, Take Chances, Keep the Rubber Side Down!"
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Project Dirt Car (Current Adams Kart Set-up)
1994 Mazda Miata
- Engine: 1.8L BP Engine (94)
- Engine Parts: ATD Components Cams - Testing a very aggressive grind
- Transmission: 5 Speed, factory 1994
- Suspension: FCM Coilovers - Right Front Damaged and replaced with stock bilstien as a place holder.
- Brakes: 1.8L Blank Rotrs with Carbotechs
- Tires: Dunlop Direzza Star Specs. Very Good Street Tire.
- Exhaust: Cherry Bomb.....Gets it done. We know we have style..
- Other: Custom Fab'd Front End contructed by Guysinshed Racing Team
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This is a continuation of our Project Dirt Car. We have been building this car for about a year at this point and we have put a serious amount R&D into this vehicle and we are increasingly happy with the results.
Lately, we have been having a great deal of fun at the local Go-Kart Track. We figure if we can get the car reasonably square and sorted on the grip, we will surely obtain a well-balanced car for our upcoming off-road adventures.
History of this Vehicle
This car has been through various stages. It began as a 1994 MX5 Purchased for its known-good 4.1 Torsen, which we needed for a six speed NB Project. Now it is a running the stock 1.8L engine, a clean 5 Speed and a ATD Components 4.8 Ring and Pinion.
For suspension, we have our patched-up FCM Coilovers. Even in their diminished state, they our peform any other suspension I have felt to date. We are super happy with the current setup and know their is much more to obtain from the repair of our right front bilstien to the fine tuning that follows.
Plans for this Vehicle
Unfortunately, this car has seen its last days as it is setup.
We are going to return to the rally suspension setup.
We will tone down the engine, backing it off, from the highly pushed time-attack setup.
We are installing a 4.8 Ring and Pinion into a 7” Miata Housing containing an RX7 Clutch Type LSD.
Last but not least, we will fix the tattered engine that gave up after 7000 miles of bouncing off the rev limiter. 110,000 mi to 117000 is a long life when its taking the abuse of our drivers here at guysinashed…
(note: in the 7000 mi we changed the oil three times and went through two sets of 180/200 treadwear tires. We have also run a few 300mi canyon adventures with a six speed coupled with a 4.8 Ring and Pinion. That puts your RPM at above 5.5K for at least 80% of the time. This is a great deal of abuse. Results and wear characteristics are not typical of most driving conditions applied to a Mazda Miata)
Sponsors & Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Tim Cox for his help with tire temps at the Track. It helped solidify our understanding of the Miata Chassis as well as reinforce all of the past R&D contributed from our stakeholders.
Note: We were able to gain .5 Seconds on the course with some camber and toe adjustment to the front. We wish we had more engine time before the car returned to rally spec, but with our racecars, we go with the flow.