1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Mazda

image1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

Edmunds conducts a Long-Term Test of the 1997 Mazda MX-5 and comments on its chassis stiffness.

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  • doss1doss1 Member Posts: 4
    It makes a huge difference when the suspension is doing all of the work in the twisty stuff as oppose to your chassis.
  • huisjhuisj Member Posts: 1
    How much of that is also due to suspension travel and stiffness too though? Seems like that would be at least as significant as chassis flex in this case.
  • moar_revsmoar_revs Member Posts: 1
    I'd account that to the suspension travel. My Civic does the same thing and all it has is mild suspension mods (springs/shocks); no extra sway/strut bars, door bars, or any sort of chassis stiffness mods.
  • cotakcotak Member Posts: 89
    You'd have to have a car made of soft cheese to not see that with short suspension travel. And at some point all cars will do that or tip over.
  • jkavanaghjkavanagh Member Posts: 26
    You guys would be appalled by how flimsy a totally stock NA Miata is. For real, when you jack the front corner the rear tire won't lift off the ground. I've done it many times.

    Also, the coilovers (FCM Bilsteins) on Project Miata have the same travel as stock, and it wears a stock rear stabilizer bar...
  • doss1doss1 Member Posts: 4
    And I do recall IL mentioning how much better the suspension compliance was after the upgrade.
  • kyolmlkyolml Member Posts: 37
    i do think the coilovers do have an affect on it since you have softer helper springs than stock and harder main springs than stock, so the side on the ground doesn't go down as much and wheel in the air doesn't push down as much...

    best way to proof is to disconnect your sway bar.
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