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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A 6UL Experience

February 22, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A 6UL Experience 

It's funny to think that 15-inch wheels can be larger than what was on Project Miata, our longterm 1997 Mazda Miata, up to this point. Yet the 949Racing 6ULs are one inch larger in diameter and a full three inches wider.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A 6UL Experience 

Given a long weekend, no travel plans and the Miata in my keep I finally had some time. Time to have the fenders rolled to accept the 15-by-9 inch 6UL wheels and 225/45 Hankook Ventus RS-3 tires. That's quite a bit more sizable than the 14-by-6s and 185/60s the car wore previously. FYI the stock wheels on the 1997 M-Edition were 15-by-6. 

You might remember these wheels from when they were on the white car. I think these wheels look even better when contrasted against the green paint of this car. 

And yes, with this wheel swap complete we'll run handling numbers to go along with the acceleration testing of the Kraftwerks supercharger kit.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 129,xxx miles.

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