1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Back In Action

January 11, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Back In Action

Previously, Project Miata would sit as editors didn't want to deal with its finicky belt. To recap, when you put a roll bar in a Miata the belt guides point more inward than usual. This has a couple of side effects that, in our case, were making the belt a hassle to deal with for most normal people. 

Then the car just sat - we were slammed with other work, then the holidays happened, the dog ate my homework. Recently though, Blackbird Fabworx put a simple fix on the seatbelt guide (trimmed the plastic ear that was promoting belt foldage). I've driven it quite a bit and it seems to have done the trick. 

By the way, the cooler temps of winter have perked up the car's poke. Feels like it pulls with a bit more enthusiasm these days. It's still got far more grip than grunt, though.

Speaking of which, we're making headway on the next phase of Project Miata's metamorphosis. The engine bits are coming together nicely, and before long Keegan Engineering will have their hands full. Will attempt to put together some tech pieces soon to explain in more depth the whats, whys and hows of the engine program.

--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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