Chassis Stiffness - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Chassis Stiffness

May 21, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I decided to rotate the tires on Project Miata recently, and in doing so was reminded just how much chassis stiffness is afforded by its 6-point GT3 roll bar by Blackbird Fabworx. See that? In the picture above, there's a scissor jack supporting the front jacking point, and that's it. Both the front and rear tires are dangling in space.

Do the same exercise with a stock first-gen Miata and the front tire will come clear off the ground while the rear tire remains touching the pavement.

Door bars, my friends, door bars.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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