Wheelin` adding a racing wheel into a miata.

I personally learned the hard lesson of why you shouldn't do the "weld on" quick release hubs. I did a swap from a "weld on" to a Sparco hub and Momo Quick release. For anyone interested these are items needed to add a aftermarket wheel with a quick release.

momo bolt on quick release

sparco hub: miata-to- sparco and momo bolt pattern. 

I removed the column to paint it and remove any surface rust.

Why you dont go cheap and buy a weld on, and then weld it on to your column. When the splines wear out you need to replace the column too. *little bit of advice For anyone interested. Quick releases last only so long. After a while they develop play. You can use the "hammer" technique and tighten them up again, but after awhile they need to be replaced.
Installing the Sparco hub. All mazdas the TQ spec for a sparco hub is 33ft lbs. sparco provides the Tq specs with their hubs. 
After that Tighten up the momo Quick release to the sparco hub. I use german specs for this. AKA gut-in`taught
Wheel distance is a personal preference. I like a very close wheel. If you like a close wheel too use a collapsible equipment. On my equipment the Sparco hub and steering column are both collapsible.

Got everything installed.

NEW Components. V8 Roadsters

When the LS1 miata project was started the chassis had just over 250,000 miles on it. That was the #1 reason for seam welding. Some time has passed and it was determined that it would be a good idea to replace everything. *Enter V8 Roadsters* 

V8 Roadster makes the LS1-into-mitata sub frame. Along with other swap items. The current OEM control arms had a grotesque amount of miles on them. In a quest to remove anything on the car that came with it. ( a goal that we reach closer to everyday) we opted for the v8-r A-arms. 

Unlike a-arms out of a junk yard, these had 0 miles on them. They are not totally worn out. One thing that boggles the mind is why do people buy old clapped out race cars? You'll need to replace everything on it anyway. If you're replacing everything, you might as well build a one. end rant-- onward! 

  The new A-arms where installed toot sweet! Also the Diff was rebuilt with a 3.23 gear. 

We set the suspension at 954 racing's specs of 3.5* camber (F) and 3* camber (R) 0 toe. We managed to find 8* of caster. That's right 8* of caster. On your stock miata you would be lucky to get 3*. The new A-Arms have a ridiculous amount of adjustment.  For auto x we might trade some caster for extra camber. Where we are going we want the extra stability. It's nice to know you have choices..   

 To test them,  we ran a little track in Northern Florida. I'm sure no one's ever heard of it. leave your guesses in the comments.. 

With the new suspension settings and the reduced bind from the suspension. we picked up 0.2G's on turns. The little monster is now pushing 1.0g's on street tires. Before this the max we could muster was .8g. all data was recorded by an AIM Smarty cam and SOLO DL.


Allot of people like to use 954's box suspension settings,  we wouldn't recommend their set-up on a over powered miata. They like to fiddle with the rear tow to get the car to rotate. on a under powered car that might be necessary.  A v8 car doesn't need any help rotating. We have power to rotate. rear tow shouldn't be messed with. your playing with alot of drag, and possible wonky handling. 

 A good set up using v8 roadsters control arms is listed below. This is the same setup used to get 225/45r15 BFG rivals to hold over 1G  (a spec miata with a slick can hold about 1.2g)

Super speedway 160+ mph - sounds funny on a miata hua?  
F-Camber 3.5*
caster 8*
tow .5* 

R-Camber 3*
Caster 0 
tow 0 
Road coarse or auto x. This set up for anything that isn't an R-oval. 
F-Camber 4.5*
caster 5*
 tow 1* 

R-camber 3.2*
caster 0
tow 0 

Changing out the dash, and a little wiring.

The NB dash that was in the monster originally was a bit too...let be nice and call it Grass Roots. Switches with tape on it, holes ect. An over all dirty look.  

The main harness that was in the car was wired by yours truly. Having never done a harness before, doing a 2nd time would yield better results.

Being not very proud of the job that was done, this file photo will offer a close to accurate description.

The Ever famous Holley ECU was bolted to tabs, and welded to the dash bar. Although this looks cool when you pop the airbag cover off. It wasn't the sturdiest place to mount such a high dollar device. The Tabs have a tendency to vibrate, and we all know that's not good for electronics.

STEP 1: if you compare electricity to a tree.. stump= battery- branches=relays&switches - leafs=lights.  we can then take the steps like climbing a tree. Step 1  The battery (that's already mounted) goes directly to this. A fuse panel was needed, this panel is modular. Ie.. it can be removed as a whole. If the car got totaled out the panel can be move to a new chassis with ease.

The back side of the panel holds all of the relays. again this panel can be removed and transplanted into almost any chassis.

Next up the tree is the switch panel. The switches will control the; Lap-timer, Ecu, main ACC drives, headlights, starter and windshield wipers.

The switch panel too is modular. Cut the rivets that hold it to the NA dash panel and it can be moved to any chassis.  TOP TIP: when riveting plastic like a dashboard put washers behind the rivets. The washers will pull the rivet in and won't deform the plastic.

The NB shaped Gauge cluster bolted directly into the NA gauge cluster mounting points. I hid all of the wires behind the gauge hood.
Amazingly! I put all the connections together and she worked the first time.

King Of The Underdogs! Holley LS Fest 2013

It’s no surprise that Holley’s LS fest is on the NLR calendar. We've gone every year and we developed a Group of friends that seem to meet up for just this one event. 
The track was simply awesome this year. This particular track will play out to those with “large tires” lots of sweepers will play to allot of grip. 
The field was stacked too! I never got an official car count, but the auto-x had over 90 entrants. 
One surprise was the amount of LS powered miatas at this event. Parking spots (staging lanes to auto x people) where at a premium. So we staked out 3 spots with traffic cones, but all 3 miatas fit into 2 spots. I guess the organizers were expecting the cars to be a bit larger. We gave our extra spot to this grand sport. We let him be a part of the MIATA MAFIA!! 
Remember what I said about large tires? This is Danny Popp’s car. It has 335mm tires on all 4 corners. 
Here are my tires. They come out to a whopping 225mm. they are cute but let’s see how they do.. 
Danny was at the Top of the boards all weekend. He was the only car that had a sub 36sec lap. Everyone was trying to chase him down. 
I was struggling to get into the top 5. The high noon shootout only takes the top 5 drivers and I was sitting 6th
A cool note is Danny’s c3 corvette was owned by Danny’s dad. Danny said that his father bought the car when he was 6 years old!!    
Anyone who knows Danny you know how fast he is.. I was sitting in 6th place still. The high noon shootout was about to be announced. Something needed to happen or I wouldn’t make it in… 
If you also know Danny you’ll know he’s a car breaker. He will squeeze every last amount of every part on his car. Good news for me Danny didn’t have a spear and I made it into the shootout!! 
The top 5 Cars of the event. 
Kyle and the DSE crew where hard to beat. All day I couldn’t beat their time.  In this event it didn’t matter what you ran before. It only matters what you run in this event.. Kyle scored a 36.304
Finch did better with a 36.218
I knew that everyone would over heat and over drive in the first run. Knowing that the first run is when your tires will perform the best, I took a big breath and promised myself I wouldn’t over drive the car. 
LS Fest 2013 Autocross Shootout Results
NameCar#Fastest TimeRank
Johnny Cichowski95236.0991
Brian Finch90836.2182
Kyle Tucker98436.3043
Russ Coleman12136.5294
Tom McBride94436.6215
I put down one of the fastest times of the day. @ 36.099. I was then asked to go do a smokey burnout. 
I had been fighting for so long to win this event and it happened.. 
This guy came in the mail!!
Horsepower TV interviewed me 
Then there was much rejoicing!! 
Just when I was feeling good about myself I went out of my comfort zone, and went drag racing. If you have ever had a high horse power car, with tiny, STREET tires, on a drag strip, you’ll know how scary it can be.  
This was the best I could do. It’s alright :P 

I need to take a moment and thank everyone:
-My wife for being perfect in every way.
-My parents for raising me to be pig headed and to fight for the things that I want.
- The miata mafia for being awesome friends and the best fans ever.
-The sponsors! Holley, Flyin Miata, MTI racing, And Nine Lives Racing!!  
We’ll be back next year looking for the Championship!! 

But what about Danny?

Don’t worry about Danny he won the rest of the events. He’ll take all his other trophies home and sulk. Just look how sad he is.. poor little guy..