Jinba Ittai

A ’99 Miata goes from yawn to worked-out roadster.

1,914 pounds of fun. Highlights include …

Stop, steer, and driveline: Wilwood 6 piston front brakes (two-piece front rotors), dual Wilwood 4 piston rear brakes, Megan Coilovers, destroy front/rear drop knuckles, and Godspeed front/rear upper control arms. Sitting atop 225/45/r15 (front) and 245/40/r15 (rear) tires. Power pushes through a six-puck XTD clutch, an aluminum driveshaft, and a 2-way Tomei rear differential. V8 Roadster steering rack bushings.

Exterior: Fiberglass trunk, roof, and doors. JDM fender-mounted mirrors. Roof spoiler, and ducktail. Duraflex side skirts, and Wizdom front bumper with a custom splitter. Full-width rear diffuser. LED headlights and carbon fiber tailights.

Interior: OBP pedals, bride seats with 4-point harnesses, hydraulic e-brake, and quick-release carbon fiber steering wheel. Gutted with relocated ECU (Haltech).

Go go go: T3 turbo with custom high-mount FMIC with water spray. Full aluminum radiator, external oil cooler with a remote mount oil filter. Haltech Sport 1000 Platinum stand alone ECU and Haltech boost controller. Walbro fuel pump pushes 100 octane out of the trunk-mounted 5-gallon fuel cell. Also, a Skunk2 intake manifold with AEM wet induction with 64mm throttle body. 550 injectors with equal length fuel rails.

In progress:Tubular engine subframe and lower control arms

Coming Soon / up next: Upgraded transmission, tubular rear subframe, axles … cage(?) ….