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Mk2 Mx5 Road Rally Build (Suspension)

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#1 candrews123


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:39 PM

Hi guys,


Both myself and my brother have recently bought rough looking mk2 1.8i s's with the torsen diff 140hp (around 100k miles ago) etc. we plan on building them into road rally cars.


we decided to get the same car so we can build them together, and then there will be also little argument from him when i prove myself as the better driver. ;)


We have all the tools/facilities to do most of the work ourselves, So both builds will just come down to time and knowledge.


 I have had/ still got both stage and road rally cars (Integra, swift GTi, 205 Mi16, corolla tsport) but they have never been great over the rougher stuff, "whites" etc. Some of the "whites" can be very very rough. So buying Mx5s wont be the best of starter cars. but i love these cars, having had 2 in the past, and am want something rwd that isn't a bmw (obviously cannot afford an escort.)


To start off with we are just plan on leaving them pretty standard apart from brakes, sump/tank guards and and suspension. The power of these cars along with its relatively light weight should be fine for the kind of rallying we are doing, and with braided hoses, super .4 fluid and mintex 1144 pads stopping and eliminating brake fade shouldn't be an issue


what I am wondering, and also have been searching quite a bit, is how can you raise the height of the mk2's? perhaps with slightly stiffer damping rates too. there seems to be a little on raising mk1s (using Mk2/2.5 suspension) but i cannot find anything on raising the mk2's


has anyone done it before, anyone attempted and failed? anyone road rallied a mk2? or can anyone point me in the right direction. etc etc etc.


thanks in advance



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#2 carl s

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:08 AM

Hello and welcome,  take a look at this guy's youtube channel:  https://www.youtube....h?v=jXnAfjgl0_4


it looks like he fitted raising blocks first and didn't have great results, so fitted some specific higher coilovers. His videos go through various installs of aluminium undertray, front bumper bars, wheels etc.

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