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Adapting a Miata Butterfly brace


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Theoretically it shouldn't hurt. Seat of the pants would be hard to quantify unless it's night-and-day difference.

Maybe a way to measure flex prior to installing is to have a stretch-able cord attached under the tunnel, drive aggressively and then see if the length of the cord has changed.

Regardless of the structural benefits, it does indeed look bad-ass. :-)

~Jason

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I had on of these on my Honda S2000 and it does make a difference. The S2000 is already a great handling car, but you could still hear the squeaks in the top.

They are only like $200 bucks on the S2000 as there are already places to mount such a device on the modern chassis.

I'd only worry about ground clearance and exhaust pipe routing.

Maybe Lee or IE could set it up. It would be great for us guys that like to have a stock interior without a roll cage.

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I think any convertible would benefit from this type of bracing but I've had X-braces on my e36 M3s and I didn't feel any difference. Maybe if you're really putting down some serious body twisting torque.

i have to agree. i put an x on my e36 m3 sedan and didn't notice any change at all..even at the track with r-comps. the e36 race car has full cage, so the x would be just extra weight there.

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Anything that doesn't stiffen the a- pillar structure isn't going to be a

panacea-

8 point cages being the standard, of course.

Frankly, unless your idea of a Sunday drive is seeing just how far into

the sand you can get going down the corkscrew and still stay on track,

it's not going to be enough

to really notice.

Certainly won't HURT, though.

t

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i have to agree. i put an x on my e36 m3 sedan and didn't notice any change at all..even at the track with r-comps. the e36 race car has full cage, so the x would be just extra weight there.

i should have been clearer...my m3 and my race are are two different cars. m3 has no cage and the x-brace made no difference in handling on track.

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i have to agree. i put an x on my e36 m3 sedan and didn't notice any change at all..even at the track with r-comps. the e36 race car has full cage, so the x would be just extra weight there.

i should have been clearer...my m3 and my race are are two different cars. m3 has no cage and the x-brace made no difference in handling on track.

I don't know what to tell you. It made a large difference on my E36, and it wasn't anything close to stock.

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