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    Anyone know how to prevent lifting a front wheel under hard cornering? Not sure what to start adjusting...lol.

  • #2
    RE: Lifting Front Wheel

    Do you have a bigger front sway bar?

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    • #3
      RE: Lifting Front Wheel

      I freakin hope so. Stiffer springs will help (Ie, prevent the other side going low enough to lift the inside tire), as will shocks with more droop travel. I don't think that's the issue though.

      To be honest, I've never seen a miata lift the inside front... even w/ stock springs, a big front sway and R-comps... what setup are you running???
      ~Andrew
      Atlanta Region SCCA
      D Prepared Miata

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      • #4
        RE: Lifting Front Wheel

        Tein springs, AGX shocks, Flyin Miata front bar, stock rear, ALL metal bushings, seam welded chassis, strut bar, bout it.I was messing with alignment today and test drove it and it lifts a wheel now...I COULD just put my settings where they were but the car feels better now except the lifting issue lol

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        • #5
          RE: Lifting Front Wheel

          Yep. Better (*cough* real *cough*) springs, better shocks. I'm not sure how much impact seam welding the chassis had on rigidity, but it may have been enough.
          ~Andrew
          Atlanta Region SCCA
          D Prepared Miata

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          • #6
            RE: Lifting Front Wheel

            Yeah I don't like Teins I am ordering GC's and Konis soon. But like I said this only happened AFTER playing with alignment.

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            • #7
              RE: Lifting Front Wheel

              not enough droop...get a better suspension with better travel.

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              • #8
                RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                I'd stay away from the GC stuff. It's just too expensive for what you get. Used 2.5" springs can be had for peanuts in a number of places, and you can get sleeves that'll do the trick off of ebay for <$10. Alternately, you can do what I did and get Koni's threaded sleeves for their shocks. MUCH nicer pieces than the GCs, and cheaper, and you can run 2.25" springs (more lighter). Again, used 2.25" springs can be had cheaply on various sites / from race shops.

                Another option is to order springs from Hyperco. They come to be about $240 for a full set of for iirc (I want to say last I checked they were $59 a spring).
                ~Andrew
                Atlanta Region SCCA
                D Prepared Miata

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                • #9
                  RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                  Where have you been picking up these used springs andrew? I dropped the cash on gc's before, I didn't like them but that was due to a ****ty setup. Having said that, $400+ for some springs and sleeves is too much.

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                  • #10
                    RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                    I agree with that last statement.. It's been over 2 years since I shopped for springs, so I'd have to do my hunting again. I had a buddy @ Tri-Point motorsports hunt down some good stuff for me, so I may get back in touch w/ him to see where he was looking. I guarantee if you post a WTB on SCCAForums with the specs of the springs you want (Interior Diameter x Free Length, Spring rate), you'd get a ton of offers.
                    ~Andrew
                    Atlanta Region SCCA
                    D Prepared Miata

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                    • #11
                      RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                      Really? Well I guess when I feel the need to stiffen up my setup I'll check that out. Admittedly I would like it to be stiffer already but then I'ld have to get Koni's too. My current setup is well matched, just not a stiff combo :cool:

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                      • #12
                        RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                        hmmm I could always get the Bilsteins re-valved by FatCat though to match the springs, it would just lack adjustability which isn't the end of the world. I prefer well matched shocks/springs to adjusting

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                        • #13
                          RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                          Before throwing parts at the car, maybe you should try adjusting what you have. Since the problem is a result of adjustment, it seems obvious that it's an issue that can be fixed with adjustment.

                          For instance, try to figure out WHY it's happening. It seems to me that the rear of the car is squatting more than it should. So maybe increasing the dampening in the rear would prevent that. Maybe even reducing the dampening up front would allow the springs to do their job and keep the tire planted.

                          Maybe the front sway bar is set too hard (if in fact, it's adjustable). If you can soften that up, I'd try that as well.
                          1991 UK-spec MX-5 - https://www.facebook.com/djinovaband <<< METAL!

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                          • #14
                            RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                            Originally posted by MoD_Scotty
                            Maybe the front sway bar is set too hard
                            I don't think there is such a thing for a miata :wtf:
                            ~Andrew
                            Atlanta Region SCCA
                            D Prepared Miata

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                            • #15
                              RE: Lifting Front Wheel

                              make sure nothing is tightened down so much its binding?

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