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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (Dec 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337059
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, the Mazda Miata has captured the imagination of countless motoring enthusiasts. It’s a great car in stock form, but the MX-5 begs to be modified whether for enhanced performance or simply to personalize its appearance. Whether you’re headed to a roadracing circuit, the local autocross course, or that curvy road on the way home, you can tailor your Miata to best suit your goals. And How to Build a High-Performance Mazda Miata MX-5 provides the road map you need!

 
Miata expert, mechanic, and racer Keith Tanner guides you through the most cost-effective, performance-improving products and modifications available for the Miata. Whether you’ve considered simple bolt-on projects such as cold air intake or exhaust systems, or are interested in a substantial power upgrade employing a turbo or engine swap, Tanner answers all your questions with practical, easy-to-understand information that will prevent you from making a costly mistake. Other common modifications discussed include wheels and tires, brakes, suspension, and safety equipment.
 

Whatever your desire for high-performance upgrades for your Miata, you’re sure to find the all the information you need in How to Build a High-Performance Mazda Miata MX-5!

 

About the Author

Keith Tanner has been working on Miatas for over 15 years and works as a technician at Flyin' Miata. He spends his days modifying, repairing, dismantling, and providing technical support for Miatas. He's published three other books in the Motorbooks Workshop series; Mazda Miata MX-5 Performance Projects, Mazda Miata: Find it, Fix it, Trick it and How to Build a Cheap Sports Car and has also written a number of magazine articles.

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An excellent book, capping off Keith's trilogy of Miata-related books.

Building on the "Miata 101" of Find It, Fix It, Trick It, and the projects aspect of Performance Projects, this book explains the "why" of what your Miata does and the "how" of how to get out of your Miata what you want.

Very well written, and easy to understand...with the wealth of knowledge that Keith brings to the Miata world through his experiences in racing and working at Flyin' Miata.
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By Jeff B on June 23 2014
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This book would have been rated higher but, the printing is very poor; my colour printer here at home prints better !!!
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By brucethebrat on Jan. 23 2012
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While many tips are available on any Miata forum page I did find some helpful items, especially on clutches and axel ratios.

Some things are obvious, like adding a turbo charger and cold air induction so don't expect a lot.

The paper and pictures are of top quality and very clear. Worth the price.
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By Phil Macdougall on July 26 2014
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Could have been more technical.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The capstone to Keith's Miata trilogy Nov. 17 2010
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent book, capping off Keith's trilogy of Miata-related books.

Building on the "Miata 101" of Find It, Fix It, Trick It, and the projects aspect of Performance Projects, this book explains the "why" of what your Miata does and the "how" of how to get out of your Miata what you want.

Very well written, and easy to understand...with the wealth of knowledge that Keith brings to the Miata world through his experiences in racing and working at Flyin' Miata.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Nov. 30 2010
By Leebo - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a miata enthusiast and are interested in any type of performance modification to a miata, you'll find this book very informative. There is a LOT of information there. It's easy reading and includes lots of detailed photographs and diagrams. This book is not a step-by-step guide to perform certain modifications, but illustrates WHY and HOW a modification can be done. The content will help the reader better understand what the modification actually does (the benefits, tradeoffs, when a modification is a good idea and NOT a good idea).

Overall, a very good book to own for any performance oriented miata owner. Two thumbs up!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a how to but good read May 25 2012
By Mx5NB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is no "how to" info in this book. It simply takes you through mechanics 101. There is very good info, and even some product comparisons. I didn't really think that it was worth $15, but I'm not completely disappointed. I am willing to check out the other books this author offers because he does a very good job of relaying fairly complex info. If you are new to mechanics this is a good read, if you know what the basics of an engine are and what they do skip to a more involved book. This book will be in the used bin soon enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MX5 hot up book Oct. 2 2013
By Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well written book with lots of handy hints to squeese a bit more from your MX5. Easy to read and logical in its format. Most of the bits it suggests are avaliable ex amazon.
I found it very useful in setting up my MX5 race car.
Recommended .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great resource for planning/theory Feb. 10 2011
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The title isn't very accurate here. This is less a how-to than a why-to book. I seriously considered dinging a star for that. The "how" is mostly covered in another Tanner book on performance projects for a Miata. This book is more about the theory behind the various upgrades and adjustments you can make to your car. It doesn't tell you how to install a turbo or adjust the suspension (again, check the projects book for that), but rather why a turbo increases power or what to expect if you run a little more camber. That said, it does an excellent job on that front.

It reads a lot like Tune to Win by Carrol Smith. However, it's focused specifically on Miatas (Smith only talks about sports car and sedan racing for one chapter), and is equally appropriate for track-driven Miatas, daily drivers, and everything in between (Smith's book is focused entirely on dedicated race cars). This is an excellent resource if you're planning a project Miata.

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