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How to Build a High-Performance Mazda Miata MX-5 [Paperback]

Keith Tanner
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Dec 2 2010 Motorbooks Workshop

The Mazda Miata is one of the most popular sports cars on the road today. In production for more than 20 years, the Miata’s popularity has grown, and the number of aftermarket components available to the Miata enthusiast has grown, too. This immense selection of parts has made it difficult for many would-be modifiers to choose the proper combination that will help them reach the goals they have set for their two-seaters.
Author and Miata expert Keith Tanner has been modifying, repairing, building, and racing Miatas for years, and he will guide you through how to best modify your car to suit your needs, starting with an explanation on how everything works and how the various parts will interact. You'll not only learn what upgrades will help you reach your goals, but also how to adjust or modify what you have to make your car work at its best. From autocross to cross-country touring, the Miata can do it all. Keith Tanner tells you how to make it happen!

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content...but. June 23 2014
By Jeff B
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips Jan. 23 2012
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 26 2014
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Could have been more technical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The capstone to Keith's Miata trilogy Nov. 20 2010
By Richard
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The capstone to Keith's Miata trilogy Nov. 17 2010
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a how to but good read May 25 2012
By Mx5NB - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Every Enthusiast who is starting out July 21 2013
By Nelson D Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a pro modifying miatas or you have been doing a long time and know all their inner workings then this book is a nothing more than a quick refresher and reference guide. If you are new to miatas (even if you have been modifying cars for a long time) the this books is a must have for your project. Let's just say that should I've bought this book sooner I would have save my self from an engine repair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miata tuning made easy! May 25 2011
By Christian Henrik Godlund - Published on Amazon.com
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As have been mentioned in previous reviews, this book is a "why to" and, despite the title, not really a "how to". The authour explains this very well in the introduction. In the introduction he also outlines the purpose of the book and his background.

Most of the buyers of this book will likely already own one or more Workshop manuals and be somewhat familiar with basic car mechanics. On that background, this book will sure be a great add-on to the Workshop manual for those wanting to know more about Preformance Projects. Rather than a garage book, this might be considered as a "armchair tuning guide". A book you enjoy to understand the concept, get ideas, get your prioritations right and then make up the shopping list.

The book is very well written and illustrated. It has a good combination of beginner-level introduction to each chapter and then moves on to more advanced technical stuff. The book is clearly written by someone with great love and knowledge for the Miata!

For instance, I have wondered why so many race-Miatas have cut away a section of their rear bumper.. Now I know that the original design of the rear bumper acts like a air-brake at high speed.

Another expample is the explanation of why strut braces are more important at the front than between the rear strut towers. It is all explained in a straightforward fashion.

The color-coding of the chapters with description on the back is also a nice touch and makes it easy to flip directly to the chapters.

In short: The professional level, scope and content of the book made it feel well worth the money.
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