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J. Douglas
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For give me if this sounds off the wall. Might have some merit though.
Back in my Dirt track days we used to weld up the spider gears in the diff on our stock cars. It was a cheap way to make a solid axle rear end.
Would this work in a Miata? Let the jokes begin.
Jerry

Motor City Hamilton
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Front drive cars, yes, on some tracks. Tried this on a Honda Civic in ITC and made the car agressive, but not smooth. Went back to a clutch type diff. Miata? I wouldn't. Seems like it would make the car awefully loose???

The dirt track oval teams that I crewed for were always fighting for front grip. Weld the diff. Paved ovals was more hit and miss. Not to many liked the welded diff.

In a Miata, it just seems like it would scrub a ton of corner speed. We have very little power to pull us through mid corner and off. Oval cars are usually V8s.

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I had a defective madacomp lsd that was basically like running a spool. The car turned in good, but pushed HORRIBLY under throttle since we don't have enough power to throttle steer.
I wouldn't recommend it.

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If you can't fix it with a hammer, it's got electrical problems.

Johnny D Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Oh, you guys are talking car parts here, Nevermind, carry on. [Big Grin]

B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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Ask anyone, I'm the biggest cheapass on the planet!

-bw

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Bruce Wilson
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2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill E3 and Under 2 liter Overall Champion
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