Suspension and steering are often thought as something that you install at the time of the build and from that time forward only adjustments are needed; this is incomplete.
Racing conditions severely punish suspension components with constant high-G loading, bouncing off curbing, and off-track excursions. Don’t wait to inspect the car after a component failure… Remember, it is not just about saving money – but being safe rather than sorry.
What suspension should you inspect?
• You should inspect shocks for leaks
• Examine control arms for bending
• Check bushing deterioration
• Scrutinize ball joint slop/play
• Torque check all nuts and bolts and replace any that will no longer torque to spec. (Note: Every time a bolt is torqued, it can/does stretch. Regularly check bolts.)
What steering components should you examine?
• Examine inner and outer tie rod ends for play, bending or damage
• Inspect steering rack boots for tearing
• Inspect steering rack for free movement to ensure there are not stiff spots through the range of motion
For your guidance, we’ve compiled three spreadsheets; just click them:
Spec Miata Steering and Front Suspension Kits
Spec Miata Rear Suspension Kit
Spec Miata Suspension Bushing Kit
Parts Spotlights (Competition Parts) – Spec Miata Suspension