The end of the PTE Zebra project

After much deliberation, the Zebra has gone to a new home to make way for a Spec Miata!

I was asked by the new owners to give a list of modifications, so I thought it would be a good idea to recap all the mods that were done on the car:

Original car:

Stock, street legal 1997 Mazda Miata

  • 2400 lbs
  • 56,000 miles
  • 1.8 L motor
  • 5 speed manual transmission
  • Open differential, 4.10 gears
  • OEM hard top
  • Power steering, air conditioning, tan interior
  • Luggage rack, tow hitch, mud flaps


Suspension / Tires / Brakes / Body
  • Fatcat custom coilovers, non-adjustable
  • OEM sway bars, end links (FM sways with 949 adjustable endlinks as alternate)
  • ISC racing poly control arm bushings, offset for increased camber.
  • Kosei K4R 8″ wide x 15″ wheels with Maxxis RC-1 205-50-15 tires
  • 949 racing lightweight lug nuts
  • OEM brake calipers with Hawk DTC-60 pads
  • Wilwood brake proportioning valve
  • Stainless brake lines
  • Fiberglass headlight door replacements
  • Aerocatch hood latches
  • Transmission tunnel modified to accommodate race seat
  • Stock long block
  • Fumoto oil drain valve
  • Mazda competition motor mounts
  • 3″-2.5″ intake piping with MAF delete and conical intake and cold air box
  • Racing beat 4-2-1 stainless header
  • Mandrel bending solutions Spec Miata exhaust
  • Megasquirt 3 Plug and Play engine management
  • Mishimoto aluminum radiator and silicone coolant hoses
  • Moroso aluminum coolant catch tank
  • Aluminum catch can
  • Flyin’ Miata lightweight flywheel and clutch
  • Stock 5 speed transmission
  • Stainless flexible clutch line
  • Torsen LSD w/4.30 gears
  • Innovate LC-2 wideband with digital readout (tied to MS3 for AFR correction)
  • Autometer Phantom vacuum gauge
  • Autometer Phantom oil pressure gauge with electric sender
  • Autometer Phantom water temperature gauge with electric sender
  • eBay special fuel gauge
Weight reduction
  • Dry weight of car is 2000 lbs
  • Wiring harness completely pruned and shortened
  • Trunk lid gutted, pinned on
  • Doors gutted
  • Components deleted:
    • All interior trim
    • Headlights and door mechanisms
    • Air conditioning
    • Power steering
    • Trunk, gas tank, hood releases
    • Parking brake
    • Dashboard, instrument cluster
    • Emissions components
    • Cruise control
    • Side mirrors
    • Exterior lights (except brake lights)
 Safety / driver comfort
    • G-force 5 point harnesses
    • Firebottle system
    • Ultrashield rally seat
    • Simpson side net
    • G-force window net
    • Miatacage roll cage
    • Miatacage steering wheel release
    • Miatacage laser cut aluminum rear deck cover
    • Momo Quark steering wheel
    • Longacre convex rearview and spot mirrors
    • Advanced Autosport vented windows
    • Homebrew electric defroster
    • Sparco front tow strap and Miatacage rear tow hook
    • Relocated door latch using OEM handle
    • Master disconnect switch and fused battery lead