Racing Beat-designed front tubular sway bar for the 2001-2005 Miata reduce chassis roll in turns and increase your car's sensitivity to steering inputs, thereby improving maximum cornering power. Substantial engineering effort, select steel alloys, and precise manufacturing techniques are combined to produce top performance components.
2001-05 Miata (Intended Application)
Our testing has shown that each model of 2001 Miata that we have driven has shown a tendency to power "oversteer" at low speeds. (The models tested include a base model with a 5-speed transmission, a LS model equipped with the 6-speed transmission and Sport Suspension package, and the LS model equipped with replacement KONI shocks.) Each car exhibited a tendency to oversteer at low speeds (under 40MPH) upon acceleration. Inquires with Mazda have failed to identify any specific changes to the 2001+ Miata chassis that might account for this handling trait.
As a result, these findings led us to develop an even larger front tubular sway bar for the 2001-05 Miata. The use of this larger bar (and retaining the stock rear bar) has neutralized most of this oversteer condition at low speeds, and allowed the Miata to exhibit a small amount of understeer at higher speeds. The use of the Racing Beat rear sway bar would negate the benefits this larger bar, and is not recommended. While the smaller 1.125" OD tubular bar we also offer can be used on the 2001-05 applications, we recommend the use of the larger bar.
This Racing Beat Miata tubular sway bar is 1.25" OD (3/16" wall) as compared to the 1999-00 bar of 1.125" OD (3/16" wall). This version of our Miata sway bar is supplied with a heavy-duty, cast aluminum bar clamps, replacement urethane bushings, Prothane bushing grease, and detailed installation instructions. Manufactured by Racing Beat, every bar is designed with (2) two endlink mounting holes and is finished with a bright red, durable powder-coat finish.
To view a chart of our Miata Sway Bar Application Guide (PDF), click here.
For 1999-00 Miata Applications (Not Suggested - Use 1.125" OD bar)
This larger 1.25" OD bar can be installed on the 1999-00 Miata, but is only recommended for experienced individuals that are seeking to alter the handling characteristics to suit a specific usage.
Recommended Optional Components:
Due to the strength of the Racing Beat Tubular 1.25" OD Bar we strongly recommend the use of ALL of the following optional components with this bar. Failure to use these components may result in damage to your suspension.
1. Lower Control Arm (LCA) Attachment Flange Kit (Requires upgrading to Racing Beat Heavy Duty End Link Kit -54201)
2. Sway Bar End Links (Option A, B, or C):
Option A: The stock sway bar end links may be re-used, but damage may occur to the LCA attachment bracket. The stock links cannot be used with the Lower Control Arm Attachement Flange Kit. (We do not recommend this option.)
Option B: Our Heavy Duty End Link Kit can be used in place of the stock sway bar end links. (We also strongly recommend the addition of the Lower Control Arm (LCA) Attachment Flange Kit with these links.) (We do not recommend the use of ONLY the Heavy Duty Sway Bar End Link Kit.)
Option C: Use of the Heavy Duty Sway Bar End Link Kit and the Lower Control Arm (LCA) Attachment Flange Kit. (This is Our Recommended Option)
3. Sway Bar Brace Kit
When adding high performance suspension components to any vehicle, the result is an increased demand on the vehicle's stock components. We have designed these high performance sway bar components to complement and further enhance your vehicle's performance. We strongly recommend you consider your specific driving requirements when upgrading your vehicle's suspension and select components accordingly.