In this update we’re finishing the teardown of our 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata’s chassis. We’ll do the same to our stock Miata four-cylinder drivetrain by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Due to the size of the new LS3 engine and its position in the chassis, the firewall area and driveline tunnel will need to be modified to make room for the engine and accessories. To prepare for those modifications, the engine bay and interior must be stripped bare. Parts were flying off quickly, so every effort was made to label everything and keep close tabs on hardware and where it belongs.
While the stock Miata front subframe won’t be reused, the attached suspension components like the A-arms and uprights will be. The rear subframe will be modified to house our shiny new Getrag differential that we’ll show off in a future video.
For now, check out the complete destruction–err…teardown process–in our latest video above.