My 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and the Track

Mods to Date:

Go Fast

  • Current Tires: Dunlop Direzza ZIII 235/40-17
  • Rims: 17×9 +45 949Racing Beryllium LE (Flyin Miata)
  • Performance Alignment: Camber: -3.0F, -2.6R / Toe-in: 0.0F, 1/32 each side in rear / Caster: 6.6
  • Corner Balanced
  • GWR Shock Tower Brace
  • Ohlins Road & Track DFV Coilovers 8kg:448lbs/in / 4kg:224lbs/in
  • Screw-in Spherical Bearing Inserts using stock top hats
  • Remote Adjusters in trunk for Ohlins
  • Karcepts Anti-roll Bars Front and Rear (0.120f / 0.095r)
  • Good-Win-Racing SuperStreet TwinTip Exhaust
  • Good-win Racing’s 12.88” Wilwood Dynapro 6-piston Big Brake Kit
  • Good-win Racing’s Wilwood Powerlite 4-piston in rear
  • Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Raybestos ST-43 pads F/R
  • Mishimoto Oil Cooler
  • Verus Brake Cooling Kit
  • OpenFlash Tune / Stage 2 or 3 depending on outside temp
  • Transmission Cooling Air Scoop
  • K&N Air Filter


  • Mazda Connect AIO Tweaks
  • PLX Kiwi 3 Auto OBD2 Scanner (for track data)
  • Dual Electronics XGPS160 BT GPS receiver (for track data)
  • Apex Pro Digital Track Coach
  • GoPro 6 for Video
  • Raceseng Circuit Cylinder Shift Knob
  • Innovative Motorsports Oil Temp/Pressure Gauge
  • Removed Passenger Seat
  • Sparco QRT-R Seat
  • PCI Seat Mount
  • Hard Dog RF Roll Bar
  • Schroth Flexi 2×2 6-point Harness
  • NecksGen Rev 2 Lite HANS


  • XPEL Door Edge Guard
  • CravenSpeed Door Bushings
  • Shorty Antenna
  • Hella Sharp Tone Horn set
  • LED Light Conversion Interior and Exterior
  • Smoked Side Repeaters
  • CarbonMiata Spyder Grill
  • Plasti-dipped Emblems Front and Rear
  • Beatrush Red Front Tow Hook Front
  • Custom Painted Engine Bay
  • Sound Tube Delete
  • Magnetic Oil Plug
  • Hood Struts


  • Amsoil 5w-30 Engine Oil
  • Amsoil Trans Fluid
  • Amsoil Heavy Duty Diff Fluid
  • Wilwood EXP Brake Fluid

Some Video

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Launch EditionThe History

In March 2017 I bought a Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition. In the early 90’s I had a 1979 Mazda RX-7 and loved that car. When Mazda came out with the Miata I was always interested but other things in life took priority. In 2017 I decided it was time.

Then in September 2017 I learned I could take my car on a road racing track. I didn’t even know that was something. I signed up for on a SCCA Track Night in America at Motorsports Ranch in Cresson Texas. Before going I put in a high temperature brake fluid and installed EBC Yellow brake pads all around.

On the day of the event I was nervous but oh so excited. I figured with all my go-fast driving in my past I’d be another Steve McQueen. Not! After the first session I came in with an adrenalin rush, shaking hands, doubt in my ability and an immediate love of the track. I was hooked. I enjoyed every minute of my track time and when I got home, I vowed to make myself and my car better (oh that Miata roll).

I started research into the upgrades and began ordering parts. You see I love to work on the car almost as much as driving it.

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