Way more than an afterthought, your Miata’s exhaust system is an integral part of your roadster’s character. It has an important effect on performance and efficiency, but the exhaust system is also your car’s voice.
The Mazda Miata is an amazing machine — flexible enough to handle a winding mountain highway, a hot track in August, or the daycare dropoff run on a Tuesday. (Admittedly, not a common use for a two-seater.)
Its stock components are workhorses that have, in many cases, outlasted their expected usefulness. But when the designers realised they had such a potentially popular and versatile roadster, they had to make compromises.
Everyone wasn’t going to want their MX5 to roll off the lot with that throaty, sporty rumble you want. So, they tamed it. The OEM exhaust is good, but there are plenty of aftermarket Miata exhaust systems that are great.
As far as we’re concerned, the exhaust systems in this article are the best on the market.
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Smooth shifting was always going to be a key component of an enjoyable Miata experience. From the get-go, a five-speed manual transmission was the standard option — and is now easily the most popular option with enthusiasts than the four-speed automatic.
Miatas do different things for different people — from stealing first place on your club’s track day to bringing style to date night. The clutch is one of those components that is closely connected to the driver and swapping the stock out for aftermarket clutch can dramatically change the driving experience.
The path from OEM (and other cheap Miata clutch options) isn’t necessarily a straight line where price and quality move up in tandem. We’ve set out this guide to show you the best Miata clutch options.
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You might be asking yourself, “Why should I replace my G35’s exhaust system?”
Well, quality exhausts for Infiniti G35 coupes and sedans will increase horsepower, torque, and overall performance from your car. They also make your car sound better.
Sometimes because of better flow of exhaust gases, an aftermarket exhaust can even increase MPG. Of course, this assumes you don’t spend more time with your foot on the gas pedal after you get addicted to hearing your better sounding exhaust.
Exhaust system modifications are one of the most popular G35 mods. This is no surprise as the Infiniti G35 (also sold under the Nissan brand in some countries) is such a popular car with enthusiasts like yourself.
This easy-to-read guide will walk through the best exhausts for your G35, with a break down of exhausts into 3 different price categories.
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Now that the earliest Mazda Miatas are about to turn 30, owners are likely to have swapped out their battery a couple of times.
Advances in technology mean that high-quality battery replacements are much cheaper now than they were when the Miata first hit the streets.
If you’ve put the cash into a later generation Miata, dependability is probably more of a concern than an NA or NB weekend-only car. So we’ve included a few premium options that will fit under the Miata NC or ND’s hood.
As far as components go, batteries are more straightforward than sexy, but they are essential (obviously) and good ones not only allow for a reliable start in cold weather, they unlock the potential for flashier upgrades.
Below you’ll find the best replacement batteries for your Mazda Miata.
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It’s simple, brake pads wear out. Unlike other components that you may never need to think about, you replace your pads often enough to want to make the right choice.
There are also plenty of reasons, beyond just practicality, to look into new pads.
- Maybe you’re sick of the ridiculously dusty brake pads the previous owner put in your Miata.
- Maybe you find yourself at the track a lot and want brake pads that won’t glaze over.
- Maybe autocross brake pads with maximum bite are your priority.
- Or maybe you just want the thrill of going from 60 to 0 in the shortest possible distance.
Whatever the reason for changing your Miata’s pads, in this guide we’ll look at the best Miata brake pads on the market.
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Zippy power in a small package is the Mazda Miata promise. Nearly three decades as a bestseller means that there are a lot of MX5s out there trying to fulfill this sales pitch.
Some Miata owners were happy enough with the stock setup and left it as is. But for the rest of us, modding our Miata can border on obsession and coilovers are a popular mod option.
For most people, a two-seat sports car can only fulfill the daily-driver role for a short stretch of their life, so Miatas get bumped to weekend car status. They also appear frequently in the secondhand market and are picked up by those looking for a starter track or drift day car.
For all of these activities, handling is a key element. Once you get past the debate about coilovers vs. lowering springs we expect you’re onboard with the idea that coilovers are the best-bang-for-your-buck route to a smoother driving Miata.
From value plays to street options to track performers, in this article you’ll find the best coilovers for your MX5.
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There’s no denying it, tow hooks are “in” right now.
What was once something you kept in your 350z tool kit for emergencies or track days are now seen on Z cars that only ever see the street.
In this article we’ll take a look at the OEM 350z front tow hook and your best aftermarket tow hook and strap options, both using the front tow hook location, and the license plate method.
We’ve also made some recommendations based on whether or not the tow hooks are designed for actual race use, or for style only. Obviously a race tow hook can be used on the street, but we’d be weary of using a tow hook that is designed for looks over function when it comes to relying on it for track days.
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The Nissan 350z is responsive, handles well and will make enough noise to put a smile on your friend’s face.
But in the same way, it can be well behaved, ride nicely, and be quiet enough to take your mother to the shops.
It’s a driver’s car, through and through.
In this buyer’s guide we’ll tell you the things you should know before buying a Nissan 350z, such as:
- the key characteristics of the car,
- differences between different model names,
- differences between different model years,
- common problems,
- reliability, and
- maintenance costs.
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The first Nissan 350z rolled out of the factory over 15 years ago, can you believe it?
And while the Z33 has proven itself to be a very reliable car, it’s not unlikely your battery is on it’s last legs, if this isn’t the second time you’ve had to replace it.
Most mechanics will tell you, a car battery tends to last around 5 years before needing replacement. But for many 350z owners, it’s not something they consider replacing until it dies completely.
For this reason, many Nissan 350z batteries have managed to last over 10 years! You’ve gotta love that Nissan reliability!
The good news is, Nissan 350z battery replacements aren’t particularly expensive, or hard to find.
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So you want a 350z bash bar.
If you’re skidding your Nissan 350z more and more, it’s a fairly easy decision to make – why keep destroying your bumper bars and bending your reinforcement bar every time you take a small hit?
They also give you way more space for things like aftermarket intercoolers (if forced induction is one of your 350z mods), or cold air intakes.
Hose lines for oil coolers can be easily mounted to a bash bar using zip ties in seconds. Doing the same with an OEM front bumper bar can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re regularly removing your front bar.
Done right a bash bar without a factory bumper can look cool too.
In this article we’ll look at what a bash bar is, why you might want one for your Nissan 350z, and the different types available for both the front and rear of your car.
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