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Flyin' Miata butterfly brace v2.1 upgrade

Flyin' Miata butterfly brace v2.1 upgrade

Regular price $449.00 USD
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Fits: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2004 MSM, 2005, 2005 MSM

Emissions: Emissions do not apply.

Shipping restrictions: None

Warranty: 1 year

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Note: This kit allows you to upgrade your v2.0 FM frame rails to the full butterfly specification. It is not compatible with the older frame rails. It cannot be mounted to a car without a set of frame rails.

If you don't already have a set of v2.0 frame rails, you're looking for the full butterfly brace.

The butterfly brace "closes the box" for improved chassis rigidity.

First, why do you want chassis rigidity? Because a stiff structure allows the suspension to work better. If your chassis flexes, it's basically a big undamped spring that changes your suspension geometry under load and shudders every time you hit a bump. A stiff chassis will give your suspension a solid platform to work from, leading to better, more predictable handling as well as improved ride quality. There really is no downside. Chassis stiffness is usually measured as torsional rigidity - resistance to twist - because that's how loads usually travel through a car.

When it came time to update the design of our popular and effective butterfly brace, we did it properly. We tested Miatas in a variety of configurations, from a high mileage 1990 to a late NB with the full Sport bracing. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The new design is stiffer than the original design 
  • The new design ties right into the front subframe mount points
  • Fuel/brake lines have more room than with the original design
  • The new design fits a wider range of cars and exhausts
  • The new design includes mounting points for attaching a flat undertray (not currently available)
  • The new design is dramatically easier to install and remove for service. 

Ground clearance is unchanged from the factory Sport bracing. The new design gives more clearance for various exhaust configurations and is easier to remove if you need to do work like dropping the trans. It's fully compatible with factory front and rear subframe braces. Cars with the "Sport" undercar bracing will have to remove two cross braces in the center. It's made of stainless steel so there is no concern about rust.  The butterfly upgrade adds 19.5 lbs to the car, low and in the center of the car.

The butterfly brace upgrade adds the center section to an existing set of 2.0 frame rails. If you have our older frame rails then they're unfortunately not directly compatible without welding in some mounting plates.

The differences between the 2.0 and 2.1 butterfly brace designs are minor, and they are interchangable. The primary modifications have been for more consistent quality.

Stiffer. Easier to install. Lower price. Now that is progress.

Miatas with stock headers will likely need to cut the heat shielding off to prevent interference. This is a relatively easy modification. 

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