Flyin' Miata frame rails v2.0
Flyin' Miata frame rails v2.0
Emissions: Emissions do not apply.
Shipping restrictions: None
Warranty: 1 year
The original and the best frame rail reinforcements for the Miata.
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.
These braces slide over the factory frame rails and stiffen the car dramatically. The factory rails are easily damaged over bumps and mistakes when jacking, and every time they are bent the car gets floppier. When we tested these on a 2002 - the stiffest Miata that Mazda ever made without additional bracing - we saw chassis stiffness improve by 17.5%.
Ground clearance is unaffected and the total added weight to the car is 13.5 lbs. The rails and the fasteners are 14 gauge stainless steel to prevent corrosion. They're strong enough to act as jacking points as well.
There have been multiple running changes to these since we first developed them in 2005. The big news for the version 2.0 set - the ones with Flyin' Miata cut through the sides - is compatibility with the latest generation of butterfly brace. They're also compatible with our older butterfly brace designs.
To make your Miata even stiffer, we highly recommend our butterfly brace. You can either get the full butterfly which includes frame rails, or you can add the butterfly portion later.
No welding is required for installation although 24 holes need to be drilled in the car. Fits all 1990-2000 cars as well as the 2001-02 cars without the Sport bracing. Sport cars and 2003-05 Miatas can use the braces although one of the factory cross bars has to be removed. The factory bar can be retained with a slight modification. If your factory rails have been damaged, they may need some massaging with a hammer to allow these to slip over top.
There are less expensive knock-offs out there. None have all the features of our originals, though, such as stainless steel construction and the cutouts for lower weight. Also, the FM rails are the only ones compatible with the acclaimed butterfly brace upgrade.
Miatas are naturally the only thing we can guarantee fitment on. If you'd like to try them on a different car, the cross-section of the frame rails can't be bigger than 2.65" x 1.875". Our rails are 43" long (longest dimension).
See an installation! One note about this video - the competitor product mentioned is made of mild steel with zinc coated fasteners so it'll be less corrosion resistant than our stainless items. Also, these rails survived multiple end-over-end rollovers on a previous car, then got reused.
2004 LS 6spd, 160K Miles.
Has a hard top, blacktrax roll bar, GWR/Feal Coilovers, Poly bushings, Blacktrax motor mounts, Destory or Die rear upper control arms. Factory underbody bracing and front strut bar.
I do have other modifications, but the ones mentioned above does play a role in overall rigidity of the car. After adding the frame rails, instantly can feel the difference from leaving my driveway, and taking on and off ramps to the highway. I did have trouble with 50% of the hardware cross threading, and had to opt to buy my own hardware, but besides that installation was a breeze. The Flyin Miata you tube videos were a great help. I wish I had gotten this mod first before anything else. Installation can be done by a beginner for sure, so if you're reading this, don't be intimidated with drilling. I have yet to do a track day with these on, but I definitely am looking forward to the it.
Had a for a year now, and Significantly increased the rigidity of my 92 NA. Very straight forward to install, maybe a bit cramped if you don't jack the car up enough but I had no issues like others have. Not sure if it's 316 or 304 stainless but either way is holding up to corrosion well enough..opposite to common opinion, Stainless doesn't mean it will not rust, just that it will rust less quickly when exposed to corrosive compounds. But I fluid filmed my undercarriage as well to prevent exposure. Overall great product.
I just installed these on my 2005 which has 75,000 mi and the original worn suspension. I took a spirited test drive and immediately noticed the incredible improvement. All the rattles and shakes are gone. The car feels solid in a way that I have not experienced before. The rails kit was complete with all hardware, and the rails are well made. FM instructional video was perfect and I found some additional installation pointers in the online forums. Easy solo install in about 5-hours. I highly recommend these rails, and I'm looking forward to installing the Stage 2 suspension kit this winter.
I'm so excited for these. The last piece of my bracing puzzle. It's been long road. Do wish I did them with the roll bar. But This will be good to go back in again. I took advantage and ordered some sound deadening. My review for how this makes my car feel will be on the butterfly 🦋 brace page. Stay tuned probably next spring.
Didn't include all the washers and nuts. Learned this during the install and had to find last minute replacements which may or may not work long term.
Anyway, I could tell the difference the first time I sat into the car that it was more rigid. A lot less vibrations are loaded into the body when hitting road imperfections. Much more comfortable.
Note from FM: It certainly should include all of the hardware, but we can't claim to be perfect. David, please reach out so we can make you whole.