These were the only pictures of the Type 2 bar for a Miata I could find. I even called Cusco (Nukabe) for pics and they didn't have them. I ended up driving down to their warehouse to check the bar out in person.
1. He just didn't feel that it did much to help stiffen the car.
2. He said since it was so low, it scraped alot, which you can see in one of the pictures.
I really liked that it's a four point bar, but the thing i didn't like is that the holes on the bar were slotted. They were probably slotted to make it easier to install, but I though that RB's two holes on each end seemed stiffer and more secure. It seems to me that by attaching with only two holes on a two point bar, the moutning points can still rotate around those two mounting points. I'm not sure if what I am saying makes sense or not.
These concerns may be addressed by using a four point bar, but again, i didn't like that the holes were slotted. The RB seemed to be the best choice. Plus it was pretty cheap. I couldn't find pictures of other manufacturers' four point bars. i think Carbing/Okuyama has one (their two point bar is not impressive) and maybe JIC. I can't remember exactly who they were.
thats interesting that he said he didn't feel a difference. it does look low as hell though. what about the rear. do u know which one is good for the rear? also do u know anyone that sells a rear strut bar? thanks again brotha
yup that would be my car, the car actually wasn't dropped very much, i ran it in auto-x daily driving and a few touge-ish runs, i never really felt any noticable difference, i think okuyama has the better idea with the brace being bolted to the tranny.
I'm not too sure on the rear bars, I think maybe the one moss sells or the one that brainstorm used to sell (that will hopefully be sold by integrated performance).
Edit: The Beatrush triangle bar is nice, I was thinking of getting it, but do I really want to connect the drivetrain to the rear suspension in the way that bar does? I really don't know, so I decided not to grab it, but it is cheap over at Metro Motorsports. I read over at .net about drivetrain alignment being off, and added noise. Not that that's the authority on whether to get it, but I passed on it for now.
The Okuyama bar is nice, but I don't like how it mounts to the frame. Also, alot of people have said it's way too low. The RB is really nice and low profile so you don't have to worry about scraping. Either way, there are reviews and quite a bit of feedback on the Okuyama lower front bar at .net.
Hey Tetsuyagarage, thanks for the pictures, I hope you don't mind me passing them around.