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My off-road Miata slays in the dirt

I recently bought a lifted Miata for slow-speed desert shenanigans. Best. Purchase. Ever.

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Emme Hall
2001 off road Mazda Miata
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After years of talking about a lifted Miata, I finally bought one.

2001 off road Mazda Miata
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With a 3-inch lift and 27-inch tires I have about 8 inches of ground clearance, perfect for clearing rocks and obstacles.

2001 off road Mazda Miata
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However, suspension travel is still stock, so it can be slow going in the whoops.

2001 off road Mazda Miata
4 of 13 Rebecca Donaghe

One thing about a lifted Miata, you can get underneath it a lot easier! 

2001 off road Mazda Miata
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The previous owner fabbed up this awesome spare tire carrier.

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The 27-inch General Grabber AT2 tires are wrapped around 14-inch BMW bottle-cap wheels.

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With momentum, hills are no problem!

2001 off road Mazda Miata
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I always go prepared with Maxtrax recovery boards and a fancy DMOS shovel. I think a small winch would be a good addition at some point.

2001 off road Mazda Miata
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I'd like to upgrade the gearing to get a bit more acceleration, and swap out the shocks for something a bit better.

2001 off road Mazda Miata
10 of 13 Rebecca Donaghe

I like to think of it as a Japanese Baja bug. 

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