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Flyin' Miata NA/NB Little Big Brake Kit (front only)

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Flyin' Miata NA/NB Little Big Brake Kit (front only)
$549.00

Wrap a Wilwood caliper around your stock rotors. This kit only addresses the front wheels.

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Availability:
FM front Little Big Brake Kit (9" size): out of stock. Sign up to get notified when this product is back in stock.
FM front Little Big Brake Kit (11" size): 8 in stock
FM front Little Big Brake Kit (10" size): 12 in stock

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A Flyin' Miata exclusive!

We know that Miata owners are always looking for ways to shed weight. Autocrossers in particular. After seeing a custom minimum weight brake system on Bill Schenker's National level CSP car, we figured we could come up with something for everyone. So we knocked 4 lbs of unsprung weight off each front wheel by replacing the stock cast iron calipers with aluminum Wilwood parts. Along with the weight loss, we also ended up with a four-piston caliper for nice even pad pressure. And yes, we said 4 pounds of weight per corner.

Weight note: The drop in weight quoted here assumes that you're sticking with the same diameter rotors that you currently have. If you go up to a larger rotor size, the weight savings won't be as significant due to the increased rotor mass.

The aluminum radial mount Powerlite caliper is a fairly new design from Wilwood that's an excellent match to a quick Miata. It's compact enough to fit around the small Miata discs, but is nice and stiff and gives even pressure across the 5 square inch pad. Since the pistons are properly sized, the stock pedal feel will not change. Porterfield, Hawk, Carbotech, Performance Friction and Wilwood all offer a full range of pads to choose from. We ship them with a set of Wilwood BP-20X compound pads, which are a good street/autocross choice. Brake balance will not be dramatically affected unless you install a different pad type than your previous setup. Please note that you will have to use a pad for a Wilwood Powerlite caliper, standard Miata pads will not fit.

These are not intended to be super heavy duty track brakes. For that, we recommend our four wheel big brake kit with the heavier Dynalite calipers and two-piece rotors. These are a good street, autocross and light track option. They have better heat management than stock brakes due to the aluminum caliper, but rampaging V8s on slicks will want more.

Available to fit any 1990-05 stock Miata brake rotor. However, there's a catch. On the smaller rotors, the caliper sits very close to the wheel mounting surface. You will have to check clearance on your wheels to confirm the caliper will clear. The smallest 9" rotor may require a spacer. The 10" rotor setup fits many more wheels, including almost all factory wheels after 1994 - yes, including 14" ones - as well as popular aftermarket ones such as many 6ULs. 11" should work with almost anything. The factory Sport rotors are actually 10.6" and the 1990-93 rotors are 9.3", we rounded off to make it easier to identify the three sizes.
1990-93 template (9" rotor)
1994-02 template (10" rotor)
2001-05 Sport template (11" rotor)

We have discovered some 11" rotors are too thick. The FM branded rotors we sell fit fine, but we have been told Centric brand is too thick to fit this particular caliper. Please measure your rotors before ordering, they cannot exceed 22.1 mm. Centric claims their rotors are thinner than this, but experience tells us otherwise.

Color note: Wilwood has transitioned from Type II to Type III anodizing. The new process is harder and more dense than Type II. The old anodizing could also change color under very hot temperatures, which is not a problem with the new process as no dyes are involved. Unfortunately, the lack of dye means it's a different color and will no longer match black calipers - please see pictures for details.

Includes calipers, pads, brackets and stainless steel lines. Rotors are not included. You will keep your existing rotor. If you're changing rotor size, you'll need to pick up a set of the appropriate rotors as well. This is a two-wheel kit, nothing is changed at the rear. We do offer a four wheel version that includes new pads and lines for the rear as well as a proportioning valve.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Part number 14-16151
TÜV approval available No
Fits: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (non-MSM), 2005 (non-MSM), MSM
Manufacturer Flyin' Miata
Flyin' Miata exclusive Yes
Fits Exocet? Yes
Proposition 65 Warning: Cancer and reproductive harm
California emissions No
Reviews

Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

Some extra hints
Probably a good product but I had some issues with installation. Here are some things I can pass on to others. May not apply to anyone else and maybe others are better at this than I am, but here you go.

For an early NA, mine is a 93, be prepared for a few things.
Read all the instructions first and make sure you have thread sealer, red lock tight, tin snips and a grinder available before you start the project.
Most likely you will need a spacer so the wheels don’t rub the caliper, which probably means you need new wheel studs. The ARP studs are really long so if you have the capped lug nuts they won’t work.
When you put the wheel studs in, you will need to take the calipers back off again so test fit it before using the lock tight.
When you test fit the caliper onto the adapter note that the longer bolts go into the smaller side of the adapter and the shorter bolts into the thicker side of the adapter.

I found the instructions to be lacking a bit and a few more bits of explanation would have really saved me a lot of frustration. Maybe I’m the only one that has this issue.
Rating
Review by Amk0099 / (Posted on 8/28/2018)
Worth it
Great kit. Fit is perfect. Noticeable improvement on my 2004 MSM
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Review by redmist / (Posted on 9/22/2017)
Another great FM product
Great kit, easy to install. Much better stopping power over stock.
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Review by CRNRHRD / (Posted on 4/17/2016)
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