NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

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NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby mini_fd » 12/16/13 @ 21:15

I've been meaning to get around to a huge pictorial on how to install frame rails since I have had them on my NB since September.


They were installed by Esteban from REDLINE in Kissimmee, Florida


Here are the nuts and bolts that came with the package along with two frame rails. meow my rails were bad but not as bad of the rails one any slammed miata. Mine were okay to work with.

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Bag o Nuts by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


Inspection of the damage

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Banged up Rails by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Banging Rails by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



Remove the following in the cabin of the car:


Seats
Seat belts from the bottom bolt
Side door sills
Fold over carpet



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IMG_0510 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




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IMG_0511 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Seat removal by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Seats Removed by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




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IMG_0519 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Remove Carpet 2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




Unclip this wire to make sure you do not drill into it when your 2nd man is under the car making and preparing the holes for the nuts and bots


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IMG_0548 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Unclip Wire Harness by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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Unclip Wire Harness 2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr






Getting the car on the lift

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IMG_0524 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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On the lift by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



We used a pair of pliers and a metal mallet to bang the existing rails in a place where we can slide the new frame rails on and over them


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IMG_0581 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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Deformation by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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Deformation 2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


Then we removed the fuel lines out of the way because they will be relocated from there original mounting points

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IMG_0584 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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Fuel Line Removal by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


Dont forget the one next to the transmission up a ways


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Top Transmission Fuel line Clip by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr

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IMG_0539 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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IMG_0535 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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IMG_0541 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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Remove all fuel line Clips by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




meow this is where a light weight guy like Esteban gets into the cabin while on the lift to perform the two man job for this write up


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IMG_0561 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




We placed the frame rail on one side and mounted it. It was able to hang easily while we drilled underneath the car. We drilled one hole at a time with bolts being installed from the top and the nuts hand tightened from the bottom.


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Let the Drilling Begin by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr





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IMG_0553 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




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IMG_0566 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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V8 Roadsters by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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More Drilling by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr
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Re: NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby mini_fd » 12/16/13 @ 21:15

Bolts and washers from the top and nuts underneath lol


We then would hold a socket wrench up top and tighten the nuts from the bottom with the air gun


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Bolts-Washers_ by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr

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First Nut by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




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Frame Rail by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr






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frame rails by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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IMG_0588 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



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IMG_0589 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


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IMG_0591 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


This was the tricky part. We had to makeshift a thick enough washer to mount the fuel lines and being in a shop full of part out miatas we were able to use a seatbelt washer.


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IMG_0593 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




The only thing i regret not doing is not putting a water resistant silicone on the bolts to block any water from getting in the cabin through the holes but i honestly dont think it will ever happen. Its not like I'm boating the miata so heads up if you want to do this.


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V8 Roadsters-2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr
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Re: NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby bigx5murf » 12/16/13 @ 23:35

Nice write up, I like how the last bolts at the rear don't come out right at the rear bulkhead like the fm rails do. Like you mentioned, I put a drop of black silicone in each hole before putting a bolt/nut to it. I also hit the bottom liberally with under coating.

Wow your stock rails were banged up.

Can you get better shots of how you remounted those lines? I don't particularly like FM's way.
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Re: NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby Teejay187 » 12/21/13 @ 19:28

Great write up! Looks so easy!
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Re: NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby HELLAbeefy » 12/22/13 @ 01:19

Pretty sweet WU! i need to invest in these for my miata. im prob gonna have to just cut my factory ones off bc there smashed. how is the handling after you put them on? and how long to you think they would last on a miata like mine thats 1.5" off the ground on Louisiana roads?
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Re: NA+NB Frame Rail Installation

postby bigx5murf » 12/22/13 @ 04:14

I have the FM ones, that are stainless steel, although I'm a bit over 4" from the ground, I drag mine over speed bumps pretty often. They take the beating no problem.
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