Racing Beat Header for 1999-2000 Mazda Miata
NB1 Miata Header
Racing Beat Headers for the 1999-2000 Miata (manual transmission only) are the result of exhaustive research and engineering efforts, utilizing both chassis dynamometer and road testing. Our Racing Beat headers incorporate a tuned 4-to-1 design configuration to optimize exhaust gas scavenging characteristics and power output, while improving both the exhaust note and retaining the factory catalytic converter. Hundreds of development hours and over 200 on-chassis dyno runs were used in the refinement of this header. The Racing Beat header has been design-tuned to provide measurable horsepower and torque improvements throughout he entire RPM range. Manufactured entirely from 304-stainless steel for superior durability, this 4:1 header will offer years of enthusiastic performance driving. Exclusive cast stainless steel engine-to-header flange features specially designed exhaust ports which transitions smoothly to the primary tubing. For the 1.8 liter Miata engine, this header utilizes large diameter 1.7" OD tubing for the primary tubing, and then collects into 2.375" OD secondary tubing. All emissions control devices are retained. Each header kit comes complete with installation instructions and replacement rear gasket. The stock engine-to-header can be reused if there are no visible signs of distress or wear. If needed, replacement gasket can be ordered separately.
During the summer of 2002, Racing Beat undertook a significant project to upgrade their Miata header line. The scope of the project was to produce a 4-1 (four into one) type header for the 1.6 liter Miata and compare it against the power characteristics of our then current 4-2-1 (Tri-Y) type header. The new prototype headers would feature a new engine-to-header flange, collector, and outlet flange. They also took the opportunity to change construction materials from mild-steel to 304-stainless steel. With the new 4:1 header project, their initial performance objective was to retain the mid-range performance (3,000-5,000 RPM) of the then current 4-2-1 (Tri-Y) header, and improve the top-end performance (5,000-7,000 RPM) normally associated with the 4:1 type header. Under the guidance of Jim Mederer, Racing Beat's co-founder and chief engineer, initial testing on this project took place almost entirely on the chassis dyno. A rather strange looking test header was configured that allowed us to actually change the primary and/or secondary lengths while the car was strapped to the dyno. This entire assembly was suspended over the car by a specially built frame. Over 200 on-chassis dyno runs allowed them to determine the optimum tubing diameters and lengths for both the primary and secondary tubes. They also took the opportunity to experiment with various engine-to-header flange porting configurations and collector designs. This development allowed them to fine-tune the performance of this new header to achieve their performance requirements. After repeated test sessions, they finally found the optimal combination that allowed us to achieve their target goal. The test results showed that the top end power of their 4:1 header had improved and the mid-range power was retained.
NOTE ABOUT 1999-2000 California Emissions Equipped Miata
Although this header can be installed on a 1999-2000 California Emissions Equipped Model (CEEM) Miata, it requires the removal of the primary catalytic converter. (Several states besides California sold these also sold CEEM versions, to determine if your car is equipped with California emission control devices, refer to the emissions decal on the underside of the hood.) The secondary catalytic converter located in the mid-chassis connecting pipe section is retained.
Once a header is installed on a CEEM, the vehicle is no longer considered emissions legal and cannot legally be used upon a public highway. If the header is to be used on for a race application, a Race Header Kit can be used to retain the use of emissions control system. The objective of this kit is to relocate the secondary oxygen sensor to a new position in the exhaust system directly behind the remaining catalytic converter. In order to accomplish this task, the factory connecting pipe must be removed from the vehicle and an oxygen sensor nut position must be drilled and a retaining fitting welded in place.
A Racing Beat Race Header Kit includes two (2) wiring harness extensions (equipped with factory OEM style connector plugs), which eliminate the need to "cut and splice" the factory wiring harness. High temperature-coated 18-gauge wire is utilized to provide superior heat protection. Also supplied is an oxygen sensor mounting fitting and detailed instructions.
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- 15.0 lbs.
- W20.0000” x H10.0000” x L40.0000”
- Flat Rate Shipping $100 (does not apply to AK and HI)
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