I have been playing around with a demo version of Performance Trends "Suspension Analyzer v2.0", and reading the race and rally car source book and chassis engineering.
Initially I measured all the Miata hardpoints and put them into the computer prgramme. This gave me a baseline. Then I did the same with the locost dimensions as per the drawings above.
I then tried moving teh top chassis mounts up and down.
This gave me a whole bunch of results.
(Admin - this is my first attempt at HTML I copied the code from Excel can you allow it please or let me know how to show a nice table thanks)
**Admin edit** Adam, I couldn't figure it out, here is your table:
I think the 1/4" higher is the best compromise.
All the set-ups have similar camber changes
The 1" higher setup has a lot of lateral roll centre movement with the lowest roll centre height
The 1/4" higher has virtualy no lateral roll centre movement and very reasonable values for everything else.
Are my conclusions accurate?
I have created a lot of data over the last few days - I think I now have accurate dimensions for the Miata which I will be more than happy to share with anyone interested. Just let me know.[/html]