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    How to Install V8 Roadster Frame Rails

    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. Now my rails were bad but not as bad of the rails one any slammed miata. Mine were okay to work with.


    Bag o Nuts by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


    Inspection of the damage


    Banged up Rails by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    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




    IMG_0510 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr





    IMG_0511 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    Seat removal by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    Seats Removed by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr





    IMG_0519 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    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



    IMG_0548 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    Unclip Wire Harness by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    Unclip Wire Harness 2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr






    Getting the car on the lift


    IMG_0524 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    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



    IMG_0581 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    Deformation by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    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


    IMG_0584 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    Fuel Line Removal by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


    Dont forget the one next to the transmission up a ways



    Top Transmission Fuel line Clip by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


    IMG_0539 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    IMG_0535 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    IMG_0541 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    Remove all fuel line Clips by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    Now 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



    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.



    Let the Drilling Begin by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr






    IMG_0553 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr





    IMG_0566 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    V8 Roadsters by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    More Drilling by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr

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    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



    Bolts-Washers_ by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr


    First Nut by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr





    Frame Rail by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr







    frame rails by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    IMG_0588 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr




    IMG_0589 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr



    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.



    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.



    V8 Roadsters-2 by rocketeerbandit, on Flickr

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    great photos and install!! Thanks given!!!

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    That project brought back memories!
    96 Montego, replacing a 95M... I miss: My running peeps in Tampa, running barefoot @ Clearwater Beach and First Choice BBQ, in Brandon. In So Cal I miss: The Malibu Canyons, CA 33 and In & Out Burgers ! I'm from Tampa, if I was from Tampa Bay, I'd be a fish!

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    Oh oh what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mini_fd View Post
    Oh oh what happened.
    Who me? Oh, just the install. My V8R frame rails went in w/o a hitch!
    96 Montego, replacing a 95M... I miss: My running peeps in Tampa, running barefoot @ Clearwater Beach and First Choice BBQ, in Brandon. In So Cal I miss: The Malibu Canyons, CA 33 and In & Out Burgers ! I'm from Tampa, if I was from Tampa Bay, I'd be a fish!

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    Nice write up! I've been on that lift before!


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    Glad to see you got them on, dont really pay attention to this forum anymore unfortunately.

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    Hey Andrew miss you buddy. Can't wait.to hang out with you sometime

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