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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:00 pm 
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Hello, I just discovered and joined this site this evening. Have been posting in the non-tradional build section of locostUSA. I am building a mid-engine locost7 type car using a Geo 1.0 L engine for street use only. I will be using Miata front end parts and was hoping I could use Miata rear brakes but am not sure that is possible. My donor was a 1992 Chevy Geo 4 door hatchback. Thanks to this site I see that I can up grade my brakes by using +95 parts. My problem is that by moving the engine and transaxle to the rear I will need parking brakes. Would appreciate any guidance you could give me.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Do a google search for line lock.

You're using a 1.3 8V motor with 3.52 final drive?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:42 pm 
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That line lock looks interesting and would really simplify matters. Not sure it would pass PA emergency brake requirements for street registration. Will have to check that out.

I am using the 1.0 motor with 3.95:1 transaxle.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:49 pm 
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For some reason, I thought I read 4 dr sedan in your post. I see now it's a hatch. That's why I assumed 1.3. Can you link to your build thread? I couldn't find it.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:51 pm 
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Here's the link....I hope: http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtop ... 36&t=12988

I want to use 15 inch wheels. How does that affect my gear ratio?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:56 pm 
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Why 15's?
The larger your wheel, the higher (lower numerically) you gear ratio will be. Use this to give you an idea what the difference will be.

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

I was going to build a Porsche spyder kit car as my retirement project, but this viewtopic.php?f=24&t=48890&p=368468#p368468 has me thuinking about building a super lightweight Swift GT powered rear engine car that looks a lot like this one.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:26 pm 
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I want rear mechanical parking brakes on my car and have seen it mentioned that the rear calipers from '89 - '94 Suzuki Swift GTs would work with the '92 Geo Metro front running gear (which will be in the rear of my car). I ordered these (Raybestos 10051/10052) but find that the distance between the mounting holes is different. The caliper holes are 115mm ctc and I need 130mm. Does anyone know if there were different mounting dimensions for any years within the '89 - '94 range. They will also require larger rotors, but I have '96 rotors that should work.


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