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    Ok so i wanna buy a light weight rwd and ive narrowed it down to an 1990 mx5 or an ae86. id be doing a 16v conversion, installing a tseries disc to disc and probably go with some moderately priced coilovers (bc) and the mx5 would be getting the torsen diff upgrade (not sure how familiar everyone is with mx5s) and some yellowspeed coilovers and prob some xforce extractors to give me a little more power. in my opinion after those mods the cars would be pretty equal but im wondering what car would be better to learn to drive/master rwd in? (i currently drive a pig of a lancer and no i haven't been watching too much initial d haha)

    the only downside for the 86 in my opinion is the price.

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    price and cost of panels lights etc if you crash it.
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    are they similar to drive or?

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    They are slightly different to drive. I've owned both. Yes they are both rwd and light but there are still subtle differences. I would suggest getting the nb8b mx5 instead of the na6.

    The mx5 is a more clinical car to drive. I did not have many mods on the car so can't compare to heavily modified ones.

    The 86 is a far rawer driving experience. The car is more rigid and requires more driver input to drive. That said, my 86 is massively modified.

    Either car will be great to learn in. Get into both of them yourself and drive. You may prefer one over the other.
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    Id say they are similar.
    Cost wise id say your better off like this... mx5/ae71> > ae86
    You could build or buy a ae71 with a 4age for around the same price as a mx5.
    Ke70/ae71 weigh less then a ae86, and are more replaceable. Id go for one of them, but the mx5 is still a good option

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    Don't waste your money on bc coilovers , get kyb and king springs if you were thinking of bc's. There are much better options out there for only a few $$$ more

    Ae86's are becoming harder to find, ke70 and ae71 is following suit too, but they are also good options if an ae86 is costing too much.

    And you can never watch too much initial d. Do you want to drift or just be quick at grip? Fwd grip is fun
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    a MX5 is so good out of the factory you will feel like you are rwd master already. it feels twitchier to drift stock standard than an ae71 imho.

    if you wish to master rwd, I would suggest starting in an underpowered ke70 with a welded diff, then making subtle changes to suspension and power. as you make the changes you'll see how the car reacts differently.

    practice at slow speeds on slippery surfaces, then build up to faster speeds on slippery surfaces. then go to slow speeds on grippy surfaces, before trying high speed on grippy surfaces.

    paddocks or large expanses of grass/ concrete are best to start on.

    don't start out on the street trying to drift, even if it's industrial areas that aren't populated. gutters will munch your rims and suspension...

    good luck whichever car you choose, but i'd be going almost any 70's or 80's rwd jap car to begin with, then buying another car later once you've had some practice.

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    ^^^ is great advice...

    Allot of guys build 300kw drift pigs, have power to get outta any situation and never really learn how to drive properly
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    I forgot to mention try your hand at motorkhana and autocross, real cheap motorsport and a safe way to throw your car around.

    check out cams.com.au, www.vicclubautocrossseries.com, www.motorkhanavic.com.au, and tccav.org.au for info.

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    I think an ae86 is great to learn in...get one with no power steering.
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