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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:17 pm 
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This is Bruiser. Black & Blue Turbo miata build. Also a daily.

Day it came home: 1995 Laguna blue NA8, 5 speed, 1.8l C package ( ac, leather, ps, lsd )
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Came with what I think is a Bossfrog clearview rollbar. And unknown harness bar.
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Almost lowest mileage car I have ever owned. 93,990 ( the 73 ford I sold to buy this had 47k. But it never really ran, I traded up. 8) )
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Firstmods, Stickers.
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Bought a wrecked 94 parts car that was turboed.
So a lot of it is going into this car.

Outside Mods:
Hardtop
Spoiler
Rear bumper cutout
Bosch H4 conversion
Rennenmetal tow eyes front and rear

Inside mods:
Hard dog(?) Double diagonal roll bar
Decent Stereo
Broadway 300mm convex mirror
Soft top removed ( Minus ~60 lbs )

Engine/drivetrain mods:
Corksport adjustable cam gears
Gates blue timing belt
new timing idler and tensioner pulley
New water pump
new crank and cam seals
Shaved valve cover
Baby blue metallic VC paint
4-2-1 header ( old RB? ) Painted silver / peeling gold
Custom 2.5" header back exhaust one muffler in place of cat
Rotella t6 syth in motor 5w-40
Amsoil severe gear in diff, mtf in trans
2 core ebay rad with dual fans and shroud.

Suspension mods:
BC racing coilovers, 10k front 8k rear.
RB adjustable rear sway bar, set to stiff.
Stock everything else for now.

Not installed, but have:
TURBO
MTX-l wideband
Autometer oil temp/press, egt, boost gauges.
Poly Motor mounts ( DIY for cheap )
Poly Diff mounts.
Fidanza lightweight flywheel
Full black interior from parts car.

Need before turbo:
Injectors ( ID1000 )
ECU to get here

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:03 pm 
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Have you tried drifting it yet?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:10 pm 
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not really drifted, but did some twisties, and powered through corners.
Steering with the throttle is fun.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:42 pm 
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stock motor pics?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:20 am 
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excellent buy sir, i saw this and was tempted, but refused to buy because I'm moving and it not practical. I am jealous, I miss mine......and 1.8 powa huh? That will be a blast, so jelly.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:01 am 
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First off, gratz on owning such a great car
I'm really jelly of your torsen, lemme know how that slides
Mod ideas:
Remove the toiletbowl from your hood (now you have to, can't be unseen)
Remove babyteeth
Maybe spare tire relocation
Flash to pass diode (pull the bright and the headlights wink at the bitches) I have 2 extra and I can install it

I've done a good bit of research, I'd be glad to field some questions

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:37 am 
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Took it for a spirited drive today. So much fun to drive.
I know a lot of previous miata owners always want another.

And, I might clean up some of the badges eventually.
Have A/C so the baby teeth might not be an easy task, from what I have read.... :?
The spare tire will relocate to the garage at some point. I haven't had a normal flat since I lived on gravel roads. And I drive on belted tires all the time.
And I never flash my brights, ever.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:17 am 
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AkaZero wrote:
Have A/C so the baby teeth might not be an easy task, from what I have read.... :?


That's the point :mrgreen:
It's how you get that sick miata cred
Only someone crazy about their miata would spend hours in a cramped part of their car to remove an obscure part.

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And I never flash my brights, ever.

Come on, no one's going to kill you. Don't you know that's an urban legend :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:12 am 
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Might remove the teeth at some point.
I need a drift buddy anyway. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:05 am 
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What's baby teeth? Unfamiliar with Miata lingo.

Test drove a Miata once. It was enough to convince me they are fun and not to buy one as my daily (due to impracticality of its size).

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:42 am 
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They are pretty tiny. I like it though. It should save money in gas, and buying lots of things. :lol:
Baby teeth are the "tow hook" tie downs in the front bumper. From when mazda shipped them.

Today's mod: increasing timing to 14 btdc. Levels out the torque quite nicely, doesn't have "boost lag" as much
Was going for 16, but it kept moving when I tighten the stupid bolt. I hate bolts by the firewall. :evil:

E codes should get here tomorrow. Excited for that.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:12 pm 
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Sweet deal. So is this gettin on the track or is this just daily?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:14 am 
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Will definitely see the track this coming year.
I would love to take it to a real track too, just to outrun more expensive cars. :lol:

Back to the "build"

Removed the baby teeth, probably going to get a real tow hook instead at some point.

Took off the front emblem, now to fill in the holes. :?

Aligned the light covers to math the hood better, looks a little cleaner now.

Bosch E-code H4 conversions, German Flosser 55/60watt bulbs. About 100 times better than sealed beams. Can see forever, especially with the brights.
Install was easy, take off plastic shroud, loosen three screws, take out metal surround, swap in new housing and bulb.
Got them for around $60 shipped for 2 housings and 2 bulbs.
h4 housings: http://busdepot.com/details.jsp?partnumber=0301600118
Bulbs: http://busdepot.com/details.jsp?partnumber=78155
Little more info regarding these conversions: http://www.ratwell.com/technical/BoschH4.html

Wall beam shots, all taken manual settings so they are the same:
Stock sealed beam: Blobs of light
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Sealed beam on left, H4 on right:
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Both h4. The cut off is awesome.
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Just a running shot of the H4:
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And off:
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Removing "baby teeth" was easier than expected with the right tools.
Remains of todays battle.
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And a parting shot of the clean engine bay.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:24 am 
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The engine bay and body look to be in great shape. Since you are notorious for doing things on the cheap, I expected there was a catch when buying this since Miatas fetch a premium due to SCCA nerds. Did you shell out some dough?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:17 am 
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was a little more than my usual cheap cars. Was $2900.

But these do demand a premium, I was looking at 1990 models with 15-180k that wanted near the same price. And then this one popped up.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:51 pm 
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I'd rather pay a few extra dollars for a quality starting point than spending my time and money fixing the previous owner's screw ups.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:06 pm 
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That's always true, I prefer built not bought also.

I am trying to think of a tire setup right now, on the cheap, that will give me the look I want.
Also want to sneak in more steering angle without rubbing the inside fender.

So I might do something like:
13x8 -38offset (16lbs): 3" backspace would help with the turning, could runs this front and rear too.
13x10 -13offset (18lbs) If I wanted a crazy stagger.

I think it will clear fenders with something around a 185/60 tire.

And where am I supposed to find 12x1.5mm lug nuts with a 45 degree seat. :(

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:01 pm 
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you can see if you can find something like these that will take a stock acorn i assume to a 45 degree seat

http://decaldude.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=44&products_id=298

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:53 pm 
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Another option I thought of was having a machine shop turn some lug nuts down to 45 degrees.
But that might be pricey. :?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:35 pm 
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some parts stores will have them in 4 packs just buy a few packs

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:10 pm 
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steven wrote:
I'd rather pay a few extra dollars for a quality starting point than spending my time and money fixing the previous owner's screw ups.


And here is the difference between zeros and mines miata.

Zero's: as you see here. 2900

Mine: 1100 and rust free, ripped top but not a single piece of maintenance was kept up on it. It's been on jack stands for a year.

granted he does have the nicer 1.8. If you crash it I'll buy the rear end off of you.

But going forward all of my future projects will be in good running shape, so I don't spend more time fixing than modding.

Nice buy Zero!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:24 am 
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And since this car is stupid low miles. I can do upkeep and keep it for years.
Probably will daily it in everything but snowy weather. The few little tears have some tape now, so it doesn't leak.

And I found some lug nuts after researching. http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performance- ... Id=1528580
If anyone else wants steelies, and likes keeping wheels on the car.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:09 am 
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Damn, $5 a lug!

I think 13's are a bit small. Why not just take the wheels on the 240? Different lug pattern? And I wouldn't worry about crazy width with low horsepower. Just find somethings that fits nice and the 1.8 can break free.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:19 am 
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$5 a set of 5 nuts, not that bad actually. Plus they are 1" drive, so they should hold on pretty good.

And yes, the XXRs will go on the car after awhile. I ordered the correct lug nuts, so I can mount those.
I just don't have any spare wheels really for the 240, might have to buy it some steelies too, eventually.... I hate having no money. :?

But, I want 13" for maximum slammage, fitment, Also cheapness, and lightness.
Like so.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:07 pm 
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What I wouldn't give to fit in a miata properly!!!

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