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sigtrap
Apr 14, 2002

MOIST


HERE! Post pics of your new purchases here! Exchange tips! Exchange recipes! Exchange phone numbers!

No, seriously. There are a lot of Miata fans here, so feel free to focus your discussions herein.

sigtrap fucked around with this message at 04:18 on Oct 11, 2007

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GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

427 TOTALLY LEGITIMATE, DEFENSIBLE NATIONAL TITLES AND COUNTING


This thread brought to you by Helldump

Post your pics of how you butched up your Miata



You Am I
May 20, 2001

I will decide who posts John Howard pictures in this thread and the circumstances in which they post.


Best AI idea for ages.

destructo
Apr 29, 2006



Ain't she purty (a bit of an upgrade from the ol' Trooper)
1990, 69k miles, all options.

destructo fucked around with this message at 18:56 on Oct 16, 2007

Schwack
Jan 31, 2003

Someone needs to stop this! Sherman has lost his mind! Peyton is completely unable to defend himself out there!


On a 94 NA is it possible to find a car equipped with a LSD without having the A package equipment?

warn3rboy
May 20, 2004

by Peatpot


I may soon be in the market for a used, fun daily driver. I can't keep reading all the praise about Miatas without looking into them further, so a question came up. What's the "best" kind of miata as far as speed, reliability, etc.? Are there certain years to watch out for? Certain years to avoid like the plague? I'm a tall guy, 6'5, but I've heard that that doesn't automatically eliminate the possibility of comfortably driving a miata... any truth to this? I suppose I'm pretty much asking for an introduction to the wonderful world of Miata.

mobn
May 23, 2005

by Ozmaugh


Edit:^^^I'm 6'3" and 290 pounds and I fit in my Miata fantastically. There's really no way to know until you sit in one.

Schwack posted:

On a 94 NA is it possible to find a car equipped with a LSD without having the A package equipment?

Maybe if someone optioned it that way. Mine's a C Package and it has the Torsen.

Elysium
Aug 21, 2003
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

6'5 is pretty tall for a miata, depending on how you're proportioned you might be able to get away with it by removing some cushion or mounting the seat directly to the floor. I doubt you'll fit that well though.

GOLDMAN SACHS PARTY
Sep 2, 2004

by Fistgrrl


warn3rboy posted:

I may soon be in the market for a used, fun daily driver. I can't keep reading all the praise about Miatas without looking into them further, so a question came up. What's the "best" kind of miata as far as speed, reliability, etc.? Are there certain years to watch out for? Certain years to avoid like the plague? I'm a tall guy, 6'5, but I've heard that that doesn't automatically eliminate the possibility of comfortably driving a miata... any truth to this? I suppose I'm pretty much asking for an introduction to the wonderful world of Miata.

http://www.miata.net/faq/miatachanges.html

Personally, I'm aiming for a '94-'97. If you're tall you can do a "foamectomy".

whiskas
May 30, 2005


If you have long legs forget about being able to fit in a miata. I had one of my legs pinned against the dashboard (with the seat all the way back) while sitting in one during a car show. I made quite a scene as I struggled to free myself.

TheSwift.CC
May 8, 2003

Guess?


What is the general consensus on the NC Miatas? I might be in need of a new car in a few months, but I really want to stick with buying cars brand new.

Also, why hasn't the ultimate miata-fag....err...fan Krakkles posted in this thread yet?!

notro man
Aug 23, 2006


Schwack posted:

On a 94 NA is it possible to find a car equipped with a LSD without having the A package equipment?

No, it needs to be at least the A, B, or C package. Base models did not come with Torsen, nor was it an option. Also no automatics.

Savington
Apr 9, 2007
I'm not Stinkmeister, this title is here so waar can tell the difference between Stinkmeister and myself in mafia games.


Schwack posted:

On a 94 NA is it possible to find a car equipped with a LSD without having the A package equipment?

R-package or the A/B/C. Base and Autos don't have it.

My car's been online in photos more than some porn stars.



Guinness
Sep 15, 2004





It's just begging to be driven (and washed). I love my car. My Miata has completely sold me on roadsters for life.



TheSwift.CC posted:

What is the general consensus on the NC Miatas? I might be in need of a new car in a few months, but I really want to stick with buying cars brand new.

The NC's styling has really grown on me. It's like a more modern, more aggressive NA, which is great. Some people say it's a fat pig and is too "soft". Granted, it does weigh about 200 pounds more than the previous cars (at 2400 vs 2200 pounds). The NC is really much more modernized than the previous iterations. Even the NB in 2005 was basically the same car as the NA in 1990, with tweaks along the way. For a huge revision and update, gaining 200 pounds (but also gaining about 25hp and 15 ft.-lbs.) isn't too bad by today's standards. 2400 pounds is a pretty drat light car for the mainstream market in 2007 (unfortunately).

I really, really like the PRHT since I live in an area with actual seasons (and for security), but the price on a loaded PRHT gets way too close to an S2000 for me to ever actually go through with it, I think. I like to balance performance and creature comforts though, so the added 70 pounds or so of the PRHT isn't heart breaking for me. On the flip side, you can pick up a loaded NA or NB for a fraction of a new NC and get just as much enjoyment out of it. I wouldn't say the NC is a bad car at all, though, if you absolutely have to buy new. It's just that if you get into the loaded models pushing $30k, that's getting a little absurd.

Mo Hawk
Jul 17, 2006
HEADPHONE JACK

US-Miata checking in (imported, I live in Germany)


Now, up until a few years ago you were not allowed to have the US-Style turn signal. As far as I know in the US the Miata had the turn signals always on at about 50% of full brightness, flashing with 100% brightness when used.
Now the previous owner had a shop change this turn signal behaviour to the standard EU kind, meaning the turn signals really just get power when used, like this:


Now I want to convert it back to the US style, since it has been street legal here since quite a few years. Does anyone have an idea what the shop could have done to convert the signal behaviour, and how I have to re-wire it?

Ize
Aug 1, 2006



In case you missed it:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2646177

You're all a bunch of loving faggots.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Ize posted:

In case you missed it:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2646177

You're all a bunch of loving faggots.

Yay, a bunch of people who never read AI bitching about AI.

The NC gets a lukewarm reception out of the enthusiast community because people who really love their Miatas tend to flog them on autocrosses and the like. The early NB is the fastest stock Miata you can choose for this purpose - it's stiffer than the NA and has the 140hp 1.8, but is hardly any heavier since the base was still well and truly a base car - no air, no power steering, no power windows / mirrors / locks / antenna. Grassroots Motorsports did a test comparing the NB to the NC to the Solstice, and the Solstice is even heavier than the NC - yet on an example autocross, the results were NB, followed very closely by the Solstice, with the NC bringing up the rear by a good margin. It gained weight, but it didn't get enough tire and suspension work to stay a quick handler.

Arguably the Miata has been headng that way since about 2001 - later NBs were loaded to the gills 'standard', probably because Mazda felt the need to compete against some higher end roadsters like the Boxster and Z3.

destructo
Apr 29, 2006


Savington posted:

R-package or the A/B/C. Base and Autos don't have it.

My car's been online in photos more than some porn stars.




poo poo Savington, are those the 15x8 6UL's from Emilio? How have they been working for you?

Ize
Aug 1, 2006



destructo posted:

poo poo Savington, are those the 15x8 6UL's from Emilio? How have they been working for you?

Yeah they are.
I'm curious, what finish is that? They don't have the silver lip of the black finish wheels but they look too dark to be Nickel. Also, what offset are they?

Ize fucked around with this message at 14:21 on Oct 11, 2007

Willie D
Dec 29, 2006

by Ozma








Representin

powderific
May 13, 2004



Grimey Drawer

My Mazdaspeed MX-5 just got to go on a trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Obviously, I was no match for the motorcycle, but bombing down Iron Mountain road and through Spearfish Canyon was a blast.

I put in a flyin' Miata downpipe and intake earlier this year and they seem to help the car out quite a bit. However, the best modification I did for this trip was a cruise control. 1100 miles without it would have sucked.




Homestake mine with my buddy's VFR



Near some waterfall.



Brainwrong
Mar 20, 2004

RIP Bobby K
Poland's Rose. Like a cabbage in the wind.


willd58 posted:

Representin

More





Now goonified

Willie D
Dec 29, 2006

by Ozma


brainwrong posted:

More

Now goonified


Nice, how much that cost, 5k? Plates over here are retardedly expensive

Brainwrong
Mar 20, 2004

RIP Bobby K
Poland's Rose. Like a cabbage in the wind.


willd58 posted:

Nice, how much that cost, 5k? Plates over here are retardedly expensive

It's my girlfriend's I think she paid 500 for it a couple of months ago. (The plate that is, the car was about 4000)

Sudden Infant Def Syndrome
Oct 2, 2004



brainwrong posted:

More

God green with tan looks awesome.



Also, how do you guys like my stripes? I painted them myself with like 5 layers of tremclad and alot of wetsanding, and they came out pretty awesome in my opinion.

Sudden Infant Def Syndrome fucked around with this message at 15:33 on Oct 11, 2007

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Sudden Infant Def Syndrome posted:

God green with tan looks awesome.



Also, how do you guys like my stripes? I painted them myself with like 5 layers of tremclad and alot of wetsanding, and they came out pretty awesome in my opinion.



You need a better helmet. Is that even strapped?

Sudden Infant Def Syndrome
Oct 2, 2004



Baby Hitler posted:

You need a better helmet. Is that even strapped?

It's not mine, it's a club loaner since I am far too cheap to buy one for myself for the amount of times I'd use it. And no, it's probably not strapped because I was lazy.

Simkin
May 18, 2007

"He says he's going to be number one!"

Sudden Infant Def Syndrome posted:

God green with tan looks awesome.



Also, how do you guys like my stripes? I painted them myself with like 5 layers of tremclad and alot of wetsanding, and they came out pretty awesome in my opinion.



I just can't look at your picture without seeing this:



Also, stripes? Almost never cool. Especially not so on a Miata. Sorry.

Modern Vagina
Oct 11, 2004

Who wants chowder?

I've never browsed AI until now, since my other car is just a practical 4-door. I recently bought a Miata, and one of my coworkers sent me this. I'm not sure where he found the source image of my face.

It's a really fun car to drive, even though I get ribbed a lot due to its looks.

Edit: Oh, and here's what it actually looks like. I really like the look of the steelies.

Only registered members can see post attachments!

Modern Vagina fucked around with this message at 17:19 on Oct 11, 2007

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Sudden Infant Def Syndrome posted:





Yes, I am missing the apex by a loving mile.

vex
Oct 18, 2002

TurboThather fan club President. LOL DSM

Ize posted:

In case you missed it:

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2646177

You're all a bunch of loving faggots.

I love how there's a pack of Miata driving faggots in that thread trying to defend the car. Do you morons not understand the internet?

brosef deluxe
Feb 22, 2007

"See Joe, this is what winning a meaningful game feels like"


vex posted:

I love how there's a pack of Miata driving faggots in that thread trying to defend the car. Do you morons not understand the internet?
Honestly.

Ignore Helldump, they'll get bored and go McCarthy the poo poo out of more pedophiles soon enough.

Moritastic
Oct 25, 2005

I don't wanna explode!


Guinness posted:

[timg]The NC's styling has really grown on me. It's like a more modern, more aggressive NA, which is great. Some people say it's a fat pig and is too "soft". Granted, it does weigh about 200 pounds more than the previous cars (at 2400 vs 2200 pounds). The NC is really much more modernized than the previous iterations. Even the NB in 2005 was basically the same car as the NA in 1990, with tweaks along the way. For a huge revision and update, gaining 200 pounds (but also gaining about 25hp and 15 ft.-lbs.) isn't too bad by today's standards. 2400 pounds is a pretty drat light car for the mainstream market in 2007 (unfortunately).

While the NA is what made me want a Miata so many years ago, it just seems a bit outdated looking to me now. I like the NB's looks and the NC has really grown on me, especially the interior which seems more sophisticated than the earlier models.

Is there much of a difference between the three generations as far as being a daily driver? I'm looking to get a new(er) car next month and I was highly considering the NC, but there are a lot of NBs on sale in the Houston area, while used NCs are severely lacking.

Also, is there a big difference between the 6 speed/17 inch wheels/front tower brace and the 5 speed/16 inch wheels in the NC?

quote:

It's just that if you get into the loaded models pushing $30k, that's getting a little absurd.

GT + PRHT is what would get it that high, though. I would think the models most people would buy would be in the $23-24k range.

Binger Banger
Oct 28, 2003

by Fistgrrl


vex posted:

I love how there's a pack of Miata driving faggots in that thread trying to defend the car. Do you morons not understand the internet?

NO SIR YOU ARE THE MORON. Do you, moron, not understand helldump?

Moritastic posted:

While the NA is what made me want a Miata so many years ago, it just seems a bit outdated looking to me now. I like the NB's looks and the NC has really grown on me, especially the interior which seems more sophisticated than the earlier models.

Is there much of a difference between the three generations as far as being a daily driver?

Can I call the NC a bloated, hideous piece of poo poo that's got nothing to do with what the NA/NB are about without getting banned in here? Hey guys let's add weight and slap our disgusting parts bin fender flares on it, loving brilliant. Even the NBs were trying way too hard to look like a radical xtreme mini rx-7, but at least they perform. Buying an NC because it doesn't look "dated" is asinine. I'm going to go ahead and recommend you buy the automatic if you're going to buy an NC because it looks nice and has a pretty interior.

Binger Banger fucked around with this message at 18:33 on Oct 11, 2007

TooLShack
Jun 3, 2001

SMILE, BIRTHDAY BOY!

Binger Banger posted:

Can I call the NC a bloated, hideous piece of poo poo that's got nothing to do with what the NA/NB are about without getting banned in here?

Sure you can, but I think you are being a bit silly. With cars getting heavier and heavier a addition of around 200 pounds is not that bad. After I lost my 2000 SE to a wreck I decided to get a NC because of the side air bags. My NC feels a lot faster than my NB and I really like how the top works. The suspension is a bit softer but I only have the touring edition so it does have the sports suspension pack on it. I think the NC is a great car and is respectful to the Miata line.

Savington
Apr 9, 2007
I'm not Stinkmeister, this title is here so waar can tell the difference between Stinkmeister and myself in mafia games.


Ize posted:

Yeah they are.
I'm curious, what finish is that? They don't have the silver lip of the black finish wheels but they look too dark to be Nickel. Also, what offset are they?

They are +40 Nickels. The finish changes depending on the light; I can make them look near-chrome or practically gunmetal. The finish is a high-gloss silver that's hand-sprayed with a VERY fine layer of gloss black to produce the smoky look. I was on the fence when I ordered them between silver (not blingy enough) and black (too blingy), and when I saw that finish I fell in love.

Krakkles
May 5, 2003

like and subscribe for more passive-aggressive roadway bullshit adventure in Chigcao

Given my custom title, I have to post here, right?

GOLDMAN SACHS PARTY
Sep 2, 2004

by Fistgrrl


Krakkles posted:

Given my custom title, I have to post here, right?

Only if your clutch has been fixed.

Moritastic
Oct 25, 2005

I don't wanna explode!


TooLShack posted:

Sure you can, but I think you are being a bit silly. With cars getting heavier and heavier a addition of around 200 pounds is not that bad. After I lost my 2000 SE to a wreck I decided to get a NC because of the side air bags. My NC feels a lot faster than my NB and I really like how the top works. The suspension is a bit softer but I only have the touring edition so it does have the sports suspension pack on it. I think the NC is a great car and is respectful to the Miata line.

Thanks for the constructive NB vs NC comments. How would you compare the handling in the two cars and how do they compare in daily driving, cabin room, etc?

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Phone
Jul 30, 2005

ああ!彼からのメールだ!

College Slice

Modern Vagina posted:

Edit: Oh, and here's what it actually looks like. I really like the look of the steelies.

I have a set of steelies at my house which I'm going to paint lime green for my winter/early-spring set of wheels. My car's going to be a green abortion. (I decided to go against Toolshack's suggestion to go red for a Christmas time Miata)

Moritastic posted:

Thanks for the constructive NB vs NC comments. How would you compare the handling in the two cars and how do they compare in daily driving, cabin room, etc?


NC's are cool. They look like poo poo, but they're cool. I had some guy who was like 6'6 and 250lbs squeeze into my car with a helmet on when I had my hardtop. I took a ride with him in his NC and there's a lot more grunt and a lot more refined and purdy. It reminded me more of the MR-S' interior. I got a 74:xx run when he was in my car, when I rode with him he spun out and still managed a 65:xx. I was holding onto the "oh poo poo" bar like my life depended on it.

edit:

I'm running under the radar with my 90-93 wheels on my 96

Phone fucked around with this message at 20:34 on Oct 11, 2007

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