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Russian Bear
Dec 26, 2007



Partial Octopus posted:

I'm moving from Philly to Denver this weekend. I managed to fit all my essential belongings into my Miata.



Who says Miatas aren't practical?

Is that a 1up bike rack?

I moved cross country in a similar fashion in my old 94. Car was having bit of a hard time on a 80mph speed limit highway in Nevada, but otherwise it got me through a flood in St. George just fine on the way to southern AZ.

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Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Yeah it's the 1up single. I decided to ship my bikes instead of taking them with me. I figured it was worth paying the $60 for shipping as opposed to having someone steal my mountain bike while I'm eating some rest stop hamburger.

ShaneB
Oct 21, 2002




Eyud posted:

The Peak to Peak Miata Club (the mailing list is still more active than the web site which is in the process of being updated)

No membership required to join a drive though, anyone is welcome to just show up.

I live here as well but haven't made it out. Should I?

Eyud
Aug 5, 2006



I went on a handful of drives last year and had a good time, the members are mostly older but everyone I've met has been nice and it's just always fun to cruise around the mountains with a bunch of other Miatas.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I'd be down to meet up just to go for a weekend drive regardless of the club. I'd love for someone to show me where all the best roads are.

Eyud
Aug 5, 2006



Would be happy to. Once you're settled in hit me up and we'll go drive around in the mountains.

Eyud fucked around with this message at 18:05 on May 30, 2020

ShaneB
Oct 21, 2002




Eyud posted:

Would be happy to. Once you're settled in hit me up and we'll go drive around in the mountains.

Get at me too!

Hikaki
Oct 11, 2005
Motherfucking Fujitsu Heavy Industries

Virgil Vox posted:

Can you keep close to the original ride height? Did you do sways before too?

I have a club model and the billstiens seem great but wondering what coilovers or the Konis would be like. I canít lose too much ride height though my driveway enters on an incline.

I'm in the same boat. I've been looking at Miataspeed's flavor of Ohlins which come with a longer stroke than standard. Apparently they can be adjusted to be even higher than stock height. They charge about $1k more than standard (though it does come with other goodies), which has me hesitating.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





So while I was driving today a rock hit my tow hook cover and it went flying off into the sky. Do I need to bother getting a replacement part color matched or do you think I'd be safe just ordering a pre-painted one online? The car is pretty new, idk if color matching is just for older sun-bleached cars or just for paints they don't make anymore.

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

ああ!彼からのメールだ!

College Slice

Hikaki posted:

I'm in the same boat. I've been looking at Miataspeed's flavor of Ohlins which come with a longer stroke than standard. Apparently they can be adjusted to be even higher than stock height. They charge about $1k more than standard (though it does come with other goodies), which has me hesitating.

xidas?

Hikaki
Oct 11, 2005
Motherfucking Fujitsu Heavy Industries


Wow you're right, Xidas are 180mm vs 111mm on the Ohlins. The singe adjuster with mounts included are $400 cheaper to boot. I also now remember that I've briefly driven an NA with Xidas and they felt pretty good.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


Partial Octopus posted:

So while I was driving today a rock hit my tow hook cover and it went flying off into the sky. Do I need to bother getting a replacement part color matched or do you think I'd be safe just ordering a pre-painted one online? The car is pretty new, idk if color matching is just for older sun-bleached cars or just for paints they don't make anymore.

I'd just grab a pre-painted one or hit up eBay. Lots of miatas are rocking tow hooks and plate holders and stuff so there's none to be someone selling their OEM cover.

Joe Mama
May 10, 2008



This. Xidas are the most easy-button choice out there. I have The GS model on the Volkzda and I love them already.

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

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College Slice

Iím waiting for 949 to do a NC development car so that I donít wind up buying an NB if I ever get the track itch again.

They did some stuff with the Toyobaru last year, but those cars are usually double the price of an equivalent NC.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


How painful is a suspension refresh on the NC? It's either I do that myself or I go find another, newer NC (with an LSD this time) I think. Garages around me are closed or have very limited hours so I think I'd have to tackle this in my driveway.

blk
Dec 19, 2009


I did struts, springs, and sways. I forget how hard it was, but I survived.

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

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College Slice

afaik you don't have to disconnect the steering in order to fish the front sway bar out on an NC

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


blk posted:

I did struts, springs, and sways. I forget how hard it was, but I survived.

Did you have access to a lift or just throw it on stands? Did you go with a kit?

djfooboo
Oct 16, 2004



Anybody got any good reqs on rain apps for convertibles?

blk
Dec 19, 2009


FreelanceSocialist posted:

Did you have access to a lift or just throw it on stands? Did you go with a kit?

Stands. IIRC accessing the tops of the rear struts in the trunk is a little cramped. Threading the front sway bar took a while.

Goodwin racing sells Konis, progress springs and bars. I hear good things about FM stage 2 but this setup had PRHT specific springs as an option.

Donít forget tor reuse the little plastic film on top of the front struts, itís an anti-noise thing.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


Awesome. Thanks. Looks like I have a new project.

Steely Dad
Jul 29, 2006




My NB's got a flat tire. Obviously, the only possible solution is to get a full set of wheels and new tires. I'm thinking about RPF1s, but Konig Hypergrams also look pretty cool for like eighty bucks cheaper per wheel. What's a good 15x7 wheel/tire combo for a stock NB that will see 90% street use and (hopefully, post-COVID) a little autocross? PS4S for tires?

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


I really like the BF Goodrich G-Force Comp-2 (not the all seasons) or Kumho Ecsta for street/auto-x.

e: for 90% street I'd lean towards the BFG Comp-2 only because they behave better in the wet, in my opinion.

FreelanceSocialist fucked around with this message at 01:17 on Jun 5, 2020

GOD IS BED
Jun 17, 2010


Having a fun time on the internet




College Slice

FreelanceSocialist posted:

I really like the BF Goodrich G-Force Comp-2 (not the all seasons) or Kumho Ecsta for street/auto-x.

Kumho Ecstas are superb street/autox tires, loved them on my NC.

TrueChaos
Nov 14, 2006




Re tire chat for street/autox use. Do you want to be competitive, have the tire that's going to allow you to win a street tire class? Get either BFG Rivals or Bridgestone RE71R's. Tradeoffs: high wear, lots of tire noise.

Next step down is RS4's, they sacrifice some speed but trade that for better wear characteristics. Still lots of tire noise.

Below that you've got a wide variety of options, kimho Ecstas, G-Force Comp-2, things like the firehawk Indy 500 (surprisingly a very good tire at a great price point), etc. I don't have a lot of experience with these, as I jumped into top tier tires off the bat. I run RS4's these days because the top autox tires wear too quickly (I'd be replacing every year after 10 events of 6-8 runs each, +5000km street driving) and they last even less on track. For reference, I get 2 years out of RS4's, including 6-8 track days.

Hikaki
Oct 11, 2005
Motherfucking Fujitsu Heavy Industries

I have Continental ExtremeContact Sports which come in one 15" size (205/50) that should fit your 15x7. They have good road feel, are not too noisy, have good dry and wet traction, and have a 30k mile treadlife warranty.

I think the G-Force Comp-2 has better road feel than the EC Sports but also seem to have less max grip and no treadlife warranty. The Firehawk Indy 500 had worse feel but better grip than the G-Force.

For wheels, I have Advanti Storm S1's which are almost as light as RPF1's but look way better in my opinion. They are flow-formed as well.

um excuse me
Jan 1, 2016

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TrueChaos posted:

Re tire chat for street/autox use. Do you want to be competitive, have the tire that's going to allow you to win a street tire class? Get either BFG Rivals or Bridgestone RE71R's. Tradeoffs: high wear, lots of tire noise.

Next step down is RS4's, they sacrifice some speed but trade that for better wear characteristics. Still lots of tire noise.

Below that you've got a wide variety of options, kimho Ecstas, G-Force Comp-2, things like the firehawk Indy 500 (surprisingly a very good tire at a great price point), etc. I don't have a lot of experience with these, as I jumped into top tier tires off the bat. I run RS4's these days because the top autox tires wear too quickly (I'd be replacing every year after 10 events of 6-8 runs each, +5000km street driving) and they last even less on track. For reference, I get 2 years out of RS4's, including 6-8 track days.

To win, RE-71s all day. They're a """200""" UTQG while the Rival S is an actual 200 UTQG. I've used both and while the Rival S is a preferred tire for my WRX, which is a thousand pounds heavier, the wear penalty and "greasy" characteristics of the RE-71 go away with a car as light as the Miata. My road only Miata, strangely, is currently equipped with Rival S.

um excuse me fucked around with this message at 02:32 on Jun 5, 2020

TrueChaos
Nov 14, 2006




um excuse me posted:

To win, RE-71s all day. They're a """200""" UTQG while the Rival S is an actual 200 UTQG. I've used both and while the Rival S is a preferred tire for my WRX, which is a thousand pounds heavier, the wear penalty and "greasy" characteristics of the RE-71 go away with a car as light as the Miata. My road only Miata, strangely, is currently equipped with Rival S.

It's going to depend on your lot conditions, temperature range you typically run at, how much adjustment you can get out of the car, etc. Though, for what it's worth, E-street at Auto-X nationals 2019 results (where NB's play in stock form) every single miata entry finishing higher than 24th was running Rivals or the new Yokos.

Virgil Vox
Dec 8, 2009



TrueChaos posted:

It's going to depend on your lot conditions, temperature range you typically run at, how much adjustment you can get out of the car, etc. Though, for what it's worth, E-street at Auto-X nationals 2019 results (where NB's play in stock form) every single miata entry finishing higher than 24th was running Rivals or the new Yokos.

I got the new yokos [on an nd tho] and they are quiet

Bud
Oct 5, 2002

Quite Polite Like Walter Cronkite

I'm very happy with my Conti ECSs on 15*8 storms for daily general use. That offset is perfect on the NB.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


Let's round out performance tire chat with quiet tire chat: I drove a vette with Michelin Pilot Super Sports for about 400mi last summer and they made my tires at the time (GMax AS-05s) seem deafening. Unfortunately those don't come in 215/45R-17. Any recommendations for my next set of (quiet) summer street tires?

FreelanceSocialist fucked around with this message at 12:42 on Jun 5, 2020

Steely Dad
Jul 29, 2006




I'm definitely more interested in street driving experience than pure grip. There's no way I'm going to be competitive in any autocross class, anyway.

Steely Dad
Jul 29, 2006




Hikaki posted:

For wheels, I have Advanti Storm S1's which are almost as light as RPF1's but look way better in my opinion. They are flow-formed as well.

Thanks for reminding me! Those had been on my list but I couldn't remember what they were called.

um excuse me
Jan 1, 2016

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PSS are loud? Those are my go to street tire. Balance of performance, wear, wet traction, and noise was spot on, I thought. Also note that the PSS is the third generation extreme performance tire by Michelin. They're on the Pilot Sport 4 now.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


No, they're the opposite of loud. They were much quieter than the tires I had at the time.

MrOnBicycle
Jan 18, 2008
Wait wat?

How's the hardtop availability / options for the Miata? I'm not a convertible kind of guy, and not a fan of soft tops. Some googling give some pretty cool stuff, but hard to find good quality stuff when the "bad" stuff seems super expensive.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


Sounds like you might want an NC Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) or maybe an ND RF unless you're dead-set on an NA/NB? The NC PRHT is great, in my opinion.

Coredump
Dec 1, 2002
All I'm saying is that should be enough to arouse some suspicion is all.


Mazdaís U.S. Sales Situation Finally Starts Coming Together, in the Middle of a Pandemic? And Because of the Miata? posted:

Year-over-year, MX-5 Miata sales jumped 31 percent. With 1,102 sales, it was the first four-digit sales month for Mazdaís droptop since last July and only the fifth such 1K+ month in the last three years. Mazda averaged fewer than 700 monthly Miata sales in 2019 and hasnít averaged more than 1,000 per month since 2007.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2...e-of-the-miata/

Seems the CX-30 is doing most of the heavy lifting but the fact that the miata is enjoying a sales resurgence is good news.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





"poo poo, we're all gonna die soon, better get that convertible I've been promising myself for decades."

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mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009

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Virgil Vox posted:

I got the new yokos [on an nd tho] and they are quiet
Tire noise... on a miata??? I've had a set of AD08s for years now and this is going to be the last season for them, not much tread left and I'm feeling they're becoming harder too. What are these new Yokos you guys are talking about? A052?

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