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Jul 30, 2005

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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

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Jul 30, 2005

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It's a lot of stretchign the top and rivets.

What would be the best sequence of upgrades?

Softtop >> Rollbar >> Torsen LSD?

e- Which is the best rollbar that will fit under a hardtop?

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Jul 30, 2005

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dreammasah posted:

I traded in my 01 Malibu that had a failing anti-theft system that would not let me start my own car and would cost $1000 to fix for a '99 Miata this weekend.

Got it for $6900 with 69k miles. It's my first stick shift, so I had the joy of learning that over the weekend. It rained last night and I got to find out real fast how sensitive a RWD is in rain.



Get some sticky tires and alloys. I went from the steel wheels (18lbs) to the 90-93 alloys (12lb), so not only did i drop 24lbs, I now cruise in style.

edit- nothing can prepare you for how many times you're going to hydroplane for a split second. Welcome to owning a lightweight car.

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Jul 30, 2005

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You can still tell that you're not in the best situation with the RT-615, but I'm enjoying the hell out of mine. I have to remind myself to slow down when driving my dad's Focus with all-seasons around corners.

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Jul 30, 2005

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I think thetireshoppe.com has them, but their site is slow as molasses usually.

edit- they do in 195/55/14 and 195/45/14

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Jul 30, 2005

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IOwnCalculus posted:

89A is seriously the best day-trip in this goddamn state if you want to actually drive. I've heard 191 is even better but it would make for one LONG day and that wouldn't even have you stopping anywhere other than gas and food.

Of course, in discussing this with my wife (it is her car after all)...she said "I want the sticky tires!" "How sticky?" "Like chewing gum..."

One set of Falken 615's, coming right up Looks like 195/60-14 is the smallest size they come in, I'm guessing that fits in the Miata just fine. Probably going to order them from Vulcan unless someone else has them signficantly cheaper.

Vulcan is good, even though I had to get them shipped from Utah (as opposed to PA).

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Jul 30, 2005

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What a good all-season for potential snow driving. It doesn't snow much in NC, but I'd rather not have my Azenis out on the road when it does.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Careful there, tiger. You may shatter his world view.

Is it worth it to just goto a Miata specialist to get the oil changed rather than trying to do it in the parking lot? I think the cost is like 25 vs 20, but I'm guessing it could be a learning experience.

ninja edit- the miata garage is right around the corner for me, so it's not like I have to go out of my way

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Jul 30, 2005

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IOwnCalculus posted:

It shouldn't require anything more than a set of ramps, a drain pan, a worklight, the right wrench for the drain plug (17mm?) and the right filter wrench for the oil filter (remember: it's tiny).

I don't have ramps, yet. When I get some more money, I'll invest in some, but thanks for the run-down. I'll do it next oil change if I have the ramps then.

masteez posted:

Is this serious? Miata specialist for an oil change? They have specialists for $7,000 cars? It's a loving oil change.. on a cheap car. I really doubt a "miata specialist" is all that nescessary for an oil change.

Hi.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Anybody have the "Lanny Alignment" on their Miata? -1.2 up from and -1.7 in the rear for camber. Right now I'm running .3 in the front and -.7 in the back and the car understeers like a pig.

destructo posted:

I was totally going to sell mine until I realized that it's fairly trivial to add an aux-in to it, have you tried the WTB in the miata.net classifieds?

how how how how how?

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Jul 30, 2005

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85mph in the rain with the pop-ups on netted me about 26mpg. If I keep it under 80, I should be able to get 30mpg.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Ulf posted:

And if anyone is thinking of picking up anything from Flyin' Miata soon, they are currently having a moving sale, 10-30% off some of their bulkier items: http://www.flyinmiata.com/news/sale.php

Looks like I'm getting some sways this year

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Jul 30, 2005

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My boots are torn and are starting to put out grease... how long can I put this off? I'm getting my car aligned right now and I getting the boots replaced is 200 bucks, but then I'll need another alignment.

I think I may have to ask my parents for help on this one...

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Jul 30, 2005

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Boots on the front are showing some grease.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Note: To change the headlights on an NA, you don't have to take the entire ring and spring off, just the silver ring holding the bulb in place.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Miata.net thread of along the lines of "what if I made a fastback hardtop, would you guys buy it?"

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Jul 30, 2005

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http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=227610

Just for you, buddy.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Don't buy it because obviously the owner doesn't know that it's Montego Blue Mica.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Go for it and join the Montego Blue Mica fanclub.

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Jul 30, 2005

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I'm guessing it's the same deal with the windshield wipers and the windshield wiper spoiler: it gets rust. It just does.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Luxmore posted:

So that's what that colour is. When I bought mine they said it was "teal."

I kinda freaked out when I went to the grocery store one time....

code:
-------|-------
  me   |some guy
-------|-------


                       | store entrance/exit |

I parked where "me" is, and I came out, and I saw a Miata with my color in the "some guy" spot and I was like, "what the gently caress happened!?"

Same color, but they had a softtop when I was rocking the hardtop.

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Jul 30, 2005

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What would cause a rough idle out of nowhere? It used to just be silent at like 800rpm, now it sits and drops to like 600 and the car rumbles like one of those vibrating mattresses.

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Jul 30, 2005

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leica posted:

Could be the air flow meter, the spring that controls the "door" inside it wears out over time. Or it could be the plug wires, when is the last time you replaced them?

The wires look fairly new. I bought it with 71k on the clock back in April and it's sitting at 80k right now (jesus i drive lot D: ).

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Jul 30, 2005

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leica posted:

It doesn't matter if they look new. Miatas are notorious for deteriorating plug wires, and you can't tell by looking at them. If I were you I'd order a set of NGK blues, it's only 35 bucks. It more than likely will solve the problem. If not, at least you have eliminated a possibility and you'll know how old the wires are.

I honestly want to say that the wires were done at 60k because my wires are blue.

Appreciate the help, though.

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Jul 30, 2005

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That diagram for Aux-in wasn't for my radio.

Anybody have diagrams for the CN200 connector? I only came across some site that was taken over by squatters (sponsored by Amazon.com).

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Jul 30, 2005

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Black Friday netted 450 dollars of my money in limbo (should get it back by Tuesday), but I actually managed to do something useful with my time. With the power of the Way Back Machine and years of robotics in high school, I present to you... blue LEDs!

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Jul 30, 2005

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That LINE on the headunit shouldn't be there.

I have the Bose-esque radio which doesn't have the circle DIN on the back, so I had to patch into the tape connector. In the cubby, there's a switch, and when it's on, the radio immediately goes to LINE and receives input from the 1/8" inch miniplug and the blue LED shines.

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Jul 30, 2005

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The bottom pic looks kinda awesome if it didn't seem that the tires would hit the fender.

I was getting off of work one night, and there was a white NA with an olive green hardtop. An old Mazda badge, maybe some Eunos stuff, a euro-style rear fascia. Guy comes out, and I chat with him for a while and he handed me a Club Roadster business card. I got it on November 10th, I think.

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Jul 30, 2005

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I'm about 800/6mo with full coverage with State Farm on a 96 with $1000 deductible; however, I'm still under "inexperienced operator" terms since I'm 19 and have only had my license for two years, so when that drops next October, it's like 600/6mo.

I know I can do better.

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Jul 30, 2005

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I haven't heard anything good about aftermarket hardtops, other than that they exist... somewhere.

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Jul 30, 2005

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With 700$, you might be able to get an OEM hardtop for that money.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Get one with the headliner, too.

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Jul 30, 2005

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How much does the rubber gasket for the window cost, though? I want to say it's like 100 dollars, so if you get it painted properly, it'll be a bit expensive, but you'll have a nice looking hardtop.

Hardtops

edit- The MX-5 Cup is on SPEED this month.

Times are in EST

code:
Houston			Wed, Dec 5 2:00PM	
Atlanta			Wed, Dec 5 2:30PM	
Laguna Seca		Sat, Dec 8 2:00PM	new
Portland		Sat, Dec 8 2:30PM	new
Laguna Seca		Mon, Dec 10 4:00AM	
Portland		Mon, Dec 10 4:30AM	
Laguna Seca		Wed, Dec 12 2:00PM	
Portland		Wed, Dec 12 2:30PM	
Cleveland		Sat, Dec 15 2:00PM	new
Cleveland		Sat, Dec 15 2:30PM	new
Cleveland		Mon, Dec 17 4:00AM	
Cleveland		Mon, Dec 17 4:30AM	
Cleveland		Wed, Dec 19 2:00PM	
Cleveland		Wed, Dec 19 2:30PM	
Quebec			Sat, Dec 22 4:00PM	new
Utah			Sat, Dec 22 4:30PM	new

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Jul 30, 2005

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Suniikaa posted:

The paint was starting to wear off mine, took it off and hit it with some primer and 2 coats of rattle can black, looks nice now.

This one was of the first things I did with my windshield wiper's spoiler. It came out to look quite nice.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Well, out with the old, and in with the older.

Got a 1994 A-Pkg with my insurance money. It seems to be OK, but I do have my work cut out for me. Tomorrow the hardtop goes on, and hopefully by the end of the week I'll have the factory 14x6 alloys wrapped in some 185/65/14 Falken Ziexs I've had lying around since November with an alignment to boot.

3400 OTD for an A-pkg with 145k miles and Koni yellows . I didn't make off like a thief, but it isn't god awful.

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Jul 30, 2005

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The Ziexs are for winter since the Azenis are worthless below freezing.

It also helps that I bought them like 2 months ago for 110 bucks.

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Jul 30, 2005

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God, this loving blows. Drove it today, not even 40 miles and I just came home to my apartment to pick up my work clothes and goto my parents house to try to get the hardtop on it properly and smoke comes out of the hood.

http://notstarmen.net/miata/PIC-0062.jpg
http://notstarmen.net/miata/PIC-0063.jpg



It smells kinda sweet and the fluid's green.

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Jul 30, 2005

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I dropped off my friend at her dorm, and pulled into my apartment's parking lot noticed a sweet smell. Parked it and saw smoke from under the hood.

I may have gone a bit too fast over some pavement that has been ravaged by tree roots, but I honestly don't know. It's going in for repairs on Tuesday anyways.

Still makes me feel like a dunce and a fool, though.

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Jul 30, 2005

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Like I told you, I'm getting CAS o-ring + heater hoses done on mon/tues. The heater hose was the first thing I thought when I saw smoke.

I want to try to go after the dealer, but and .

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Jul 30, 2005

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Well, today has honestly been one of the better days in the past 3 weeks. My wallet still hurts and theres still some more hurting to do, but my two-tone abortion is complete enough to make me enjoy driving again.



Still have to register and pay taxes: 200
Get tires mounted: 20
And an alignment: 100

I still need to install the striker pads on it and get the frankenstein head on the stud.

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