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    Going to be installing these XIDA Race coilover suspension from 949 Racing / SuperMiata soon. We chose the standard spring rate 700/400 Hyperco springs with dual-spring helper setup and their version of NB style upper shock mounts. I don't think we can do the long A-arm bolt removal method because of our beefy AWR sway bar mounts. So might have to separate the ball joint, which will probably necessitate installing new ball joints also.

    Also in the works for this spring and the beginning of the driving season are
    • Install a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires.
    • Fix the MS Labs MS3 "design error" so I can use my Bluetooth adapter.
    • Wire up a new custom harness for my throttle position sensor (TPS) with shielded wire. Hopefully that will help with EMI rejection, leading to a more stable TPS signal, which will then allow me to use less software filtering in Tuner Studio and hopefully result in an engine that is more responsive to throttle pedal inputs.
    • Install JCALD NA and NB Miata Factory Seat Lowering Rails on my MSM driver seat to get me a little bit lower in the cockpit.
    • Begin leather restoration and redye on used set of NA seats with aftermarket leather covers.
    • Reattach Redline Goods leather gauge hood cover where it is coming loose.
    • Modify instrument cluster by breaking the white plastic light dividers so that the lights behind the tachometer are more diffuse so all the numbers on the gauge face are illuminated. Possibly install LED bulbs as the original incandescent bulbs are now 27 years old.
    • Install Revlimiter anti-glare lenses for my KG Works instrument panel cover.
    • Install used, crack-free dashboard after I swap the VIN plate from old dashboard to new dashboard.
    • Install new door panel interior trim (upper and lower panels, door pulls), window bushings and window guide.
    • Start work on restoration of D-Tech M2-1001 front bumper and making mold to reproduce in carbon fiber.

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    all the jazz

    are you doing the CF mold yourself? be careful taking it to a bodyshop to do it they might make copies.

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power freedomgli's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    are you doing the CF mold yourself? be careful taking it to a bodyshop to do it they might make copies.
    Doing it all myself. Only making copies for my personal use. It took 10 years for me to have both the means and opportunity to get this rare front bumper. Not willing to risk it getting damaged and not having the ability to replace it. The plan is to keep the original on a shelf to preserve it and only run a copy on my car.

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    More long term planning here are two more items to add to the To Do List.
    • Convert Megasquirt control algorithm from Alpha-N (TPS only) to ITB Load Mode (blend of TPS and MAP)
    • Install and tune Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. Once tuned the IAC valve will automatically adjust the idle speed in real time so the idle is more stable under a wider variety of ambient conditions. It will also allow us to use the AC Idle Up feature so the car doesn't stall at idle when the AC compressor engages.

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    Dad sent me some pics of the Miata from his Finger Lakes winery tour on Saturday. Car has recently been fitted with new Supermiata XIDA coilover suspension (700/400) and P205/50R15 Yokohama Tire Advan Neova AD08 R tires. You can see how sticky they are as they pick up any loose gravel. He tells me the car now rides and handles just the way a Miata should.

    I'm not sure what the exact ride height or alignment numbers are right now. My dad has them written down. The shop that assisted with the suspension install reportedly had a power outage just as the alignment was wrapping up so we didn't get a screenshot of the alignment values. It is supposedly the SuperMiata Dual Duty Alignment but the camber certainly doesn't look very aggressive in the pictures. Car hasn't been corner balanced yet so everything will get double checked when that occurs. I can't wait to get up there for a visit to drive it again and work on some more projects. It's always a work in progress.










    Emilio doesn't provide any printed instructions with his suspension so instead I'll post relevant links below for product information:

    eXperimental Inverted Double Adjustable
    https://forum.miata.net/vb/showpost....&postcount=148

    SuperMiata Xida info thread
    https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=545797

    Adjusting damping on Xidas
    https://forum.miata.net/vb/showpost....&postcount=169

    Miata XIDA alignment info
    https://supermiata.com/miata-race-alignment-info.aspx

    Xida Gen 2 assembly 89-05 MX5 Miata
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEePSL1WYAA

    Gen 2 Xida detent mechanism "clicker" installation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ3jIDnTYEo

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    Great thread thank you!

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    Hadn't been here awhile and just getting caught up, Kyle. Awesome updates from Miataland. Your car looks great, and has inspired my new build. I admire the simplicity and craftsmanship.
    Just another cracka azz cracka with an Old Beat up '97

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth97 View Post
    I admire the simplicity and craftsmanship.
    Thanks man! That's what I was going for: simplicity and craftsmanship. But as they say these cars are never done and I want to take things further: new soft top, carpet, M2-1001 front bumper, paint job, different style roll bar, wire tuck, etc. Still simple at first glance but a lot of detail work to make it happen.

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