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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! Paul B's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustRat View Post
    1. I'm interested in the rad panel

    2. NB brace, or even better a 3-point brace.

    3. For VC I saw this on FB and kinda liked it, not sure it will fit your theme, though. Just an idea.



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    Make an offer for the panel. Shipping may be pricey lol

    Ive read the 3 point brace doesn't do much compared to 2 point. Ill do some more research.

    That VC looks awesome. I like the exposed cam gear look but that means ill need new prettier cam gears and more $$$



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    Actually I've read exactly the opposite about tower braces, haha.

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    Ok been away on vacation for a bit. Some parts were waiting for me when I got home.

    Forever door panels. I can finally install my LE speaker panels. Will need to get some foam and some vinyl.



    JDM side repeaters. Not a bad deal for $40 on ebay. Been wanting these or a more stylish/expensive brand for years.


    And since I wasnt 100% pleased with the Garage Star slider knobs, I got a set from Jass Performance.

    First thought is seeing if the slider knobs match the GS fan dial and ac button and combining the two sets. If they dont work well together, Ill use the full Jass set. I think theyll work well with the Revlimiter ac ring and vent rings




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    Wait I thought that was a fidget spinner

    Good score on parts mate! Oh, and if anyone else wants fender repeaters, let me know, sure I can source some pretty easily.

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    Have had a fee minutes today to fiddle with the Miata. Was able to install the Jass Ac slider knobs.

    Here is the Jass set on top and Garage Star set below. The Garage Star set is much more significant. The Ac button and dial actually replaces the OEM unit while the Jass button and dial are mere covers.



    Here are the same sets just flipped upside down. Notice how Jass set are slide-on covers.


    Being slide on covers the Jass ac dial and button aren't my cup of tea. The button cover doesn't go on the button all the way without modification. And the Ac dial needs something to hold it onto the OEM dial. Not ideal in my opinion.

    I prefer the GS dial and knob.

    The Jass sliders are nice. They match thr GS dial and knob very well and also match my Revlimiter ac ring and vent rings. The slider knobs have a wide opening and fit over the oem levers very nicely. And they tighten up snug with provided allen key.

    The GS slider knobs are machined so close that quite a bit of sanding and filing of the OEM lever was required to get them to fit...and they still werent on all the way. Not ideal.

    So I ended up combining both sets and I am happy with how it turned out.

    Of course forgot to take a photo of them installed. Ugh.

    Here is the GS dial and knob with Jass slider knobs. Quite nice. Finally satisfied with the HVAC control area.



    Then I began tackling my door panels. Finally getting to install my LE speaker panels and complete my interior.

    A trip to JoAnn fabrics and $75 later I was on my way. Got some "home foam" (closed crll type) and some black vinyl.

    Got the foam pattern cut out and the vinyl pattern cut out. Ive covered several door panels over the years so I thought I was smooth sailing. Nope. Not this time.

    The foam I got was too thick. Ugh! I got 1/4" instead 1/8". The LE panels wouldn't sit properly. It would not work. I didnt want to scrap the foam as it was $50 and I prefer to have a bit of a barrier between the AbS door card and the vinyl. I have to make it work.

    Why not use the foam everywhere except where the LE panels will be? Wouldn't be too complicated. Contact cement seemed to be working well. So I used the speaker panel as a guide and traced the foam and cut it to match the curves of the panel.

    Its not going to be perfect but I should be able to make it look like a pretty nice accident.



    Shows the edge covered in vinyl


    Should be what it looks like once panel is screw onto backing plate.


    Now I am short a few special OEM screws that hold the panel on but hex head bolts from Garage Star engine dress up kits match the panel pretty well. Ive got plenty of those laying around. Should work out well when its all done.




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    Double update! Was able to get one panel completely finished tonight.

    Despite the issues/mistakes during the process, I am pleased with the results.

    I will see how it fits on the car tomorrow and report back. Fingers crossed no issues!

    The abs forever panel, 1/4" thick foam and the speaker panel really make this door car feel substantial. Quite hefty.

    Garage Star engine bay bolts tightened down pretty snug while making their own thread in the plastic. Once both panels are done and sorted I'll hit the bolt heads with a sander and remove the letters.

    Here are the completed photos.






    Now to start the passenger side.


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    That panel looks NICE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    That panel looks NICE!
    Thanks Harry! Surprised myself even lol

    Took some modifications to fit it to the car. The thickness of the abs panel and the Le speaker panel backer panels make kt tough for sone of the clips to hold the panel on where the speaker is.

    Using some double sided tape should hold it for now until I take it back off and modify it some more.

    The GS bolts need to be shortened a bit too.

    Here it is installed with all the jewelry attached.


    And is the installed HVAC stuff.



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    Used father's day to get some time with my dad and work on the Miata. Finally got the clock and voltmeter wired up.

    So stoked on this.










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    Looks soooo good! These pics of yours remind me why I need an NA at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    Looks soooo good! These pics of yours remind me why I need an NA at some point.
    Thanks man! Glad I can be of some inspiration.

    One day ill have an NB lol


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    That interior is looking schmick!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRGNA8 View Post
    That interior is looking schmick!!!


    Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B View Post


    Thank you!


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    Bit of aussie slang for ya Paul

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmick
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRGNA8 View Post
    Bit of aussie slang for ya Paul

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schmick
    Gonna start using it!


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