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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power 91BRG's Avatar
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    - Advanced Cam Timing +14 Degrees
    - Arrive Intake Pipe (Satin Black)
    - BeatRush Radiator Cooling Panel
    - Fujitsubo Legalis-R Catback Exhaust
    - GarageStar Lightweight Alternator Pulley
    - GarageStar Lightweight Water Pump Pulley
    - Gates Racing Performance Timing Belt
    - Koyorad 36mm Hyper-V Core Aluminium Radiator
    - Mazdaspeed Ignition Leads
    - Mazdaspeed Induction Air Box
    - Mazdaspeed Oil Cap
    - Mazdaspeed Panel Air Filter
    - Mazdaspeed Radiator Cap (1.3 Bar)
    - MiataRoadster Short Shifter
    - NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
    - OEM Mazda Intake Manifold (Satin Black)
    - OEM Mazda Rocker Cover (Satin Black)
    - Samco Silicone Coolant Hoses
    - SARD Sports High Flow Catalytic Converter
    - SARD Sports Racing Thermostat
    - Toda Racing Lightweight Flywheel (4.5kg)
    - Toda Racing Sports Clutch + Spigot Ring

    - BeatRush Rear Strut Brace
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Engine Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace
    - Ohlins DFV Coilovers (7F, 4R)
    - RacingBeat Sway Bar End Links (F+R)

    - Dixcel Type M Brake Pads (F+R)
    - Dixcel Type SD Slotted Rotors (F+R)
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line
    - H&R TRAK+ 5mm Spacers (54.1 Hubcentric)
    - Pirelli Cinturato P1 Tyres (185/60/R14)
    - RS-Watanabe Type-A (14x6.5 +4.5 Final Offset)
    - RS-Watanabe Centre Caps
    - RS-Watanabe Lug Nuts
    - RS-Watanabe Valve Stems

    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers + Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - Depo Clear Front Indicator Lamps
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - JDM Eunos Fog Lights
    - KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    - Nielex Fuse Box Sticker
    - NoPro Washer Bottle Relocation
    - OEM Mazda Genuine Front Lip
    - Philips 4300K Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
    - Raybrig Crystal Reflector Headlamps
    - Runabout M2 Mirrors
    - ZOOM Engineering Amber Side Indicators
    - ZOOM Engineering Eunos Lotus Emblem
    - ZOOM Engineering Retro Fuel Lid

    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - ArtWork Dewa Cluster Needle Caps
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - CocoMats Sisal Floor Mats
    - Garage5 Brushed Aluminium Vent Rings
    - HKB Boss Kit
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot
    - JASS Performance Sun Visor Plugs
    - JDM Eunos Sunglass Holder
    - JDM Eunos Chrome Door Sills
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - Nakamae Aluminium Door Locks
    - Nakamae Cup Holder
    - Nakamae Quilt Mat Belt Line Trim
    - Nakamae Quilt Mat Lower Package Tray Trim
    - Nakamae Quilt Mat Side Step Trim
    - Nakamae Quilt Mat Transmission Tunnel Trim
    - Nakamae Quilt Mat Upper Package Tray Trim
    - Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering Wheel
    - Nardi Tokyo Horn Button
    - RevLimiter Custom Gauge Faces (Type RS)
    - RevLimiter Custom HVAC Panel (Version Stirling)
    - RevLimiter Door Sill Inserts (Type MX-5, BRG)
    - RevLimiter Retro Power Window Switch
    - RS Products Classic A/C Fan Knob + Sliders
    - RS Products Classic A/C Trim Ring
    - RS Products Classic Retro Gauge Cluster
    - RS Products Classic Retro Hazard Switch
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - Zeromotive M2-1002 Style Pedals
    - MOMO Futura 350mm Wood Steering Wheel

    - Nakamichi CD-400 Headunit
    - Pioneer JDM Eunos 2" Tweeters
    - Polk Audio DB651 6.5" Coaxial Speakers

    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - Front Tie Down Hooks Removed
    - Hella Sharp Tone Horns
    - Reconditioned Boot Fuel Line Metal Shroud
    - Reconditioned Power Window Tracks & Bushings
    - Reconditioned Rear Plastic Windshield
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - OEM Mazda Camshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Coolant Auxiliary Hoses Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Coolant Overflow Tank Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Crankshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Door Strikers Replacement
    - OEM Mazda External Tensioner Belt Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Fuel Filter Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Heater Hose Grommet Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Heater Hose Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Idler Bearings Replacement
    - OEM Mazda NA6 Oil Pressure Sender Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Panasonic Battery Replacement (Replaced 28/07/2016)
    - OEM Mazda PCV Valve Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Rear Deck Fuel Line Cover Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Rear Deck Fuel Pump Cover Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Rear Parcel Shelf Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Rocker Cover Gasket Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Shifter Insulation Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Soft Top Latch Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Soft Top Latch End Cap Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Soft Top Striker Plate Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Third Brake Light Gasket Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Timing Lower Cover Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Timing Upper Cover Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Water Pump Replacement


    MOMO Futura 350mm Wood Steering Wheel
    For some reason, the NA8 BRG's came with a black leather MOMO steering wheel and matching black handbrake. Ever since I saw my friends NA6 BRG which had the wood Nardi and wood hand brake handle, I wanted them and was kind of bummed that mine didn't come with it. So when I began modifying, I got my hands on a Nardi Classic wood steering wheel and an Arrive mahogany hand brake handle. I loved it. I loved the look of it and to me, given that the car had a tan interior and BRG paint job, it felt...complete.

    One day, my friend Dan tagged me in an instagram post of a car which has a particular steering wheel he thought would look great with my MX-5. It was a wood MOMO wheel, but at the time I had no idea what it was called. After some research, I found out that it was called a "MOMO Futura" steering wheel. It looked retro and to me it looked very cool. Naturally, the next step would be to see who sells it and where to get one from. Turns out that this particular wheel had been discontinued a while ago and it was becoming harder to source one. I looked on YJA and other places but to no avail.

    Then one day as I was scrolling through some instagram photos, this person had posted that they were selling a MOMO Futura steering wheel. It looked to be in great condition for a second hand wheel and the price was reasonable. After some messages back and forth, we agreed on a price and soon enough the wheel was in my hands, all the way from the UK.

    Upon receiving the wheel, I realised that there was a little bit of wear on the 2:00 position compared to the rest of the wheel but that wasn't too bad. A little bit of the wood had also split near the spokes but again, nothing major. The really impressive thing was that the wood colour was pretty much a perfect match with my hand brake handle. The MOMO is a 350mm compared to the 360mm on my Nardi so now it's a little harder to see the top of the cluster (i.e indicator lights) compared to before, but the grip is definitely a lot thicker than the thin grip of the Nardi and it feels really good. Plus, the 10mm difference in diameter surprisingly made a pretty big difference!

    Overall, I'm very pleased with steering wheel. I do plan on restoring the wheel very soon by sanding the grip and reapplying the varnish to restore the nice gloss the wheel once had. Also, I'm currently borrowing a MOMO horn button from Dan for the time being but I also plan on getting a new customised horn button for the wheel from Adam. Stay tuned!

    MOMO Futura 350mm wood steering wheel.

    Slight colour difference between the Nardi Classic and the Arrive hand brake cover.

    Pretty much a perfect match with the MOMO and the hand brake cover.

    Before : Nardi Classico 360mm wood steering wheel with ND Tokyo horn button.

    After : MOMO Futura 350mm wood steering wheel with MOMO classic horn button.

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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! MLambert19's Avatar
    1991 BRG SE #225 ~55K and counting...
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    Also known as a MOMO "Super Grand Prix". It's a wheel I considered for BRG #225.

    It does look excellent. Fits the "vintage" theme better than most offerings, in-my-opinion.

    Would it be weird to mix & match MOMO & Nardi Torino parts? Eg; MOMO Wheel & Nardi wood knob?


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    MODIFY EVERYTHING MiataQuest's Avatar
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    I like how your steering wheel spokes work with your pedal covers.
    You may want to consider the look of a matching wood shifter knob.

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Awesome! Grand Prix would be the equivalent MOMO reproduction ones; Super Grand Prix are polished, as with every other "Super" MOMO ever made ;)

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    Back to your regularly scheduled programme! In the 96-BRG and the first shot of 2018: the interior as it currently stands. Re-upholstering the seats will be next. New foam, speakers in headrest in Nakamae tan leather, quilted to match.

    The wooden MOMO steering wheel will also be getting a restoration later on too by following the guide posted by Revlimiter.

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    I've always loved the idea of the stock seats being recovered in Nakamae goodness

    Can't wait to see what they look like
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    Haven't had much of a chance to drive the MX-5 lately as life stuff got in the way as it usually does. However, I did receive a package the other day and it was for my Pit Crew Racing high rise 4-1 headers, my replacement soft top latches and the inner door-to-glass inner rubber weather strips.

    First up: Pit Crew Racing high rise 4-1 headers. Will be installed when I install the ITB's in the future.

    I managed to get a really good deal on the these headers. I have yet to install the Maxim-Works 4-2-1 headers but I will be getting around to that very, very soon. You may ask why then did I get the Pit Crew Racing headers? Well, again, I got it second hand at a price I couldn't refuse and plus, it was a bit of forward thinking because when I eventually go ITB's, I am wanting to change the headers over to the high rise headers as I think they will look amazing in the engine bay. I'm not putting them on just yet because I'm afraid of the headers fouling against the Mazdaspeed airbox I am currently running. Thus, once the ITB's are in, that airbox will be redundant, therefore there should be more clearance on the passenger side for the high rise headers.

    I decided to change out my soft top latches for brand new OEM items. The old latches were fine but it was getting on a bit, looking a bit worn, a bit tired, a bit rusty in the spring, etc. I'm planning on giving the old latches a refurbish and going to do a DIY on them and see if I can get the latch polished. I've seen it done before and it seems tedious with all the sanding and polishing, but it's doable so it'll be a little project. The new OEM replacements are factory fresh and feel amazing. They latch on much nicer and gives a solid "click" when you close the soft top. A very simple install. Three screws on each side holding the latches to the soft top.

    OEM goodies. Inner weather strips and soft top latches.

    Old latch. The foam cushion underneath the actual latch has deteriorated, the plastic covering for the latch adjustment has cracked and generally, looking very old and tired.

    Closer look at the latch. Going to do a DIY project on this.

    Pitting corrosion on the latch. Have seen a lot worse in other MX-5's though.

    Still functional and operates as intended. Just needs a bit of TLC.

    New OEM latches installed. Feels wonderful with a very reassuring "click" when closing the soft top.

    So smooth.

    The inner rubber weather strips were also given a refresh. I swapped out the outer weather strips already a couple of months ago and albeit the inners are usually in better condition than the outers, it is still the same strips when the car left the factory floor some 22 years ago. It was certainly not in bad condition but you could feel the rubber being a bit hard in certain places and not as flexible as it should be. Again, another simple install. Take the door card off and the strips are held down by bending the tabs.

    Taking off the door card and the inner weather strips. You can see the holes where the tabs are meant to be inserted and then bent to keep them in place.

    Giving the top of the door card a good clean to get rid of dirt and grime which had accumulated over 22 years.

    Old strip on the top, new one on the bottom.

    I can safely assume that this has never been cleaned ever since the car rolled off the factory floor.

    Couple more updates coming very soon. Maxim-Works headers will be installed very shortly, followed by a set of Flyin' Miata frame rails, Paco Motorsports fender braces, Torsen LSD and brand new Mazdaspeed bushings with refurbished control arms. Stay tuned...
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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    New trim feels amazing, I could not believe my eyes when I changed the outer ones on mine! Great updates Steve!

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift Greasemonkey2000's Avatar
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    The BRG is getting top notch attention as usual, keep up the great work Steve! Can't wait to see the seats!
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    Read this thread different times, great car and progress.

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