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    1,000 rpm - releasing the clutch
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    Brap-Brap's (Mis)adventures version 2.0

    I did this to my last NA:



    Not gonna do that again.

    So I bought another one:



    Meet Riley the 97' NA. 77,264 on the ODO when I bought it. 100% bone stock, right down to the factory soft top. AC/PC, power windows, power mirrors and a torsen. AC still works surprisingly. Not a spot of rust on her.

    If y'all have seen my first build thread you know how I roll. If not, go read it. "Brap-Brap's Miata (Mis)adventutes"

    Time to do it all over again, but better this time.

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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! MaRcOp01o's Avatar
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    Christ Thank you god you're alive. and congrats on the beauty! I have a 97 too that just hit 90k.

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    Thanks man. Mechanically she is a beauty but the exterior leaves a little to be desired...



    I ordered this stuff from Summit on Saturday night and it arrived Monday afternoon. The perks of being in Ohio.



    Mmmmmmmm Billies...



    Can you figure out what i'm doing yet?

    Also, funny thing is the "Summit Racing" branded springs on the website are just QA1 springs with the labels rubbed off.

    Plenty more to come this week.

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! HarryB's Avatar
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    That's a solid suspension plan.

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    So as it turns out I ordered the wrong Bilsteins. I needed NB B8s, not NA B6s. I didn't realize until I tried to stack up the tophat bushings and the threaded shaft was no where near long enough.



    Advanced Autosport coil sleeves.



    Orange tophats means I have Xidas right?







    Fab9 COP kit installed. Seemed to fix my idle dip and issues I had with her breaking up in the higher RPMs.



    Sticker panel makes a return.

    I saw someone on Miata DIY use a 90mm halo LED ring to turn the ring into a driving light. Figured I had a spare set of tails and I would give it a go.



    Foil keeps the heat indirect and prevents the coils from burning something.



    People complain about these Chinese LED rings breaking and cracking from vibration. So I used some clear silicone to glue them down into the ring. The ring in the lens fits the LED ring perfectly, almost so perfectly I would say you don't even need to glue it.



    Running lights



    Running lights + Brake lights.



    Also put back in my LED headlights. This time I went with Cibie Housings instead of the Hellas. Cutoff and light throw seems a lot better.



    And finally the old shell going away.



    Moving on from the past.

    For those wondering about the vanity plate, this is the meme is came from:


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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! HarryB's Avatar
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    Yes, NB B8's is what you need. Also consider extended top hats on the rear; Maruha makes some very nice quality stamped steel ones for quite cheap. And who actually machined pedal covers from billet?!

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    I had a set of the pedal covers on my old car, didn't feel like paying $70 again for some so I ripped the design off CAD Grab and used the schools CNC to whip some up real quick. I put the bend in them after the milling.

    I have a set of FM rear tophats that I saved from my old car. I need to turn some spacers to adapt the 14mm pillowball ID to the billie 10mm shaft OD.

    Took the time to get some quick mods done before I put her away for the winter. Just usual driving/comfort things.



    Did a massive foamectamy. I left a 1" piece of foam on the bottom for my tailbone, but otherwise this gets me VERY low. Also adds a ton of lateral support.

    A friend gave me a set of headrest speakers so I transplanted them, but the plugs were different. A quick set of spade connectors fixed that. Also allows me to add rear speakers when I want to down the line.



    A friend also gave me this Whiteline shock tower brace. I heard they don't do much on these cars, but it looks nice and was free.



    Also installed a FM brake master brace. It fits with the Whiteline STB. The brake master brace got rid of my semi-squishy pedal on the street. Braking just feels better all around.

    Also (not pictured) I installed Garage Star door bushings. Wow do they make a difference on a stock car. Bumps are more solid clunks and less rattles/shakes. Car just feels overall better.




    Got rid of the Walmart special radio. Dropped in my Clarion M508 unit I saved from my old car.



    What wonders a new head unit does to the sound of a car.

    Also ordered a new I.L. center console, polished the shifter like before, re-installed my Redline Leather shift boot, re-installed the trim ring and put back my flower shift knob.

    Now I just have to find my damn wooden e-brake handle I made and the interior will be close to done.

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