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    I can't believe it's been 18 months since I've updated this. That also means it's been that long since I drove the car, which is awful. A little over a year ago my nagging lower back soreness turned into horrible sciatic pain. So much so I couldn't even sit in the Miata, let alone drive it. I went under the knife over the winter and fortunately the pain is gone, but it's been a long recovery process.

    After seeing all the great pics from Miatapolooza, some beautiful Cali roadsters out and about in Jazz's build thread, and Woolery's feature in Automobile mag and One Take, I've really been inspired to get back at it.

    I figured something easy to get me back into the mood was a couple of easy interior bits. I found a m2-1028 tombstone to match the center console I already had so it was time to swap out the Nakamae. It came with the genuine m2 ebrake boot which is still in pretty good shape, like the shifter boot; amazing for 23 year old leather. Revlimiter T56 shift plate on there to mimic the 1028 shift plate. It was also a good time to put in the RS hazard switch I've had laying around.



    Looking at that pic makes me realize I need a RS climate control plate also. I haven't been one for much interior detail, but I think that's going to be necessary. Of course a plate to mount the window switch and some switches for the Stack dash is in order as well.

    I picked up a few other things while i was laid up in recovery for weeks with not much else to do besides shop online so I'll start to get around to those. I also need to make room for some of this new stuff so things like the Nakamae, a Nielex hazard switch and another 1028 carpet center console will be going up in the classifieds shortly.

    There are a few more pressing things that I'd like to get to first, but I'm a wheel whore at heart.


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    Glad you've recovered and are back at/in your Miata!

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    A couple months ago I decided to get back to work on the car and make a few changes. While on injured reserve I managed to pick up some new wheels through my constant auction hunting, so it was time to unbox them.



    4x100 negative offset holy trinity? The mesh obviously need some work. I bought them as a refurb project, as shown at the end of the last post. I'm not really even a big mesh fan. Unfortunately I didn't have the trio for long. Since I had suitable replacements, I sent the Star Sharks off to a new, loving home, as hard as the decision was. When I found them they were the first set mainland (in the US aside from Rod's in HI), but the 14s don't work with the V8 and I'm never going to get around to another build, so I might as well progress and let someone else enjoy them.



    There is also now quite a selection of 245/40/15 tires that I've been patiently waiting for. The widest in this pic are the old Yoko slicks in the back (actually 250/580/15), then the Hoosier R80 slicks, which was to be expected. As for the street tires, the Maxxis VR1 are the widest, then the Hankook RS4 and the BFG Rival-S were the narrowest (but also the fastest).

    Why 3 sets of street tires? I found another set that I always had my eye on, even though I'm really an SSR fanboy.



    Since the FM are going to take a while to finish, I started with these 2 sets. Today I finally had some time so I loaded up my truck and got them mounted by the great guys at Auto Innovations in Milpitas.

    The Mk3 are probably my all time favorite, so I started with those.



    15x9 et 0 up front and x10 -12 out back, thanks to Pine Engineering in NZ. Maybe one day I'll luck upon some original 10J 4x100, but I haven't in the 15 years I've been looking so far. Once I get my new coolant tank installed I'll pull it out for some new beauty shots.

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    nice updates! i just sent my mk3 off to be refinished, they are original 15x9 -10. gonna run those with n2 flares in my new c spec build! we can be mk3 n2 bros

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    9J -10 will fit the N2s pretty nicely

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    Very cool. I'm an SSR fanboy too.

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    Wow!

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    Time for that yearly rush to get a few things done before Miatas @ MRLS. The most important is a charging problem I've had from the beginning. I thought it was just hot starts but after enough drain from the huge fans and larger fuel pump it was apparent that there wasnt enough juice. Alternator wiring can be a bit tricky with LSx swaps but my alt checked out to be working fine. I'm using a Westco battery which is a bit small but others have been using similar ~320 cca batteries. So that led me to the cables.



    Now that's a ground cable. Stock size is ~8 AWG and not up to task for the increased loads. I decided to upgrade both postive and ground while I was at it. 1 AWG would probably be sufficient but I found some 2/0 welding cable for a good price, so that's what I went with. Overkill, definitely. This stuff is heavy so i probably gained 15 lbs, luckily I have the power to not worry about it So far it seems to have done the trick. Hot starts are still a bit sluggish but its turned over every time since.

    I originally only had track time for Sunday (woke up late for registration) but just found a Saturday spot so I'll get a full weekend in
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    One of the very few pics I got from MRLS 2017. It seems like I'm jinxed when it comes to the track, but racing is due to break things, especially when you build them in your garage.


    This years issue was overheating. During the 2nd session on Saturday my water temp got up to 245F which sends the car into limp mode. When I got back to the paddock I found the cause.



    Not much of a belt left to turn the water pump

    I called around and found a local Autozone that actually had the belt in stock so in an hour I was back in business. Unfortunately it didnt help and I overheated again when I went back out in session 4. I called it a day at that point and would try again in the morning.

    First thing in the morning I went out to get gas and on the way back, it overheated again. Either due to an air pocket that I couldn't burp or damage to the water pump from the belt, I had very little if any output from the pump. After more starring in the engine bay I came across the cause of the belt slip.



    The alternator pulley pushed up into the sway bar. I talked to FM and they said they like to have about 3/8" clearance which is about double what I have. They said they weld in their sway bar brackets to get the necessary clearance, so I'll have to look into that if I there isn't enough play in the bushing brackets. My track time was finished for the weekend. I got in 1 session out of 10.

    But all was not lost. It was still a good weekend. The weather was fantastic and I met up with some of the nicest roadsters and owners in the country. fwdtamiya, oldgrayleather, JonB, speedypenguin, and bogaut just to name a few were all to be found within 50 yards of me in the paddock. That's quite a collection.

    I guess I better get started for next year at the rate I work.


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    Car looks great! Other than that, wondering if stiffer engine mounts would cure your issue

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    Druz, so great to finally meet you, the missus and that amazing Orange beast!

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    wow it ate through the metal!!

    Wish I could have came out there to meet everyone in person, maybe sometime in the future.

    The car looks amazing all put together now!! Love it all!!

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