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    Looks much better, I would use some Brasso, then prep and clear coat the shifter to keep that sphere as beautiful as it is now.

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    Got these in the mail from our forum member Erick yesterday.........

    Maruha Motors Adjustable Cam Gears.

    These wont get installed anytime soon, but I wanted to grab a set since Maruha stopped making them in the Silver and Gold colors, all they offer is black now.

    Thanks Erick for the fast shipping!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by John J View Post
    Looks much better, I would use some Brasso, then prep and clear coat the shifter to keep that sphere as beautiful as it is now.
    Good info!! Ill go see if I can find some locally!! Any idea where can I find it locally? A boat marine supply or something?



    edit: found it at my local Ace Hardware


    http://acehardwaremaldives.com/produ.../#.WuxsjYjwaUk




    also here is a stock photo of the Nielex short shift kit it came from


    Nielex Shifter Kit by Randy George, on Flickr

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    Got this old out of production Brain Storm Products NACA Headlight lid.

    I had to drive an hour out of town to buy it but it was well worth it to me!!



    I had one of these on my first NA Miata back in the day but sold it with the car in 1998. So I was happy to re-unite with this quality item. These are actually the OEM Mazda Miata lids that got stamped and they re-welded the vent in. Very period correct 1990's mod, looks similar to the 1988 Nissan 300zx cars. Everyone really liked these lids since they are OEM and metal you dont have to worry about the mounting tabs breaking off like on the fiberglass versions.

    This one came off another 1993LE so the paint is right, just a bit more weathered than mine. But my car will get repainted someday anyhow, so no worries.

    The underside had some very light surface rust, so I knocked it off with some 220 grit sand paper and then repainted it with 3 light coats of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover.



    There was some light rustproofing spray on there already from when they made these, and it looks to of held up well.

    I went ahead and knocked off the rust and got it back down to the bare metal



    Taped up and ready for some primer + paint, yes I know its overkill, but I am OCD about my parts, so sue me, LOL



    now I just need to wait for the paint to dry for 24 hours and I will install this.

    Lucky for me the high today is 84 degrees so the paint is drying fast between coats

    I know it is hard to tell but this is actually the backside of the lid.


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    Sweet part, for sure

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    Very nice piece!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspecta View Post
    Very nice piece!
    IIRC the prior owner of your Miata sold it to me?

    He was the younger guy that signed up for the military?

    Here it is sitting on the car, I need to align it a bit, but at least the paint matches.


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    Very nice part indeed! Are these available for both sides? Btw Phat, your 93LE is superb...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    IIRC the prior owner of your Miata sold it to me?

    He was the younger guy that signed up for the military?
    Yeah, that is the butthead. I've known him for more than twenty years too. Lol
    He drove the car last time he was in town. It's a little different than when he sold it to me.
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    battery was dead so I got a new one, this is the sealed AGM battery, part number #MIATA from O'Reilly Auto Parts
    http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...yword=%23miata


    Gotta Give Thanks to Adam @ http://www.Revlimiter.net for his awesome write up on these, otherwise I would not have known about this!!


    The old one was from 2011 so probably time to change it eh? It was a Factory Mazda Battery, but was the liquid type (Yuck)

    Here is the new one, this is the Gel type so no worries about spilling battery acid or corrosion in the trunk.


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    You put MR stickers on everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theothersawyer View Post
    You put MR stickers on everything!
    It's my inner rice boy, I like stickers yO




    MazdaRoadster Rollbar / Bumper stickers by Randy George, on Flickr

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    There is nothing wrong with that!

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    Spread out some of my ArtWorks Dewa parts on the table last night....

    ... and after the kids, and wife went to sleep I started to go to work (around Midnight)



    Prying open the OEM Gauge Cluster

    To separate the gauge cover panel from the assembly, push in the black plastic tabs on top and the bottom of the housing using a flat blade screw driver.

    Next step is to separate the clear acrylic cover from the base. The clear cover is glued to the base and must be cut away using an inexpensive acrylic cutter (available at home improvement centers). Using gentle pressure, score the acrylic cover several times until the scoring line is quite deep. Gently twist the cover from the base to separate. The resulting cut should be smooth and clean. If there are minor cracks or irregularities, do not worry since the dash pod will hide them once reinstalled.

    Prying open the OEM Gauge Cluster by Randy George, on Flickr


    Peeling Back the cover to remove the hardtop heater indicator light, I will put it back on once im finished.

    Peeling Back the cover to remove the hardtop heater light, I will put it back on once im finished. by Randy George, on Flickr

    Be careful when pulling this back, you just need a little room so that you can move the wires over a tad and then remove the light. Not all Miatas had this upgrade, mostly just the power option models in the USA. Most people mistake it for a gas light, but if you run your gas that low youll find out the hard way its not,

    Careful !! by Randy George, on Flickr

    Detaching the cluster face from the Speedometer

    Detaching the cluster face from the Speedometer by Randy George, on Flickr

    Removing the OEM Gauge Needles

    Removing the OEM Gauge Needles by Randy George, on Flickr

    Removing the Warning Light Covers
    You'll be taking these off when using the Art Works Dewa Cluster Cover

    Removing the Warning Light Covers by Randy George, on Flickr

    OEM Warning Light Template

    OEM Warning Light Template by Randy George, on Flickr


    Remove partitions around indicators.

    When your Needle position is vertical (6-o'clock)
    When the needle start position is vertical like my version, you should remove the small plastic partitions around the indicators at the bottom of the tachometer (headlights, hold sign for AT, air-bag). It you do not, the bottom of the tachometer will not be lighted. Use a small nipper to clip and remove the partition material. If your new gauge needle start position is at the stock location, you do not need to remove any of the partition material.

    Remove partitions around indicators. by Randy George, on Flickr

    Replacing the bulbs
    Changing the bulbs out for the Gauge Faces swap

    Replacing the bulbs by Randy George, on Flickr

    OEM Green Bulb Covers
    Stock lights are removed, now to change the covers out

    OEM Green Bulb Covers by Randy George, on Flickr

    AWD Bulb Covers
    Replace all four green light bulb covers with the orange ones provided. Remove the bulbs from the back of the instrument assembly by twisting them and pulling out

    AWD Bulb Covers by Randy George, on Flickr

    Art Works Dewa Orange Bulb Covers

    Removed the OEM Green Bulb Covers and Replaced with the orange covers.

    Side Note: Later I ended up swapping these out for some RED Colored LED Lights as these are not very bright at night

    Art Works Dewa Orange Bulb Covers by Randy George, on Flickr

    ArtWorks Dewa Premium G-Series Metal Overlay
    Here is the Art Works Dewa metal overlay that sits on top of the 1013 ArtWorks Dewa Gauge Faces.

    ArtWorks Dewa 1013 Overlay by Randy George, on Flickr

    Art Works Dewa Faces and Overlays
    Coming together now! Here is the Art Works Dewa Faces with the Overlays installed

    Art Works Dewa Faces and Overlays by Randy George, on Flickr

    Art Works Dewa Cluster Cover
    Mounted the ArtWorks Dewa Cluster Cover to the OEM Mazda Miata Cluster, next step is to add the Art Works Dewa Rings.

    Although the double sided tape should be strong enough to hold the AWD panel cover, the use of additional screws (included in the package) is recommended. You will have to drill pilot holes before attaching the screws. Once the panel cover is installed, remove any OEM rings before installing AWD rings.

    Art Works Dewa Cluster by Randy George, on Flickr


    Those ArtWorks Dewa THICK rings though......

    AWD rings with lens NA by Randy George, on Flickr

    Gluing the Ring in place
    Here I used a CLEAR Polyether Sealant / Adhesive called Chemlink - Clear, there is ZERO VOC so no worries about fumes attacking the metal, plastic, or lenses. Best part is no odor and cleans up perfectly with rubbing alcohol. Some guys use silicone, however this polyether will grab faster, bonds to anything, and has a much higher and longer lasting bond strength than silicone has.

    Untitled by Randy George, on Flickr


    You only need a few dabs of this material as it is a very sticky paste that grabs really well.

    Untitled by Randy George, on Flickr

    ArtWorks Dewa THICK Gauge Rings

    Props to @Vote4Pedro for trading these with me for these AWD Thick Rings. Here I am just using a wire hanger that I cut and used to poke the nozzle of the glue seal and push a little out. Again very little is needed, this adhesive sealant is amazingly strong.

    ArtWorks Dewa Gauge Rings by Randy George, on Flickr

    The first 2 ring are now in place and you can see the dramatic effect those diamond tooled ArtWorks Dewa rings make, they are real just stunning in person, pictures can never do these justice.

    Added the Diamond Tooled ArtWorks Dewa Rings by Randy George, on Flickr


    One thing about the ArtWorks Dewa Gauge panels I was not liking was that white bulb dead center that Dewa used for some of the High Beam indicator, so I had ordered some blue indicator bulbs from KG Works and swapped that out on this panel and a few others I have. All the rest is Dewa's parts though.

    Untitled by Randy George, on Flickr

    awd gauge cover by Randy George, on Flickr

    OEM Needles and ArtWorks Dewa Needle Caps
    The ArtWorks Caps fit very snug over the OEM needles however I would still recommend a small dab of adhesive, remember never use solvent based adhesives of super glues because they constantly "out gas" and will stain and ruin your gauges and fog up everything with the fumes!

    OEM Needles and ArtWorks Dewa Needle Caps by Randy George, on Flickr

    And mounted, the effect this simple upgrade makes is just incredible, especially at night when you are driving top down. The street pole lights with race around the needle caps an guage rings as you drive past them, its just outstanding to see in person.

    ArtWorks Dewa Needle Caps by Randy George, on Flickr




    ...... and then by about 3.5 hours later, I finally finished the job, here is a stock NA cluster vs my new ArtWorks Dewa setup, what do you think?





    much thanks goes to our sponsors and friends on the forum!

    Bill @ http://www.MiataRoadster.com for the ArtWorks Dewa Gauge faces
    Joe @ http://www.Rspeed.net for the ArtWorks Dewa Needle Caps, and G-Series Metal overlays
    Rod @ http://www.TetsuyaGarage.com for the ArtWorks Dewa Cluster Cover overlay
    and our member Vote4Pedro for the ArtWorks Dewa Thick Gauge rings


    I will edit this post to make it a proper write up on all the work involved to customize your cluster later, I took plenty of photos

    Re-install the instrument assembly in the car without the clear plastic gauge cover and reconnect the connectors and speedometer cable. Run the engine with no accessories, lights, or air conditioner until normal operating temperature is reached.
    While engine is running, gently set the needles at the same positions as indicated in your photograph or diagram. Note that the tachometer and speedometer needles are different. See below for typical locations of the needles. Do not firmly set the needles at this time.

    Reinstall the instrument assembly and set needles. by Randy George, on Flickr

    Filler Up!

    Easiest way to set the gas gauge needle to to go fill up the gas tank, then you can set it to the "full" position

    Filler Up! by Randy George, on Flickr

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