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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! turboedpickup's Avatar
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    Finally got around to do many things...

    I ended up getting an NA IL motorsports short shifter. The NB version was out of stock for an unknown time even from the manufacturer. I was impatient and just wanted a project to do. So it came... along with a 3.5" extender, and a foot worth of stainless tube to sleeve the whole thing since I don't want to see the step. In addition, the NA lacks the fulcrum bushing so my project was delayed quite a bit. The NB version has both slots AND the plastic bushings. The NA version has you take it off from the old one. Luckily I already had the MR delrin bushing so that was good to go.

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    Stock setup with moddiction knob on the left, and the IL on the right with the 2" SS sphere (note the step, also lack of sleeve).

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    After knocking out the forward pin. In everything went.

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    It came with another delrin bushing that coincidentally could slip onto my Jass Upper boot, but there was a gap between the shifter and the ID of the bushing. Thankfully I just needed to bore it out a TOUCH and the sleeve had a great interference fit with it. Did a rough measurement on how short to cut the tube and it worked out in pushing the boot down and also sealing up the lower boot against the larger OD of the rod. No more trans oil smell.

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    At the same time I picked up a cobra ring - and the bolts to set it down, but realized that the ring is smaller than the largest OD of the shifter boot, so I'm going to have to raise the center console by ~0.5" to be able to fasten everything down. Add to that I need to figure out how to get the boot to not look all lopsided. That might be fixed by just getting a leather boot to cover it up a smidge since I like the look of the exposed rod. I was worried that the shaft would look too thick since I was going for that more vintage look - but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The shifter shifts WONDERFULLY. I could probably go with a 2.5 or 3" extender instead of the 3.5" to give it a little more resistance and notchiness, but I find myself resting my wrist on top of the knob with this setup. Surprisingly comfortable. The throw is about the same as stock, if not less. I should measure, but I'm lazy.

    Also picked up jaguar speaker covers. They ended up being a near-perfect fit. Good enough for now. Behind them I replaced the 6.5" speakers with 8.0" speakers. They're RX830's from amazon ~$45. It seems they replaced the Lanzar 8" speakers. I HAVE BASS AGAIN. Now I need to figure out how to reduce the rattle in the door

    Things are tidying quite nicely inside. The next big project - THE SEATS.

    Crazy to think that the first cut into the center console happened nearly 2 years ago.

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    Did a more proper interior shoot. Think it's the best I can do without a DSLR. One day.







    Nearly 2 years later!

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    That's inspiring; very well executed!

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    Ever since seeing a few of these types of pics sooo many years ago, I've always wanted to do it. Too many times to count of wouldda couldda shouldda moments. I like shenanigans as much as the next person, but I don't like being seen while doing them either Well I can finally cross it off my trivial bucket list of things to do.

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! Greasemonkey2000's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    That's inspiring; very well executed!
    Couldn't agree more. Has me seriously considering a full center console delete instead of a short console that I was planning on doing.
    '01 NB2 aka MisF1re: http://mazdaroadster.net/showthread....218#post207218
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    It's been a while. I picked up a "spare" driver's seat so that when I got to reupholster the seats I could take my time with and not have any driver's seat downtime. Reupholstering took a pause. I ended up getting some more maintenance parts. Inner tie rods (yet to be installed), IACV, CamPS, CrkPS, and... a new (old) MOMO. Took about a month for it to show up at my door. Nonetheless... here it is! It's mated up to a Luisi hub. Never heard of it, but it was (to me) a compromise between a crushable MOMO hub and a proper Daikei. It's 90mm long (Daikei is 75mm, and the momo is closer to 50mm).

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    New seat covers will probably have to wait until the second half of next year. I STILL need to get those inner tie rods in. I suspect that will fix the loose steering this car has always had since I bought it ~7 years ago. I've replaced EVERYTHING else except that part. Here's to hoping.

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    Got those tie-rods in. Used a 4ft angle bar to bring the wheel back to the original toe. Not too shabby. Steering feels great again.

    Re-buffed and cleared my headlights. This time I went and spent the extra $10 to get the proper 2k paint. The duplicolor only lasted about a year. Stopped by the airport and someone else showed up to be in the picture.


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