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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! MikeA's Avatar
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    Looking awesome.

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift oldgrayleather's Avatar
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    Damn I keep forgetting after looking at how clean the inside of your build is that the engine bay is equally astounding if not moreso!! Not seen many with that level of color matching ocd ;)

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
    - Advanced Cam Timing +14 Degrees
    - Arrive Intake Pipe
    - Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    - Carbon Miata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses
    - 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 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)
    - Toda Racing Lightweight Flywheel (4.5kg)
    - Toda Racing Sports Clutch + Spigot Ring


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - Beatrush Rear Strut Brace
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Engine Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace
    - Ohlins DFV Coilovers
    - RacingBeat Sway Bar End Links (F+R)


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Dixcel Type M Brake Pads (F+R)
    - Dixcel Type SD Slotted Rotors (F+R)
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line
    - KICS 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


    EXTERIOR
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - Depo Clear Front Indicator Lamps
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    - Nielex Fuse Box Sticker
    - NoPro Washer Bottle Relocation
    - 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
    - OEM Mazda Genuine Front Lip


    INTERIOR
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - 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 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
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - RevLimiter Retro Window Switch
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - RS Products Classic Retro Cluster
    - RS Products Classic Retro Switch
    - Sony CDX-S2010X Headunit
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - Zeromotive M2-1002 Style Pedals


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - Front Tie Down Hooks Removed
    - Reconditioned Fuel Line Metal Shroud
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - OEM Mazda Camshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Coolant Overflow Tank Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Crankshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda External Tensioner Belt Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Fuel Filter 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 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 Thermostat 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


    06/11/2016

    OEM Mazda Genuine Front Lip + Sunday Drive
    Exterior got a minor cosmetic update, namely a genuine OEM Mazda front lip. Most of the front lips I've seen on other NA's are OEM replicas or copies. With this being a genuine part, it has the part number as well as having "Made In Canada" stamped inside the lip. Since it's a genuine original item, there were no fitment issues either. However, to be fair, I have test fitted an OEM replica front lip and the only difference from what I could see is that you'd probably want to use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat it up to get the lip to bend and form into shape to make the polyurethane more malleable as the fitment isn't 100%. It does take slightly more work but once it's on, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the genuine and replica lip. Given that the genuine lip would probably cost an arm and a leg if purchased brand new from Mazda, the replica is a cost effective way of achieving the same result for a fraction of the price and there's plenty of these going around second hand. Normally I'm against replica or fake parts but for something like a front lip, I'm okay with it. I just got lucky that I managed to score an original part!

    OEM front lip and OEM rear lip. Managed to get the rears for free from a mate!



    OEM front lip attached.



    It was an absolutely gorgeous day today so I decided to take the MX-5 out for a drive. With the front lip now fitted, I decided to slightly raise the front so it wouldn't scrape. I do wish the car was a tad lower to rid the slight gap between the fender and wheels but as far as exterior goes, I'm very satisfied. Will need to book in a wheel balance and alignment soon. Driving through Bells Line of Road is always an absolute blast and the car as it stands is amazing to drive. All the major things have been tended to and the little niggles have been ironed out so everything is now strong and reliable and is now such a fun car to drive, more than ever. I do have a few other bits and bobs which will be refreshed but all in due time.

    It's days like today that make those late nights working on the car worthwhile...



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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift oldgrayleather's Avatar
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    Still beautyful - love your endless pursuit of perfection Steve!

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    Wow Steve, just wow.

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    20/11/2016

    Sunday Drive : Old Pacific Highway + Wisemans Ferry Rd
    What a fantastic day for a drive today was. Gorgeous weather on a Sunday means taking the MX-5 and going for a spirited drive. The last time I went for a drive it was through Bells Line. Today, I decided to drive through Old Pacific Highway and then head back via Wisemans Ferry Rd. Have to say that the NA didn't skip a beat and ate up the black top like nothing. So much fun going through corners and for majority of the way, foot was flat to the floor. No cars, no traffic, just me and the road. Crossed the Hawkesbury River via the cable ferry and couldn't resist taking advantage of the amazing scenery at Wisemans Ferry so I decided to take a few sneaky photos.











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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
    - Advanced Cam Timing +14 Degrees
    - Arrive Intake Pipe
    - Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    - Carbon Miata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses
    - 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 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)
    - Toda Racing Lightweight Flywheel (4.5kg)
    - Toda Racing Sports Clutch + Spigot Ring


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - Beatrush Rear Strut Brace
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Engine Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace
    - Ohlins DFV Coilovers
    - RacingBeat Sway Bar End Links (F+R)


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Dixcel Type M Brake Pads (F+R)
    - Dixcel Type SD Slotted Rotors (F+R)
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line
    - KICS 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


    EXTERIOR
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - Depo Clear Front Indicator Lamps
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - 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


    INTERIOR
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - 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 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
    - RevLimiter Retro Window Switch
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - RS Products Classic Retro Cluster
    - RS Products Classic Retro Switch
    - Sony CDX-S2010X Headunit
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - Zeromotive M2-1002 Style Pedals
    - Garage5 Brushed Aluminium Vent Rings


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - Front Tie Down Hooks Removed
    - Reconditioned Fuel Line Metal Shroud
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - OEM Mazda Camshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Coolant Overflow Tank Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Crankshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda External Tensioner Belt Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Fuel Filter 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 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 Thermostat 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


    06/12/2016

    OEM Replacement Parts

    Replacing worn bolts, screws and other parts of the car and refreshing them with brand new genuine OEM Mazda parts. Ended up replacing from the engine bay most of the bolts and screws with new OEM items, new OEM soft top striker plates and bolts, new OEM soft top end caps, and a few other parts like rear tail light gaskets, exhaust hanger rubber mounts, plastic headlamp surrounds, etc. It's slowing all being refreshed just like how it was when it rolled off the factory floor at Mazda all those years ago.

    OEM goodies!



    New soft top latch screws. Old ones were oxidised and looking tired.



    Replaced soft top latch end caps as the ones I had before had broken.



    New bolts for the engine bay.



    New soft top strikers with new bolts.



    Replaced both driver and passenger arm rests as both had one cigarette burn each on it. Picked these up for $20.00 a pair from a wreck.



    For me, it's always a great feeling removing those tired, worn, old, rusted, oxidised items and replacing them with new ones. Some may question me doing this and would argue that as long as it's working why change it? Well, my answer to that is, it's a 20 year old car. If you have the chance and opportunity to change them out, why not?


    Garage5 Brushed Aluminium Vent Rings

    For a while now I've had Adam's Sharka Vent Rings in gloss black installed. As much as I loved it, I decided to try Garage5's vent rings. Unlike the Sharka vents which go over the OEM plastic rings, these are a full replacement for the plastic rings. Also, I'm not 100% sure but have heard that these were now discontinued? Anyway, decided to give these a go. Also gave me a chance to swap out the vents to brand new ones as three of the four vent balls were drooping. I'll fix those up and keep them as spares.

    Garage5 Vent Rings and brand new OEM vents with plastic ring removed.



    Vent ring test fitted along with the little vent grab handle fitted also.





    Comparison of the Sharka vent ring VS Garage5 vent ring.



    Fitted in tombstone.



    Installed with vent grab handles.



    Comparison shot without the centre grab handles.



    I will be upgrading the HVAC soon too and I'm really liking Benpophams HVAC upgrade. I think with the Garage5 vents, a HVAC to something similar like what he has done will tie the rest of the interior in very nicely.

    Benpophams HVAC upgrade. Photo by Ben.



    I think for now I like the grab handles. It matches well with the ring and once I update the gauge cluster faces with the needle caps and upgrade the HVAC, it should freshen it up just that much more.
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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    12/12/2016

    One Year Ownership Anniversary
    Today marks exactly one year since I took delivery of my NA8C MX-5. What a year its been! I bought this vehicle from the second owner, who had purchased it back in 2005 and had kept it for ten years until he decided to part ways with it. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me), the car was kept dormant most of the time in his garage with a car cover over it. The previous owner only clocked a total of approximately 2,000kms whilst in his possession as he only took it out a couple of times a year down to the shops and back as well as down to the mechanic for it to get serviced and to get its pink slip. When it was presented to me, it was 100% stock, zero modifications, zero rust, zero accident history, original paint from factory which still had a lot of depth, the paintwork had never been exposed to rain water and it only had one other owner prior to the previous owner before me; both of whom were elderly gentlemen in their 60's. Quite simply, it was (and still is) the cleanest MX-5 I have ever seen with this model being the more powerful NA8C with 1.8 motor as well as it sporting the limited edition British Racing Green with tan interior colour scheme. I was very lucky indeed.

    It's not quite so stock anymore but I have tried to keep the modifications period correct and sticking as close to the retro/vintage theme as possible as well as updating and refreshing those wear and tear parts which would have worn down with OEM Mazda or ever better quality aftermarket parts. The MX-5 gave me a smile when I first picked it up and it still gives me a smile to this day.

    This car yearns to be driven...and when driven, it's massively rewarding.

    Throwback photo from when it was bone stock.



    Photography courtesy of Joseph from J_HUI - Design/Photography
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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    20/12/2016

    JDM NA8C 180km/h Cluster + Revlimiter Gauge Faces + ArtWorks DEWA Needle Caps

    The OEM cluster finally reached the magic number : 166,386kms. This is the same number as what my JDM cluster has and therefore it now means that I can finally swap the clusters over and go about installing the custom "Type Smith" gauge faces made for me by Adam from Revlimiter.net​. I also had some billet aluminium needle caps I was going to install which were made by ArtWorks DEWA Japan. I was lucky to get these because the founder and creator Ryoichi Dewa passed away a few years ago and since then, ArtWorks DEWA is no more, so their products are getting harder to source and rarer to find.

    Anyway, the gauge face install wasn't too hard but just time consuming. I wore powderless gloves at all times to make sure I didn't smudge the faces with any finger prints. To go through what I did step by step is too much to write but basically, I closely followed the DIY tutorial which was written in detail by Adam. It tells you exactly how to go about tackling the install of the gauge faces with detailed explanations and photos to accompany them. You can find it here :

    http://revlimiter.net/mods/gauge_install.php



    Testing the JDM cluster to make sure everything works and I'm pleased to say it does. Not only that, the NA6 oil pressure gauge I fitted works too.



    166,386km reading on both clusters.



    Cluster cover off, ready for surgery.



    OEM gauge faces and needles off.



    OEM centre panel indicator off.



    Cutting away at the three indicator lights as per instructions by RevLimiter. This is done so that the bottom of the tachometer face from the 7:00 back to 4:00 position will light up.



    New RevLimiter "Type Smith" gauge faces installed.



    RS Products cluster cover put back on.



    Installed in the car.



    Lit up.



    After putting the needles back on, the only needle which was self-zeroing is the speedometer. The rest of the needles need a bit of trial an error and need to be installed while the engine is on. The water temp was easy to set and so was the fuel gauge as I had filled the tank to the brim so I could set the needle just slightly past the "F". For the tachometer, I had written down a few readings prior to me taking the OEM cluster off. They were :

    - 2nd gear at 40km/h, tach reading at exactly 3000 rpm
    - 3rd gear at 60km/h, tach reading one needle width over 3000 rpm
    - 4th gear at 80km/h, tach reading one needle width over 3000 rpm
    - 5th gear at 80km/h, tach reading at exactly 2500 rpm

    It would have been easier if I had a Haltech ECU or something because that way, I can just plug a laptop in and monitor the engine speed and adjust accordingly. But because you can't really plug anything in to the stock ECU, this method was the only way. I also downloaded a digital speedometer app on my phone as an extra tool to test whether the tachometer needle was reading correctly. The app uses the GPS to determine how fast you are going.

    After putting on and taking off the cluster multiple times, all five gauges were correctly calibrated and it goes without saying that I'm super happy with the results. The gauge faces look great and fits the vintage retro theme very nicely. I'll also be upgrading the HVAC panel to something similar so that it matches with the gauge face and everything ties in, but that will be for another day.
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    Better and better every day! Love this car!

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    looking very good...keep up the updates
    MIATA...incredibly fun to drive - as that is its only purpose for being.

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    29/12/2016

    Anniversary Photoshoot
    It was a great day for a photoshoot today (albeit the temperature being in the mid to high 30's. Sydney summer is in full swing). Always good to meet up with Daniel​ and Joseph​ to take a few photos and as a novice photographer, always willing to learn from experienced guys like these two.

    Exactly one year ago to the day is when I met up with Joe and we did a photoshoot of my then bone stock NA8. I had owned the MX-5 for a total of sixteen days when we met up. It just so happened that he and I were both free and when I told him I had bought an MX-5, he was keen to see it and take some photos of it. Not only that, he had purchased a new lens earlier that week, so it was the perfect opportunity to test it out.

    One year on and approximately 10,000kms later, the car is still going stronger than ever and it still gives me a smile ear to ear whenever I drive it. There are still a lot of things I'd like to do with this car but for the immediate short term, it'll just be top down driving until the end of summer.

    2017 will see a couple more additions to my NA8. In order, here's what is planned :

    * Maxim Works headers.
    * Fujitsubo Legalis R catback exhaust.
    * 4.1 Torsen LSD.
    * Samco silicone cooling hose replacements.
    * Nakamichi CD400 Headunit.
    * Retrofit JDM Eunos Roadster fog lights.
    * Refreshing all OEM suspension components and control arms.
    * Mazdaspeed suspension bushings replacements.
    * Mazdaspeed differential mount bushings replacements.
    * Retrofit OEM NA8 A/C unit with all component parts.
    * CocoMats Sisal custom floor mats.
    * Maruha faster power window regulators.
    * Nakamae tan plain doorcards with tan door pull straps.
    * Nakamae tan quilted seats with the seats re-foamed and re-upholstered.
    * Robbins cloth soft top with glass rear window, no demister lines.
    * Wilwood 4 pot front brake calipers.
    * BBS Mahle 14x6 +13 wheels in silver (second set of wheels).

    The photo set includes photos of Joe's limited edition Lexus IS200 as well as Daniel's Jackson Racing supercharged NA6CE MX-5.




























































    Happy new year everybody! Wishing everyone a prosperous 2017 with nothing but happiness and success!

    Last edited by BRGNA8; 07-08-2017 at 12:38 AM.

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    God, this car is amazing, and is going to get even better! Hope to manage to turn mine to the equivalent of this in an NB2 one day. Happy New year Steve!

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    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
    - Advanced Cam Timing +14 Degrees
    - Arrive Intake Pipe
    - Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    - Carbon Miata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses
    - 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 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)
    - Toda Racing Lightweight Flywheel (4.5kg)
    - Toda Racing Sports Clutch + Spigot Ring


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - Beatrush Rear Strut Brace
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Engine Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace
    - Ohlins DFV Coilovers
    - RacingBeat Sway Bar End Links (F+R)


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Dixcel Type M Brake Pads (F+R)
    - Dixcel Type SD Slotted Rotors (F+R)
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line
    - KICS 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


    EXTERIOR
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - Depo Clear Front Indicator Lamps
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - 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


    INTERIOR
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - 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 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
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - RevLimiter Retro Window Switch
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - RS Products Classic Retro Cluster
    - RS Products Classic Retro Switch
    - Sony CDX-S2010X Headunit
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - Zeromotive M2-1002 Style Pedals
    - Nakamichi CD400 Headunit
    - OEM Mazda Silver Tweeters
    - OEM Mazda 93LE Speaker Grilles


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - Front Tie Down Hooks Removed
    - Reconditioned Fuel Line Metal Shroud
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - OEM Mazda Camshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Master Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Clutch Slave Cylinder Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Coolant Overflow Tank Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Crankshaft Seal Replacement
    - OEM Mazda External Tensioner Belt Replacement
    - OEM Mazda Fuel Filter 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 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 Thermostat 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


    12/01/2017

    Nakamichi CD400 Headunit + OEM Mazda Silver Tweeters + OEM Mazda 93LE Speaker Grilles
    The NA6 came with speakers in the seats headrest, but in the NA8 the speakers were replaced with a tweeter on each side of the door. To be honest, it wasn't an effective replacement and later on, I will be looking to put in some aftermarket speakers in the headrest to improve sound quality while driving with the top down. To match the theme of the interior I have in mind, I knew that some of the Japanese Eunos Roadsters came with tweeters which had a silver plastic ring whereas the Australian delivered NA8 MX-5's had just plain black. I wanted these as it would match the overall colour scheme I had in mind for the interior which is tan, black and silver. I had asked on a US-based Miata forum where I could source one but it seems like the answer was Japan.

    That's when MikeA contacted me. He saw on the forum that I was after a pair of these tweeters and he sent me a message letting me know that he saw a set on YJA and whether I still wanted them. I did. He offered to purchase it for me and after a few messages exchanged, we agreed and I would send him the money. Mike and I have never met before. He lives in New Zealand and so there's no chance he and I would meet at a local gathering here or anything. But it was his kindness and willingness of wanting to do something for someone who was basically a stranger to him was what really got to me. It's fantastic and amazing being part of the MX-5 community with a group of motoring enthusiasts who share the same passion as you do and that everyone looks out for one another like this, regardless of where in the world you may be. Thanks again Mike! Much appreciated! Let me know if there is anything you're after for your MX-5 and I'll be sure to keep an eye out myself.

    I also received my Nakamichi CD400 headunit to replace the Sony one that my car came with. This is one the last of the true Japanese designed Nakamichi headunits with an emphasis on audio and sound quality. In early 2012, a new range of chinese made Nakamichi branded units became available and both the build and sound quality of these headunits dropped significantly. These don't come up often and this one was purchased on eBay for roughly $130.00 including delivery from London, England, which was pretty good. Even though it was second hand, it was very clean and almost brand new. Luckily, the FM frequency is the same as Australia's (87.5 - 108.0 MHz) and this means it will pick up all the FM radio channels here. I have known friends who purchased headunits from Japan and since the FM frequency in Japan is different (76.0 - 90.0MHz), you would need an FM frequency converter for the headunit to be able to be used here and it won't pick up all the channels.

    With the majority of the exterior and engine mods somewhat complete for now (it's never finished, let's be honest), I decided that this year I'll be focusing on suspension, interior and cleaning/refreshing parts of the car not seen by the naked eye.

    Nakamichi CD400 Headunit.









    93LE Speaker Grilles.



    OEM Mazda Silver Tweeters. Thanks Mike!



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    That's it!

    I'm drilling vent holes on a cargo container and slow-boating Noir and myself to Aussie-land!

    You folks have to much fun 'Down-Under'!!!
    ... Rick

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    ...and don't be like an NCGreasemonkey.
    For the thread on Noir click below
    http://mazdaroadster.net/showthread....e-light-Slowly

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