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    2,000 rpm - light wheelspin, no bog here! benpopham's Avatar
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    Nice update, I really like the Wats.

    Where did you get your Mazdaspeed leads from they look brand new?

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    1,000 rpm - releasing the clutch smy0003's Avatar
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    Between the cig lighter and the washer jets, I'm really rethinking my stance on generic eBay chrome bits.
    Looks great!

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    nice work! coming along great! where did you get the silicone hoses?

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by benpopham View Post
    Nice update, I really like the Wats.

    Where did you get your Mazdaspeed leads from they look brand new?
    Cheers man. The Mazdaspeed leads I got from Yahoo Japan Auctions. They look brand new because I gave them a good clean with some degreaser.

    Quote Originally Posted by smy0003 View Post
    Between the cig lighter and the washer jets, I'm really rethinking my stance on generic eBay chrome bits.
    Looks great!
    Cheers mate. The washer jets aren't generic though, they're made by KJ Works. But I do agree with you that I was always iffy about purchasing chrome eBay bits. I actually found that cigarette lighter via this forum. Someone had posted something about this lighter and purchased it themselves and gave a pretty good review so I thought I'd give it a shot too If it wasn't for that thread I came across, I probably wouldn't have gone through with it I'd say.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phatmiata View Post
    nice work! coming along great! where did you get the silicone hoses?
    Thanks mate. They're from CarbonMiata.

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Top job, that BRG turns to be amazing in no time!

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    Idling - Listen to it purr... JdmOnly's Avatar
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    You make me feel like i'm progressing to slowly Steve! ;P

    I can't wait to get some photos of our cars next to each other.

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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
    - Gates Racing Performance Timing Belt
    - Koyorad 36mm Hyper-V Core Aluminium Radiator
    - NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
    - Mazdaspeed Ignition Leads
    - Mazdaspeed Oil Cap
    - Mazdaspeed 1.3 Bar Radiator Cap
    - CarbonMiata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line


    EXTERIOR
    - ZOOM Engineering Retro Fuel Lid
    - Raybrig Crystal Reflector Headlamps
    - Philips 4300K Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - NoPro Washer Bottle Relocation
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    - ZOOM Engineering Eunos Lotus Emblem
    - Nielex Fuse Box Sticker


    INTERIOR
    - JASS Performance Sun Visor Plugs
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - JDM Chrome Door Sills
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" Door Sill Inserts
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - OEM Rubber Pedal Replacement
    - OEM Third Brake Light Gasket Replacement
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - OEM Waterpump Replacement
    - OEM Thermostat Replacement
    - OEM Camshaft/Crankshaft Seals Replacement
    - OEM External Tensioner Belt/Idler Bearings Replacement
    - OEM Rocker Cover Gasket Replacement
    - OEM PCV Valve Replacement


    13/02/2016

    KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    The OEM plastic nozzles were stuffed and the jets I think got clogged. Not only that, the plastic pipes from the water pump on the NoPro connecting the nozzles were old, faded and in some places, kinked. Decided to change the hoses to new plastic PVC pipes.

    The install was pretty simple. Just needed a long nose plier to get the old washer nozzles off. At most it was a 30 minute job. I had thought about getting the fluidic nozzles but I liked the chrome from these KG Works ones as it will go with the overall theme of the car.

    Old nozzle.



    New KG Works Chrome washer nozzles installed.






    ZOOM Engineering Eunos Lotus Emblem
    Got this emblem for the front to replace the Mazda flame logo on the bumper. I think it looks pretty cool and goes well with the BRG.

    Eunos Lotus emblem.



    What it will be replacing.



    Residue double stick tape and holes from the emblem.



    Done.






    Nielex Fuse Box Sticker
    Bought this from REV9 as the OEM sticker had lost its adhesiveness over the years. However, it appears that there may have been some JDM engrish printed on these stickers. Unfortunate, but what can you do?

    OEM Fuse Box Sticker.



    Nielex Fuse Box Sticker. JDM Engrish included as a bonus.




    Have also made a few purchases lately, largely from Yahoo Japan.

    To go with my RS Watanabe Type B's, I decided to buy the supporting hardware for them.

    RS Watanabe Lug Nuts (12x1.5 pitch)



    RS Watanabe Valve Stems



    RS Watanabe 63mm Centre Caps





    Beatrush Rear Strut Brace



    JDM Eunos Roadster Sunglass Holder (Thanks to 91BRG and NotableGuest)



    Should be coming in soon hopefully.
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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
    - Gates Racing Performance Timing Belt
    - Koyorad 36mm Hyper-V Core Aluminium Radiator
    - NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
    - Mazdaspeed Ignition Leads
    - Mazdaspeed Oil Cap
    - Mazdaspeed 1.3 Bar Radiator Cap
    - Carbon Miata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses
    - Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line


    EXTERIOR
    - ZOOM Engineering Retro Fuel Lid
    - ZOOM Engineering Eunos Lotus Emblem
    - Raybrig Crystal Reflector Headlamps
    - Philips 4300K Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - NoPro Washer Bottle Relocation
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    - Nielex Fuse Box Sticker
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket
    - ZOOM Engineering Amber Side Indicators



    INTERIOR
    - JASS Performance Sun Visor Plugs
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - JDM Eunos Sunglass Holder
    - JDM Eunos Chrome Door Sills
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - OEM Rubber Pedal Replacement
    - OEM Third Brake Light Gasket Replacement
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - Carbon Canister Delete
    - OEM Waterpump Replacement
    - OEM Thermostat Replacement
    - OEM Camshaft/Crankshaft Seals Replacement
    - OEM External Tensioner Belt/Idler Bearings Replacement
    - OEM Rocker Cover Gasket Replacement
    - OEM PCV Valve Replacement


    08/02/2016

    Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    Installed the Beatrush/Laile radiator cooling panel. Very straight forward install, much like everything else on the MX-5, which you gotta love! I think the NA8 came with a factory cooling panel, if you can even call it that. It's just a flimsy piece of rubber/plastic. Not sure how much more benefit the Beatrush cooling panel will give but if nothing else, it looks awesome!

    Beatrush panel ready to be installed.



    Before...



    ...and after.



    Also installed this chrome ventilation pipe which I purchased from Mazda spare parts via Amayama (along with many other spares). The NA8 came with just a rubber hose bent in the shape of this pipe but I liked the look of this more, and since I had a spare rubber hose, I cut it up and made it fit. I think it looks pretty neat.



    Engine bay as it currently stands.




    ZOOM Engineering Amber Side Indicators
    Purchased these side indicators because I really love how they look. It integrates so well with the ZOOM retro fuel filler lid and coupled with the Runabout M2 mirrors, it gives a retro vibe to the car. Since my car is a BRG, I'm wanting to take it down that route. Install was pretty easy, but I did have to cut the stock wiring.

    ZOOM side indicators with wire splicers included in the kit.



    Stock side indicators currently on the vehicle.



    Wiring cut.



    Spliced into the stock wiring.



    End result.




    Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    Unlike the NA6 BRG's, my NA8 never came with the wood handbrake handle, nor did it come with the Nardi wood steering wheel. These were two things that I really wanted my car to have. I have purchased the Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering wheel with black centres and am awaiting delivery. From what I'm told, this handbrake handle will match the wood from the Nardi. In the meantime, I decided to just install this.

    Arrive handbrake handle.



    Installed. I've also put in my JDM Eunos sunglass holder in place of the ashtray.




    Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    I purchased this item as I will be getting some sports pedals for the clutch, brake and accelerator but I'm a little disappointed to be honest. The pedal came with five screws for five holes but the three holes which are on the left side of the pedal have nothing to screw into as there are no exposed holes which can secure the pedal in place. Moreover, the remaining two holes don't require screws as it slots in to the exposed bolts which were holding the OEM foot rest pedal and then secured with the nuts.

    I installed it for the time being but it looks a bit odd. I might dremel it off, or just revert back to the OEM. Either way, it was done for looks only.

    Carbing DASH foot rest pedal.



    Installed. Notice how the left side isn't secure. I may dremel them off.

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    Forgot to post this photo before.

    Overnight parts from Japan.



    -Cusco Front Sway Bar (22mm)
    -Cusco Rear Sway Bar (16mm)
    -Beatrush Rear Strut Bar
    -Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    -RS-Watanabe Lug Nuts (12x1.5 thread pitch)
    -RS-Watanabe Centre Caps (Black)
    -HKB Nardi Boss Kit
    -Runabout M2 Mirrors



    Cusco Front + Rear Sway Bars



    Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel



    RS-Watanabe Lug Nuts



    RS-Watanabe Centre Caps



    Runabout M2 Mirrors





    Plus, got some spare second hand OEM parts such as HVAC with AC, AC fan blower and other misc items.

    Other parts which are en-route

    - MiataRoadster Short Shifter
    - Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering Wheel with Black Centre
    - Exedy Heavy Duty Clutch
    - Racing Beat Front and Rear Sway Bar End Links
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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    Some close ups of my RS Watanabe's. Will be refurbing them with a company called Barrel Bros. These guys specialise in restoring wheels. Customers can bring in their wheels and have it repaired/restored to its former glory. Their specialty is old school vintage JDM wheels to be mounted on cars such as 240Z's, TA22 Celica's, AE86's and the like.

    Check out the piece written by my friend Kevin (who owns a Nissan Skyline Hakosuka) on Japanese Nostalgic Car blog. Click HERE.


    My wheels have some pretty bad gutter rash. The polish lip is no longer shiny and the centre old and tired. It's definitely seen better days.









    Plan is to have it completely stripped back, have the lips re-polished to a high shine, centres and barrels painted gold, finished off with RS-Watanabe valve stems, lug nuts and centre caps on some fresh Pirelli rubber.

    Hopefully this, along with lowering the car, will complete the exterior look I'm after.
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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Wow, wow and wow! Love how this build evolves, quality parts and attention to detail are awesome!

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    5,000 rpm - there be torque here! Greasemonkey2000's Avatar
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    That is some parts "binge" right there, very nice Steve! Glad to see the Zoom Engineering side marker lights cover the hole for the oem side markers because after measuring the oem ones i wasn't sure so looks like i can get them after all, thanks!
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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    Wow, wow and wow! Love how this build evolves, quality parts and attention to detail are awesome!
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Greasemonkey2000 View Post
    That is some parts "binge" right there, very nice Steve! Glad to see the Zoom Engineering side marker lights cover the hole for the oem side markers because after measuring the oem ones i wasn't sure so looks like i can get them after all, thanks!
    Yep! Covers it right up. Just know that the ZOOM side markers are attached with double stick tape.

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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
    - Gates Racing Performance Timing Belt
    - Koyorad 36mm Hyper-V Core Aluminium Radiator
    - Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
    - NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
    - Mazdaspeed Ignition Leads
    - Mazdaspeed Oil Cap
    - Mazdaspeed 1.3 Bar Radiator Cap
    - Carbon Miata Black Silicone Cooling Hoses


    SUSPENSION & HANDLING
    - GarageStar Delrin Door Mounts
    - Mazdaspeed Front Strut Brace


    WHEELS, BRAKES & TYRES
    - Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
    - Goodridge SS Braided Clutch Line


    EXTERIOR
    - ZOOM Engineering Retro Fuel Lid
    - ZOOM Engineering Eunos Lotus Emblem
    - ZOOM Engineering Amber Side Indicators
    - Raybrig Crystal Reflector Headlamps
    - Philips 4300K Crystal Vision Headlamp Bulbs
    - B1 Hybrid Polarg Parkers and Tail Lamp Bulbs
    - NoPro Washer Bottle Relocation
    - Bosch Aerotwin Wiper Blades
    - KG Works Chrome Washer Nozzles
    - Nielex Fuse Box Sticker
    - Front Number Plate Mounting Bracket


    INTERIOR
    - JASS Performance Sun Visor Plugs
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - JDM Eunos Sunglass Holder
    - JDM Eunos Chrome Door Sills
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - MiataRoadster Short Shifter


    MAINTENANCE/OEM REPLACEMENT/MISC
    - OEM Rubber Pedal Replacement
    - OEM Third Brake Light Gasket Replacement
    - OEM Waterpump Replacement
    - OEM Thermostat Replacement
    - OEM Camshaft/Crankshaft Seals Replacement
    - OEM External Tensioner Belt/Idler Bearings Replacement
    - OEM Rocker Cover Gasket Replacement
    - OEM PCV Valve Replacement
    - OEM Shifter Insulation Replacement
    - Reconditioned Wiper Arms
    - Carbon Canister Delete


    10/02/2016

    MiataRoadster Short Shifter
    When I had purchased my NA8, I noticed that as I was driving, the left side of my leg would get really hot due to the temperature coming from the car. Dan (91-BRG) informed me that it was most likely my shifter duster cover was torn as well as the insulation probably having worn out. Sure enough, he was correct. When I was installing my gearshift boot, I noticed that the insulation was just a mess and sure enough there was a tear in the duster cover.

    After speaking to Dan, he suggested that if I plan to fix it (which I was), I might as well get the MiataRoadster short shift kit as it comes complete with new duster cover. Having a quick look on the website I realised just how complete this kit was. Not many kits these days come with OEM parts but this was one of them. I promptly messaged Bill at MiataRoadster, placed my order and within a few weeks, I had received my kit.

    Following a great comprehensive DIY install guide by Adam at RevLimiter (which you can find by clicking HERE), the install was very simple. The pictures really says it all.

    MiataRoadster Short Shifter kit with all the component parts.



    The old insulation and torn duster cover.







    The old shifter.





    New parts ready to be installed.







    Installed with brand new duster cover in place.



    I had also purchased some new OEM insulation from Mazda Spare Parts via Amayama.



    Went for a quick test drive.



    After installing the short shifter and going for a spin, the shifter throw is immediately noticeable. It feels so much nicer now with the shorter throw and the shifting feels more precise. Not only that, I'm glad that this kit came with the OEM dust cover. It feels like the most complete short shifter kit available for our MX5's as most only offer the short shifter itself and basically you re-use your existing parts. If you're thinking about getting a short shift kit, get this. You definitely will not be disappointed. It's probably my favourite mod to date.

    Many thanks to Dan (91-BRG) for the suggestion and to Bill at MiataRoadster for answering all my queries and for making a sublime short shifter for all of us.
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