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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power BRGNA8's Avatar
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    Went for a small drive yesterday with a few mates. Dan's (91BRG) mate recently purchased an '89 NA6. Although it was in pretty bad shape when they picked it up, after a bit of TLC it came back to life along with a new soft top, new tyres and new brake pads. Plus, it was good opportunity to test out his new tyres as well as my new short shifter. Only thing I'll say is, I need to get a proper alignment and dial in some camber.

    Some photos. Few of them were taken by 91-BRG.

    First stop location.



    Porsche Boxter GTS.



    Second stop location. Cooling down.





    96-BRG NA8 and 91-BRG NA6.

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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
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - MiataRoadster Short Shifter
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - JDM Eunos Sunglass Holder
    - JDM Eunos Chrome Door Sills
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal
    - Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering Wheel
    - HKB Boss Kit


    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


    24/03/2016

    Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering Wheel
    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. To replace my OEM Momo steering wheel (which is in great condition and feels fantastic) I purchased the Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering wheel just so that I could complete the retro/vintage look. I already installed the Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle and this was the last piece of the interior puzzle (for now) to make it seem like an oldschool vintage British Roadster.

    Nardi steering wheel with component parts.



    In the process of removing the MOMO steering wheel.



    MOMO OEM boss which needed to be removed. Cluster also removed (see below).



    Steering wheel removed. Date stamp on the MOMO wheel.



    Installed!





    Feels very nice. The handle isn't as thick as the MOMO but I love how "complete" it looks now that it has the wooden steering wheel with matching wooden handbrake.

    I also took this opportunity to install some LED lights in my dash cluster. Since the steering wheel was off, it was much easier to remove the dash cluster and cover. I'm going to have to remove it again later on anyway when I get my RS Products retro dash face with new dials but decided to do it anyway. Now it has white LED's which makes the needles glow white, and is overall much brighter.




    Next to be installed :
    - Runabout M2 Mirrors

    Currently awaiting on :
    - Ohlins Coilovers
    - RS Watanabes refurbed to polished lip + Gold centres
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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
    - Runabout M2 Mirrors


    INTERIOR
    - JASS Performance Sun Visor Plugs
    - RevLimiter Gloss Black Vent Rings
    - RevLimiter "Type MX-5" BRG Door Sill Inserts
    - Nardi Classico 360mm Wood Steering Wheel
    - HKB Boss Kit
    - Arrive Mahogany Wood Handbrake Handle
    - Vintage Mazda Chrome Cigarette Lighter
    - MiataRoadster Short Shifter
    - Joyfast Chrome Gear Knob (Super Short)
    - Joyfast Chrome Handbrake Button
    - JDM Eunos Sunglass Holder
    - JDM Eunos Chrome Door Sills
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Gearshift Boot
    - J-F Customs Tan Leather Handbrake Boot
    - Carbing DASH Foot Rest Pedal


    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


    31/03/2016

    Runabout M2 Mirrors
    Decided to install the Runabout M2 Mirrors I had bought from YJA. I've always liked these mirrors and it goes with the retro theme I'm going with, but have been told by many that visibility is quite poor due to the size of the mirrors compared to the large OEM ones. However, it's all for looks, right? Install was very simple and straight forward but unlike the NA6, I had to take my door cards off to unplug the power mirrors. Was easy enough though!

    Runabout M2 Mirrors.



    Door cards removed to unplug power mirrors.



    Installed.





    Visibility is, as mentioned previously, not the greatest. But, I'm stoked now that these are installed. It's going to look awesome once I get my Watanabe's on and coilovers installed.

    Speaking of Watanabe's, I mentioned previously that I would be getting them refurbed by Barrel Bros. Well, I had dropped them off yesterday and got a message from Mark, who is looking after my set. The wheels will be fully refurbed, with lips polished, gutter rashes repaired, and centers painted gold. Here is the teaser photo I received from him. They've been "stripped down to its undies" according to him.



    Their workshop really is worth a visit. They had some pretty rare and old school JDM wheels, of which were either for sale, or were in the process of being refurbed for a customer.



    Also, going to be installing this very soon. RS Products Classic Meter Panel Type-1. Will need to order matching gauge faces soon. Looking at the Type-RS Gauge face.



    Next to be installed :
    - ARC Intake Chamber
    - ARC Super Induction Box
    - ARC Replacement Air Filter
    - RS Products Classic Meter Panel Type-1

    Currently awaiting on :
    - Ohlins Coilovers
    - RS Watanabes refurbed to polished lip + Gold centres
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    Every update on this build makes me drool, your standards are really high! I was looking at Barell Bros when I was thinking about rebarelling my RS8s, but cost was kinda prohibitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    Every update on this build makes me drool, your standards are really high! I was looking at Barell Bros when I was thinking about rebarelling my RS8s, but cost was kinda prohibitive.
    Thanks for the kind words mate! Yeah just going by the mantra "do it once, do it right" and though it might be a bit expensive now, it'll save me money down the line (hopefully...that's the aim haha!)

    Were you going to send your wheels from Greece to Barrel Bros? Is there a local shop that may be able to refurb your RS8's?

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    The RS products gauge panel is lovely! I really like that it includes the rear defroster indicator too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRGNA8 View Post
    Thanks for the kind words mate! Yeah just going by the mantra "do it once, do it right" and though it might be a bit expensive now, it'll save me money down the line (hopefully...that's the aim haha!)

    Were you going to send your wheels from Greece to Barrel Bros? Is there a local shop that may be able to refurb your RS8's?
    Agree with your mentality. I was actually thinking ordering new wider outer shells from them and do all the rest by myself, but I simply cannot afford that at the moment; so they are staying as they are for now! Enough with the thread hijacking, back to your awesome BRG!

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    About the mirrors, yeah, visibility is less than stock, but you get used to them pretty quickly. Also, you'll thank the JDM parts heavens for them being tinted blue come night fall. Never be blinded by a set of lights behind you ever again.

    Looking forward to seeing them Wats once the refinishing is done and they're on your car. Should look tits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieH View Post
    About the mirrors, yeah, visibility is less than stock, but you get used to them pretty quickly. Also, you'll thank the JDM parts heavens for them being tinted blue come night fall. Never be blinded by a set of lights behind you ever again.

    Looking forward to seeing them Wats once the refinishing is done and they're on your car. Should look tits.
    Hey Jamie! Yeah i drove around with them at night last night coming back from my basketball game. The blue tint really did make a difference and you're right, It wasn't blinding.

    I cannot wait either. Mark from Barrel Bros sent me a few more photos! He works fast!

    Gutter rashes re-welded.



    Let the polishing begin!

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    Nice work mate. Always keen to see your updates.

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    In progress...

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    Went for a Sunday cruise yesterday with a few friends. A friend of mine had started a Sunday Morning Drive group where once a month on a Sunday, we go for a small drive and since starting it last year, the numbers have grown. It's not limited to a specific make or model of car either. Anyone can bring anything along and as a result, you do have an eclectic mix of cars which is awesome.

    Yesterdays drive was to the Hunter Valley, which is Sydney's wine country, or Napa Valley equivalent, just not as good haha! But, the drive there is around 190kms (120 miles) and about 180km worth is through the twisty stuff, which is always good!

    Will be going to the next one too. Hopefully by then, I will have the Watanabe's and the Ohlins DFV's in!

    8:30am meet up. Then the fun began. Here are some snaps.


























































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    Looks like a wonderful meetup!

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    And what a cool mixup of cars!

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    Some more progress on the Watanabes. Should be ready in another week or so!

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