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    1,000 rpm - releasing the clutch
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    Auto-X was a huge success!

    A Mutual friend co-drove my car in TSM (Street tire SSM class special to NWOR) and laid down consistent 62s runs in my car. my best was a 65.007 but I punted 2 cones unfortunately. Up to me to get my driver mod up there now.









    All of us squadded up. All of us are in the Group Ohio Miata Owners. From left to right its Dave Birch (97' in STR), Steven Lynch (ES), Gabe Gretz (STS), Ryan Brown (ES, it was his first event as well), myself, then Bret Horn (He drove his MK6 GTI that day, he's turboing his 91' BRG). Kevin Luo brought his 350z (out of frame to the right) but co-drove Gabe's car that day.

    It was an absolute blast. I can't wait until the next event.

    I signed up for a Nelson Ledges track day August 10th, we'll see how she goes.

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    Wow, time flies.*

    After Auto-X, I had a bit of an oopsie.*



    Needed pretty much a new ass end of the car.*

    Could have been worse, could have been this:



    I took a trip to Colorado, visited the Pikes Peak Museum at the Penrose Heritage Center.*

    Came back from Colorado to this:



    Couldn't afford a full paint at the time, left in in Harlequin form for a bit.*

    Then I went to MATG with some friends.





    Then it was time for Nelson Ledges with the boys.*



    Here's a video comparison between my friend Dave and myself. Dave has several track days under his belt.*

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDUSR9_QhLA

    Here's my footage of the last session of the day:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIV1xA5kMkY

    Take note, the billies are BOUNCY. Like Anime fan service episode bouncy. Also doesn't help that I was so low it was rebounding off the bumpstops 24/7. This will be addressed later.*

    Tracking was way better than punting cones or touge ricing lol.*

    Then, my dad expressed in interest in going to Radwood Detroit. So we went.



    I touched up the back end, gave it a nice Mad Max vibe I guess.*

    I decided I hated how it looked. So I put the car away for the winter, up on stands preparing for another spring break refresh.*



    Well as it turns out, Corona basically gave me infinite spring break lol. I decided to use the time to round out the car and improve the garage a fair amount. You'll see this later.*

    I found a SCREAMING deal on my dream wheels.*



    And then I went on a Clout Crusade.*











    Wheel woolie on a drill makes quick work of dusty mesh wheels.*

    Back to actual car progress.

    Step one was to make a space more conducive to actual work. That meant organized storage, lights, accessible power. Wrenching by candlelight was getting old fast.*



    Step two was address suspension.

    My front sway was much too stiff for what I was using the car for, so I stepped down one level from RB. My FM endlinks were also too long and I hated how the lower rubber bushing bound up. The billies also desperately needed a revalve and some tenders in the front.



    Built my own end-links from stuff from QS components. Ended up at like $80 for all 4? Somewhere in that ballpark.*



    Billies got revalved by RAM engineering in Michigan, and I got some Hyperco 25# tenders. I was checking clearances and such here, but the tenders and guides rattled on the sleeves. I flipped them next time around.*



    I had to cut and modify the new links, but everything fit up nicely and worked through the active suspension travel range. It binds at full droop in the front, but I hope to never see that, and it frees up once you compress the suspension a bit.*

    Step 3 was get the rear end sorted.*



    Bumper cut, get the LED ring tails back together,and then off to paint to match.*

    While the panels are getting painted, I needed to finish up some odds and ends on the car. Hopefully make a dent in my parts stash.

    CAD Certified template

    Then to metal


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    Paint and then into the car.





    Did one of these Auber gauge things for water temp. On the first test drive though she read 300 when OBD said 195... May need to adjust some things.*





    Nice clean look, amber LED color matches gauges and radio.*

    I 3D printed the adapter from ABS Plastic.*



    The workhorse machine. If built billies are Miata Turbo "Zyduhs" Then I guess this you can call it the Miata Turbo "Proo-suh eye-tree mahk tree"

    Moved to a Toyota COP setup. Made my own harness from the guide on Miata Turbo. Figured it would be better if I'm tracking to have easily accessed coils and plugs, unlike the Fab9 setup.*



    I needed more interior lighting. So I went to LEDs in the visor plates and knee lights in the dash plates.*



    Next step was making the car a bit more plush. Vibration Dampening, MLV.*

    If you remember I did this on the finish panel last year, but this time I did the rest of the interior, door skins, deck lid and trunk.



    This is the trunk, but same idea applies to the rest of the car. Tap the panel to see how it rings, apply mat until you get a dead thump. Then lay down the MLV over the whole thing.*

    I also added acoustic foam to the tunnels under the parcel panel just in front of the rear shock mounts. I swapped my jank Pioneer 4 way speakers for some nice Kicker 2 ways. This also let me take the spacers off my speaker grills and run them flush to the door card. I was tired of catching my shoes on them lol.*



    Almost there.*



    Polished and ceramic coated my glass. Makes a huge difference.*









    I'm happy with it. Also a good throwback to when I took similar photos with my first Miata.*

    Coming Soon:*









    VTEC Time.*

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    More quarantine means more progress, or not.



    Thanks phone mount!



    Roadtrip to a junkyard and 10 minutes later:



    Clean 1.6 dash acquired.

    Now to spend an inordinate amount of time and money refurbing and modding it to my liking.



    CAD Template



    To Metal



    Fits well



    Tucks and slightly covers drivers front brake line.



    Gold ricer tape and some rubber trim later and its ready for use.

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    Got some real nice photos done by a friend:





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    I'm happy with it for now.

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    That heat shield turned out fantastic

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    I absolutely love those Glowstars! Good buy there!
    NC1 Sport, BC Racing Coilovers, RE Amemiya AW7 Wheels.

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    TRACK TIME

    TRACK TIME

    Went to Mid Ohio with Autointerests for the weekend.





    My boy Dave in the blue #74. We were trading places the whole session as each of us were faster in different spots. Stupid Subaru was holding us up.





    For the weekend I put on a set of PFC 97 pads. The HPSs were not cutting it lol. It felt so nice to have a consistent and confident brake pedal turn after turn after turn. Especially diving into T7 at 100+mph

    Brake caliper bolt fell off on Saturday and caused issues but I got it fixed up enough for Sunday. Only other casualties were super dusty wheels and a cap popped off one of my shocks.





    I ran a 2.00.93 as my PB that day, could have gone sub 2 but traffic in later sessions held me up.

    Video of best lap:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u70W5EOCzwI

    Next up is Nelson Ledges in 2 weeks!

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