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  1. Shuka

    1992 K24 Swapped Miata

    Ordering a new motor soon, I'm planning on an LKQ block unless someone has a line on a K24a2 from an Acura TSX!
  2. Will there be a test and tune on Friday?
  3. Shuka

    1992 K24 Swapped Miata

    🤦‍♀️ The car had oil pressure issues and was overheating on its first outing to the state inspection station a few miles away... After successful inspection, I pulled off the oil filter to find... And when cut open... This was a brand new oil filter, which I had put on when I removed the oil cooler sandwich plate. Just to make sure I hadn't done the damage in my 5 miles of street driving, I checked the original filter that came with the car, where I had literally just driven it on and off the trailer. Similarly full of shiny gold bits. Looks like we bought a car with a spun bearing. Edit: I let the previous owner know and he is helping with the cost of a new motor! What an awesome dude!
  4. Looks like ya'll had a great time!
  5. Shuka

    2001 JV6 Miata

    Did they fix the starter placement? I thought it hung super low and was prone to getting ripped off as well.
  6. Very nice! Driving an aero car is quite a bit different isn't it? You'll notice really good initial braking force, but of course as the car slows you lose grip, so be aware... threshold braking requires you to actually lift off the pedal a bit. Otherwise you'll lock up as you slow. If you brake into a corner then have sudden lockup for apparently no reason, that's what's happening. Also the best way to tear off a brand new splitter!
  7. Yeah, that could work! I mean, you can run what you built, but maybe incorporate that in the next revision.
  8. I've been increasingly interested in drifting... I know we have some organizations in Texas, but would like to know if anyone has experience and recommendations. What would someone want to bring to their first drift-day? Should I just equip one of the Miatas with a rear brake lever and welded diff, or show up with a bone stock car and go from there? Thanks!
  9. Oooh, I might be down! LMK!
  10. It's probably not necessary to support forward of the front air dam, but using the wire rope/turnbuckles just behind it would be a good way to add some support. You can loop the wire rope through the almost-hand-sized holes in front of the radiator, or find another anchor point in that general area. The nice thing about using flexible supports is that they won't bend when you impact something. I'm anchoring mine currently to the outer mount for the steel bumper... bumps? But I'm running a steel "drift" bumper, so it might not be accessible with the big plastic bumper in place. You're on the right track balancing rigidity with self-destruct capability.
  11. >Investigates bolt shear strength >uses bent right angles with no bracing and attaches them 6+inches behind air dam You're killing me dude! If it's doing what it's supposed to, the downforce will be concentrated right at the splitter/air dam interface, in addition to the forces on the air dam. That's where you need to support it! I've gone through development and destructive testing of 15+ air dam/splitter assemblies for NA Miata, and I see you making some of the same mistakes I made along the way. Do yourself a favor and properly support that splitter and air dam at the bottom, as close as possible to where the two meet. The way it is now, it will tear off and mess up your session, maybe break something else along the way, and then you'll have to build another splitter anyway. Again... ask me how I know these things... And how many time's I've spent Saturday evening after a race piecing together/repairing splitters and supports...
  12. Yup, those are the holes I was talking about. The balance here is strong enough to not come apart through normal use or gentle offs, but weak enough to break and tear away if the splitter catches on something. It's a tough call. If you go off a lot, it's not a terrible idea to carry spares for easy replacement at the track.
  13. NASA ST rules also dictate the undertray/splitter can't be any lower than the front fascia, so look out for that too. -Don't forget that your tires will be in a different position with the car on the ground -A good attachment point is to bring down vertical supports from the frame rails at the front; there's a bunch of M6-1.0 holes there for various things you can repurpose. Have fun!
  14. St00pidfast is in Houston too. He works out of Autobahn.
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