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About skillman11

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  • Birthday May 7

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    Austin - Lake Travis
  • Track Vehicle
    2008 NC Miata Dual Duty
  • Interests
    Getting on the track for excitement and puttering around in the shop acting like I know what I am doing.

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  1. Beat the summer heat with a CoolShirt setup. Tired of your ice melting after a single session? This cooler will keep the water cold for several sessions or even until the next day. I have wraps for the hose to help insulate it too for $22. The cooler is just over 13" deep so it fits in even the smallest trunks. I searched for a long time to find a cooler of this quality that fits into my NC Miata trunk. This is the best trade off between size and R factor that is available. The dimensions are 18" wide x 13" deep x 13 1/2" tall. Unlike the other coolers on the market, this pump is easily replaceable. Free local pickup in Austin or I can ship it for another $30. Scott
  2. Beat the summer heat with a CoolShirt settup. This is a used cooler in good shape other than marks where it sat in the frame along with some scratches as happens. The cooler is solid and pumps the cold water perfectly. New connectors were just installed to make sure there were no issues when hooking it up. Free local pickup in Austin, or I can ship it for another $20. Call or Text for fastest response 512-four 22- 20 five 2 Scott
  3. You haven't mentioned goals and price targets. There are some good options already mentioned for each price range. Let me throw in another option for a budget minded person. An NC Miata with a built 2.5 L motor if you want around 220 HP or the Chevy LFX swap for ~325 WHP. You still have the spirit of a Miata, low'ish buy-in cost ($10k - $20k) and Miata consumables.
  4. Are those the calipers that come with the sport suspension like these from RockAuto?
  5. The LFX is the a great swap, I am doing a more standard 2.5 L swap and would like to do an LFX in the future. Where did you get the caliper brackets and hardware? I have the standard BBK on my NC and the pads are tiny in comparison so I am looking for a better solution. And which specific caliper did you get? I am looking at the 120-11128
  6. You might want to consider an updated undertray that has been designed to improve cooling. I am considering this after I do hood vents for my 2.5 L swap. Stainless Steel Engine Shield by Cobalt
  7. The 2.5L swap really transforms the car. Unless you are really handy and have a great memory of where all the bits go, I would pay Dynatronics to do it so you are on the track and not in the shop fixing mistakes like I have been.
  8. Ask Autospec http://www.automotive-specialist.com/
  9. Interested, I am in Austin. Are the shoes too small or what is the issue?
  10. Even though it is too late for this cleanup, I use Ospho to remove rust and prep Ospho Amazon
  11. I do not need the hardtop but do have a new Robbins canvas black soft top mounted on a frame that I can sell if you are interested. The top cost $540 and I will sell the mounted unit for that much if you are interested.
  12. So I watched the video and I am glad that I did. When I am driving there I do not pick up many of the nuances they cover. Before I did not notice how many of the elevation changes were affecting the handling, I just know how the car feels and did not so much translate that to the causes. Most of the lines they discuss I was already doing just because that is what worked best for me. the visual references they used were different than mine, but I am in a NC Miata with stock power. The time they spent on T8 was useful and much appreciated. Last night I carried more speed through that corner than before, largely based on their discussions. They cover a great deal of general tactics during the video and point out where cars go when they miss the apex which I have know too well. The most sophisticated drivers may say it was not worth it but the the rest of us mere mortals, there is always something to pick up from spending that much time with two coaches. Since I am from Austin I drive the track 8-10 days a year and know it well, and even better now. It is a must see for those who are not that familiar with the track and certainly for first timers. YMMV.
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