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1995 Miata Black and Boosted

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So in building my NB for more track days I had a crisis of judgement and grabbed this AMAZING deal. Purchased off second owner, first owner kept it 1995-2017 and put 55k miles with zero sun damage on paint.  Second owner grabbed it and put $26k in parts; took a job overseas and during selling it car started stalling on people. He dropped price massively. I snagged it and fixed this issue with crank angle sensor cable.  Mod list! PS my NB is sold already to friend.

ATI DAMPER PULLEY KIT
FM Turbo Kit
Turbo Heat Sheild
Mac boost solenoid
Injectors 1050cc
Flyin Miata Big Flex fuel kit
Trackspeed fuel pump rewire
Big spark kit without coils
ls3 coils
FM Happy Meal Clutch
Poly Diff Bushing
Cipher steering wheel
FM Radiator
QMax reroute
FM Stage 1 Airflow
Singular Hood Louvers
FM 3 in exhaust
FM Big brake kit
Hard dog sport roll bar
Advanti Storm wheel
AWR Poly Engine Mount

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And so far i've had to rewire and do heat management on a lot of wires. Cheapie heads up heater hose makes great cheap heat protection for wires.  It's rated for 500F and to my surprise on car that burned down recently not one heater hose failed even after being massively charred. So I split hose in half to make it easy to put over wire and choose a heater hose size that will create a air gap inside hose for wires.   Scheduled Wed to check 93 tune and tune on E85.  Currently 240hp at 11.4psi; looking for same on E85 but get some cooling benefits and knock protection.  SUMMIT HAS BEST PRICING ON JUGS  hehe.

 

 

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Glad to see this went to a good home.  If it was in Austin I would have snagged it.  Had an exact twin to that car, black '95 FM2 kit.  Throw some XIDAs on there and you'll have a blast. 

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I already own a set of Ohlins DFV and will be swapping it over to this car. Just life has been killing me and my side business on cars is bursting with to do's.  

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Picked up my car after I got it tuned on E85. Here's the results!

 

 

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I'm being punished I swear. Go to swap Ohlin's over to the NA and the lower strut bolt on front passenger corner took 2 hours to remove. Bolt got seized in sleeve. Had to remove both control arms and put on bench. Grinded away the sleeve and finally removed the damn strut. Looking over the control arms and their all rusty and just not in the kind of shape I think restoring them will benefit me greatly. So I'm ordering new front upper and lower control arms; then immediately swapping the bushings for my upgraded bushings.  Also picked up Harbor Freight cordless earthquake 1200 ft lb 1/2 impact to replace my 10 yr old Chicago electric 220 ft lb model. WOW Did fantastic on removing rusted bolts. 

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That looks like a sweet ride 👍

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Finally delivered a S2000 track build back to client and back to NA project. So far I've done one corner upper and lower bushings replaced.  Having all the tools makes this go by so fast.  I remember all that money I spent at Harbor Freight when I did S2000 bushings and now those tools are paying me back.  I'm very undecided on what paint for upper and lower control arms after I get them cleaned up.  My only thing is it needs to not be black to show grease/scraps easier.  Thinking it's either Red, Purple or Silver.

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I don't think a grinder with wire wheel was the ideal method for rust removal/prep. Did the job, but took longer than I wanted. Any other idea's other than air tools let me know. Decided on Ford Red.1Controlarmrust.thumb.jpg.293a94773c49ce365759921ab0d31f1f.jpg2Prepbeforepaint.thumb.jpg.aa2e60668bed8fbc9e8b94390f0c169c.jpg3Onesidepainted.thumb.jpg.d36b73551705341fd1a6709f0062c182.jpg

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Looks like a lot of fun! Are you planning on tracking this? 

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It's sole purpose 🙂  .  Need to get all the sensors hooked up and then start monitoring temps to gauge how big of a oil cooler i'll need.

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Yesterday was 6 hours getting everything installed and 4 hours fighting alignment. The Paco hub stands are worth the money and I am in love with aligning a car myself. Ease of alignment is amazing. Now the Paco locking eccentric lock washers are not working for me.  The instructions say to not install lock washer, set alignment and then remove nut and install lock washer. I'm unable to get the alignment I want with washers.  The eccentric works with washers on both sides. I'm unable to put lock washer on and retain alignment settings.  Also it's limiting my range of adjustment it seems from when I have lock installed and when I don't.  So here she sits, dead until OE washers can be sourced.

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The hub stands are great! But a little sketchy to use on scales (no good way to drop them on the pads short of having a lift.) They also don't like textured epoxy garage floors.

For the locking eccentrics, you need to work them with the alignment as you do it. I would definitely not try to get everything set up then put the locking ones on, since it will just pop out of alignment when you do. It's kind of a struggle sometimes since you don't have both eccentrics working for you to adjust the arms into position. I found sometimes I have to use a small pry bar or beam clamp between the control arm and subframe to move the alignment bolt into position and get the locking eccentric on. I end up setting the locking eccentric at a position, installing it, checking alignment, try the next position, and repeat until it's where I want it or close. It can be a pretty good fight if there's a lot of stress on the bushing from the other eccentric.

Because you only have so many teeth on the locking eccentrics you can't get it quite *perfect* so expect a compromise, especially in the rear. However, to me it's better to have a 0.25* difference in camber between wheels than a bolt squirming out of position during a track weekend. 

BTW I highly recommend the Paco rear upper arms, provided you can run them in whatever class you're targeting. You can adjust camber independently on the rear wheels instead of chasing it as a function of toe and thrust angle.

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On 8/7/2019 at 6:56 PM, IanIsInGarage said:

I don't think a grinder with wire wheel was the ideal method for rust removal/prep. Did the job, but took longer than I wanted. Any other idea's other than air tools let me know. Decided on Ford Red.1Controlarmrust.thumb.jpg.293a94773c49ce365759921ab0d31f1f.jpg2Prepbeforepaint.thumb.jpg.aa2e60668bed8fbc9e8b94390f0c169c.jpg3Onesidepainted.thumb.jpg.d36b73551705341fd1a6709f0062c182.jpg

Even though it is too late for this cleanup, I use Ospho to remove rust and prep

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Next time I'll try that. In past I used Por15. Then I grew to HATE Por15.  I hope to never redo this current setup though.

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Little updates. Drove the car at Harris Hill Raceway and discovered cooling was no where near adequate for track duty. Picked up a Flyin Miata V1 under body brace with butterfly. I ended up destroying my Hydra ECU patch harness. During downtime battled mentally for what seemed like a month on oil cooler kit I wanted; decided on Track Dog Racing's kit; which bonus points I live 5 miles from those great guys. Skip forward a month and harness is replaced, oil cooler kit installed/modified. Unfortunately I wasn't able to bring Miata to my race track wedding; but driving off in a Lambo was almost as cool. The boosted Miata is back though, and I've promised again to her I wouldn't take her down for mods.

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