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Dennis

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As my Miata no longer has a check engine light.. I needed something else that could provide that:

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Bought as a non crank, non running car.. how bad could it be..

Arrived with some questionable features.. some white fluid on the back seat, flat rear tire, empty battery and a steering wheel where somebody chewed on.. 

After cleaning it out and cleaning it with a lot of clorox wipes.. it was time for some diagnosing.. changed the battery and got it to show some signs of life.. still no start, but the SMG at least shifted gears, which was a major relief. Still wasn't able to crank as I could phyisicly turn the key.. as it was held together by electrical tape

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Rigged up a better solution:

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Still no sound from the engine bay.. When I bought the car the fuse box was open.. it should have been checked..

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But happy they didn't check everything.. 5 amp fuse later:

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You have to be lucky sometimes..

 

Now it's no long only suitable for part out.. it't time to get it ready for daily duty and some mild DE use.  

 

 

 

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Most expensive fuse EVAH.

 

Congrats. That key is a masterpiece 

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17 hours ago, __clu said:

Perfect. Now SMG delete!

That was the back up plan in case it didn't run.. but as it appears to be working I'm planning on just running as is for now. Might be easier to sell and get one that has a 6 speed than doing the conversion myself. 

14 hours ago, Kong Sheng Han said:

I have minty black rear seats if you need them.

Thanks for the offer, unfortunately I have a grey interior. I am looking for a SMG steering wheel to replace this thing:

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And a gray trunk, to get it looking a little classier. Peeling clear coat CSL Carbon Fiberglass isn't the best look.. 

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On 10/2/2019 at 9:47 PM, edison_GTI said:

Nice find, how does it drive?

The SMG is weird! It's like your passenger is shifting when it's in automatic mode. Using the paddles it ain't too bad.. but end goal is definitely to get a 3rd pedal into place. 

The ride otherwise is pretty rough.. up on closer inspection I found these on the car.. more surprises: 

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From the ECS budget corner, some Godspeed Mono RS coil overs... with camber plates adjusted for no extra camber. Once I'll have the maintenance up to date I'll have a go at adjusting it and see if I can get some better road manners out of it. 

 

 

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I have a buddy with an SMG leather wheel. If you’re interested, I can ask for photos and price. I also know a guy in Katy who could probably repaint your trunk if you wanna go that route...shouldn’t be more than $300-400. He painted my track car’s front bumper a while back. 

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Gave it some fresh fluids and did an autox in it:

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And it survived! It has all of the under steer with the staggered Sumitomo tires. Trying to gather parts to some basic e46 fixes to get it ready to DE:

Rear sub frame reinforcements.. plates are in, now just need to find all of the while you're in there bushings.

Flex joint didn't like the auto x starts and is hanging by the treads.. 

And a new trunklid.. finally found somebody who want to ship one in the right color.. can't wait to lose the carbon look trunk.. 

 

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Why would you want to replace the SMG with a 3 pedal manual? asking for a friend. 

 

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10 minutes ago, lobster said:

 

Why would you want to replace the SMG with a 3 pedal manual? asking for a friend. 

 

SMG is first gen flappy pedals, robot arm to manual gearbox type.. it's pretty basic with a lot of failure points. 

 

Mostly: I like 3 pedals, my tow vehicle is my first automatic I've ever owned.. as we don't do automatics overseas. You get a special license if you just can drive an automatic. 

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8 minutes ago, Dennis said:

SMG is first gen flappy pedals, robot arm to manual gearbox type.. it's pretty basic with a lot of failure points. 

 

Mostly: I like 3 pedals, my tow vehicle is my first automatic I've ever owned.. as we don't do automatics overseas. You get a special license if you just can drive an automatic. 

 

My friend thanks you and was thinking that it had to do with reliability mainly. 

 

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48 minutes ago, lobster said:

 

My friend thanks you and was thinking that it had to do with reliability mainly. 

 

Also that.. repairs of the thing are pretty expensive.. honestly I think I will do the other " standard" BMW upgrades first and collect the manual swap parts. 

Also, trunk arrived, little messed up from being shipped on Greyhound, but still better than the carbon look one:trunk.thumb.jpg.91e281cac012adde78e89b8c48a81852.jpg

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