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Thread: What have you done to your Miata today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    all I noticed was the rod linkage... THAT WAS A BRAKE!?

    That you survived speaks volumes about your hard headedness
    Well, once again car is tucked away for the winter months. Iím off to points south after Christmas...next yr Iím driving the car to my momís house in FL in October. When I get to her place in Jan. Iíll have her to tool around in!

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    Nice. Mine's been put up for the off season. This weekend, I'm pulling the front shocks to send back to Koni and the injectors to be gone through

    The front left shock is making some noise, and the front right's adjuster is semi broken. It works, but the end is snapped off it looks like.
    And I'm PRETTY sure I've got a stuck injector. For <$100 it doesn't make sense not to get them checked.

    After that, I need to get some 50/50 mix to winterize the engine so it doesn't get hurt if it gets properly cold this year (learned my lesson on that one...), and then start making plans to get a lift installed. So, we'll see how that goes.
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    Got the race-car a Black Friday present



    I plan on installing them semi-permanently. Going to have the pump motor off to the side of the shop, and run longer hydraulic lines along the ceiling joists to drop down from above.
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    Another big piece for the KMiata swap came in. Not strictly necessary, but I wanted something that worked more reliably than the wireless tablet stuff I've been working with for the past few years. It works, but is pretty finicky and a lot of tablets don't like being in the full sun for extended periods and overheat.

    This will be hard wired in, and like the wireless display stuff, get most of its inputs directly from the ECU. I think the only sensor I'll add is a water pressure sensor, but that's a trivial matter when we're already going to be rewiring the entire car

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    Love the new toys Andrew!
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    More parts for the K-Swap, along with one to sell (because while I'm at it, might as well)(...I'm a poet and didn't even know it)

    The KMiata subframe uses NB steering rack mounts, so I needed a new rack. And since with a race car, one is none, I grabbed another to throw on the shelf. When I went to Pull a Part a few weeks back, I found ANOTHER PS rack on a car there, so I pulled it while I was there and now I've got an extra, which is on the market (and already have a buddy talking about buying it haha)



    I've done a few of these now, and while it's a lot of work, it's all stuff that's well within my wheelhouse. If anyone wants a *properly* depowered steering rack (ie: ALL seals removed, all fittings welded up to seal the thing, the pinion welded solid, etc) and / or a set of rack stops, let me know.
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    Got the serviced injectors back in (3 days from shipping them out to them back in my mailbox!). They all flow tested within 1cc of each other after cleaning, which is nice. Once I had the intake side of the engine put back together, I winterized the engine with some 50/50 mix (I usually run straight water + water wetter). Now I'm impatiently waiting for my Black Friday lift to arrive

    Over the winter, I'm going to re-do some of the quick release stuff for the front bumper, and I'd also like to figure out a way to make the bumper beam and upper core support sections bolt on affairs. I'm going to have engines in and out of the car over and over in the coming months, and not having to come all the way up & over would be crazy helpful.
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    Trying to do things right with the new build is a weird change of pace for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    Trying to do things right with the new build is a weird change of pace for me

    Racing bling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    Racing bling!
    Yes, but necessary (ish...). There are slightly cheaper options, but the ATI is a known quantity and SFI certified. The big thing is for the KMiata swap, you lose the K24's big, counterbalance shaft oil pump and replace it with a K20 pump. Combine that with revving it passed the stock limit (8250-8500 depending on how the power curve ends up looking), and harmonics starts to become a real problem. And it'll transfer to other engines in the future if a) this one pops, or b) I build an engine. So it's spendy, but it's not generally a consumable unless something catastrophically bad happens.




    ....is what I tell myself to justify this whole thing
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    The first part of the workshop refresh has arrived. This month the electrics are going to be gone through, adding several outlets along the walls and ceiling and LED lights to replace the fluorescent fixtures, and a pair of big concrete slabs cut and poured to support a 2 post lift. The floor in my shop is garbage, just like the electrics, the siding, and everything else I haven't laid hands on yet, so I really don't trust an unsupported 2-post on it. It's cheap (relatively) insurance.



    I did a bunch of cleanup of the shop and got the car positioned. Looks like even with the 9' ceiling height, I'll be able to clear everything and use the full stroke of the lift (at least with my race car).
    The biggest pain point for positioning is the garage door opener and rail. I've got to have clearance off to the side so that an engine hoist doesn't run into the garage door opener, and wanted to make sure I wouldn't hit any part of the ceiling with the top of the cage. I'm going to take final measurements tomorrow, but it looks like I won't even need to bank on the roll bar fitting between a pair of joists, it should clear regardless (and that's measuring with the car up on wheel-stands, so there's an extra inch or so of clearance there).

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    Awww yeaaaaah
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    It took some doing to get the posts down the hill to the shop...



    But we got it done

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    Very NICE!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    It took some doing to get the posts down the hill to the shop...



    But we got it done

    Oh boy! I might have to come by for a visit and this this bad boy come Feb!
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