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Thread: What have you done to your Miata today?

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    USPS delivered (literally) yesterday, despite the Tropical Storm. With the kids home and our power intermittent (so many chain saws running near by), I figured I'd go play with the parts in the shop.
    Doing it this way means the tilt function goes out the window (moment of silence...) but it's going to make it a lot simpler. And the angle of the Miata wheel is fine so I'm not really torn up about it. I'll just need to be careful to get the angle close-ish to stock, but it should work great.





    Roughly where the cut will need to be. There's about an inch of depth in the non-splined area of the adapter, so the weld will be on the fully cylindrical section:




    Artist's rendition:

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    Reassembled and reinstalled shocks after they've been massaged by Koni.




    Installed 1/2" steering rack risers for bumpsteer correction:




    Back when I first ran 13s several years ago, for my first couple events I ran the car WAY too low. The rack hasn't been messed with since then, apparently, because I found that the lowest point on the car at that point was the steering rack bolts. Got to play with the new cordless angle grinder so I could knock the burr on the bolt that this caused when it self-clearanced and get the bolt out without boogering the captive nut in the subframe. It wouldn't have been the end of the world as it's easily accessible for repair, but the best kind of repair is the kind you never have to make IMO.




    Then I set up some "parallels" to take more accurate measurements on the steering columns now that I have a better idea on how it's all going to go together so I can get a proper length for the spacer I need to make. The dimension isn't SUPER critical, 1/8" here or there won't make a massive difference, but, you know, better is better.




    Hard to see because there's a ratchet in the background, but the GM column is 3-7/16" shorter than the Miata column.

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    Maff, did my heart good to see someone else monopolizing posting duties.

    Time has come for me to head back to work. While out at the local cars & coffee yesterday, when I left I had some stuttering. It cleared up though. Then the exhaust was really loud. When I got home crawled underneath to find one of the bolts connecting the header outlet to the rest of the system had backed off. Tightened that up and it was fine. Then later yesterday when I went to run an errand, I again had stuttering when she was cold. First thing this morning I pulled the spark plugs and found coolant in cylinder 4 (again). Looks like the wife won't be driving her while I'm gone this time.

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    Beat up on some V8 iron today on a power course, which was fun.

    Super fun course, and a fun event spent mostly tuning in the new shocks. The last couple of runs were MONEY on the setup. So much more composed, but a course that only had about 4 real corners didn't really favor the Miata over the C7 Vette that pipped me by .022 for FTD overall
    (it doesn't hurt that Steve can WHEEL that thing. He's got...a LOT more national level trophies than I do lol)

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    Blue Santa stopped by today



    With the EPS and the quicker rack, I wanted to go with a smaller wheel to minimize the distance my hands need to travel for each input. I have a 350mm / 14"-ish wheel on there now, and every inch of that (hur hur) is necessary to turn the manual rack on big rubber. This is a 280mm / 11" wheel, which is an almost 25% reduction in circumference. The smaller wheel and faster rack will make a significant reduction in the distance my hands need to travel for an equivalent input to the tires. Which means I'm probably going to WAY over-turn and over correct for the first little while once the new setup goes on, but that's a training issue, and means that WHEN I want to turn in faster (which is quite a lot with the fully manual setup), I'll be able to.
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    Yeah that should be a solid improvement

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