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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmg View Post
    Good to see you putting that lathe to use.

    Measured the height of the front coilovers and compared them side-to-side. Turns out they were only a couple of mms different. That got me to thinking and after I hoisted her ass into the air I checked the recommended spring length on the installation instructions against actual. Turned out both sides were off by 5-7 mm. I made those adjustments to bring them into the correct length. All of the nuts were tight so I don't think anything moved, I must have just done them wrong the last time I messed with them. I double-checked the length of the rear springs but both were correct.

    Then it was on to the main event. I took a good look at the muffler the other day and found the driver's side was hanging lower than the passenger side, which allowed it to contact the lower diffuser. Note that NB1s have four hangers for the muffler, while NB2s only have three. The FM muffler I have only has three mounting points. I used urethane hangers thinking that would provide enough support, but with the extra piping of the dual outlet muffler the weight overcomes the lone hanger on the driver's side. I found that the piping had been resting on the 949 subframe brace I have in the rear (this is the piece I had previously relieved for some clearance). You can see the height difference here:



    After some research I found this lovely little number:



    Since I don't have access to a welder, this seemed like it would do what I needed. This is where it needed to go:



    For easier access I removed the lower diffuser. Figured I would be able to get it cleaner while it was off, and it was a good thing I did as I was carrying some extra weight around from MATG:





    After some playing with the hanger and removing the excess material, here is what I ended up with:



    Final comparison shot to see how the muffler is even side-to-side now:



    Test drive showed I am no longer rubbing on the front driver's side fender liner, and I have less vibration being transmitted into the car. I had noticed what I thought was more vibration when I first got her all back together in May, but thought maybe because it had been so long since I last drove her I had forgotten the normal level of vibration. I'm now pretty sure that was due to the exhaust sitting on the subframe brace.
    Good work, looks right!!

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    Drove her for the first time in six weeks!!!

    Back on July 26th, I partially tore my right Achilles while playing basketball at work during my lunch break.

    So excited to be able to drive myself to work tomorrow!



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    Quote Originally Posted by CTt3P5 View Post
    Drove her for the first time in six weeks!!!

    Back on July 26th, I partially tore my right Achilles while playing basketball at work during my lunch break.

    So excited to be able to drive myself to work tomorrow!
    congrats on getting back behind the wheel, i feel your pain on missing time behind the wheels and not being able to drive yourself for a long time. i partially tore the lateral ligaments in my ankle last summer, i was in a boot for 8 weeks and it was 12 weeks before i was able to drive the miata.

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    What have you done to your Miata today?

    Quote Originally Posted by CTt3P5 View Post
    Drove her for the first time in six weeks!!!

    Back on July 26th, I partially tore my right Achilles while playing basketball at work during my lunch break.

    So excited to be able to drive myself to work tomorrow!
    Whoa! Achilles is a tough injury.... glad you’re ok! Drive it right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thejeans View Post
    congrats on getting back behind the wheel, i feel your pain on missing time behind the wheels and not being able to drive yourself for a long time. i partially tore the lateral ligaments in my ankle last summer, i was in a boot for 8 weeks and it was 12 weeks before i was able to drive the miata.
    Thanks Levi and Ouch! Yeah, it sucked not having the freedom to just get behind the wheel and go somewhere. Thankfully I have a couple of nice co-workers who took turns bringing me to the office. I was in a boot for the full six weeks but thankfully I only had to sleep with it for the first three.

    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    Whoa! Achilles is a tough injury.... glad you*re ok! Drive it right!
    Thanks Mark! Indeed it is, I'm just thankful that it wasn't a full rupture that required surgery. I've heard/read quite a few stories of six month recovery times after Achilles surgery. I intend to!
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    Jeff, good to hear you are healing well. I know how much it pains me to be without driving my Miata when I'm gone, it would suck that much more when I am home!

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    Took the kids out to a vacant school parking lot to get a little bit of a feel for their kart. We'll probably do this one more time before hitting up a practice day at the local kart track.





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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    Took the kids out to a vacant school parking lot to get a little bit of a feel for their kart. We'll probably do this one more time before hitting up a practice day at the local kart track.
    It is great you are sharing this with them, and that they are taking to it with excitement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmg View Post
    It is great you are sharing this with them, and that they are taking to it with excitement.
    We'll see if that excitement holds once it turns into work
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    Thanks Mark! Indeed it is, I'm just thankful that it wasn't a full rupture that required surgery. I've heard/read quite a few stories of six month recovery times after Achilles surgery. I intend to! [/QUOTE]

    I had a full break with my Achilles. not a fun recovery. Glad to hear you're ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmg View Post
    Jeff, good to hear you are healing well. I know how much it pains me to be without driving my Miata when I'm gone, it would suck that much more when I am home!
    Thanks Mike! Yeah, it sucked walking past her every morning to meet my ride in the driveway.

    BTW, yours is looking good. Love that a$$ shot with the diffuser.

    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    We'll see if that excitement holds once it turns into work
    Trick is to try and make that work seem like fun.

    Can't believe how grown the boys are. Great shot with the thumbs up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reitrof View Post
    Thanks Mark! Indeed it is, I'm just thankful that it wasn't a full rupture that required surgery. I've heard/read quite a few stories of six month recovery times after Achilles surgery. I intend to!
    I had a full break with my Achilles. not a fun recovery. Glad to hear you're ok[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Bruce and how the hell have you been? Haven't seen you around in a while.

    This recovery with a partial is a PITA, I can only imagine trying to recover from a full tear.
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    Had a little break while I went for some work-related training. Last week was the eighth anniversary of my buying her, there have been a lot of changes over that time.

    While I was gone I was thinking about the unusual and intermittent issue I have been having with stumbling after the car has been running for a bit. This was showing with the AFR gauge swinging up and down. One thing I came across is the fuel pump relay tends to fail gradually and causes the sort of problem I have been seeing. Since they aren't that expensive I went ahead and ordered one so it was waiting when I got home. Went out today to install that sucker, and in the process found out what everyone was bitching about with changing it.

    First of all, it is mounted on a bracket underneath the dash (just inboard of the steering column) with four other relays. After fighting it for a bit and not being able to get the relay to come off the bracket I decided to just pull the bracket. One (hidden) 10mm nut later and with all the wire connectors removed I had it in my hand. The problem with the fuel pump relay (and only that one in this group) is the raised nub that locks into a hole in the mounting tab, seen here:



    You can't really see it but the nub is beveled to make it easier to insert, however the high part of the nub interferes with easy removal. My solution was to use a couple of jeweler's screwdrivers to lift the metal bracket enough to provide clearance for the nub to get the damn thing off:



    Once the old one is off the new one slides right on. Then it's just put the bracket back in place and get the nut on (my work experience with working blind helped a lot with that), then reconnect all the relays. It's been raining here and I have done a lot of driving lately so I'm waiting until tomorrow for a test drive to see if that will fix the problem.
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    SCCA Time Trial Nationals prep completed.

    ...at least, for the car. Still have all the gear to pack and get ready, but that'll probably happen Tuesday & Wednesday evening.

    We have: installed the seat back brace, installed a pair of stock Miata mirrors, swapped in the shorter ratio diff, removed the ballast, swapped on new pads & rotors up front (rears are already HP+), bled the brakes and did a general nut & bolt & fluid maintenance.

    I'm SO excited for this event

    Tho the car looks pretty weird with mirrors after being nice and sleek for the last several years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    SCCA Time Trial Nationals prep completed.

    ...at least, for the car. Still have all the gear to pack and get ready, but that'll probably happen Tuesday & Wednesday evening.

    We have: installed the seat back brace, installed a pair of stock Miata mirrors, swapped in the shorter ratio diff, removed the ballast, swapped on new pads & rotors up front (rears are already HP+), bled the brakes and did a general nut & bolt & fluid maintenance.

    I'm SO excited for this event

    Tho the car looks pretty weird with mirrors after being nice and sleek for the last several years.

    Good luck Andrew!
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