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    Got home last week and made it in to the dealer on Saturday. Guy went right back and got the last shim. On vacation now but will be posting more next week so stay tuned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    Hill Climb prep has begun. Seat back brace installed (I don't need it for autox, and it makes adjusting the seat for different height drivers a pain), I nut-and-bolted the suspension, pulled the ballast, pulled the exhaust so that I can swap the diff later this week, and will install the turn-down in place of the muffler (both because it's easier, and because it's a hill climb... hill climb cars must play you the song of their people!)

    So, 10 days to go, and this is the current state of affairs:




    Friday I should have some help over to swap the diff, and get it up on the scales to corner balance and align it w/o the ballast (and I'll be noting what gets adjusted where so that I can very quickly get it back to where it was afterwards). After that, it should just need a fresh set of boots swapped onto the wheel, and then it'll be ready to rock. I'm SO excited
    Looking forward to the video! Have fun and win!!!

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    Not today, but this past week, ND work.... HKS exhaust Progress springs, carbon miata grill and the sto n sho plate bracket (gotta run a from t plate in MA) JBR front sway this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    MISTAKES WERE MADE!!!

    I missed this one...awesome! But those light poles get me anxious!
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    More HC prep (lol2)



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    GO GO Andrew.

    Mark, what happened to no mods for the ND???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reitrof View Post
    GO GO Andrew.


    Quote Originally Posted by Reitrof View Post
    Mark, what happened to no mods for the ND???
    No no, he just doesn't want to go through the lemon law paperwork, so he's fixing everything that's broken on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reitrof View Post
    GO GO Andrew.

    Mark, what happened to no mods for the ND???
    I’ve said it over and over, these aren’t mods, these are fixes for things Mazda should have done from the factory! (lol2)(lol2)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    I’ve said it over and over, these aren’t mods, these are fixes for things Mazda should have done from the factory! (lol2)(lol2)
    Those are the excuses you use for your wife. We all know better.

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    Haha....
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    Finished prep for Chasing the Dragon today. Ballast removed, shorter diff swapped in, lighter exhaust (mostly because it's way easier to swap and it needs to come out to drop the diff...but also because hill climb cars should sound rowdy (lol) ), and the car got scaled (hit the mythical 50.00% cross weight!) and aligned the car. Fresh slicks mounted up yesterday.

    Let me play you the song of my people

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka joe View Post
    Iíve said it over and over, these arenít mods, these are fixes for things Mazda should have done from the factory! (lol2)(lol2)
    LOL Still modding in my book.
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    Welp, back up to 4 sets of tires for the race car (lol)



    1 mostly used set, good for a spare here or there if 1 gets cut down, 1 fresh (not new, fresh... for <$400/set, you can't beat 'em) set, another fresh set mounted on the wheels on the car last week, and the rains, which...we're *PROBABLY* going to need this weekend for Chasing the Dragon. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up with a repeat of this, for most of the weekend:

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMaff View Post
    Welp, back up to 4 sets of tires for the race car (lol)



    1 mostly used set, good for a spare here or there if 1 gets cut down, 1 fresh (not new, fresh... for <$400/set, you can't beat 'em) set, another fresh set mounted on the wheels on the car last week, and the rains, which...we're *PROBABLY* going to need this weekend for Chasing the Dragon. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up with a repeat of this, for most of the weekend:

    Never enough good meat!
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    Home Tuesday, took the day off yesterday to rest from our 12 hour drive. I did go to the dealer yesterday to order a new undertray, my old one slipped under the garage door while I was closing it a few months back and got damaged. Today I started off slow by washing the wife's car. While I was doing that the dealer called to say the undertray was in so once the car wash was done I headed up there to pick it up.

    Getting home it was time to dive back in. The exhaust camshaft had some surface rusting, probably as a result of some weird weather before I went back to work. I cleaned that up with a brass wire brush, some non-marring Scotchbrite pads, WD-40 and elbow grease. PSA, if you are going to have your camshafts sitting around for any period of time I would recommend coating them with some sort of preservative like grease.

    I had made up a sheet with all the shim measurements when I tore things down, and I couldn't find the damn thing. After some frustrated searching I found I had left it inside the factory manual. With that in hand I started in getting the exhaust cam set up. Put the shims in that I calculated needing, installed the cam and then checked the clearance. A couple were a little tight but the rest were fine. Next up was the intake cam. I used more of the new shims here, unfortunately they were all tighter than the exhaust cam shims. I'm going to go ahead and try running it as is, I don't really expect any issues.

    Once that was done it was install the new cam seals, cam sprockets and then the timing belt. Put back all the little covers for the timing belt, installed the spark plugs then installed the valve cover with a new gasket. All torqued properly of course (it's really hard feeling the in-lb wrench click when it's on a lower setting). Put the accessory belts on and tensioned those. Routed the intake hose where it needed to go, then installed the supercharger. Radiator was next followed by the location cover up top. At that point I decided to call it a day, I needed to reclaim my battery charger from one of my sons so I can get her started tomorrow. I didn't take any pictures because it's all work I have done before.

    Still to go is putting on the lower radiator hose and some fasteners on the bottom, including the new undertray. Front shock brace, cowling cover (I'm going to wait on that until after a test drive) and filling the cooling system. Then, test drive!

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