Intro thread with pictures: VERY experienced DRIFTER!
I've finally added some decent go-fast-parts, so I think I'm almost worthy of posting a build thread.
Mazda MX-5 1995 1.8
- Kraftwerks Rotrex kit
- Racing Beat header
- Racing beat midpipe & exhaust
- Blackbird Fabworx 4-point rollbar with harness bar
- Sparco Sprint bucket seat
- APR Performance carbon F1 mirrors
- Carbon headlight lid with NACA duct
- Stance Emotion 15x8 ET25
- Stance GR+ coilovers (not installed)
- Original brown radiator
- Rust, lots of it, everywhere
- RyokoRob tow hooks
- Various rare JDM interior parts for internetcredz
I ordered the revised KraftWerks kit early in 2014, but there's been several hiccups along the way. First of, KW forgot to include the injector clips in the package. When I first got them, it wasn't the PnP clips as promised. I had to buy tools and do the soldering myself. I am by no means a mechanic, but I do at least pride myself on doing all the work by myself. Intensive google-ing and this site amongst others, helped me a lot!
The most frustrating thing with this install however, was the ridiculous amount of bolts snapping due to excessive rust everywhere. I truly wish I lived in a sunny place like Cali!
I lost most of my motivation half way through the install.
This little thing is partly to blame:
When I had regained some of the lost motivation, I got slapped in the face. The Blackbird Fabworx rollbar had to be removed in order to fit the DW200 fuel pump. The harness bar barely blocked for removal of the original fuel pump.
I said f*ck it and rode the bike all summer.
I just recently finished the Rotrex install. I had some issues with the belt tensioning at first, but it seems to be alright now. The car uses an awful amount of fuel however. An MSPnP from Reverant is definitely on my shopping list in the near future.
The KW Rotrex-kit is by all means driveable, but it seems to be some huge gains to be made simply by switching to a standalone ECU + proper tuning.
The replica Work-wheels will be put up for sale in a couple of months, I've been drooling at 6UL's for many years already.
Parts from a '99 that still remains to be installed:
Hopefully when I'm "done" with this build, this will be a good description of it:
- Quick, solid & agile with various added aero, but with a vintage & somewhat luxurious interior & exterior.