Decided to make a thread to chronicle the adventures of my Miata build.
A few years ago I went to an event at Harris Hill Road in my (mostly stock at the time) Evo X SE. Here we basically did a few follow sessions where we chased an instructor around the track. After being hossed by an instructor driving a yellow NC, I decided I wanted a see what this little queer car was all about. I bought a 90 1.6L which I quickly flipped. Then got a 95 1.8L but wasn't happy with the condition of the car and finally bought a 94 M-Edition which I decided to keep. After a few months I decided I wanted to make the Miata fast, but 250 hp wasn't going to be enough; my goal is to make this little bugger shoot rainbows.
Here is a pic of the 94 when I picked it up at a shop next to Motorsports Ranch in Cresson.
Here it is after I transplanted the rims and hardtop that I used to have the 95. The color combo isn't too bad, but I hate the motigo blue color. Dam thing can't decided if it's blue or green.
The white rims are cool but are a pain to keep clean. If you got friends like mine, you better keep them clean or else...
Throughout the build, I've had 2 good friends helping me along the way. Both BlackHornet and ScottyP3821 have been helping me make progress on this PITA as well as give me advice. They have also added their own ideas and twists into the plot.
BlackHornet wanted to build a start button setup, but didn't like how most of the ones online where done. We picked up a cubby from a Protoge, some plugs for the ignition harness, a few relays and buttons and he got to working. This setup doesn't require any splicing into the car and the stock ignition setup can be hooked back up in seconds. This is the end result.
The switch on the far right is the accessories. The middle one is the fuel pump. The 2 player button cranks the car. You can't own a Miata and not have some fun with it, so the 2 player button just seamed appropriate as hell.
Somewhere around this time I installed a set of Frog Arms as well as the Harddog M2 roll bar from my 95. I also picked up a cheap strut bar from GoMiata. In with the roll bar went a set of Schroth PROFI ASM 2 harnesses and picked up a set of Corbeau A4s. These seats are super comfortable and fit my fat *** (42 inch waist) but don't quite fit in the car using the Corbeau seat rail. My head is just above the roll bar and that is a no no; still trying to figure out a fix for this without having to hack the floor of the car or loosing weight.
Next up I installed a full kit of Prothane Bushings on all four corners, diff and sway bars. As most of yall know, if you don't have a press this job might as well be considered torture. I used a rod of all-thread and some washers bigger than the holes for the bushings and some smaller than the holes so I could back them out of the control arms. Never doing it this way again. Ever. I also picked up a set of "Moose Knuckles" from Danny George. Honestly I dono why I did. I had the cash, he had them for sale, I said "oh wells rainbows and driftzors for me". I kept the dust shields so the epicness is quite limited.
Car now has something like 45* of turn-in. Miata's have good turning radius, but my car is now a U-turn champ lol.
I picked up the complete drive train from an NB from a guy in the Houston Miata Club. Guy was prety cool and threw in a MiataRoadster short shifter kit and a Fidanza 2piece flywheel that needed a new plate. The plan is to brake in the clutch and install the rear end before putting in the new motor. We installed the flywheel and found out the hard way that the oem pressure plate bolts just don't fit...
The guy gave me a set of pressure plate bolts from ARP but those also didn't quite fit. We ended up tapping the flywheel to fit the larger ARP hardware and everything went well. Here is a pic of the carnage, on the right is the oem and the left is the fresh ARP stuff.
For the clutch I decided to go with a Clutch Masters FX300. So far it feels awesome, granted I've only driven it for 14 miles lol. This is going to be the longest 500 miles of my life. I also picked up one of the "straight shot" clutch cables from Bill at MiataRoadster.
We ran into some problems when the original nuts for the main studs on the subframe that hold the diff didn't want to go back in. After being fed some incorrect information about the size of the oem nuts, we re-threaded the studs. I know... dumb idea. As I was installing the 3.90 torsen into the car I stripped the stud on the subframe... I raged with the fury of 10,000 suns and cursed the universe for my noobness. I was incredibly lucky and managed to find a mint condition subframe in the junk yard. It also didn't hurt that it had a 4.10 torsen attached to it. I ended up paying $300 for the subframe, control arms, torsen, half shafts, drive shaft and some random M45 superchargers parts that where on the car. We cleaned the new subframe and coated it with rustoleum and put the new rear end back in the car.
I now has Torsens for days. (2 4.10 torsens in the front and the 3.9 on the old subframe).