I decided to come out of hiding and start a build thread. I have been looking off and on for a Miata to build since about 2009 and in May 2012 I finally found the right one and purchased my 2004 Titanium Grey Mazdaspeed Miata with 86,000 miles on it. My ultimate goal is to start road racing with the car but while still keeping it streetable.
When I bought the car it came with a brand new Robbins Back cloth top, an OEM Hardtop without a rear defroster or headliner as well as a Hard Dog Hard Core Hardtop Roll Bar. But other than that it was stock.
The same day I signed the paperwork for the Miata I had put in and order with Flyin’ Miata for the MSM intake kit w/ the O2 Mod. I also purchased the 80mm Catback exhaust from Corksport. Now I knew it was going to be overkill for what was currently done but I was thinking ahead and had always had plans of replacing the factory turbo setup with bigger and better things after my upcoming deployment in August 2012. In the mean time I bought a 2.5” Cat less EBay downpipe with the Elbow that mates to the turbine housing itself. And while I was on EBay I bought a 28”x8”x2.75” Bar and Plate intercooler since I couldn’t justify the price of the Flyin’ Miata’s Intercooler upgrade.
I then ordered a A-pillar gauge pod for two gauges from Speedhut for an NB2 but I believe I received a pod for an NB1 I called them and explained the situation to them (this was a year ago and don’t really remember the details of the conversation) I think they said it should have been the correct part but you might need to modify it to make it fit I’m not really sure but I know I was anxious to get my new parts installed so I just used my wife’s Blow dryer as a makeshift heatgun since I didn’t own one and tried my hardest to be patient with the plastic to keep it from bubbling up . I bought an AEM UEGO wideband A/F gauge and an AEM TRU-BOOST EBC/gauge to fit the pod. I turned up the boost to about 9psi and really enjoyed driving the car for the few months I had before leaving.
While I was gone a friend of mine who does auto body repair got a set of Factory HID’s out of I think a Nissan and installed them for me as a little gift I guess.
Needless to say I had one project back home that kept robbing my bank account while I was deployed. I steadily bought parts throughout deployment in hopes of coming home to the parts waiting for me in the garage with the Miata. It’ll be easier to just list out what I purchased so...
3.363:1 R&P w/ speedo sensor
Beatrush PPF brace
Power Steering Delete Plug Kit
MSM Short shifter kit-Tall/Angled
Straight shot clutch line in Black(I wanted regular stainless but he sent me a black line, I didn’t really care too much to send it back so it will do)
Phil’s Tire Service
15x9 Bronze Gen 3 6UL’s w/ 225/45zr/15 Hankook RS-3’s
949racing Black valve stems
Xida-S w/ spherical bearing mounts (700/400 w/ helper springs)
New camber bolts
949racing Black lug nuts
Supermiata Harmonic Balancer
MSM oil drain pan flange tapped for 3/8” NPT
Ramhorn topmount manifold
3” V-band downpipe
FIC 775cc PnP injectors
Walbro 255fpl Fuel pump
Borg Warner EFR-6258
Full-race replacement aluminum BOV cover
EFR boost solenoid connector
visor blanking plates
bossfrog seatbelt adapters
Rennenmetal.com front and rear tow hook’s in Black
Power steering delete bracket w/ pulley
Derin differential mounts (only received the upper mounts and not the lower two so I later bought a set of Energy Suspension differential mounts for the bottoms)
2” intercooler piping kit( to reroute my hot side piping when I install the EFR)
Oil filter relocation/cooler kit (-8AN lines and fittings)
NB small side skirts
April 2013… deployment ends and I get to working on the MSM so I can go to the Miata meet in Lakeland, FL on April 6th 2013. Both my wife and car were residing in Tampa, FL during deployment so the meet worked out to be perfect timing before we all went back to Gulfport, MS where I’m currently stationed when not deployed.
I wanted to get as much done on the car as I could before the meet. I started with the short shifter kit.
When I went to uninstall the factory shifter I noticed that the 4 bolts on the transmission right below the shifter were all terribly loose allowing the whole assembly to move around as well as allow fliud to leak out of the transmission. The install went smooth and I retorqued the loose bolts and the difference in feel was amazing (how much difference being due to a properly torqued shifter assembly vs. the kit itself I don’t know but I’m happy with it)
The seat belts retracted like crap with the roll bar in and I was hoping these would help out a bit but they really didn’t do that much of anything with the exception of looking better than the factory ones.
I found that the visors were useless and just seemed to get in my way so I installed some of these.
Next was the suspension so I started working on that and knocked it out in a few hours put the 6UL’s on so I could adjust the ride height(ended up with 4.25” pinch welds all around but currently adjusted up to 4.5” all around). I also have the xida’s adjusted 2 clicks from soft.
Unfortunately I had to wait till the following morning to get an alignment done on the car I gave the shop the specs I was looking for from 949racing under the dual purpose alignment and ended up with:
After the alignment I took my new exhaust bits to a shop in Tampa that does ceramic coating and dropped them off while I was in town.
When my friend home from work we started working on deleting the power steering and gutting the rack. I opted to use FM’s method and just cut out the seal and not removed the seals on the shorter piece where I’ve seen others weld the two pieces together. (Worst case scenario I take it back apart remove the seals and it weld up)
Here is the belt number that worked for me (DAYCO 5040335) in case somebody else is looking to the same delete.
I called all over the area to try and find a shop willing to do my R&P swap but have had no luck. Also since I was only visiting the area on leave I was a little afraid of taking it to a shop and them needing new bearings for it or something and having the car get stuck down in FL.
Well the friend of mine that was helping me work on the Miata did a pretty good job paint matching the side skirts to the car and we installed those the next night.
The Miatapalooza 2013 meet
RyanG's 2005 MSM
My gorgeous girls(my wife and my car)
I had a good time, had a chance to meet some of the Miataturbo guys in person, see a lot of different style Miata's but enough of the rambling and back to the project.
At the end of the meet there was a raffle and I won a $50.00 gift certificate to Redline Autosports in Kissimmee, FL
Where I was able to pick up another factory A-pllar(regret the pod but not sure what else I want to do)
Gauge hood(in case I move the gauges to here and then don’t like that either)
Black radio trim(I don’t like the MSM’s fake carbon fiber trim piece that doesn’t match anything else in the car)
The Ceramic coating shop called and my parts were done so I went to pick them up and can’t wait to install them once my Megasquirt 2 Enhanced arrives from Reverent.
I look forward to hearing the comments and criticism.
I'll have more once the Megasquirt comes in!