So life happened again.
Its been about a year and its been running great for the whole year. Nothing major. I love it. Its quick, it sticks...it just doesn't brake. too much power, too little brake.
But thats about to change! Is it Christmas? That table looks better than Christmas.
A lot has happened in the last year. Ive got about 10 autox events on the car and I get better each event. Ive been in the grouping of FTD for almost all of the events, and I even got it once. By the end of next year, I want to to be in the running for FTD at every event I go to. I feel like I can do that, and thats a good goal for me to strive for.
I picked up a second car in the meantime, something that I can use to tow the miata if I need to or if Im going to an event far away. 2007 FJ Cruiser 4WD 6 speed manual. Things a tank, and it tows the miata pretty well.
It doesnt like deep, soft, thick mud too much though.
Packing the miata for events is like playing tetris. I can put a lot of stuff in a miata after years of practice.
But now Im just going to photobomb this page. in the past year I havnt done too much to the car. Ive gotten two new jobs in the course of the past 6 months (both in the correct direction) and now Ive got a little better income to fund this slow box.
In the past month I have picked up a hard top for 800 locally - which I thought was a decent price for being local to me - in good shape and already has tinted window. No defrost tho.
five dollar boot from ebay, looks WAY better than the old, beat up stock boot. Now i just need a new shifter ****.
Does anyone know an effective way to attach the bumper if both tabs that you screw in at the very edge of the bumper have broken off?
My last event, my bumber broke off while I was driving. Only the bolts in front of the radiator kept it on. Someone said that it just flexed really bad and then popped off. I didnt hit anything. The course had a very hard right, then left turn at decent speed.
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I have ordered these but I am not too sure if I like how they will work. I will have to put holes in both the bumper and the fender. they will work, no doubt of that, but i dont think i like them. plus they dont really look clean. So Im not a huge fan. For that event i just used my tape as a bandaid just in case. didnt do that last event.
In the meantime I think it looks pretty aggressive without the bumper. I like it, just dont think its street legal.
I am looking to get a racing seat soon, and Ive done a little bit of reading and as of now I think the sparco sprint 5 is probably a top candidate.
That is how it sits now. Minus the radiator. It died 1 event ago. I borrowed a Mishimoto rad for my last event but a new one is in my near future.
Just look at how stupid this thing is. Haha I just love it.
Overall I am extrememly pleased with this setup. It spools quick and it pulls hard. All the power transfers to the pavement pretty nicely.
I have ordered new gears from Miataroadster as part of the group buy so I am excited to get those in the next 6 months??? Im definitely okay in waiting for a good product though. My gears right now are so short. I am in third gear in almost every event...and first is a joke. In autoX and on the street. 4.1 plus 6 speed means a 5 speed, because first gear shouldnt count. But it does launch pretty freaking fast. haha
I am also planning on getting a longblock built by trackspeed engineering sometime early next year. I was planning on doing it now instead of brakes and suspension, but once I have all that extra power I want everything else to be able to handle it.
Right now on my list of things to get:
(not really in any specific order)
-Oil Catch can to pair with the stock one
-5 point harness
-Steering Wheel with a quick release
-FM VMaxx XXtreme Stage 2 - street
-in door bar to pair with a roll bar
Then when I do the motor, Ill also do a stronger clutch, bigger fuel pump, and a manual boost controller.
At that point I wont really know what else to do. Then it will be a matter of just keeping everything in good shape and fixing what breaks. But I think I will have a pretty reliable set up. Ill definitely want to get someone to tune it once I get the new motor in. And I am down to travel up to probably 6 hours away to meet someone to get a good tune.
But anyways, thats whats been up in the life of this slow miata.