Oh hai cpolly checking in here....
I got into Mazdas in 08 when I purchased my Speed 3. Had several project cars before that including an sc SVT Focus and several Hondas. I originally purchased my Miata to be a daily. After 3 years of modding the speed 3 I have stocked it out and I'm currently selling it. As time has gone on I've come to realize the Miata is much more in my budget range for a good project car vs an almost brand new car with a limited aftermarket. Here's a quick couple pics of the speed:
My Miata is an Emerald Green 01 nb2 w/ 6speed, ls trim, lsd, and sport suspenson - Car came with few imperfections like a little rust spot on the back and the top is starting to tear around the glass on the back a bit, but i'm not really worried about it.
I'm excited to get started on the Miata but I have to get rid of my speed first. I do have a bit of extra money right now from part sales off the speed, but I'm trying to hang on to that in case I cannot get exactly what I owe on it. I've been on this forum for a few months now reading and attempting to learn. I've learned a great deal from a few other fellow MS3 to Miata converts. I didn't really want to make a intro thread until I had at least done something to my car first. So far all I've done is pick up a nice set of Tire Rack's c3ms (15x9 36mm offset) with some Rs3 rubber and I do love them. When I first got the car it handled like crap and really scared me. I took it to the local Discount Tire and they assured me all the wheels/tires were balanced and ok. So I spent the last few months trying to figure out what was so bad about the suspension or mounts that made the car feel this way. I switched these wheels out and discovered Discount was full of crap! My stock wheels are all trashed - bent and cracked, they can't even roll straight alone. I was worried about the wheels fitting with the stock suspension, but they work fine. They do rub a tiny bit when you cut it all the way, but it's no big deal. I'm assuming this is b/c my car has sport suspension. Here's a few pics:
The car did come with a hard dog roll bar, but who ever put it in did some hack work.
The seat-belts work like crap because of it.
I did also make myself a cheapo intake out of some parts I had laying around.
I'm hoping that doesn't cause any major problems. I've been running it now 2-3k or so and no dtc or anything. Stuff like this is a major no no on the ms3 with it's super sensitive maf and fuel trims, but I think this is ok on this car.
I also swapped out my shift **** that a buddy of mine made for me from my MS3 and I replaced the shifter boot/gakset b/c it smelled like gear oil and was very hot when I drove for extended periods.
As you can see the Ohio BMV promptly labeled me a feg upon registering my vehicle here. Guess that's kinda the expected with this car....
My plan for the future with this car goes something like this:
Coilovers - I'm pretty set on Megan EZ Streets - I like the price and I can get a big discount on them off Amazon. I'll probably install them along with the Mazda comp motor mounts and some diff mounts.
Standalone & some gauges (already have leftover egt and boost)- I see this forum really seems to like the diypnp (megasquirt). One fellow ms3 to miata convert went that route with his nb1, but from what i'm reading it looks like the adaptronic seems to be much more friendlier to the vvt on the nb2. I'm interested in both and a bit worried because I only have experience with using a flash tuner to flash ots maps and a simple piggyback to make my own tunes. This would be my first venture with a standalone.
The rest I'd like to piece together over the next year or so and potentially pick up a daily driver as well (maybe a used MS6).
Turbo - most likely a t25 flange gt2560 .60a/r - Seems to be inline with what I want to do which is autox/scca/road race
I'm thinking I want to stick to iwg setup and just make my exhaust around 2.5" as i've also seen someone have boost creep issues with iwg and 3"
Mani/dp/exhaust - I've heard that ARTech (not sure) on here makes great stuff and is a good way to go
fmic setup - over the rad setup with a fairly small core and piping i put tog from sites like cxracing or siliconeintakes - i'll just reuse my hks bov i have leftover from the speed
and of couse a nice clutch & maybe a meth kit
Well if you took all the time to read that - Thanks and suggestions and thoughts are much appreciated.