I have been lurking for a while -- lots of great info here. Lots of it still goes over my head, but I am learning slowly. Looking forward to developing an awesome car with your help!
About me: I'm a web developer, working mostly on in-house intranet stuff. I have had 6 miatas, 3 at once at one point, but now just one white '92. Here it is:
I have had the car for about a year, during which time I have installed:
-- poly bushings
-- FCM coilovers (700#/400#)
-- RB hollow front sway
-- HDHCDD roll bar
And removed a bunch of stuff:
And replaced the popup headlights with these:
Yes, I ground/sanded the ribs off of the OEM lenses. Yes, it was a royal PITA. No, I did not know about the euro-spec clear lenses at the time
Moving forward, my objective is to build a track car which is still sort of streetable. I am kind of obsessed with adding lightness (as you can see). But I have come to the realization that I am also going to have to add some HP to the mix! My tentative plans for the next couple years are as follows, more or less in chronological order:
-- 15x9 6UL with RA1 or NT-01 (I Have a set of black wheels in the closet waiting for tires)
-- Shorty rear bumper (Simpson Design), maybe integrated with an Elise rear diffuser.
-- front lip and splitter
-- finish gutting the interior (doors, buncha spot welded brackets)
-- fiberglass trunk lid: I am in the process of figuring out how to make this on my own. Not having too much success yet, but I will keep trying! If I can get the hang of fiberglass then I might try making a HT and doors.
-- twin-disc organic clutch (949 racing)
-- seat(s), maybe memory fab, have to sit in more seats.
-- steering wheel
-- another round of de-wiring
-- 1.8 rearend upgrade with OS gilken diff (949)
-- lighter and better looking steering column support and gague cluster (new gagues?)
-- chassis stiffening (debating having a half cage welded in)
In a year or so I will start on the fun(ner) stuff. I am planning to stick with the stock 1.6L motor.. until I blow it up, which seems to happen a lot. I am planning to upgrade the EMS first, and then maybe the cooling system, holding off on add FI as long as possible. While I am dying to have more HP, I kind of feel like I don't deserve it until I learn to drive a little better LOL!
-- Adaptronic ECU
-- COPS ignition
-- Radiator upgrade with coolant reroute
-- Turbo: My plans get sort of fuzzy (that's why I am here of course -- to figure that part out). The HP number I have in my head is 200 whp.
Thanks for reading