Hey MT. So I've had a '99 with HS for about 6 months (silver drop top, stock as f*!@, has way too many problems but shes my baby) and been lurking on pretty much every miata forum even longer. I'll post pics when she looks worthy enough. I'm 19, from Cali, work as a chainsaw/lawnmower/weed whacker technician and go to school for automotive stuff so I sorta know what I'm doing unlike most kids my age. I love going sideways and miatas are endless fun so it seemed prime. Anyways i figured its time to stop lurking and start posting! for anyone that cares heres the to do list before i can start really playing. its all just a matter of waiting for cash 'til shes rolling strong.
-burns oil like crazy. pretty sure its the valve stem seals or guides. compression was 175psi in 1,3,4 and 170 in 2. leakdown was 5,7,5,6. already replaced the pcv.
-mean 85 mph shimmy. hit a curb drifting and bent an inner tie rod and front rim. She was rock steady before. I got a dealership "alignment" and haven't replaced the rim yet so thats probably the problem.
-soft top needs love. possibly replacing.
-shifter needs a rebuild. and both boots need replacing. thinking about caving and getting this http://miataroadster.com/miataroadst.../i-412194.aspx
but is it even worth it with a 5spd? i want the shifter up but I used to own a Ranger and i don't want the throw feeling like that.
-bushings fer sure need a swap
-bilsteins could probably use an overhaul as well. and lowering springs of course
I'm still deciding what direction i want to take her in as far as upping the power. Since its my DD i want a fat torque curve. I honestly could care less about the numbers. I just want something thats gonna be a blast to drive and able to smoke all the kids in their fancy Bmers and rustbucket muscle cars that think miatas are for chicks. If it wasn't so pricey my first choice would definitely be stroking the block, running ITBs, cams and naturally aspirated glory! but just cause i'm poor its probably getting boosted. I was thinking of pinching pennies for a while and possibly doing a 13b swap but i dont think its possible to get it carb legal with an ob2 car. Correct me if I'm wrong. So any opinions you got feel free to throw my way. But I'm young and most likely ain't gonna listen!! unless you're savington hahaha