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Old 07-09-2015, 02:14 AM   #1
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After years of tuning and tweaking my WRX, it has since been sold and replaced with a little miata.
So now I've decided to catalog all of my misfortune and money spending.
Funny thing is I'm poor as f*ck so this is going to be long and slow.









Lets start out with the basics.
It's a stock 1999 Silver miata, car has 355,000 miles, and up until a week ago they were going up.

Last week the car decided that the radiator wasn't giving it enough love, and therefore roundhoused the entire upper part of the endtank off of the radiator.
Needless to say I can skip the radiator flush I was planning.









So I yanked it out, and made room for all the activities.
I ordered a CXRacing Radiator (bcuz CHEEEP) and it should be here in a day or two.









So this is where i'm at meow.
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Dammit Kenny! Stop being so poor or I'm gonna start hucking rocks at you!
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:22 AM   #3
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Ok I got the Radiator in and I have to admit, it's not too shabby.
Packaging was good and all welds seemed decent and thorough.





I tossed it in really quick to check clearances beings as this unit is quite a bit larger than the OE unit. After a quick check it seems that the front edge of the radiator rubs against the mounting bolts for the AC heat exchanger. (Sorry crappy picture doesn't really show it well).



Afterwards I bent the tabs back a little to offer a bit more room, I massaged the radiator in and tightened all the hoses up. I noticed the upper hose sits against the fan on the passenger side.



So I filled it up with coolant (40/60) started the motor and let it warm up.
Checked for any pin holes or leaks, all was good, so I took it for a quick spin.

Also cleaned up some of the engine bay while I was in there and then I got an insane yet awesome idea.
I'll wait to post about it, but I will say this, I hate the way mazda wired this thing.
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So with things being crazy busy lately I haven't beend able to really dive into the car like I was hoping.

I did find time to test out an idea I had for fender stripes on the car.



Again it was an idea, so I didn't want it to be permanent, therefore I used some black plasti dip, and some red vinyl pinstriping.
I thought it came out great, and my wife even gave me a compliment on it!
Let me know what you guys think.



Also bear in mind the suspension is stock (for now).
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