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Old 03-30-2014, 04:22 AM   #1841
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If I understand correctly they aren't needed. Dunno about 1.6l coolant stuff. No need for coolant through there. Emissions blah blah no care. Don't drive it in the ice age maybe.
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If I understand correctly they aren't needed. Dunno about 1.6l coolant stuff. No need for coolant through there. Emissions blah blah no care. Don't drive it in the ice age maybe.
You are awesome. I was trying to figure out why the hell you'd run coolant there; that connected the missing dot in my head. Car won't be driven during the winter, and if it is driven it will only be in St George where it is never winter here(except for the odd 3-5 days a year it snows.)
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Are they even necessary to run coolant through with the coolant reroutes that are currently on the car?

Meaning, can I just put plugs on them and call it a day since the original setup didn't have them.
Yes. They are to warm it up in cold weather. Not necessary where you are.
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Little done this weekend, mostly been sleeping to recover from this week but oh well.

Wrapped my coolant lines. Why Mazda designed the routing to be so close to the headers is beyond me.



Do you have your hose clamps on top of the heat wrap? If so, you have to remove everything and cut the heat wrap a bit so that the hose clamps can touch the actual hose. You'll have leaks otherwise.

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If I understand correctly they aren't needed. Dunno about 1.6l coolant stuff. No need for coolant through there. Emissions blah blah no care. Don't drive it in the ice age maybe.
Those coolant lines are meant to prevent the idle speed control valve from getting jammed with ice. The pressure drops dramatically (from ambient to whatever vacuum you have) across the idle speed control valve. According to the ideal gas law, so does temperature. In some environmental conditions (mostly high humidity and well above freezing), ice can literally form in that spot making idle control erratic. This is exactly the same principle as carburetor ice in piston-powered airplanes.

I'd say St. George is a dry enough climate that you shouldn't have to worry about it. I capped mine and haven't had any issues.
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Do you have your hose clamps on top of the heat wrap? If so, you have to remove everything and cut the heat wrap a bit so that the hose clamps can touch the actual hose. You'll have leaks otherwise.

Ask me how I know.
That is good to know, the picture is deceiving, luckily I was smart enough not to wrap that area. I think I tried to and then the clamps wouldn't fit over the lines and I stripped it off.

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Not a ton done, just a lot of time wasted trying to get everything trying to line up right and little odd things to organize to clean up the engine bay.

I painted my center caps. They were this ugly fake chrome and it looked like ****. Lots of sanding followed by plastic adhesion promoter and some good satin black and it looks good. Not great, but good. Trying to think of a good sticker I could place in the middle since these were just blank.



Started getting my bumper ready to put back on.

Cleaned all the dirt off the bumper support



Removed all the white paint overspray off these things and then put some sealant on it.



More white paint removal



and boom goes the dynamite. I am going to make an undertray out of ABS plastic since the new intercooler position really makes it impossible to use the front air guide. Haven't tried to put the undertray on yet so we'll see how finicky that will be.





I need to bondo the front lip and then sand out all the scratches and then spray it with "bumper spray paint". Basically highly flexible rubberish paint that is pretty dang durable.

I was going to replace it but they are so expensive(even for replicas) and this one is so scratched I don't want to put it back on the car without some work. I know it will chip but for "now" it will do. Sometime later I'll replace it.
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I painted my center caps. They were this ugly fake chrome and it looked like ****. Lots of sanding followed by plastic adhesion promoter and some good satin black and it looks good. Not great, but good. Trying to think of a good sticker I could place in the middle since these were just blank.
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Good progress doe, car is starting to look like a car again!
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:02 PM   #1848
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That would be simply magnaflorious...I think my car would get destroyed by the cowboy militia of Southern Utah with those considering I am the only one on my block without a diesel lifted truck.
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Not a huge fan of the TSI's, but otherwise looking great!
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If I understand correctly they aren't needed. Dunno about 1.6l coolant stuff. No need for coolant through there. Emissions blah blah no care. Don't drive it in the ice age maybe.
EDIT- It looks like I'm a bit behind on your build thread and this was already covered.

Interesting bit of information - It's to avoid ice build up inside the TB. It sounds crazy but if you're familiar with the "wind chill" effect and think about the velocity of air coming through your TB it starts to make sense. Some slight humidity, a nice cold morning and you've got ice buildup. Probably not a likely scenario for Jeff or maybe even anyone who owns a Miata but that's why it's there.
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I need to bondo the front lip and then sand out all the scratches and then spray it with "bumper spray paint". Basically highly flexible rubberish paint that is pretty dang durable.

I was going to replace it but they are so expensive(even for replicas) and this one is so scratched I don't want to put it back on the car without some work. I know it will chip but for "now" it will do. Sometime later I'll replace it.
I use "leading edge tape" - It's thick clear tape I believe 3M makes it. It's designed to protect the leading edge of helicopter propeller blades! It's not cheap but you can bounce your bumper off curbs and this stuff has you covered.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:11 PM   #1852
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Not a huge fan of the TSI's, but otherwise looking great!
I'm not either the more I look at it but it's what the car came with so *shrug* oh well. Not too bothered by it.

Bryan, that leading edge tape sounds awesome!
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How to put a hood on with no help:

Used my old climbing rope that I had to retire and strung it over the garage door guides. After I got it in position I slowly lowered it until I could angle the hood correctly to slip it on to the brackets.



Then I slipped the bolts on and installed the hood props





Turned out really good. Still need to drill the holes and cut the hood for the aerocatch latches, but I need to remove the pins and make sure the alignment of the hood is perfect before I drill the initial hole. I'll be honest, a little nervous about it!

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Ingenious idea! Great work! I can't believe how you keep the car so tidy over the time - mine has gathered quite a bit of dust in the last couple of weeks...
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:31 AM   #1855
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Constant cleaning is how. It really does just get dusty sitting there doesn't it? I started doing all my sanding in the driveway to help cut down on it.

You were right Sven, aligning the hood is a bitch! The sides and rear are perfect but my headlight gap is terrible on the passenger side. Scratching my head on how to fix it.
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Move the headlight.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:01 AM   #1857
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What hood prop kit is that? I need to switch mine up so i can put the cold air box thingymabobber on.
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yes, i have euro clear turn signals. makes a huge improvement in look.
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+100, i personally cannot stand the TSI look. It just screams rice to me and they really don't work all that well either.

IMHO get some clear turn signal housings like curly posted, OR these smoked ones would look nice:

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