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Old 01-14-2008, 01:18 AM   #1
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Weird, seems everyone is putting up pictures of their miatas. Well today was the first really hot nice typical socal Sunday that we have had for a few weeks and everyone was out and about. Atoms(okay, atom), Lambos, Ferraris, Miatas, and more bikes than I have ever seen in my life. I drove some really good roads around here, and thought I'd share some pictures of my car that I took at a couple of turnouts. Oh and one kind of crappy picture from the night before, but hey I just got a new camera, so I have been taking pictures of anything that moves.

Sorry its a little dirty, I swear it was clean on Friday.
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love the car

what roll bar is that?
was it hard to install?
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Harddog hard core double diagonal it appears. Some people say it's hard, some say it's easy. Some take 2 days to install it, some take 4 hours.
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If you know what you are doing, or have done one before (this was my second) then it doesn't take all that long. I'd day about 6-8 hours depending on how fast you are working and the tools available, having a friend around is a huge help. Definitely not a 2 day job unless you only have access to a screwdriver...

Oh and its a sport bar not a core bar, so just a little smaller.
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haha it was a 2 day job for me but i had a hard time getting stuff to line up. that was my fault, should have read the instructions more carefully, but yeah, you can most likely do it in one day.
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speedf50 - how was ur install??

cjernigan - what makes it hard?
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took me a few hours to install mine. it's not bad. of course, i had a helper, so that made a huge difference.
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My first install was only hard at one point when things didn't line up like wes said, but that was also due to lack of reading skills of the often complicated instructions. The second time a few things didn't line up again, but that was because the bar was off of my last car which I totaled, which seemed to tweak the bar a little, but nothing some brute force couldn't sort out.
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Oh forgot, I had help with both installs from a friend.
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I haven't installed one. No idea how hard it is. I don't think it would be that hard. But I also don't think anything mechanical is all that hard. Specially when compared to something like deciding wether i want my ***** smashed by a hammer OR a baseball bat.

It's not going to be hard to install. Read the directions and spend the time.
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Its not hard really. Hardest part is getting it in the car without scratching anything by yourself, but thats no biggie. If you get a Hard Dog bar, throw their instructions away and print out the install guides that people have made online. There are two or three really good ones, the HD instructions just dont make sense, and the install guides on the net have pictures so its almost fool proof. Took me 4hr to install mine with a lack of tools working in my parents garage in the dark a few years ago.

:edit: Nix that, the hardest part has to be cutting the plastic interior panels. I say this because I have STILL not cut mine..
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speedf50 - how was ur install??

cjernigan - what makes it hard?
basically, remove interior panels,

jack up car, install bar, mark body, drill body, install bar w/ hardware...trim carpet, cut trim to fit, etc.

Not overly hard, just time consuming.

And I never got the seat belts to work right.
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Love the wheels.

What padding do you have on the bar? I'd like to get one but I'm just afraid of getting rear ended with that right behind my head.
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I also don't think anything mechanical is all that hard. Specially when compared to something like deciding wether i want my ***** smashed by a hammer OR a baseball bat.
getting to those 2 bolts that hold the a/c compressor onto the block is pretty damned hard
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drove that car and loved it!
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More pictures of the exhaust? How do you like it?
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by the way, ebay exhaust sounds NICE
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:11 PM   #18
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Love the wheels.

What padding do you have on the bar? I'd like to get one but I'm just afraid of getting rear ended with that right behind my head.
Thanks, the padding is a vinyl wrap that you can get from FM or the manufacturer(Bethania Garage) I believe. I was just lazy and got it from FM.
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drove that car and loved it!
Thanks Slava, I quite liked the z .

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More pictures of the exhaust? How do you like it?
The exhaust is a tsudo e-bay cat back that seems to have gotten louder over the time I have had it, but thats a good thing as it started out very quiet. I really like it, and it fit up with almost no issues exept for the lack of a second O2 bung for obd2 cars, but I just had another welded in.

I'll get some other pictures in a bit.
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