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Old 11-04-2014, 01:28 AM   #1
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So I currently have a 2006 mx-5 should I mod that or should I save to get a 1st gen and strip it for the track?

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have about 900 bucks to spend (saving bout 100 a week so...)

I don't care about top end or fast acceleration but I do like clean fast cars that can handle themselves around corners
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:39 AM   #2
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So I currently have a 2006 mx-5 should I mod that or should I save to get a 1st gen and strip it for the track?

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Stock 2006

have about 900 bucks to spend (saving bout 100 a week so...)

I don't care about top end or fast acceleration but I do like clean fast cars that can handle themselves around corners
More details on what kind of "mods" you're hoping to do within your budget. I can't think of any mod I would spend $900 on that is worth it, aside from maybe bilsteins with ground controls.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:47 AM   #3
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More details on what kind of "mods" you're hoping to do within your budget. I can't think of any mod I would spend $900 on that is worth it, aside from maybe bilsteins with ground controls.
Yah sorry for not clarifying as I said im saving up im just not really sure which is more beneficial/fun: Mods on my list are, progressive springs, sways, 17,8 rims (with new tires) (which isn't really a mod), and a turbo of some sorts(including intercooler, intake, manifold, oil lines etc..).

If I where to get a new one I would basically strip it bare remove ac power steering, maybe 1.8l swap turbo idk there's a lot of ideas im just wondering which is a better option for the track/investment long term. (mind you my 2006 is my daily).
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Yah sorry for not clarifying as I said im saving up im just not really sure which is more beneficial/fun: Mods on my list are, progressive springs, sways, 17,8 rims (with new tires) (which isn't really a mod), and a turbo of some sorts(including intercooler, intake, manifold, oil lines etc..).

If I where to get a new one I would basically strip it bare remove ac power steering, maybe 1.8l swap turbo idk there's a lot of ideas im just wondering which is a better option for the track/investment long term. (mind you my 2006 is my daily).
Turbo is out of the question. Your budget would be gone with engine management.

17" rims take up a lot of shock travel. If you are looking to track your car, which it seems you are, I would suggest looking at 15x8,9,11

Sways, sure. Go for it. Buy the 949 end links.

You can definitely find an NA miata for under a grand, but you won't find a miata track ready for under that. A roll bar is $400 alone. So that leaves $500 to buy a completely mechanically sound miata.

Lastly, some advice if you decide to go through with the modifications to your daily driver. If I read this properly, you seem to be saving for modifications. You will want a sum of money set aside in the event of a "oh **** it broke and I have work monday." Going to the autoparts store and buying parts when you need them that day adds up quickly, but when you rely on the car to get you to work it's not optional.
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lets hit the good points..

the 2006 cost more to race vs. old NA/NB cars. (think maintenance)
stock nc is faster vs stock Na/Nb
the NC is safer with a roll cage (track only) Vs. the na/nb roll cage
NC roll bars are expensive and to make them right you got to ditch the soft top VS NA/nb roll bars can keep the soft top.

NC can swap in an eco boost vs. NA/NB call up flyin miata or whoever.


to get on a race track you will need at minimum a roll bar. It is really hard to get a proper roll bar into a NC and keep the factory top. that means finding a oem hard top or using a race top if you don't want to get wet. the na/nb is still a boat load of fun.
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sigh...

I suspect QCB awakening to this.
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Sell the NC and use the money to buy a half decent NA and something cheap/practical for DD. Used race parts for the NA are all over the place, not so much for the NC.
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someone who can only manage to save $100 a week should not be modding a car.

sounds like his parents bought him his NC as a sweet 16 gift.
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Turbo is out of the question. Your budget would be gone with engine management.

17" rims take up a lot of shock travel. If you are looking to track your car, which it seems you are, I would suggest looking at 15x8,9,11

Sways, sure. Go for it. Buy the 949 end links.

You can definitely find an NA miata for under a grand, but you won't find a miata track ready for under that. A roll bar is $400 alone. So that leaves $500 to buy a completely mechanically sound miata.

Lastly, some advice if you decide to go through with the modifications to your daily driver. If I read this properly, you seem to be saving for modifications. You will want a sum of money set aside in the event of a "oh **** it broke and I have work monday." Going to the autoparts store and buying parts when you need them that day adds up quickly, but when you rely on the car to get you to work it's not optional.
Depends, he seems to be switching between the two options.

You aren't going to fit 15" wheels over the massive NC brakes.


OP a proper roll bar is $1200+ for the NC, and that's if you by FM and have to run without the trunk. Then you still need proper seats and harnesses, there is another $500 minimum (if you can get a good deal on used cheapie Corbeau's or something).

Fresh fluids, brake pads, etc.


I think you are SEVERELY underestimating the amount of money it takes to PROPERLY prep a car for reliable track work. And that doesn't even take into account maintenance, tires, entry fees, gas, water/food at the track, etc.
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I'm shocked at the quality of replies in this thread.



What's better: A new car or old car?

What's better: ***** or vagina?

All depends on what you want. I'm guessing you like the D.
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Depends, he seems to be switching between the two options.

You aren't going to fit 15" wheels over the massive NC brakes.
*sigh* It was late and I forgot NC started in 05.
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OP, this is a really good time to appease us with some pictures of kitty cats and bow out of this conversation until you have a good idea of what you actually want.
If you come up with an actual question, search the forum for a minimum of 5 seconds to see if it's already been answered before asking it yourself.
Otherwise, 18psi is going to wake up from his after-lunch nap and have a lot of fun at your expense.

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