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Old 09-17-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Hey there guys, I come to you today to express my joy in being GarageStar's first east coast sponsorship with my BRG 2001 SE Miata! Many, many thanks to Ken at GS for this opportunity. This build thread will be a log of my past/present/future modifications and racing exeperince.

First up, the mods:

- tokico illuminas coupled with FM springs: when I was installing these I found out that 2 out of 4 of my stock shocks were blown. These have been wonderful shocks/springs to daily drive and autocross on

- true cold air intake: I cut the area out behind the dirver side headlight and ran a 2.75" intake pipe into the area behind the passenger side fog light. I also removed the fog lights from the car! A live data scangauge confirmed drastically reduced IATs.

- eBay longtube header with a 2.25" spec miata style exhaust: I love the sound and the power gain. Some say exhaust and intake mods don't do much for N/A apps but I felt a noticeable difference.

- TR Motorsports C1s (NOT THE Ms), 15x7, wrapped in RS3s: we all know what this setup does for a miata. Oh man....oh man.....looooove it.

- Axxis Ultimate pads, SS lines, SuperBlue fluid and a master cylinder brace: my pedal feel and stopping distane are greatly improved over stock. I even threw and SS line on my clutch and poured blue in there.

- GarageStar cooling plate: I was having issues with the summer Florida heat and autocross. This cooling plate made my standard temp gauge position go from 12 o clock to 11 just like that!

- MiataRoadster short shifter & Blox gold shift ****: I bought the tall/angled version with the delrin shift bushing. Crisp, responsive and fatastic to use.

- Nardi Gara 3 with a Daikei Boss hub: looks great, lightweight, strong hub. I love looking at it everyday

- Bride VIOS III rep: stable and really helped with my car control.

- weight reduction: a diet! Something every miata should go on. My car is significantly lighter than stock and its very noticeable

I could go on and on and on about the little things I've done here and there but it'll get boring after awhile haha.

On to the race record!

I have owned this car since April of 2011 and have competed in 12 autocrosses with the Dixie Region of the SCCA. I've competed in C Stock, STR and CSP and come away with seven 1st place, two 2nd place and three 3rd place finishes. I've only done one HPDE so far. I'm using autocross to ultimately learn my car and prepare for some track day fun. I have a race coming up this Sunday and hope to finish 1st in CSP again! Two more 1st place finishes and I'll snag the Driver of the Year Award!!

Future plans include: removing the car from DD duties and stripping it, full cage, ITBs, coils, DOT slicks, sways matched to the coil spring rates and some interesting pieces that you'll all know about it the future! oh and of course I hope to represent the GarageStar name with pride!! Stay tuned for updates everyone.
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Are you sure you meant to post this on MT and not clubroadster?
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I intended to post it everywhere! I've already been laughed out of build thread on my local forum and I want to share my car with as many people as possible! I don't want any ill will :(







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Holy body roll. Does garage star sell any actual "performance" parts?
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Lightweight pullies, fender braces, (technically) seat rails, and some other stuff coming out in the future that I can't really talk about!
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Lightweight pullies
If you have a lightweight crank pulley on your car, remove it immediately

Otherwise, nice car. Skip the ITB's and go turbo. ITB's will cost $$$$ and net you maybe 10hp and a **** ton of idle and drivability issues.
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Lightweight pullies, fender braces, (technically) seat rails, and some other stuff coming out in the future that I can't really talk about!
So, that's the long way of saying "No, they do not" I assume?
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If you have a lightweight crank pulley on your car, remove it immediately

Otherwise, nice car. Skip the ITB's and go turbo. ITB's will cost $$$$ and net you maybe 10hp and a **** ton of idle and drivability issues.
Good thing both Ken and I know a lot about miatas lol

Water pump, alternator and power steering pullies but thank you for your concern!

I love ITBs!!! And I can always throw a turbo at a car with ITBs
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So how does it feel to drive a slow, ugly car?
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Do you have a gold tooth to match all that bullshit?

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I love ITBs!!! And I can always throw a turbo at a car with ITBs
You realize that this isn't a tool you can use when upgrading your car, right?
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Lol @ ebay build.
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BTW if you are overheating at autox you have other problems. (I am in Texas heat which is worse.)
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BTW if you are overheating at autox you have other problems. (I am in Texas heat which is worse.)
Problem solved by......... super awesome garage star cooling plate!

IE: piece of sheet metal.
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So how does it feel to drive a slow, ugly car?
It feels pretty nice to drive my slow car fast! I managed to beat a Mazdaspeed Miata in a drag race so that made me feel like one of the cool kids.

Having an ugly car just makes it that much more fun when I win my class at autox.

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Do you have a gold tooth to match all that bullshit?



You realize that this isn't a tool you can use when upgrading your car, right?
You've never heard of ITBs + turbo? Come on. Its not that hard to do.

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Lol @ ebay build.
Lol @ *college lyfe build. I'm pretty sure I only have one eBay part though and the other options net a whopping 1-2hp for at least $300 more than what I paid for mine.

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BTW if you are overheating at autox you have other problems. (I am in Texas heat which is worse.)
It wasnt overheating...just running hotter than normal. Like only a little hotter. It wasn't cause for concern! I just happened to notice it didn't do it anymore after the cooling plate. Getting more air to flow through the radiator is always a good thing
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why is this car "sponsored"?
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You've never heard of ITBs + turbo?
I am so sick and tired of hearing about this ITB+turbo bull ****. Think about....really hard. ITB's are a gimmick in the first place. Besides revving for bros in the parking lot, they do nearly nothing. 10-15hp gain at best on a stock head. Add head work into it and you're near the price of a turbo system that will make more power and torque across the powerband and be more reliable than a ITB car.

The throttle body is a point of restriction under boost, now you want to add FOUR points of restriction under boost thinking it will somehow make everything better. I mean, besides adding horrible idle, sync issues, etc...

You're also adding a plenum over the throttle bodies.......come on.

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Its not that hard to do
Then do it. Seriously.
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4 small TBs would be less of a restriction than 1 large TB.
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It feels pretty nice to drive my slow car fast! I managed to beat a Mazdaspeed Miata in a drag race so that made me feel like one of the cool kids.
Mazdaspeed makes a whooping 150whp. They are hardly the cool kids.

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Having a ugly slow car just makes it that much more fun when I win my class at autox me try to justify having a slow car.
ftfy.

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You've never heard of ITBs + turbo? Come on. Its not that hard to do.
Sure! But judging by your car you don't have the fabrication skills to do it or the money to pay someone to do it for you
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4 small TBs would be less of a restriction than 1 large TB.
I highly, highly doubt that. Even if that were the case, you'd still be forced to put a plenum over the throttles and deal with the ITB sync issues, idle issues, etc..
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4 small TBs would be less of a restriction than 1 large TB.
Thank you, Brain. My ultimate goals with ITBs are increased throttle response, decreased restriction over a single TB, and a properly designed plenum to deliver equal air to each TB

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ftfy.


Sure! But judging by your car you don't have the fabrication skills to do it or the money to pay someone to do it for you
Obvious joke was obvious. I know MSMs aren't much to talk about.

I enjoy your **** talking what is it exactly you do with you car?

Again I'm enjoying what you have to say about me and my build. Don't assume you know everything about my car and me from what I've posted in this thread.
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