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Old 01-15-2008, 03:19 PM   #61
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Sounding good guys,
Phil if your willing to def bring that bar along...
Lev, maybe your friend Eli has somethign we can use??

Like i said earlier, I have the handle to my floor jack which i use to coerce things when needed, its not the best, but it works for the most part...
Its the typical hollow, 3ft long metal handle that u slip into the floor jacks...It just doesnt work in all situations...

I got a good air compressor, some air tools, torque wrench (still bring yours 94mx), a good collection of sockets, a few wrenches, typical hand tools, typical power tools, bits, ramps, cherry picker, eng stand, etc etc etc...I got alot of stuff, but def not everything...

If you guys are able to name the specific tools we'll need, it might be easier to make sure we got it all between the 5 of us...
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We should be fine with tools.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:15 PM   #63
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hey Levn (& crew)...

Just talked to a place that has the diamond plate...
Guy was asking me what thickness & how much (they sell by square ft). And they can cut it to whatever size I want...

Questions...I'm thinking the thinner the better for weight, and in order to make the heatshield. He said the 2 thinnest sizes are .063, .80, and then
.125, then up from there...

So what thickness & sq ft should I get? I was thinking maybe getting some extra, and I can make a shield for the brake resov., and the air filter as well (kinda like Begi style)? This would NOT be on the same day, it'd be on my time and all. Lucky enough you guys are coming, even luckier you're all down to do the clutch!

I was thinking the thinnest one (.063) would be fine, unless there's more heat protection the thicker you go? I guess the law of diminishing returns will apply at some point...

And I wanted to get an idea of how much we'd need for the turbo heatshield itself, and I'll add to that for the other stuff I'm thinking of. I must be doing my numbers wrong, because I keep est. about 3sqft for the shield, which sounds like a lot...

Lastly, I'm guessing I'll just get it as a sheet, and not have him cut it to smaller pieces or anything, so we can make it to the size we want/need for sure. Only thing is do we need anything special to cut the excess with?? I'm guessing tin snips or something? Which I dont have...

Let the discussion begin!
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:55 PM   #64
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Clutch question...when they list the ft lb tq rating, sounds like thats RW tq right? I'm gonna talk to someone to confirm before ordering, but thought someone might know so I can do some after hours shopping...

Here's 2 that I found, and at $100 difference..I wanted to make sure...

http://www.carolinaclutch.com/ShowItem/101381.aspx
http://www.carolinaclutch.com/ShowItem/101386.aspx

Also, IIRC puck clutches were'nt to friendly for street use right (dail driving, traffic, etc)?

I did a lil researching months ago so I'm trying to make sure what I remember...

**Also let me know what u guys think bout the diamond plate sheet
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Looks like the only difference in the above 2 choices is the pressure plate. Heavy duty vs. Extreme. Both being sprung hug, street discs.

Personally, I have never had an issue with puck clutches, in most cases they're less expensive. You will get used to them with ease after a few miles... though I have found they can cause excess flywheel wear, cracks in some cases.

When a street style (non puck) disc starts to heat up, it almost seems to disintegrate into thin hair, whereas puck style clutches can take much more heat and transfer that stress/heat onto other transmission part.

BTW... I'm a dealer for ACT and could probably get you a deal on that ACT clutch kit. Don't see the "Heavy duty" one in stock, but I the "extreme" one is in stock. Part # ZM2-XTSS is showing as $450 + $25 shipping from the distributor to you.

Will definitely be bringing my toolbox to the meet, probably have a couple usable tools in there. Will be sure to pack a couple of jackstands and another jack in the trunk as well. Ah, and can't forget the cooler with the day's brews.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:34 AM   #66
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94m thanks for the great info! And for the offer! I'm gonna take a look around, but I just might take you up on the offer

Now as for the beer, unfortunately I cannot permit you to consume alcoholic beverages while at my house...........







UNLESS I BUY THE DAMN BOOS!!!! lol, told u I was providing the beer and some grub, its the least I can do...
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Jeeez, I hope everyone saw the my last post & read it the way I intended...I AM supplying beers & food, just to be clear! lol


Anyway, decided to call Clutchnet to see what up with the group buy and get some info..

They helped me out, but I said I'd post before ordering to make sure you guys dont see any issue with what I'm getting, and to make sure there's no hiccups for our build day.

They were telling me that the best option is
2xPP, with an organic disc (solid not puck), using 3HP springs & 3 reg springs. Clutch comes with SS backing, includes allignment tool & T.O bearing, and free shipping
Said this should hold close to 270 ftlb tq if not over. I doubt I'll pass 220ftlb, so sounds promising enough.
I gotta call back to confirm pricing, but from whats listed on the groupbuy thread, should be about $355 shipped to my door.

Thoughts?

On a side note, gonna order the wire.com stuff tomm (if not tonight), got the rear main seal on its way, and still gotta mock up the BOV for the welder this weekend.

Also, haven't heard anything about the diamond plate from anyone...I guess if I dont hear otherwise I'll go with the thinnest they have unless it looks realllly flimsy which i doubt...and I'll just make sure I have more than enough for the shield...

Hope everyone's doing well!
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Not sure about Miatas, but on a few Volvo applications that I've done... Clutchnet has done a fantastic job, quality product, and great customer service.

Do you have a refinished flywheel ready to go in?
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Clutch kit sounds good enough, when the clutch kit comes in make sure that the TO bearing isnt some cheap mostly plastic one and you will also need a new pilot bearing, preferable an all metal one.

+1 on the flywheel you will want yours resurfaced which will probably be impossible on a sunday (sorry I didnt think of that earlier). Maybe you can call Planet Miata or Tom @ Parts Group and get a used one cheap and get it resurfaced b4 the swap.

As for the heatshield, yes get the thinnest they have, I will bring my snips.


Hey 94m, who are you, where in Boca are ya? I work off of Congress and Clintmore on West Rodgers Circle.

P.S. I drink Amstel Light
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Ok good catch & and luckily we know now not later! lol

Here's what we've discussed, we gotta make sure there's nothign else that will be needed, as of now its still in time to get what we need, but come monday it'll get expensive for expedited shipping, etc...

-FLYWHEEL: Just ordered from Tom, said he had a good looking one that he
thinks doesnt need to be resurfaced, but I'll have it in time in
case it still needs...

-HOSE SLEEVES: Ordered. Got a few different sizes, should have more than
enough

-DIAMOND PLATE: Will take care of this weekend for sure. 10/4 on the
thinnest

-CLUTCH: Gonna order today from Clutchnet, willmake sure about both pilot
& Throwout bearings

-BOV: Will mock up this weekend, and get it done Mon. or Tues

-Rear Main Seal: Will order to day from somewhere if Advanced doesnt have

-Reflective tape & Mineral spirits I already got form H.D....

-Hose clamps, vaccuum lines, air filter, brake cleaner, fluids we'll get the day of at Advanced around the corner from me...

-And of course the beer I'll have nice and cold when you guys get there, I got a request for Amstel Light, anyone else what anything different or is this good for everyone?? As for food, I figure we'll wing it and have something delivered...u guys pick, I'll buy. Lots of places close by...

Anything else you guys can think of??
What time is everyone thinking of being there? Sounds like we got a LONG day ahead of us, so I'm guessing everyone is on board for early on?? Let me know! Thanks!!!
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5am,6am,7am,8am whatever everyone is up for, no biggie to me. When you buy the rear main seal try and get the best you can find. I would resurface the flywheel no matter what, its worth the $40 to be safe.
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7 or 8 is about as early as I can manage. I will be coming from boca, and it is probably over an hour without traffic to south miami.

Stock up on the miller lite for me, I'll start drinking after breakfast
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+1 to Amstel Light... though Heineken Light and New Castle are also choice favorites.

Definitely get the flywheel resurfaced. Cheap insurance

Heck, I can get there whenever... 5am,6am, whatever would be fine.

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Hey 94m, who are you, where in Boca are ya? I work off of Congress and Clintmore on West Rodgers Circle.

P.S. I drink Amstel Light
I'm Joseph, 21, 5'9", dark hair, enjoy long walks on the beach

hahahaha

Nahhh... so yeah, I've lived in Boca pretty much my whole life. I actually go to school over at Lynn University, full time student... but only have classes Tuesday & Thursday this semester. So, any Monday, Wednesday, Friday we should meet up for lunch! My cell # is 561.703.3547, give me a call some time!

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7 or 8 is about as early as I can manage. I will be coming from boca, and it is probably over an hour without traffic to south miami.

Stock up on the miller lite for me, I'll start drinking after breakfast
We should caravan or something Or heck, meet up with Phil and the 3 of us have lunch one day, or a few drinks after work.

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Ok this sounds great guys!!...

As for time, I guess everyone try and make it as early as they can. We'll talk like a day or 2 before so I know when everyone's gonna show and I'll be ready to roll, and also I'll give you guys address & directions..

Ok, I'll def get the Flywheel redone when it gets here...do I have to go anywhere special to do it like a trans. place? Or can I go pretty much any place that'll grind it down for me?

As for the "best" rear main seal I can find, basically just dont get the cheapest one? Or are there special things I should be looking for? I might just have the local Mazda place order me one to be sure, just sucks that they take forever and a day to get things in...

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So Shane and Joseph how about you guys meet me right off of 95 and Oakland Park at 7, then we will hook up with Eli in Miami at about 7:30 then head over to Tony's house. Should be there by 8.

Tony, I would get the seal from Mazda. Another thing you might wanna consider is replacing the CAS O-ring while the tranns is out. I would also order a SS clutch line. Both of those are 2 minute swaps with the tranny out.
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Oh as for the flywheel most machine shops should be able to resurface it. Your gonna have to call around. I got mine done at this Mustang shop in Pompano.

Eli told me about this place, give them a call.

Miami Clutch Service
305-573-6067
111 NW 20th St
Miami FL 33127-4829
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Hey Tony and Joseph. What are you guys doing on Sunday? I know its short notice, but a few of us are heading over to Clear Water on Sunday for Mazdapalooza. For more info www.mazdapalooza.com Let me know if your intrested.
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Lev I think I got a condo right by where you live, I got a place in Sailboat Point...its about a mile west of 95 right off Oakland park Blvd...

As for the carpooling thing, thats a good idea for you guys if the timing works for everyone...sure does for me fwiw..

Tell Eli thanks for the great lead...I called a couple places and was told $50-$80....that place said $25! And thanks to you as well!

As for the Cas-o-ring & the ss clutch line, I'll check it out, sounds good if it doesnt bust the wallet...(I always thought "CAS" was Cam Angle Sensor)?


Lastly as for Sunday, I'd love to but its gonna be tough...Count me out for now, but i fi can escape I'll let you know! Thanks for the invite tho!
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Im actually east of 95 between Dixie and Federal.

The CAS O-ring is the Cam angle sensor. It should only be like $8 from Mazda.

The SS line is cheap insurance, With a stiffer clutch there will be more pressure in the lines when you press the clutch. You should be able to find one for $30 or so.

http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda...t/15-1016.html
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The CAS has a big fat o-ring that goes around the CAS so oil doesn't leak out of the valve cover.
You can get the o-ring at napa for 30 cents. Just take the old one with you.
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