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Old 07-18-2008, 06:20 PM   #41
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Go to a glass shop. There is a paste cleaner, I think it's called "miracle glass cleaner" or some other hokey name. You use it like car wax. Buff it on, let it sit, buff it back off. I use it for hard water stains on my shower doors. Don't use on paint! Works great. Not expensive and won't scratch, etch or otherwise damage your windows. Worth stopping to get.

It's way too easy to put millions of little scratches in tempered glass. You won't notice them until you are driving into a sunset and you are blinded.

One full day of interior tear down and cleaning. A half day of buffing and polish and that car will look like ten thousand bucks! Way to score by it still having a clean title even with the theft! Just hope it wasn't bouncing off the rev limiter in 2nd gear for a couple hundred miles.

Congrats. With all that money you saved you have plenty for roll bar, suspension, tires, wheels and turbo!
what about regular car buffing compound? I have a buttload of that stuff laying around, and a good buffing machine, you think its worth a shot? Ill be stopping buy auto-zone on the way back today hopefully they have some stuff for that.....unfortunately there are no glass shops around here that i know of so ill have to stick to home-depot and car part stores
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If low is a priority, I'd recommend stance coilovers. They'll go underground. They've got great dampening and handle amazingly.
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you sir are a lucky bastard. i would kill to get an NB for dirt cheap
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If low is a priority, I'd recommend stance coilovers. They'll go underground. They've got great dampening and handle amazingly.
keep in mind price is a big issue for me. are they cheap/affordable? trying to google them for more info no luck so far.

*edit- looks like the going rate is 1100, that is WAYY out of my price range for suspension. I plan on spending no more than about 600 bux total. Im really not crazy about perches and ride adjustment, I wont mess with that pretty much ever.

What im lookin for is a spring/shock combo that will provide the before mentioned things:

cheap price while ok quality, low stance, soft ride.....

looks like Illumina's have an adjustible dampening, which is cool but not completely necessary, while the hp's are similar just not adjustible, while cheaper.

What do you guys think: if i went with tokico hp shock/spring package on ebay would that achieve my goals? or is there a better spring out there that would be just as soft while lowering more? lots of folks mention fm springs, but looks like those provide a very small drop. Not to mention the tokico suspension "package" claims to have springs that are well suited for the shocks offering the perfect balance.

is that just a load of bs?
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i had the hp and spring package and they sucked

i got AGX's now and FM springs, love the way they feel
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:54 PM   #46
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really? **** that sux....what about them was bad?..anyone know if Illumina's are any better?
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ride was bumpy, didn't like the way it felt, etc...get some agx's
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:12 PM   #48
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AGX's are cheap. I got a set for my NA for less than 300 bucks shipped, brand new. Keep your eye on the m.net classifieds, they go on there all the time. I also have the old FM springs. Might be a bit lower than you want, as I hit the bumpstops ocassionally (like over RR tracks), but I hear the new ones are much better.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:29 PM   #49
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hmm, so in ur guy's opinion the agx's>illumina's?
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very much, get some FCM bumpstops while your at it

EDIT:http://www.miata.net/cgi-bin/isc/cla...vaction=search
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:44 PM   #51
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ok then.....should i get them with the generic springs that the "suspension kit" comes with or get other springs? dont feel like dumping 250 on fm springs, anything else out there thats decent? and FCM bump stops, whats that?

*edit- lol I read that posting literally 2 minutes before you posted it up. so the N/A shocks will fit the nb? in either case those have lots of mileage, so if anything ill get them new off ebay.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:10 PM   #53
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very helpful link, thanx man
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np i was bored at home so i thought i'd post some links lol

any route you go i would still get the FCM bumpstops
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Someone told me once that Ground Control tried their hand at marketing some aftermarket bumpstops but stopped because there was no market, before FCM of course. I noticed when installing my FCM stops that "GC" is molded into them. Interesting to note.
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ya the fcm bump stops look good, and not too expensive.

so the best deal I have yet to see is kyb agx "suspension package" with the supposedly "german made springs" dropping the car 1.5" and supposed to be good quality ride....add to that the fcm bump stops and ive got my suspension....anything else im missing? pretty much as soon as im done cleaning it up and everything, I order top, and next paycheck after that plan to get suspension.
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dangggggggg, how'd you find out about this? I must've missed it D:
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that sounds like a good plan you wont be disappointed.
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Since I never tried anything else, I can't comment on any other packages or combinations. But going from stock springs and shocks (completely shot) to the FM over AGX, the difference is astonishing. Night and day difference.
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Ok, so today despite planning to spend the whole day on the car, I was only able to put in a few hours. Way too much other stuff to do, but I managed to wash her and vacuum her inside. Also sprayed it down with some cleaner/odor eliminator because the carpet was disgusting.
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Thoroughly washing the car confirmed that the paint had barely any clear coat on it, and overall getting very dull with lots of waterspots. The buffer will see a ton of work in this area and hopefully will make it shine again.

I had to remove the center console, it was broken in a few places as well as the jackass cut a hole in it, so that will need to be replaced. The radio surround is also broken, so that got removed as well and needs replacing.

Overall the interior came out ok. Compared to the way it was, the difference is night and day. Still needs more cleaning and shining, but ill wait till I replace the above mentioned pieces till I do that.


HERE are the crazy water spots I was talking about. The whole windshield is covered in them like that, as well as both side windows. Havent got a chance to try anything on it today, didnt have time.

*edit- also forgot to mention that I replaced both seats with decent condition ones that I picked up locally for 80 bux.

So thats my little update so far. Hope I didnt waste your time TOO much
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