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Old 01-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #41
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That's what I'm saying. I was driving around a 260whp miata without a rollbar before the motor blew. Didn't bother me any.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:53 PM   #42
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Wow. Jokes aside, everyone knows that horrible feeling when you realize you might be stuck with a piece of ****. Sorry dude.

My advice would be to set aside stuff like the roll bar and interior swap for now. If the roll bar is really a concern, just take it out entirely.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #43
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Well a miata isn't safe to start with, but the main unsafe thing is the fact that the back of my head sits level with the roll bar. I could have brain damage from a fender bender. So I need to forget the hard top and get a bar that is safe for my height instead of the shortest one so it fits under the hard top. And if I'm swapping the bar I really should do fixed backs and 6 points because the seats and belts in it really just aren't cutting it. Btw my friend just gave me a great idea. I probably fouled the plugs by messing around with bad timing, so it's possible that is the reason the car isn't reacting to my cas adjusting.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:03 PM   #44
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Well, you won't get a rollbar that is but so much higher. You need to focus that attention to making or getting a seat that is much lower in the car. A racing bucket bolted to the floor of the car would get you a ton of extra head room. As far as the miata being safe. There are not many cars I would rather be in a crash in or a roll over than a miata with a rollbar. There are plenty of pictures on the net to prove that.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:16 PM   #45
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heads above roll bar is typical:

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Btw my friend just gave me a great idea. I probably fouled the plugs by messing around with bad timing, so it's possible that is the reason the car isn't reacting to my cas adjusting.
You didn't check the plugs first?
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:24 PM   #47
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Brainey-*****, is that a hard top bar or regular? I have two Miatas, one with each bar. The regular bar is a bit higher, but with either one, someone 6'-4" will be above the bar.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:24 PM   #48
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Damn dude, I feel for you, wish you would have posted a "should I buy this car" thread here...oh well. If I was still at home (Charlottesville) I'd be more than happy to drive east for an hour or so and give you a hand but I'm about 4500 miles away and will be for a good while, hope someone else local feels bad enough for you to stop by and lend a hand.

Good luck with her.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:32 PM   #49
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Brainey-*****, is that a hard top bar or regular? I have two Miatas, one with each bar. The regular bar is a bit higher, but with either one, someone 6'-4" will be above the bar.
HT model.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:40 PM   #50
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OP Just wear a helmet when you drive the car. You will be "The" coolest ************ in you HS and ***** will rain on you. Also about miatas not being safe, that a lot of crap I stopped an Expedition almost head on and all I had was minor cuts an bruises, so yeah.

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Old 01-25-2010, 02:43 PM   #51
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Word, they were designed to be raced and therefore designed to keep you alive after wrecking.
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Heading to get some plugs, anything I should know? I've got a 13b ignition...
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:54 PM   #53
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Yup, do not deviate from that at all. If they don't have them, go somewhere else.
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heads above roll bar is typical:

But is it safe? I know it's not without a helmet.
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when's the last time you flipped a car? It's safe enough, a little scalping beats a full on crushing or just run a hard top or both...

better than nothing, which is how they come...
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Or stop being a ***** **** there's people street racing with chrome style bars
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Sucks about the car. Exact reason I prefer to do all my own work.

But on the bright side wiring is just about free to fix, just takes time. The other problems will put a dent in the pocket, but it's all part of being a car enthusiast.
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Sorry to hear about the mess. Still nice car imo, get it running well and enjoy it. Dont become overwhelmed, just go step by step.
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Alright I took a video for you guys. This was the best I was able to make it run tonight. I now know that my spark plug wires are out of order so that needs to be fixed. Oh and my honda buddy suggested that I could have installed the sensor 180 degrees backwards, but as far as I knew from reading DIYs Mazda had made the sensor specifically so it could only go in one way. Ideas???

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oh and check out this gorgeous wiring i found when i peeled some electrical tape back...most of the wiring is like this...it really scares me. and of course i cut all of that out and ran new wires.
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